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There are many tips on what to drink to live a healthy lifestyle. This can include orange juice, carrot juice and the like. But did you know that there is something extremely beneficial, and vital for our body that we definitely need to consider drinking every day? You guessed it! Water. It is well known that water helps in maintaining our hydration and keeping our organs in tip-top shape. In fact, it is recommended that men need roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of water a day while for women, it is recommended to drink about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water a day. This of course depends on the temperature of the climate, how active the individual is, and so forth. Well that’s all nice and dandy, but what’s in it for your skin care for African American skin?

First off, let’s look at the negative effects if the recommended amount of water is not consumed daily. Since your body is constantly renewing itself, it needs the energy to continue on. Water, is one of those sources of energy. Also, water is constantly flushing out of your body from sweat, breathing, urine, and bowel movements. Because of this, you definitely need to constantly be replenishing your body. Some risks that you may have if your water intake does not equal your output are higher health risks, a slower metabolism, and constipation. Lastly, and this is the one consequence that may hurt us the most, our skin appears more wrinkled. How is this possible? Your skin is made up of plenty of water, and works as a protective barrier to prevent further water loss. If there is not enough water to help the skin do its job, the skin will appear drier, making it susceptible to wrinkles.

With all the negative consequences in mind, there is no surprise that water does in fact bring many benefits to our health (and our skin of course). But focusing on just our skin (since we are all trying very hard to prevent wrinkles from forming), drinking more water will improve our hydration. Being hydrated means having the appearance of plumped skin, with the fine lines and wrinkles filled, and having a brightened complexion.

It is clear now, that staying hydrated can bring benefits to a black skin care regimen. So next time you’re out and about, try to squeeze in a couple more glasses a day. Stay refreshed, and you will stay beautiful.

female-471152_640It is common for darker skinned people that have oily skin to wish they had dry skin. But when taking a few things in consideration for black women’s skin care, it just might turn out that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Still not convinced? Check out the following reasons as to why it is actually beneficial to have oily skin.

Oily Skin can hide Wrinkles

Believe it or not, oily skin can fight back wrinkles better than dry skin. How is this possible? Wrinkles are originally formed when the skin is dry and fragile. Since oily skin already has its natural oils on the surface, it helps keep the skin moist and smooth. What can you do make the best of this advantage? Apply hypoallergenic moisturizers to lock in the moisture without the negative effects of too much oil.

Oily Skin can give a Natural Glow

 Having oily skin means not spending money on shimmery highlighters to apply around the t-zone. Truth is, if you have oily skin, you must be one of the lucky ones! This is because many women go through a certain regimen and spend money to achieve the natural vibrating look you already have. This is a sharp contrast to women who have dry skin (skin that most often appears dull). How to make the best of your natural glow? Use an oil blotter or any other product that does not completely remove the oil but rather help control it.

Oily Skin is Easier to Treat Than Dry Skin

Most of the products for treatment of oily skin prove to be the least expensive as opposed to treatment products for dry skin. This is because dry skin tends to be more sensitive and thus requiring lots more attention to key ingredients. Also, when it comes to searching specific products to match your skin type, it seems that there is a much more variety for oily skin rather than for dry skin. Lucky you!

 

discolorationThe Causes of Discoloration

Skin discoloration and dark spots on elbows and knees or any region of the skin is a common problem for African American skin care. Luckily, understanding the causes of skin discoloration can play an important role for prevention.

The main cause of discoloration on the skin is sun exposure. Your skin contains melanin, a factor that gives your skin its natural color. Not protecting your skin from the sun may cause an increase of uneven melanin production, resulting in small dark spots on the skin.

Another factor that may contribute to uneven skin tone is friction. By constantly putting pressure on your elbows and knees, you are making your skin more susceptible to roughness and dryness. Unfortunately, this leads to darkened areas on the skin.

Lastly, poor skin care can also result in skin discoloration. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin making your skin appear darker than usual.

Prevention of Uneven Skin Tone

Now that some of the causing factors are known, what can be done to prevent skin discoloration? First off, and this is something that should be done daily, using a good sun screen protector can help prevent skin discoloration. Anything with an SPF of 15 or higher does the job well. This prevents the formation of too much melanin and thus prevents the appearance of skin discoloration.

