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You know that creating a skin care routine tailored to your skin type—whether that’s oily, combination, dry, or anywhere in between—is super-important when it comes to taking care of your skin. But did you know that you should take your skin tone into consideration as well when putting together a beauty regimen? Yep, it’s true!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), those with darker skin tones may have specific skin care needs. If you’ve got darker skin, keep these beauty tips in mind to help keep your complexion looking in tip-top shape.
Per the AAD, darker skin can look ashy when it’s not well moisturized. So, start off your day with a gentle cleanser, such as micellar water. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin is a no-rinse cleansing option that helps hydrate and soothe. It’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to help lift dirt and oil up and away from your skin. To use, all you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your face (yep, we weren’t kidding about not having to rinse!).
Once you’re done cleansing, choose a moisturizer designed for your skin type and apply it to damp skin, since this can help lock in hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water and help provide long-lasting hydration.
According to the AAD, darker skin can be more sensitive to chemical exfoliants, so pay attention to how your skin responds when you exfoliate. When it comes to how many times a week you should exfoliate, there’s no set answer—it depends on your individual skin. Some people can handle it multiple times a week, while others may only be able to handle exfoliating once a week. When using an exfoliating scrub, massage it in using gentle circular motions and start off with using a gentle exfoliator one time a week to see how your skin reacts.
Noticed dark spots lately? Well, darker skin tones can experience noticeable discoloration, according to the AAD. One thing you can do is try using a dark spot corrector, like the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector, which can help skin look more luminous immediately and help fade the look of dark spots with continued use over time. Apply it in the morning and night after cleansing.
Because darker skin tones can experience noticeable discoloration, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF every morning as the last step in your skin care routine. Prolonged periods of sun exposure without protection can lead to damage, which can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots down the road. So, protect yourself by using a broad-spectrum SPF of 15 or higher every day. (According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days, so it’s important to wear SPF rain or shine!) If you’re pressed for time, choose a moisturizer formulated with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, to cut down on the steps in your skin care routine. Remember to reapply every two hours (more frequently if you go swimming, towel off, or sweat excessively)—so go ahead and toss that moisturizer with SPF in your purse so that you have it on hand!