What defines beautiful brown skin is that it has a warm, soft glow that comes in an array different shades including cream, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, rich chocolate and espresso. Skin of color is diverse, beautiful and unique encompassing the globe to include people of African, Native American, Latin, Caribbean, Asian and Middle Eastern descent.
Skin of color is characterized by itís rich color caused by increased levels of melanin. Melanin is naturally occurring pigments that are responsible for the color of our skin. While having darker skin presents itís challenges, due to itís hypersensitive nature, there are so many more advantages than disadvantages. We should be knowledgeable about the benefits of our darker skin and embrace it's beauty.
For instance, skin of color on average tends to look years younger than fair-skin due to the natural sun protection our rich color gives us. Have you ever noticed in most cases, a woman of color looks at least 5 to 10 years younger than a woman with fair skin around the same age?
Reasons Why Darker Skin Ages More Slowly
The reason for this, is that our skin takes longer to absorb the skin damaging UVA and UVB sun rays because of the natural increased levels of melanin within our skin, which provides some natural sun protection. Of course, sun damage is notorious for prematurely aging the skin.
In most cases, darker skin does not wrinkle and prematurely age as quickly as fair skin. The darker oneís skin is, the less likely they will begin to show early signs of aging such as wrinkling, mottled skin and crows feet for example.
However, make no mistake about it, even your beautiful skin needs sun protection. Although darker skin in and of itself provides a natural source of sun protection, a UVA/UVB sunscreen or sun block of at least SPF 20-30 is necessary for increased sun protection.
The Different Hues in Our Skin
There are many different hues of skin of color. The darker the skin, the more melanin it produces. The lighter the skin, the less melanin it produces. For example, skin of color with less melanin is more of a cream or vanilla color still with a warm, yellow to slight tan undertone.
Skin of color with a moderate amount of melanin is more of a warm, caramel color. Darker skin with higher levels of melanin has more of a coffee or milk chocolate coloration to it.
Last, but surely one of the loveliest hues is brown skin that is supercharged with the most intense levels of melanin which produces a rich espresso or deep, dark chocolate (without the milk) color with the smoothness of velvet.
How to Care for Your Lovely Skin
How lovely, unique, resilient, beautiful and diverse all skin of color is. Now the trick is how to care for and maintain it. In a nutshell, the three most important skin care items we need in order to properly care for our skin, is a well-formulated and gentle cleanser/exfoliator, a hydrating moisturizer and non-greasy sunblock.
To cut down on time and chances for added skin problems, it is always a good idea to shop for products that are multifunctional(do more than one thing). For example, if you experience skin discoloration and dry skin, look for a product that can moisturize and even skin tone all in one.
Remember, when caring for brown skin, less is more. Never use more products on your skin than you need to. Having too many steps in a skin care regimen can increase the chances of added skin problems such as breakouts, rash, irritation, etc. The fewer products in a regimen, the better. Nonetheless, it is important to treat brown skin with gentleness, patience and proper understanding.