Moisturising For Dark Skin

The Skin of The Face

Understanding the skin is the first step towards an efficient skincare routine, right? So, come learn more about black skin and how to hydrate it!

On the face, black skin is usually mixed with oily skin. The sebaceous glands are bigger, and so is the production of fat. Consequently, it is skin that has more dilated pores, with a tendency to blackheads and pimples.

The sweat glands are also larger, so not only does it produce more fat, it also produces more water.

All this is the result of mechanisms developed by the skin itself, which lived in regions with a high incidence of solar radiation for thousands and thousands of years. Intelligent and reactive, the skin has been tooled to protect the body, creating this emulsion of fat and water that houses a series of essential substances. One of them is urocanic acid, an important factor in the skin’s natural protection against solar radiation.

As with melanin, in black skin, the production of urocanic acid is greater. This enables it to defend itself from UV rays better, making the incidence of skin cancer considerably lower – which does not mean that black skin can be unprotected when exposed to solar radiation.

Another particularity of black skin is that the fibroblasts are larger and produce more collagen and elastin, proteins that support the skin tissue. This is one of the factors that makes aging happen later. The skin takes longer to lose elasticity, sagging, lines and expression wrinkles.

To keep the face hydrated

Cleaning should be done with soap with a physiological pH, which respects the acidity of the skin barrier.

The moisturizer should be specific to your skin type – combination or oily. Serums are highly recommended, especially those with ingredients that inhibit the proliferation of the bacteria that causes acne (soon, Riô will have a perfect product for that!).

Exfoliation can be done up to twice a week, depending on your skin condition.

The skin of the body

Here the scenario changes completely because the transepidermal loss of water is much greater than in the face.

Therefore, in addition to being dry, the skin on the body has a strong tendency to become dehydrated – especially on the legs, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. This increases the chances of the skin becoming rougher, scaly and greyish.

But one thing it has in common with the skin of the face: it also takes longer to sag, keeping it firm and elastic for much longer.

To keep the body hydrated

Cleaning should be done with soap of physiological pH, with mild surfactants (cleaning agents) that do not harm the skin’s natural protection layer.

Formulas rich in pro-vitamin B5, derived from fatty acids from rice and starch are excellent choices, as they act on several fronts that black skin needs: they stimulate water production; create a biofilm that prevents its evaporation and still attracts moisture to the surface of the skin.

The moisturizer should be more powerful, with ingredients that stimulate the skin’s natural hydration, such as the trio that combines green coffee oil; vitamin E and provitamin B5. All of them are in the Riô Body and Hands Moisturizing Lotion, which also has Shea Butter – in addition to instantly hydrating, it reduces signs of dry skin, such as the flaking that leaves that grayish appearance.

Also, Read : How To Eat Your Way To Healthy & Glowing Skin

Fun Fact

Does moisturizer darken skin?

Yes, it is possible for moisturizers to make skin darker or fair. This happens when the moisturizer contains a sunscreen that isn’t broad-spectrum, meaning it doesn’t protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation can cause skin to darken, while UVB radiation can cause sunburn.

Kelly Wilson
Kelly Wilson
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