For any skin tone, including darker complexions, treating your skin with care is a must if you want to age well and avoid skin problems. Did you know that your kitchen hides all the secrets, especially for Black skin, which has distinct characteristics and benefits from extra moisturising properties, preferably in the form of natural, emollient-rich oils.
Those with darker skin tones should follow these steps to ensure their skin is amply hydrated and glows healthily all-year round.
Firstly, to wake up in the morning, soak your flannel in hot water, then place it over your face for several minutes or until it cools. Not only is this a wonderful way to wake up, especially in the winter, but it will also open your pores in preparation for step 2.
Secondly, wash your face with an essential oil. Soaps strip the oil from the skin, so avoid anything with sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium Laureth sulfate in the ingredients as both are foaming agents, and alcohol, which can be extremely drying and irritating to the skin. Black skin needs to retain its oils especially as it can be prone to dryness, especially in western climates. Use essential oils, like coconut, or aloe vera, chamomile and oats to cleanse.
Thirdly, make your own natural toner. Once you have patted dry, mix a little lemon juice with water, one part lemon juice (freshly squeezed, obviously), five parts water. It should be fairly diluted. Use a cotton ball to apply it all over your face. This mixture will naturally tighten the skin. Do not wash it off.
Next, use an oil to nourish and soften your skin. The favourites for darker complexions are sweet almond, coconut, olive and jojoba oils. Do this in the morning and before bedtime too.
A fantastic tip for dry skin is to apply a homemade, banana face mask once or twice a week. Mash a ripe banana up with the white of an egg white. Apply it to your face, neck and decolletage. Leave on for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Notice the difference!
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