African American Skin Care: Moisturizing Tips

Learn how to moisturize African American skin, whether your skin is normal, dry or oily.

If you have African American skin you may be having trouble finding the right moisturizer for your skin type.Many African American's have normal skin, but it is not uncommon for the skin to be either dry or very oily.This article will help you not only find the best moisturizer for your skin type, but introduce you to a simple skin care routine that will keep your skin's moisture balanced.

African Americans often have trouble with an oily complexion due to the fact that their skin has more, and larger, sebaceous (or oil) glands than Caucasian or Asian skin.The large number of sebaceous glands can produce an unwanted oily or shiny appearance.If these oil glands are over-active they can become clogged and cause acne to break out on the skin.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin you will want to follow these tips to moisturize your skin properly.The first, and best thing you can do to keep your skin balanced and detoxified is drink water.Water will keep your skin healthy and attractive.

When cleansing your skin you will want to use a non-soap cleanser.Soap will dry and irritate your skin.Be sure to use warm water as well since water that is too hot will also dry out the skin.

After cleansing you will want to exfoliate with a mild and gentle exfoliate that can be used daily.Exfoliating rids the skin of dead skin cell, and clears the pores so they can accept more moisture.For blemish prone skin, using an exfoliate with salicylic acid will aid in clearing the break out.

Once you have patted your skin dry with a cotton towel, it is time to mist a refreshing toner on your face.Toners help trap moisture under the skin.

The finishing touch to your routine should be a lightweight moisturizer.Moisturizers should be hypoallergenic and oil-free.A good moisturizer should absorb into your skin without a trace, creating an invisible barrier against moisture loss.For very oily or acne-prone skin, an oil-control lotion will help eliminate shine for hours.

If you have dehydrated skin your routine will be much the same as above only substituting products better suited for your skin type.

When African American skin is dehydrated it can have an ashen appearance. The right moisturizing habits can restore that healthy glow.Of course, drinking plenty of water is the most helpful thing you can do for your skin.Water will re-hydrate and begin to make your face feel less dry.

When cleansing dehydrated skin you will want to use a milky cleanser.Milky cleansers are extra-gentle, healing, and protect skin that is aggravated by environment or climate.To relieve skin of its ashy appearance, use an exfoliant with small granules after cleansing twice a week.The granules will be more aggressive in removing the dry cells that coat the skin.

For toning dehydrated skin, look for a protection spray that contains natural herbs such as jasmine, mint or chamomile.This type of toner will not only help moisturize your skin, it will de-stress it as well.

When moisturizing dehydrated skin it is best to use a rich face lotion that will nourish the skin.Always be sure to use a moisturizer that is free of mineral oils.Mineral oils can cause the skins elasticity to weaken, eventually causing wrinkles.

To further moisturize your skin you can add other products into your routine as well.For example, once or twice a week apply a mask to keep skin supple and balanced.Hydrating masks not only sooth and refresh dehydrated skin, they also restore lost moisture and help to smooth out fine, dry lines.Well-moisturized skin gives you a happy, healthy glow.Take care of your skin now and later on you'll be happy you did.

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