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 60’s:…
What’s going on: Hormone levels are now returning to normal, and the material that attaches the skin to the bone, called fascia, is deteriorating, causing the skin to continue to lose tone. Skin sensitivity is lessened, so many skins with redness may find that they are less red, and in fact, skin circulation has slowed down significantly. People in their 60’s may see a dullness/ash tone to their skin. Both exfoliation to remove surface dryness and intensive topical moisture is important to keep the skin looking moist, dewy and glowing, while regular exercise will help keep good circulation in the skin and body to retain that vibrancy.
What your skin needs at home:
Renée Rouleau Pure Radiance Mask uses 14 different skin-stimulating oils to intensively hydrate the skin while giving a boost of circulation to give the skin the glow it needs to keep it moist and dewy.
Renée Rouleau Hydrating Mineral Toner works to rejuvenate dry, sun-damaged skin while elevating moisture levels.
Renée Rouleau Hawaiian Nourishing Cream uses a marine extract found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands to increase skin firmness and moisture.
Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel offers a professional-strength exfoliation at home to stimulate cellular turnover, smooth the skin and remove dullness that is so common in the 60’s. The result is glowing, brighter and more even-toned skin.
For brown spots, ingrown hair and old acne scars, Renée Rouleau Glycolic Acid should be used. See our three different strengths of AHA Smoothing Serums.
What your skin needs in the spa: Our Bio Visage Lifting Facial ($215) from France uses low level electrical current impulses to improve muscle tone in the face and neck, tighten and lift jowls, soften lines and restore the glow of youthful skin…after just one treatment. More than likely, you’ll attend a class reunion in your 40’s, so this facial is excellent prior to that to look your best!
Additional tips for skin of color in the 60’s:
-When in doubt, have it checked out. A Dermatologist must look at moles that change in color, shape or size. Skin cancer is very prevalent in your 60’s and beyond, even those with a darker skin tone.
-Performing your nighttime routine is essential because skin’s permeability increases while you sleep, allowing the action ingredients to absorb.
-Healthy skin is what your body gives you when you treat yourself well. Make YOU a priority!
-Always apply eye cream using your ring finger. This is your weakest finger and will allow for the gentlest application.
-Skin in need of a lift? Read skin firming tips.
-Regular mini facials should be performed at home to maintain the results of professional facials. Here’s how to give your skin a facial at home.
-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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