There are so many new skincare products made for Black women, that sometimes I feel like I’m in a candy store and want to try everything I see! Since the beginning, Skin PhD had always had the Renaissance line to serve the skin care needs of Black women, and women of color. The most unique thing about Renaissance is that many of their key ingredient are botanicals traditional to Africa, and have been used there for generations.
African Kalahari Melon extract helps to protect against the appearance of UV and free-radical damage, similar to Vitamin C. It’s also rich in Vitamin B6. The Kalahari Melon extract in Skin PhD Renaissance products is concentrated, which is a good thing!
Marula is a small golden fruit, indigenous to South Africa. Archaeological evidence shows the Marula tree is as old as 10,000 years B.C. The oil comes from the kernel inside the fruit; It’s more nutrient rich than argon oil and can be used on the whole body.
Renaissance products are also made with other ingredients we love like black tea and Shea butter. Skin PhD has always made products especially for women of color, which is why in this new “candy store,” this is one you should try.
I’ve heard some skin care experts say that the time of day you choose to do your skin care regiment is insignificant, it makes no difference. I HIGHLY disagree with this, partly from research, but mostly from personal experience. Let me share with you a little bit about my skin type. I have had eczema ever since I can remember. When I was a child it was terrible, but now I usually only get small breakouts at the beginning of the season’s change. I also have very sensitive skin, and for a long time I couldn’t use many store brand soaps, and I could never wear perfume. So I started caring for my skin at night out of convenience at first, but over time I really began to see a difference in my skin’s health by doing my beauty regiment at night, versus during the day.
Night time, or right before you go to sleep is the best time to do your skin care regiment for many reasons. In the morning you’re sweating, you’re wearing makeup, you’re moving around, you may even be around smoke, or having a cigarette yourself. All these factors take away from your skins ability to replenish itself during the day.
Night is a much better time to moisturize and exfoliate because it is more likely that things like pollution, sweat, and makeup won’t be effecting your skin at this time and it will really have time to rest. Your skin will have an opportunity to take full advantages of the products your using. Here are some great products to invest in for your night time regiment:
SkinPhD’s Night time replenishing cream with marula oil, shea butter and jojoba.
SkinPhD AHA Amidroxy exfoliator made from the natural fruit acids. This was also featured on the Dr. Oz Show.
SkinPhD Liposome Vitamin C and E serum.
Fall is actually my favorite season:the best clothes the best colors, and the best weather, but sometimes the dry air and cool temperatures can really dry out your skin. Here are three ways for us to combat the fall dry-out.
1. Use thick moisturizers at night. Doing this will allow your skin to soak up as much moisture as possible with out interruption from things like the sun, sweat, smoke, and any of the other elements that may cause harm to our skin. Pay special attention to parts of your skin that feel extra dry, or that are already peeling. Skin PhD replenishing night cream is made with shea butter and marula oil, and is great for our skin no matter the season.
2. Exfoliate, 2-3 times a week. For some, this number could even be reduced to 1-2 times a week. excessive exfoliating could cause your skin to peel from lack of moisture; on the flip side, not exfoliating enough could cause breakouts and make it hard to hydrate healthy skin. Start with twice a week and see how your skin reacts. If you feel too dry, then lower your exfoliating to once a week. If you feel oily, or if your skin starts to look scaly, the up to thee times a week. Skin PhD has a lot of great exfoliators for our skin; my favorite is the papaya exfoliator.
3. Don’t use hard soaps on your skin, especially your face. Hard soaps, filled with perfume and sulfurs are always harsh on skin, but they become even more detrimental once the seasons change and cool weather starts to take its toll. Use moisturizing soaps instead. You will see a drastic difference in the tightness of your skin after cleansing. My favorite is the foaming facial wash with marula oil; I have extremely sensitive skin, and this cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated with no irritation.
Not all fruits are created equal. The Marula, related to the mango, is one of the best super fruits for your skin. It has more vitamin C in it than five oranges combined. It kind of looks like a grape sized honey dew melon on the outside, and varies in color from green to yellow. It grows in South Africa, in regions where there is little rain, high altitudes and a lot of warm sunlight.
South Africans have been using marula oil for centuries because it is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. The harvest and cultivation of marula oil is a part of free trade, so you can buy products made with marula oil with a clear conscious. The fruit itself contains maruline, one of the most powerful antioxidants used in skincare. Maruline is highly absorbent and is able to reach beyond the skin’s surface in order to repair damaged skin cells.
Here are some of the benefits of marula oil:
- it is rich in fatty acids, like omega 9, which are best for skin hydration.
- Marula oil is non-greasy and easily absorbed by the skin, which means it won’t clog your pores and cause an oily feel or promote future breakouts.
In a nut shell, using Marula oil on a regular basis will:
- Help build and protect collagen in the skin
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
- Relieve dry skin
- Restore firmness and elasticity in the skin
- Sooth irritation and inflammation in the skin, even if it’s caused by chronic skin disorders (like eczema or acne)
The Renaissance line, created by Skin PhD, is one of the best product lines created for dark skin women and is also made with marula oil.
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