Not many brands or blogs really talk about the skin color, its differences and how to care for it more specifically, UNTIL NOW!!!
As an aesthetician, I have treated every skin type, condition and color and ethnicity. But it has taken a lot of study, practical treatments and some mistakes (thanks to my loving and forgiving friends and family), that I have come to understand HOW IMPORTANT UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKIN COLOR is to GETTING THE SKIN YOU DESIRE.
I want you to know what I KNOW, so here we go: I have to get a bit technical here…but feel free to ask questions
How do we get our skin color?
Our natural skin color is given to us by our parents and their ancestors. There are 2 pigments that are found in all skin colors regardless of your ethnic origin. Of course, one or two of those will be dominant. The 2 pigments are called eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin gives brown tones in your skin. Pheomelanin gives red/orange tones. They do NOT work alone as they need beta-carotene and hemoglobin to form your natural color (pigment)
How does our skin color work in our skin and why?
We need this pigment to protect against ultra violet radiation. UVR damages the skin’s surface, but more importantly it damages DNA in the cells. Some people have better natural protection and some don’t. The more pigment in the skin the more protection from UVR, which is less damage to the DNA and the skin surface.
What does my ethnicity and skin color have to do with choosing the right ingredients, products and treatments?
Skin color can influence how skin will age and heal. And “even beyond color, recent research shows that race and ethnicity play an important role in how the skin will respond to products and procedures,” says Jessica Wu, clinical instructor of dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. (excerpt from Allure magazine April 2010)
If you know and understand your skin color, type and level of sensitivity you can create an effective regimen that will get you closer to the skin you want. Certain ingredients in our food and our skin care can wreak havoc on a skin that is already not looking and feeling its best.
Sensitivity has been getting a lot of press lately, but I do not believe there is a cure all product for this condition. It can be unique and individual like each of us.
Through my experience I have found that the most sensitive skins are (in descending order):
- Asian Skin
- African/African American Skin
- Mediterranean/Latin Skin
- Bi or Multi Racial Skin
- Caucasian Skin
*Please note that there MANY FACTORS that can contribute to sensitivity, including but not limited to skin type, overall health, lifestyle and product/treatment selection*
In general, the darker the skin the less damage we can see with the naked eye, due to more natural protection. HOWEVER, A BIG MISTAKE is to believe that you can treat ethnic/darker skin more aggressively.
Slow and steady is the rule in my book. I also highly recommend having a professional skin consultation with a highly trained licensed aesthetician.