A lot of people like myself suffer from dry skin. I mean literally can put on lotion before walking out the house and be ashy an hour later haha. When it comes to our beautiful black skin, we have to care for it a little differently than any other race. As you all know, I ty to use as many natural products that I can. Not only are they pure but you know exactly what’s in them compared to more than half of the products on the shelf while way too many ingredients in them.
Our bodies have a natural oil that is secreted by your skin's sebaceous glands called sebum. Even if you don’t choose to go the natural route, be sure that the ingredients in the product you buy won’t strip away your natural oils (sebum). Sebum actually contains a lot of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the skin from aging as well as cancer.
- Moisturize. After bathing/showering it is important to moisturize immediately after. This helps trap water in the cell to help keep the skin moist
- Oils. Virgin Coconut oil or Lavender oil are great oils you can use to moisturize your skin. When taking a bubble bath you can add these oils to your bath water and then pat yourself dry afterwards.
- Avocado. Avocado is great for the skin. You can make your own face mask or scrub by adding honey and sugar. The natural oils in an avocado can penetrate deep into the skill, helping to maintain moisture, hydration and heal dry/flaky areas. Mash up the avocado, leave it on for 10-15 , shower and then pat dry.
- Aloe Vera. This plant is good for healing dry or cracked skin. You can buy it out of stores but of course I suggest using it straight from the plant.
- Shea Butter. You can use shea butter as a moisturizer all over your body. For best results, apply right after your shower.
- Olive Oil. You can use olive oil as cleanser by applying it to your face, draping a warm, damp cloth over your face and then wiping away the excess oils.
Try to avoid extremely hot showers (I still struggle with this one)
Do not over exfoliate your skin
Incorporate one of these in your DAILY skin care routine
Dress appropriately for the weather