Top 5 skincare tips for dark skin types
Everyone’s skin is different, thus all of us require different skincare routines tailored to our unique skincare concerns.
Creating a skincare routine tailored to your skin type, whether you have oily, combination or dry skin is very important to keep it healthy. When treating your skin, it is very important to take your skin tone into consideration.
The amount of melanin (pigment) in our skin determines the colour of our skin. Darker skins have a higher overall melanin density. Melanin’s main function is to absorb light protecting skin cells from damage caused by the UV rays of the sun. This can make darker skin more prone to develop pigmentation as the melanin is more active.
Tip #1: Cleanse daily
The skins natural barrier needs to be intact in order for the skin to perform optimally. Use a gentle cleanser that does not clog the pores or cause any irritation to the skin.
Lamelle Clarity Active Cleanse is a gel-based cleanser for combination to oily skin, that contains tea tree and salicylic acid that will gently exfoliate the skin while keeping the skins barrier intact.
(Similar product: ZO Exfoliating Cleanser)
Lamelle Serra Cleanse is a gel/cream base cleanser for dry and sensitive skin this cleanser is ideal for skin with an impaired barrier or eczema prone skin.
(Similar Product: ZO Hydrating Cleanser)
Wet your hands and apply a pea size of the cleanser on your fingertips massage the cleanser into the skin with clean fingertips, then rinse it off with warm (not hot) water and pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Tip #2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is an important step in your skincare routine. Exfoliation assists your skin in removing dead skin cell from the surface and stimulates cell regeneration.
Darker skin needs to be handled with care when exfoliated due to the high melanin density. When you exfoliate your skin with products or tools that are too harsh it can result in an impaired barrier. When your skins barrier is impaired your skin becomes dehydrated, sensitive and can even develop a rash. This all can result in an increase in melanin production, giving this skin an uneven appearance.
Lamelle Cathepzyme 2 home exfoliation system is the safest way to exfoliate any skin type as this exfoliator work with enzymes that digests the dead skin cell.
(Similar Product: ZO Enzymatic Peel)
Exfoliators that contain granules have a higher risk of causing irritation. Most people tend to exfoliate too aggressively leaving the skin sensitive and vulnerable. However, granular exfoliators are the best way to remove dead skin cell and stimulate cells regeneration. ZO exfoliating polish is an amazing product as it contains vitamin A, C & E that can deliver antioxidant protection and create an even toned complexion.
Tip #3: Serum
A facial serum is considered a target product, as it is recommended to treat a specific skincare concern. Darker skin types tend to have uneven pigment due to trauma or UV damage.
Neoretin Booster serum is an excellent targeted night serum to improve pigmentation and ageing.
Tip #4: Moisturise
A moisturiser is a skin type specific product, and is an essential part of any skin care routine.
Lamelle Serra Restore boosts the skins natural hydration and can aid in restoring the skins barrier with its soothing and calming effect.
(Similar Product: ZO Hydrating Crème)
Tip #5: SPF
Sunscreen is the most important part of your skin care routine, it protects your skin from all forms of UV radiation. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancers and accelerate the ageing process.
Heliocare is a uniquely formulated sunscreen that will suit all skin types (dry, oily and combination). Fernblock is the key ingredient in all Heliocare products. This strong antioxidant protects your skin from DNA damage caused by the harmful UV rays.
(Similar Product: ZO Sunscreen & Colour Science)