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Essential Skin Care Tips For Men of Color

Most men do not know what skincare products will work for their skin. Fret not, buddy, we have broken down the best skincare routine for black guys that will help you look good and feel good.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Sometimes it takes a lot of work to look great. And that can be tiring. That is why having a good skincare routine in place is important. Everyone can truly benefit from a tailored approach to skincare, and black men are no exception. Dark-skinned people are also prone to different kinds of skincare conditions like discoloration, ingrown hairs, and acne. But not all men know how to care for their skin properly. Most men do not know what skincare products will work for their skin. Fret not, buddy, we have broken down the best skincare routine for black guys that will help you look good and feel good.

First, you should determine which skin type you have. Knowing your skin type will help you find the best products for you. Here are the five skin types:

  • Normal - When you are blessed with not oily, dry, and sensitive skin.
  • Dry - If your skin gets tight and flaky, you have dry skin.
  • Sensitive - Having breakouts after being in the sun or after using some products. This may cause bumps and itchy skin.
  • Oily - Having breakouts and you can often feel oil on your face even after washing.
  • Combination - If your forehead and nose are oily but the rest of your face is dried out, you have a combination skin type.

Once you know which skin type you have, you can easily pick the right product for you. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to avoid products with harsh chemicals and toxins. Skincare products with natural ingredients are great. If you have dry skin, look for products with essential oils such as jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, or cedarwood. For those with oily skin, it is recommended to use products that contain tea tree oil, cedarwood, or lavender.

Wash twice daily.

Rule number one: Keep your face clean using a facial wash or cleanser. As much as possible, avoid using bar soap. Bar soaps contain harsh surfactants that can strip away your skin's natural oils, causing it to overcompensate by releasing more oil. And increased oil production can cause acne breakouts. Washing your face daily using a men's facial wash can help remove dirt, oil, and grime without drying your skin.

Exfoliate twice a week.

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and oil that can cause acne breakouts. However, be sure to use a gentle face scrub so it won't irritate your skin and won't lead to dark spots. Select a facial scrub with tiny particles to remove buildup without damaging your skin. Some exfoliators suggest scrubbing your skin three to four times a week but it is best if you limit your exfoliation to once or twice a week at the most.

Don't forget to moisturize your skin.

If you want to achieve smooth and supple skin, be sure to moisturize it daily. Using a daily moisturizer with SPF in the morning will do wonders for your dry and dull skin. And yes, even you have dark skin, you still need SPF. It can help protect your skin and lower your risk of skin cancer while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. For bedtime, you can use a bedtime moisturizer with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and green tea.

Shave with the grain.

Are you one of those men who struggle with razor bumps? We cannot help it since we have curly hair, black men are prone to razor bumps. But you can combat ingrown hair by shaving with the grain. Prepare your skin before you shave. You can take a warm shower to soften the hair, then clean and apply shaving cream.

Who said good skincare is only for women? Of course, men care about their appearance too, especially their skin. And that's totally fine. Everyone wants to look good. So it is best to learn the basics of skincare to achieve healthy, smooth, and glowing skin.

If you want to get more beauty advice, some hair care tips for dark-skinned women, travel inspirations, food tips, and literally anything that is helpful for people of color, be sure to check out Black Lifestyle.