People of color are generally classified as those with non-white heritage. This includes African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Latinos, Pacific Islanders and those of Indian descent. The distinctions between skin of color and Caucasian skin are numerous. The most notable differences include:
-More melanin and brown skin pigment, resulting in a medium to dark toned, warmer skin shade
-Greater natural protection from the sun and lower risk of skin cancer
-Fewer visible signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots
-Greater risk of keloid (raised, often large scars) development
-More oil production resulting in less wrinkles, but more acne breakouts
-Ingrown hairs resulting in scarring
-Potential problems with pigmentation, or uneven darkening or lightening of skin
Here are helpful tips for those with skin of color in their 40’s:…
What’s going on: These are the peri-menopausal years when estrogen levels start to decline. Estrogen is stored in the fat cells, and as estrogen decreases, the skin will start to lose its tone. For skin of color, loss of tone will be far more prevalent than the appearance of wrinkles, so using skin-firming ingredients like Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) is a must. Estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory and as it declines this era, many people can become sensitive to skin care ingredients that once were agreeable with the skin. It’s time to “get serious” about your skin using gentle products, and it’s never too late to achieve skin health.
For those in their 40’s, hormones bring on facial hair for women—unwanted, of course. They can become ingrown and lead to infection and discoloration. Read how to prevent ingrown hairs.
Darker skin tones tend to produce more oil. Read Five Ways to Reduce Oil Production in Skin.
What your skin needs at home:
Use Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine. It dries to a matte finish on the skin, helps to reduce acne-causing oil and won’t clog the pores or cause breakouts. (For darker skin tones, it’s best to avoid using sunscreens with Titanium Dioxide as it can leave a white-ish cast on the skin. Zinc Oxide is a better choice and is the main ingredient in our Daily Protection SPF 30.)
Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatment works as a skin lightener to keep the skin even-toned, while the blend of both stabilized Vitamin C and Vitamin E provide powerful antioxidant protection.
Renée Rouleau Multi Vitamin Cream drenches the skin with time-released antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful environmental damage, while offering lightweight hydration.
If you have brown spots, blemishes and acne scars, read why Glycolic Acid must be used. Renée Rouleau Glycolic Acid is available in three different strengths.
AHA Smoothing Serum 10% (smoothes sensitive skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 17% (for smoother, clearer skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 20% (professional-strength exfoliation)
What your skin needs in the spa: Our Skin Repair program ($585) is a six-week series of peels and skin repair treatments to resurface the skin, encourage collagen production to keep skin firm while fading stubborn brown spots and old acne scars and dark marks.
Additional tips for skin of color in the 40’s:
-Don’t neglect your neck. Make sure your moisturizer with sunscreen is applied to the neck and the sides of the neck every day.
-Many anti-aging products are formulated with heavy oils like Mineral Oil and Petrolatum, which can be too heavy for skin of color that already has natural oils. Choose lighter weight formulas that don’t feel greasy.
-Avoid facial scrubs using apricot kernels or any other natural grain, as they are much too abrasive on the skin. Instead use round grains like Polyethylene granules or micro beadlets. All Renée Rouleau facial scrubs use round grains.
-The best anti-oxidants foods for your skin are found in grapes, berries, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. Eat up and stay healthy!
-After working out, make sure to wash your skin to remove the salts from your sweat which can dehydrate the skin. Then apply toner (using our Toning Cloths and cream.)
-Short on sleep? Read skin tips to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
-Getting off makeup, dirt and bacteria at night is a must. Read five reasons why you must wash your face every night.
-It’s time to start learning how to care for your skin to get into good skin care habits. For more expert skin advice, check out Skin Source–the A-Z guide on all things skin. Also sign up for our skin tip e-newsletter, follow Renée Rouleau on Twitter and join the discussion on our Facebook page. You’ll be your own skin care expert in no time.
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