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Protect Your Melanin: Try This Natural Skincare Routine for Black Skin


Choosing the perfect skincare routine for healthy and glowing Black skin can be quite a struggle, and you may get confused a couple of times. But that’s okay because your skin, just like yours, is unique. 

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Your Black skin contains more melanin, so you need a different routine from someone with lighter skin. Therefore, choose a skincare routine suited to your skin type when searching for one.

Don’t know how to go about it? Don’t fret.

In this article, you’ll learn how to include a simple natural skincare routine for Black skin in your daily routine. 

Does Black Skin Need Protection?

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Emphatically, yes! Your melanin needs to be handled with care because melanin-producing cells are more vulnerable to injury and inflammation, causing hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, and pronounced scars.

Black skin usually has low levels of ceramides, which are present in the uppermost layer of the skin, keeping it hydrated and smooth. Consequently, they tend to have more noticeable dry skin, which gives them a greyish appearance.

Other skin problems associated with black skin include dark spots, dark circles, acne, and inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.  

But did you know you can safeguard your skin by following a natural skincare routine for Black skin, tailored to suit your skin type without toxins, artificial chemicals, or unhealthy additives?  Keep reading to find out!

Try This Natural Skincare Routine for Black Skin

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An ideal and healthy natural skincare routine for black skin includes the following steps:

  1. Cleanse

Cleansing is an essential part of any skincare routine. It removes dirt, prevents pore clogging, and cleanses your skin of toxins. For black skin, especially if prone to acne, it’s advisable to use a non-comedogenic (oil-free) cleanser. 

When cleansing, wash your face with warm water using your cleanser. Rinse with warm water and dab gently with a clean towel.

The common ingredients in cleansers are retinol, salicylic acid, and glycerin. But alternative natural ingredients are coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, aloe vera, and tea tree oil. 

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  1. Tone

Toning balances the skin’s PH and removes any residual dirt after cleansing. Using the right natural toner will also help to temporarily tighten your pores and help your skin better absorb creams and serums.

Apply a few drops of toner to your face with clean hands or a clean cotton pad. Natural toners you can use are witch hazel, chamomile, rosewater, and apple cider vinegar.

  1. Hydrate

After toning, hydrate your skin with a facial serum. Using the right serum can help reduce dark spots and make your skin smoother and more radiant.

Rub a small amount of serum on your skin and allow your skin to absorb the serum naturally. Avoid massaging. 

Facial serums you can use are retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C. You can also use Goji berry, caffeine, and Gotu kola as natural hydrating serums.

  1. Moisturize

While hydrating replenishes your skin with water, moisturizing replenishes your skin with oil and supports the natural oil production of your skin.

Black skin has low levels of ceramide and loses moisture more quickly than lighter skin, making moisturizers crucial for keeping the skin moist. They also help to prevent wrinkles, keeping your skin firm.

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When applying your moisturizer, gently massage it into your skin. Typical moisturizers include menthol, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. However, natural moisturizers you can use are shea butter, sunflower oil, and jojoba oil.

  1. Protect

Contrary to popular belief, Black skin, like other skin types, requires sunscreen, even if it is high in melanin. 

Skin Cancer Foundation states that even black skin can get burned on cloudy days. Therefore, it is necessary to wear sun protection rated at about 30 or more — even on days when you are at the beach!

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Use sunscreen about 30 minutes before going out and reapply at every 2-hour interval, at least. Natural sunscreens are the best, as sunscreens are one of the most harmful skincare products with hazardous chemicals. Natural sunscreen ingredients usually include Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, and Retinyl Palmitate. 

For optimal results, it’s best to skip a few minutes between each step. And if you haven’t started your skincare journey yet, it’s not too late to start now. 

Shalom Ngbala-Okpabi
Shalom Ngbala-Okpabi
We learned to read and write in school, and I took mine to another level.


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