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You know that creating a skin care routine tailored to your skin type—whether you have skin that's oily, combination, dry, or anywhere in between—is super-important for keeping your skin healthy. But did you know you should also take your skin tone into consideration 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 have darker skin, keep these beauty tips in mind to help keep your complexion looking its best.
Per the AAD, darker skin can look ashy when it’s not well moisturized. This means you’ll want to reach for a mild, gentle facial cleanser that’s formulated specifically for dry skin, such as a no-rinse micellar water. Thanks to the power of tiny micelles, or oil molecules, micellar water easily and gently clears away surface-level impurities and makeup from the skin—without drying it out. If your complexion is dry, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry 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!).
Another measure to take in order to prevent ashiness is to moisturize every single day. To really lock in hydration, the AAD suggests applying your face and body moisturizer right after you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. You should also choose a moisturizer that’s designed for your skin type. Have your pick from 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 the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, all of which 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. In regards 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 you do exfoliate darker skin, opt for a gentle physical exfoliant. We love the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which is formulated with cocoa butter to leave skin feeling nourished. To use the exfoliating face scrub, massage it over your complexion using gentle circular motions, then rinse. If you’re new to exfoliating, start with a once per week frequency and see how your skin reacts.
Noticed any dark spots lately? According to the AAD, darker skin tones are more prone to experiencing skin discolorations, such as dark spots. These spots occur when something triggers the skin to produce more melanin. This could be something as seemingly inconsequential as a pimple, insect bite, or cut. Although fading these dark spots can take time, it’s not completely hopeless! 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 at night after cleansing.
One of the biggest beauty myths we hear is that people with dark skin tones don’t need to wear sunscreen. Totally untrue! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people of color can still get sunburned and develop skin cancer. So, no matter how light or dark your skin is, SPF is a must. And yes, we mean every day—the Skin Cancer Foundation states that you can even get burned on cloudy days, so it’s important to wear SPF rain or shine! Stick with the Food & Drug Administration’s recommendation to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher. If you’re pressed for time, consider trying 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. You'll need to reapply every two hours (more frequently if you go swimming, towel off, or sweat excessively), so go ahead and toss your source of SPF in your purse so that you have it on hand all day!
Next up: More on the topic of darker skin tones and the sun! Here are our best Sun Protection Tips for Dark Skin Tones.