Another trick for preventing dark spots on your skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin and therefore prevents any buildup from occurring. Using a brush, loofah, and any other product that may have exfoliating properties is beneficial.

Applying a good moisturizer to your skin after exfoliating can also do wonders. Moisturizing your skin reduces any roughness and dryness on your skin and so reduces the appearance of skin discoloration.

There are also many products out on the store shelves that can help speed up the process of reducing the appearance of uneven skin tones. When shopping for such products, make sure it touches on at least one of these prevention factors. Try products from Clear Essence’s Platinum or Anti-Aging Skin Care Lines. These black skin care products are formulated with a blend of ingredients including sun protection, to effectively treat hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes. With time, you will happily enjoy your natural, even skin tone.

 

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Many people keep track of their eating habits for weight management purposes. But are there other ways in which our eating habits can affect skin care for African American women? Many dermatologists claim that the foods we eat do in fact contribute to the development of acne on our skin. Although it may not cause acne directly, it does play an important role in our skin renewal. Since the skin on our body is constantly under construction, it needs vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat to repair and rebuild. If the foods we are intaking are not beneficial to our body, the skin will not renew properly. This can cause blockage of glands and pores resulting in acne development. According to professor of dermatology Marmur, eating healthy will go a long way in preventing skin problems.

What foods are recommended to obtain healthier looking skin? For starters, avoid junk foods such as french fries and potato chips. Keep in mind that skin renewal requires vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat… and let’s face it… junk food will not be providing that for us. Not surprisingly, a healthy diet is good for us and our skin because it seems to reduce inflammation and lower the chances of developing acne.

Foods with Vitamin A

Take in consideration salmon, carrots, spinach, and broccoli when planning your next meal. These options contain vitamin A which helps regulate the skin cycle and prevent the glands and pores from getting clogged.

Foods with Selenium

The selenium mineral is an antioxidant that can help protect the skin from sun damage. Foods that contain selenium include tuna, salmon, eggs, and brown rice.

Drink Lots of Water!

Water helps hydrate your body which in turn leads to healthier, plump skin. Water also helps with flushing out any toxins that we have in our system. In general, it is recommended to drink five to eight glasses of water each day to obtain the benefits that water brings to our system.

So now we know that foods can, although not directly, contribute to the development of acne on dark skin. Try to plan out your meals, make them healthy, and say goodbye to those signs of acne that you’ve been working so hard to get rid of!

skin-cleansing-264066_640Dull, dead looking skin is never a beauty goal for African American women’s skin care. Exfoliation is a way for us to avoid dead and dull looking skin. Exfoliation allows us to remove the dead cells that sit on the top layer of our skin. Once these dead cells are gone, it allows for our natural glowing complexion to shine through.

                Our face is usually where we focus most of our attention, but sometimes our bodies’ need a little bit of TLC as well. Just like our face, we also want our bodies to have a beautiful glow. To create this glow you should use products that specifically say body scrub or cleansing scrubs. Body scrubs should contain any of the following; beads, pits, sugar, salt, or another natural exfoliating substance. These scrubs are a little bit harsher on the skin, and should not be applied to the face. For the face, there are many different options for exfoliators. If you have sensitive skin, using a non-irritating daily cleanser with a washcloth should suffice. For normal skin, a mild exfoliator should be used. Most dermatologists recommend scrubs with jojoba beads or sugar, as they are less irritating. There are also facial peels called glycolic masks that may be used to exfoliate. These facial masks use chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid, to gently exfoliate the skin.

Exfoliation should be done around once a week in your black skin care routine. If exfoliation is done more often, it can cause redness and dry out your skin. For the body, a loofa, body glove, or body brush, may be used with a body scrub to exfoliate the skin. These products should not be used on the face because they are too rough for the more sensitive skin that is on your face. To exfoliate the body you should take a warm shower, not hot because the hot water will dry out the skin. While in the shower rub the body scrub in a circular motion and then rinse well. To exfoliate the face with a mild scrub or cleanser a clean washcloth should be used. Place a small amount of product onto a wet washcloth. Then wash the face in gentle circular motions. You do not want to scrub your face, as that will cause irritation.

Exfoliation can reveal the true beauty in your skin. It wipes away all those dead skin cells to reveal a glowing complexion. Just be careful, as you do not want this great thing to go awry because of overuse.

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