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12 Tips for Great Skin for Women of Color During the Holiday Season

12 Tips for Great Skin for Women of Color During the Holiday Season

Before you know it, the Holiday Season will be upon us. Not to worry, we’re here to make sure you are at your absolute best when it comes time to mingle and jingle with family, friends, coworkers, and clients. We have a list of great skin care regimen tips for all skin types, how to avoid stress – or if you can’t avoid it, how to wear it well without over doing the makeup, and so on. First things first. Let’s go over some basic needs for all skin types, no matter your ethnic background. These are the must-do’s in everyone’s skin care regimen:
  • ALWAYS use sunscreen. Sunny days, foggy days, rainy days, any day – a well-formulated sunscreen is a critical part of everyone’s daily skin care regimen. This is especially important for women (and men) of color because sun damage is the most common cause of uneven skin tone. It’s true that darker skin tones have more natural defenses against the harmful UV rays of sunlight, but it doesn’t mean that dark skin doesn’t damage. It simply takes a little bit longer for the damage to show up. The bottom line is to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen. Every. Single. Day.
  • ALWAYS use products loaded with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. Antioxidants to look out for in your skin care products include different forms of vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, green tea, grape extract, and pomegranate extract. Skin replenishing ingredients to include in your daily skin care regimen include hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, peptides, ceramides, lecithin, and fatty acids. Skin restoring ingredients to look out for include retinol, lecithin, and adenosine. All these ingredients will work to slow down the signs of aging.
  • ALWAYS use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to wash your face. NEVER use bar soap because they can clog pores and make your skin feel dry and look ashy. Bar soaps typically have a higher pH level than liquid soaps, which dries out skin. Dry skin is uncomfortable and tends to heal slower when injured and is more likely to scar.
  • ALWAYS use products that are tailored to your skin type. For instance, if you have oily or combination skin, use gels and serums. If your skin type is dry, stick with creams and lotions.
  • ALWAYS take care of your lips. Dry, chapped lips are a common occurrence in winter. To prevent chapped lips, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Use lip balm at night to prevent dry lips in the morning, apply before and after eating, and use lip balm with SPF before going outdoors. Use a balm with a slight tint or shine for a natural, kissable look.
We all tend to dress up more during the holidays. With all the parties and family get-togethers, we want to look our best all the time. We put on our best clothes, our best shoes, do up our hair, and we are on our best behavior…or at least we try. Just because we want to look our best doesn’t mean that we should also cake on the cosmetics. This holiday season, focus on accentuating your best features. Don’t overdo the makeup. You want everyone to notice your natural beauty – not compare your makeup to the colorful decorations. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect match to your skin tone.
  • When it comes to foundation or powder, consider the undertones of the formulation – don’t just look at the top tones. Your skin has undertones that may be warmer than the other complexions. Shades also vary with cosmetic brands, so if you can, try it directly on your face using a tester or sample. Something that looks good on a friend or relative with the same skin color may make you look ashen.
  • Consider cosmetics with a range of coverage options. If you have blemishes, dark circles and other imperfections, look for a heavy concealing product. If you want light to medium coverage, a mineral-enriched liquid foundation may fit the bill.
  • Makeup isn’t just about covering. It’s also about enhancing certain features by using color to add depth. When it comes to lipstick, eye shadow and blush, keep in mind the depth and tone of the pigments in a color’s shade. Even though most women of color can wear pinks, bright colors and nudes, some brands may have white or pearl base tones that does not look flattering on dark skin. Instead, look for pigments that have rich base tones.
As much fun as the holidays are … the season also often brings stress into our lives. Pressure to host or attend parties, financial hardship, cooking the perfect meal for a group of people, and balancing work with personal and family needs are some of the reasons you may find yourself tense. Stress doesn’t just affect your mood. Stress can also manifest itself in your skin. It can lead to skin issues such as acne and psoriasis, and even cause your hair to fall out. How do you minimize or even avoid the effects of stress?
  • SLEEP. Yes, sleep. It sounds simple to the point of silly, but we tend to sacrifice sleep to catch that red-eye flight, have that last celebratory toast, or even beat the crowds to go shopping at the crack of dawn. Lack of sleep causes a lot of stress on your body. When you’re in your teens or twenties, you can recover fairly quickly from fatigue, but it will catch up with you. One too many of these sleepless nights can speed the signs of aging, making that dull complexion, dark circles and heavy bags under your eyes a permanent effect. Who wants those? So this holiday season, make sleep a priority. Sleeping for 8 hours a night can improve your memory, decrease weight gain, and reduce stress. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing.
Every holiday season, we worry about food and allergies. With all the consumption that goes on, weight gain is inevitable, and allergic reactions happen more often. Here are a few things to look out for during this holiday season.
  • Sometimes it’s impossible to say, “No” to a tantalizing morsel. When you find yourself caving in to temptation, don’t fret - as long as you consume reasonable portions and exercise daily – even if it’s just a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
  • Everyone knows someone who is allergic to something. Allergies are THAT common. Some allergy symptoms to keep a lookout for include sudden shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, hives, red and swollen eyes, itchy eyes, skin rashes, runny nose, itchy throat, and headaches.
  • If you tend to be allergic to certain foods, you already know to avoid those foods by checking ingredients or simply by not eating certain foods that typically contain common allergens such as nuts. If you find that you are suddenly allergic to something, please see your physician. Common food allergens include milk, soy, eggs, nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
Although these are great tips for the holiday season, take the information with you whatever the season. After all, great skin is something you want all year long. That’s it for now! Until next time … Dedicated To Your Beauty Juliette Samuel Esthetician/Author/Publisher Nyraju Skin Care
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