The best skin care ingredients for melanated skin
We all strive for perfect skin, skin that glows, looks luminous and most importantly healthy. Looking after your skin is no simple job it requires work and the utmost effort. Caring for melanated skin can present its own challenges from time to time. There have been many misconceptions during the years over Black skin not having to use sunscreen as our melanin is seen as a barrier and screen to shield the sun.
‘A 2012 studyTrusted Source found that 47 percent of dermatologists and dermatology residents admitted that they weren’t properly trained on skin conditions in Black people.’. Over the last few years skin experts have reported and debunked the myth that dark skin isn’t susceptible to skin cancer and sunscreen is a must during the hot weather. Dark skin requires SPF, we have seen the beauty industry has seen a gap in the market and has catered for us.
Other skincare issue such as hyperpigmentation, is a skin condition where patches of skin become darker than your usual skin complexion. The discolouration is an affect of excess melanin, affecting many individuals and prevalent in women of colour due to the increased levels of melanin. The number one skin concern for many of us, uneven skin tone. So why is hyperpigmentation such a big deal for us? The bane of many of our lives. Over the years, we have been told to try several different products to lessen or get rid of the uneven skin tone. With many women even resorting to lightening their skin with hydroquinone. Skin lightening products also known as bleaching has often been promoted as trying to help with problem areas such as dark spots. We would never recommend skin lightening as it can be an incredibly dangerous game. Causing many after affects years later and leave you looking worse than ever before and most importantly, impacting your health. With a plethora of skin refining products and dermatologists at hand, hyperpigmentation can be dealt with safely. Here are a few healthy skincare ingredients that you can use on your skin to help radiate:
Rosehip oil is one of those beauty products we don’t tend to hear about very often, it’s one of those best kept secrets out there. The celebrities now swear by it, as it has a ton of incredible benefits and we are here for it! When we think of oils that grace our skin, we tend to think of Vitamin C and Coconut oil however, Rosehip rarely comes to mind. More individuals are now starting to incorporate it in their daily skincare routines. So, what exactly is this phenomenon? A pressed seed oil which originates from South America and Africa that contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Over the last few years, it has become a firm favourite for many beauty gurus. It has been reported Kate Middleton lives by it as it gives her the ultimate ‘glow’. Rosehip is oozing with Vitamins A, C, D, E all the good stuff! Often used as a carrier oil for essential oils as it can be rather intense to put on your skin directly. You can use it in your morning and night skincare routine, or you can add it in your favourite moisturiser, this is found in several skincare products such as lotions and serums as well as our Whipped Shea Butter.
Vitamin C is an absolute game changer in the world of beauty, it is great for the skin and dealing with hyperpigmentation. If you’re encountering uneven skin tone this will help to even your complexion. Leaving your skin feeling it’s best with the utmost glow. It is packed with an abundance of antioxidants that helps to fight skin damage.
This works great on renewing the skin cells and moisturising your skin which leaves it feeling soft and supple. The oil is rich in omega- fatty oils and can leave your skin looking unblemished. Kalahari oil works well on all skin types.
Niacinamide has become increasingly popular over the last few years and we’re now seeing it in our favourite skincare products. It can help to treat acne and also deal with hyperpigmentation, a natural skin brightener you can combine it with Vitamin C and retinol.
The oil is a firm favourite with skin care gurus as it has a plethora of skin benefits from tightening the skin, lightening acne scars, moisturising and balancing the skin, the list is endless. You can find the oil in many of our skincare products as it is packed with antioxidants and many skin promoting compounds. Again, leaving your skin feeling super soft and slowing down the ageing process, it doesn’t get better than that!