The Best Skin Products for Black Skin

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An African American woman is applying moisturizer to her skin. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Clear, even skin tone, free from spots and discolorations, is the desire of most people of color. Black skin contains melanin -- a natural substance that provides pigment and color to dark skin. This same substance also makes black skin more prone to discolorations and dark spots. To keep black skin looking its flawless best, adapt to using products that nurture and enhance black skin and help you put your best face forward.

Cleansers

A good skin care regimen for black skin should include use of a daily skin cleanser. Skin cleansers rid the skin of dirt, makeup and oil, leaving it clean and refreshed. A cleanser specifically formulated for black skin is best; you should refrain from using cleansers containing abrasive ingredients such as alcohol, dyes, propylene glycol, lanolin and fragrances. Such ingredients may lead to irritation of the skin or hyperpigmentation. Be sure to cleanse the skin gently.

Toners

A black skin care regimen should include a skin toner. Skin toners offer many benefits to the skin including: restoring the natural pH balance of the skin, reducing skin oil secretions, sloughing away dead skin cells, clearing away impurities and encouraging blood circulation. Skin toners give the skin a brighter, livelier appearance and should be applied to the face and neck following the cleansing process. Avoid skin toners containing harmful ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, ethanol and alcohol. For best results, choose a skin toner especially designed for dark skin.

Moisturizers

A balanced black skin care regimen must always include a daily moisturizer. Opt for moisturizers containing "humectrants," or products that draw water to the skin. When choosing a moisturizer, choose one containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, dimethicone or urea. Alcohol-free and scent-free moisturizes are best since those containing alcohols and perfumes irritate and dry out the skin. Products consisting of retinol or vitamin A should also be avoided as these rob the skin of moisture. Consider products containing natural ingredients including bees wax, soy oil and corn oil.

Sunscreen

Like any other skin type, black skin requires protection from the sun. Always apply a sunscreen to keep your skin well protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Using a sunblock provides a barrier of protection between your skin and the sun, forcing sun rays to bounce off the skin. Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15. If you suffer from a medical condition such as lupus or have discolorations and dark spots, look for a sunscreen with an SPF 30. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, taking care to apply it generously on all exposed parts of the body.

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