Summer Skincare: Skin Changes and Beauty Products to Use for Women of Color
For a lot of us, summer is just around the corner, and our skin is expected to adjust with the change in the climate. Though it’s a general concept that dark-skinned is exempt to various skin concerns, it’s not a secret that even women of color can experience changes in the tone and texture of their skin over the seasons. From the temperature of your shower water to the food you eat and the type of skincare products you use, there are a host of changes you need to make before the summer arrives. The uneven complexion and dark spots are the most common concerns of melanated beauties. Excessive dryness or enlarged pores can be particularly shocking in a beauty industry that reduces the specific problems of black women to a small segment of the market.
Let us help you get down to skin care tips and products primarily designed for the skin of color so you can thrive throughout the hot summer.
Deep Cleanse Your Skin
With an increase in the temperature, natural oil production in the skin may increase. Heavy, cream based cleansers may well cause skin problems. Use a light-weight, water-based cleanser twice a day to keep your skin clean and fresh.
Our pick is Rice & Clean Gentle Facial Cleanser by Plantapothecary. The main ingredients used in this cleanser are rice bran, chamomile, and Vitamin E. For centuries, rice bran smoothed, softened, and cleared the skin. Its Japan most extended secret beauty ingredient. The antibacterial Chamomile soothes, calms, and cleanses the skin. Vitamin E is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant factors that help to fight against free radical damage and reduce the signs of aging.
Use a Gentle Toner
Toner is dismissed as overkill, but to get a well-balanced and refreshed skin. Toner is a pretty crucial step in a comprehensive skin care routine. It helps to remove any oil, make or dirt residue and also prepares your skin to let other products sink in.
Choose a gentle, non-abrasive, non-alcoholic, and fragrance-free formula like Revitalizing Face toner by Jacq’s Organics. This skin-replenishing toner is made with organic botanicals like orange mint, hibiscus, and burdock root. Orange mint is rich in natural salicylic acid that soothes acne prone skin and hydrates dry, itchy skin. Hibiscus contains natural AHA that controls oil production and exfoliates the skin. Burdock root is a detoxifying herb that keeps the skin plump and healthy. This hydrating floral tea removes impurities, minimizes the appearance of pores, and balances the pH of your skin.
Exfoliate your Skin Regularly
This is the perfect time to start exfoliating your skin if you’re not doing that already. Gentle exfoliation will slough off dull, dead skin and boost blood circulation, leaving your skin brighter, fresher, and smoother. It will not only reduce existing hyperpigmentation and dark spots but also prevent future appearance.
We recommend gently exfoliating your skin at least twice a week with Micro-Exfoliating Scrub by Skinceuticals is ideal to ensure fresh and radiant skin. It contains hydrated silica, aloe extract, and glycerin that help to cleanse pores, promote healthy skin barrier, and soften and hydrate the skin. This scrub is suitable for all skin types and conditions.
Be Sure to Moisturize and Protect your Skin
Keeping your face moisturized will help you look and feel younger, making your skin softer, more elastic, and supple. You can replace your thicker, oil-based moisturizers with lightweight, water or gel-based moisturizers during summer. Ideally, use a moisturizing sunscreen with lighter formulation to get adequate hydration along with protection from sun damage. Women of color often avoid sunscreen due to the common misconception that they can’t get sun damage because of their melanin. But this is entirely false. Unprotected sun exposure can cause premature aging, dehydration, and hyperpigmentation, no matter your skin color.
Our choice is Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 by Skinceuticals. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic with a high concentration of UVA and UVB filters to protect against harmful UV rays while hydrating your skin at the same time. This lightweight lotion dries quickly and gets absorbed into the skin with a clean finish.
Apply Facial Masks for a Smooth & Glowing Skin
It’s normal to have dull and dehydrated skin during summer due to exposure to heat and pollutants during summer. Facial masks help you get a bright and smooth complexion within a few minutes at the comfort of your couch.
Try this super moisturizing Hydra Mask by Skinbuttr for an effortless glow. This nourishing mask mainly contains hyaluronic acid, aloe vera gel, shea butter, olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E that help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while making your skin appear more youthful and plump.