There is so much information out here about skincare and all of it can be overwhelming if you are beginning a skincare routine or starting to switch yours up based on your skins changes. I’ve heard many many times in life that “Black don’t crack” and that as Black folks we need next to nothing to maintain our skin. While this may be partly true, we do tend to age in reverse, but let’s get real, there are things we need to start doing to ensure the Black stays in tact. So I’m going to breakdown some skincare myths that I’ve heard that simply need to be debunked.
Myth 1: I don’t wear makeup so I don’t need a skincare routine. This is false. There are many things that can cause your skin to become clogged, dirty and look dull. Toxins from the environment, hair products, dead skin build up, all of these things play a factor in how your skin looks. Makeup is not the only culprit, sorry girl. At the very least, wash your face and moisturize. If you want the most basic skincare routine, that’s a good place to start. Anything not moisturized will start to crack, this includes your skin. Thank me later.
Myth 2: I’m Black, I don’t need sunscreen. I’ve heard this for years, that our melanin is so powerful that the UVA rays from the sun can’t penetrate it, therefore making it almost impossible to be exposed to harmful rays that cause discoloration, wrinkles and skin cancer. This is beyond FALSE. Especially when it comes to skin cancer. Black folks are less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer, but when we are it is at a much later stage and we are more likely to die from it. *Please consult a dermatologist for any changes in your skin, and for further information on different types of skin cancers*
Sunscreen is also needed to maintain your even skin tone. Hyperpigmentation caused by acne scarring, sun damage and aging with changes in skin can be greatly decreased by incorporating a high SPF sunscreen into your routine.
Myth 3: I don’t have the money to start a skincare routine, it’s too expensive: This one I can understand because some skincare items can range on the pricey side. However, the drugstore is your friend if you’re starting to build your skin care stash. And as an aside, just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean it works better than something that is less expensive. As stated above, starting with a facial wash and a good moisturizer won’t break the bank. Neutrogena, E.L.F. and The Ordinary are some of my favorite inexpensive skincare lines and lots of products are under the $15.00 mark.
What are some skincare myths that you’ve heard? From the outrageous like rubbing lemons and baking soda on your face (please stop this) to sleeping in makeup is totally fine (please stop this as well). Let me know in the comments some of the myths you’ve debunked yourself.
Happy Skincare Sunday