Guest Post:African American Skin Care Tips For When The Temperature Begins To Rise by Juliette Samuel
A change in season means a change in your skin care regimen also. This is because the climate has something to do with your skin’s condition and its reaction to the products you apply. For instance, when the weather is warm, your skin needs to breathe and would therefore appreciate lighter formulations. Using the same products you had for winter could result to oiliness, clogged pores, and pimples among many others.
This is true for people of all skin tones. People with darker skin should modify their black skin care regimen to suit the warm months in the same way Caucasians and Asians do. And as long as they know what their skin type is, this shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
Below are some black skin care tips to get your skin ready for some sun and sweat.
Keep it Light
Black skin care products for the winter are usually heavy and greasy so replace them with lighter formulations such as oil-free and water-based products. The same should be done with your makeup. Additionally, clean your makeup tools more frequently during warm months because bacteria growth is faster when it is hot.
Another tip is to keep your makeup as minimal and natural looking as possible. Instead of using heavy foundation, a tinted moisturizer will do. Go for tinted lip balm instead of lipstick. Not only will your skin thank you for it, it will also make you look better. After all, summer is all about looking fresh and natural.
If you are not sure of the black skin care product’s effect on your skin, perform a skin test first.
Quench Whenever, Wherever
Aside from updating your stash of African American Skin care products, keeping your skin hydrated is very important during this season so drink at least eight glasses of water and more if you perspire a lot. Bring some bottled water with you so you will remember to take a sip even if you’re busy.
Artificial fruit juices and soda are flavorful but do not substitute them for water. If you want a little flavor, put some slices of lime in your water. You can also squeeze fruits or put them in a blender with ice cubes and milk for a little pizzazz.
Here Comes the Sun
Summer is all about outdoor fun, so sun exposure will be the last thing you can avoid. Fortunately, people with black skin are naturally protected with higher SPF than those who have fairer skin. However, it doesn’t mean that you can be careless about sun protection.
An SPF or sun protection factor of 30 is what black skin care specialists recommend for daily protection. People with black skin can switch to SPF 15 but if you are going to the beach, you might as well use a sunscreen with higher SPF such as SPF 30. Today, it’s not difficult to find a good sunscreen product. Choose a non-greasy formulation for a better feel and absorption.
Finally, avoid direct or overexposure from the sun. Bring an umbrella or hat to shield your skin. Even with sunscreen, your skin can still get damaged so better err on the safe side. Re-apply sunscreen as necessary and leave it on your skin at least a good half hour before you head out for the outdoors.
African American skin care becomes more essential during warmer days or the summer season than any other seasons. Why? Because it is also the best time to bare a little skin! So use the tips above and don’t be afraid to show them what you got.
About the Author:
Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.
Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.
Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.
What does that do for you? It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.
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