It makes no difference whether you’re male or female our skin, the largest organ in our body, needs to be taken care of on a daily basis in order to keep it healthy.
For men, skincare is often neglected. What they don't know is that having a good skincare routine is just as important as regular exercise and good nutrition. But, taking care of dark skin can be challenging as it has many unique factors.
The most common skin concern for dark-skinned men is keloid scarring, as they are more susceptible to razor bumps. And because dark skin has more melanin, it's more prone to hyperpigmentation.
Hence, finding the right skincare routine can be a bit of a challenge for black men. With so many products and options, it's difficult to know how to get started. But don't worry! We are happy to help with these simple tips for black men’s skincare!
#1: Know Your Skin Type
In order for you to take better care of your beautiful skin, it's important to know and understand your type of skin early on.
- Normal skin hardly ever gets skin irritation, acne, and dryness.
- Oily skin has a natural shine and is most likely to suffer from acne due to oil buildup.
- Dry and sensitive skin gets irritated far more easily than other skin types and frequently feels tight.
- For combination skin, the T-zone is oily, while the rest are usually dry and sensitive.
#2: Cleanse, Exfoliate, and Hydrate Your Skin Daily
Whether you work indoors or outdoors, dust and sebum build up on your skin every day. When it comes to improving and maintaining your skin, washing your face twice a day – morning and evening – with a skin-friendly cleanser should be your first step.
But you also need to remember that overdoing it can strip off the natural oils in your skin which also serve as a protective layer of your skin.
After cleansing your face, you may want to exfoliate to get rid of the dead skin cells that usually clog the pores and cause unwanted razor bumps.
Finally, don’t forget to moisturize afterward. Your skin will need sufficient moisture to keep it hydrated. Since black skin is seemingly sensitive, moisturizers with natural ingredients such as Jojoba oil and Shea butter are an excellent choice.
These simple steps are crucial if you want to have clean, hydrated, and healthy skin.
#3: Choose Skin Care Products Suitable for Your Skin Color
It's important to know what your skin needs, as it is the key determinant in choosing the right skincare products. However, it's worth noting that using products of inferior quality will only worsen your skin concerns and can contribute to long-term skin problems.
Investing in skin care products with natural ingredients is your best bet, as they are jam-packed with essential nutrients, so they are much safer and easier on your skin. Your skin will surely thank you for that!
#4: Keep Your Skin Protected From the Sun
Your melanin-rich skin consists of chemical properties that block the harmful UV rays of the sun. However, this is not enough to fight against a strong opponent. You may need extra protective layers to help shield your skin from any damage caused by sun exposure.
Add good quality sunscreen to your skin care regimen. After all, prevention is always better than... Well, you know what comes next.
#5: Make Positive Changes in Your Lifestyle
Yes, you may have a good skincare routine, but if you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, your skin care products won't do much. Because it's easier to direct our attention only to what we put on our skin, we often neglect the importance of eating and living healthily. Your skin shows what's happening within your body.
Therefore, how your skin looks will depend on your daily lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in improving the appearance of your skin.
To keep any skin issues at arm's length, eat more fruits and vegetables. Also, we don't mean to go parenting 101 on you, but try to get more sleep, keep yourself well-hydrated, and quit your vices. You will be surprised by the results in no time!
Skincare can be overwhelming, especially for black men who most likely suffer from hyperpigmentation and razor bumps, among other skin problems. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow through with the right skin care tips for your skin color.
With the right, yet simple, skin care tips in check–cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, apply sunscreen, eat the right food, and live a healthy lifestyle – it's easier for you to always look good and feel good! Now, it’s time to keep that skin glowing. Have a happy skincare routine!