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Three reasons why women of color need niacinamide to have healthy skin

10952647_sMany women of color suffer from the hyperpigmentation of  skincells; this is one of the top skin problems that we are faced with, especially since not many of us know how to treat this problem.  Below are three  of the most common skin issues  we are faced with everyday; three things that niacinamide has been clinically tested to improve.

 

 

1. Dark spots caused by the sun that look like freckles

Hyperpigmentation is any dark discoloration in the skin.  Discoloration can be caused by the sun;  sun spots, commonly mistaken for freckles can destroy a perfect complexion over time.

2. Acne scars

Acne scars, which are most common, unfortunately do not go away on there own. OtherA Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works  skin disorder, like eczema an rosacea also cause inflammation in the skin; and in many cases, once the inflammation is gone, dark marks are left behind.

3. Aging skin

Also, aging alone will result in hyperpigmentation because the skin cells gradually begin to loose their ability to protect the skin.

Niacinamide  also known as vitamin B3 has been clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation caused by aging, sun exposure, acne, rosacea and other inflammatory skin disorders.  It also assists in hydrating skin cells which helps the skin retain its ability to protect the skin.  This results in a more youthful appearance.

There are many skincare products that will claim to include niacinamide as an ingredient, but not all contain enough niacinamide to produce the desired results.  Click here to learn more about Skin PhD products that include this wondrous ingredient; and will have you on your way to more beautiful skin!

Understanding beautiful dark skin, and what it needs to stay flawless

images (3)Let’s be honest, there aren’t a lot of luxury skin care brands that are made with the needs of women with dark skin in mind.  For some, this may not be an issue, but if you are the type of woman that  hops from product to product trying to find the right one for, then keep reading.  This will help you better understand your skin, so when you are searching for luxe skin care, you’ll know just what to look for.

What gives our skin its rich beautiful color is a protein called melanin.  It is produced by theskin melanocytes in the first layer of the skin.  The melanocytes give our dermis (the first layer of the skin) a thick structure. This strong barrier helps protect our skin from absorbing maximum damage from external pollutants and harmful sun rays; but just like everyone else, the proteins in our skin will start to break down with age.

notchedleavesThe best way to make sure our skin cells get the maximum nutrients in order for new skin cells to grow at a healthy rate, is to keep the blood flowing in the epidermis and hypodermis.  Ginkgo Biloba is a great vasodilator.  This ancient herb helps stimulate blood flow in the skin, which improves tissue irrigation and cell metabolism with regular use.

Another way to help preserve the proteins in our skin is to use skin care products that areS made with the mineral zinc; more specifically smithsonite extract, which is a zinc derivative.  Zinc plays an essential role maintaining the double helix structure of DNA and RNA formulation, by helping molecules pair together.  With out enough zinc, cell division in your skin will slow down.  This is what causes sags and wrinkles in aged skin.

It’s important that the skin care you choose has these two ingredients in them. Cellular break down, loss of much need protein  and lack of proper nutrients are three things that cause major damage in the skin; but by using these nutrients, your skin is sure to retain its natural beauty.

Click here to find products that contain zinc and ginkgo biloba.

Why night time is the best time to care for our skin

full_mon_skyI’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.

sleeping-378x379Night 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.

Three ways to keep your skin from having a Fall meltdown!

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.

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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.

What Exfoliants for women over 25 MUST have in them!

warped-1368896184512The #1 culprit of premature lines, big-huge visible pores and dry skin, is lack-of-exfoliation. Dead skin can do more damage than you think.  Exfoliating my skin is the one thing that always works for me and is something that I recommend both men and women to add to their morning routine.

What Exfoliating can do for you:
1. Sometimes our skin peels, or may look or feel dry or somewhat scaly; especially in the Summer and Winter seasons.  Exfoliating the skin will virtually stop your skin  from peeling, or feeling dry.

2. Makeup, like foundation and powder settle into the skin and can magnify fine lines, pores and the appearance of dry skin as you wear it throughout the day. Exfoliating will make your makeup application much smoother.

3. Exfoliating minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines.

I could go on forever about why you should exfoliate, but before I start to ramble on, here are a few things that I think are a MUST for women and men over 25, that need to be in the exfoliant you use.

What your exfoliant should have in it if you’re over 25:

1: Your exfoliant should have Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C has anti-aging effects. It is often used to fade age spots, and is great for getting rid of the dead skin on the surface of the skin, which can make fine lines appear, way before their time.

2: Vitamin A is also something that your exfoliant should have. Vitamin also has anti-aging properties and cuts down on inflammation in the skin.

papayaSkin PhD has a papaya extract exfoliator that incorporates different vitamins including C and A. These vitamins are able to reach below the surface of the skin to make your skin appear and feel younger, smoother, and more supple over time.

To learn more about exfoliators and  how to choose one for your skin type, click here.

Black women: nourish our skin, like we nourish our hair

 

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

For us, hair is everything.  I used to perm my hair every four weeks without skipping a beat (of course after it all broke off,and my perm days were over); doobies, hair conditioning treatments, remy weaves, braids and wigs and the list goes on and on.  As Black women, we love our hair and spend thousands of dollars a year on hair products, but when it comes to skin care; many of us only use a few things- soap, shea or cocoa butter and maybe a toner.

I used to make all my skin care from scratch right in my kitchen. For me, the products on the market either irritated my skin, were too expensive, weren’t made for black women, or just didn’t work all together. Just last year I met a woman in the mall; we were both in the cosmetics section of a store, and she wast talking about Skin PhD Renaissance,  a skin care line from South Africa that was tested and created for Black women. I took her advice in trying it and I haven’t  made a homemade facial mask since!

I think that Black women deserve luxury skin care that works.  Shea butter and cocoa butter are  great, but there are so many more products available now that work wonders on our skin. We don’t have to jump from product to product hoping that the next  one might work better than the last; companies  like Skin PhD are creating products that are made for our skin, and that are worth every penny.

To learn more about Skin PhD, skin care from South Africa, click here.

If you want to see what Skin PhD Renaissance has done for my skin, and learn about my favorite products, click here.