You know that creating a skin care routine tailored to your skin type—whether you have skin that’s oily, combination, dry, or anywhere in between—is super-important for keeping it healthy. But did you know you should also take your skin tone into consideration when putting together a beauty regimen? Yep, it’s true! Those with darker skin tones may have specific skin care needs. That means skin care for Black women requires knowing the right tips to follow and products to use—this is the key to a healthy-looking visage. Working with a dark skin tone? Keep these six Black skin care tips in mind to help your complexion look its best.
TIP #1: CLEANSE GENTLY
Darker skin can look ashy when it’s not properly moisturized. This means you’ll want to reach for a mild, gentle facial cleanser that’s formulated specifically for dry skin, like a micellar water. Thanks to the power of tiny micelles, or oil molecules, micellar water easily and gently clears away surface-level impurities and makeup from the skin—without drying it out. Consider it a must for your Black skin care routine. If your complexion is dry, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your face to cleanse. Easy, peasy!
TIP #2: MOISTURIZE OFTEN—AT THIS SPECIFIC TIME
Another way to prevent ashiness? Using a moisturizer twice a day! To really lock in hydration, apply your face and body moisturizer right after you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. You should also choose a moisturizer that’s designed for your skin type.
When it comes to your face moisturizer, have your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, and the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water and help provide long-lasting hydration.
Drink enough of water everyday is also important too. It is commonly recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule). Although there is little science behind this specific rule, staying hydrated is important.
If you feel like it’s too hard to drink enough of water everyday – you should try these African water tracker bottles!
It really helps me stay on track with my water intake. Not to mention it’s such an eye-catcher and motivated me so much!
TIP #3: DON’T OVERDO IT WITH EXFOLIATING
Darker skin can be sensitive to exfoliants, so pay attention to how your skin responds when you exfoliate. In regards to how many times a week you should exfoliate, there’s no set answer—it depends on your skin. Some people can handle it multiple times a week, while others may only be able to exfoliate once a week. When it comes to skin care for Black women, it’s a good idea to opt for a gentle, nourishing physical exfoliant.
We love the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which is formulated with cocoa butter and leaves skin feeling nourished while sloughing off buildup. To use this exfoliating face scrub, massage the formula over your complexion using gentle circular motions, then rinse. If you’re new to exfoliating, start with a once per week frequency and see how your skin reacts.
TIP #4: LOOK OUT FOR DARK SPOTS
Noticed any dark spots lately? Those with dark skin tones can be more prone to experiencing skin discolorations, such as dark spots. These spots occur when something triggers the skin to produce more melanin. This could be something as seemingly inconsequential as a pimple, insect bite, or cut. Although fading these dark spots can take time, it’s not completely hopeless!
For people of color looking to speed up the process of fading dark spots, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends looking for a skin lightener formulated with an ingredient like glycolic acid. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid, which is formulated with pure glycolic acid and aloe and helps smooth and visibly refine skin and fade the look of dark spots with continued use over time. Apply it in the morning and at night after cleansing.
Editor’s note: Think using a serum is the only way to tackle dark spots? Using the right makeup for dark skin tones can help you even your skin tone in a pinch. Check out our article on Our Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones, so you can perfect your complexion with a few dabs of foundation.
TIP #5: GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Not getting enough sleep at night? Consider this your sign to start! Not only does rest come in handy to reset and recharge your body for the next day, but it also works to renew your skin, per the AAD. So, always make sure to carve out enough time to catch some Zs.
TIP #6: WEAR A BROAD-SPECTRUM SPF DAILY
One of the biggest beauty myths we hear is that people with dark skin tones don’t need to wear sunscreen. Totally untrue! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people of color can still get sunburned and develop skin cancer. So, no matter how light or dark your skin is, SPF is a must. And yes, we mean every day—the Skin Cancer Foundation states that you can even get burned on cloudy days, so it’s important to wear SPF rain or shine! Stick with the Food & Drug Administration’s recommendation to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher.
If you’re pressed for time, consider trying a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, to cut down on the steps in your Black skincare routine. You’ll need to reapply every two hours (more frequently if you go swimming, towel off, or sweat excessively), so go ahead and toss your source of SPF in your purse so that you have it on hand all day!