Natural Skin Care for Skin of Color
While it's true that as women of color, we can enjoy flawless, healthy-looking and vibrant skin – it may take a bit of pampering to get that beautiful glow on our countenances that makes people stand up, take notice and ask how on Earth we care for the largest organ covering our bodies.
If you're the "product junkie" type that likes to pile on the latest overpriced miracle in a bottle to try and cure acne, dry skin and other ills that can mar a fresh face, take a look at some of these natural solutions to help maintain your youthful visage:
Try Baking Soda, Oats and Honey for Gentle Exfoliation and Acne Elimination
While exfoliation is important for sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, younger skin beneath, some exfoliating daily wash solutions on the market contain harsh scrubbing nodules and chemicals that are simply too rough for the sensitive facial skin that a number of women of color possess.
Those solutions might work fine for a weekly "tune up," but everyday exfoliation can call for something kinder and gentler. To find a softer solution that could be as close as your kitchen cabinets, mix baking soda with honey or coconut oil in the palms of your hands, and massage the mixture onto your face in firm circles.
The granules of baking soda are fine enough to not only discard dull outer layers of skin, but proponents claim that using the substance can help clear away acne as well. Adding uncooked oats to the mix can also assist in deeply cleansing your skin.
Use Nature Emollients and Oils to Moisturize Your Skin
After all that excellent cleansing, keep your skin looking its best by replacing any natural oils that have been stripped off with moisturizers that won't irritate you.
Jojoba oil has been credited with helping to both diminish blemishes and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Users also tout almond oil as another overall head-to-toe moisturizer that can encourage the softening of lines on the face.
Castor oil might be remembered by some as the dreaded spoonful of a cure-all that mothers forced their children to swallow every week back in the day, but these days, more people are willingly using it to improve the look and feel of their own skin.
Fans of castor oil rave that slathering the liquid on their bodies after a bath or shower leaves their skin soft and supple for hours afterward, without the greasy feeling that can accompany other products.
Therefore, if you have the hankering to go "au natural" with your beauty routine, why not add a few of the suggestions above to your arsenal of loveliness?
As with any product, it's best to perform a small patch test to see how your skin reacts to the substance first, whether the ingredients are claimed to be "natural" or not. If no irritation develops and you notice marked improvements, by all means, stock up and smile!
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