Everyone’s skin is unique, but my aim in these blogs is to discuss as many different skin types as possible to help you guys give your skin the TLC it deserves! This week we’re tackling problems faced by darker skin tones. Darker skin tones have a different make-up to lighter skin tones, and are more susceptible to certain issues such as hyperpigmentation. Here are my top tips:
Be aware of hyper-pigmentation, ashiness and dark spots
Darker skin tones are much more prone to pigmentation variations down to the melanin in our skin. You may also notice that your skin sometimes looks ashy. Darker skin can often look more ashy if it is not well moisturised. So make sure to cleanse tone and moisturise every morning and night! Ashiness can also look more prominent under foundation/concealer. In this instance I would recommend using a colour corrector which can cancel out the ashiness. An orange/peach colour corrector can warm up these tones and eliminate the ashy appearance.
Products which can help with the above include:
- Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 30ml by The Ordinary
- NYX Concealer Jar
- LA Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Concealer
- Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
There are products you can buy to treat spots faster so that you aren’t left with dark spots/marks.
Look for products that include niacinamide, vitamin C, retinoids, soy, kojic acid, licorice root, daisy or peony extract, all of which can help to fade spots.
Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion
Chemical peel (chemically breaks up skin pigments) and microdermabrasion (mechanically breaks up skin pigment) procedures have proven to be effective for hyper-pigmentation. Of course these procedures can be expensive, so, try this:
Be careful with laser hair removal.
Make sure you have a test done first to see if your skin can tolerate the laser safely! It's imperative that you find the right laser for you otherwise it could result in burns and scarring
Wear SPF year-round!!
Although darker skin tones have natural sun protectant, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the sun’s rays! Wearing SPF helps protect you from ageing skin and discolouration and uneven skin tone. Check out these below:
Darker skin is sometimes particularly sensitive to chemical exfoliants, so make sure you take it slow if you’ve just bought a new exfoliator, use it once and see how your skin reacts, and then take it from there!