Skin of Color: Latin Descendants
As an aesthetician, the color of skin is an important part of any skin analysis and evaluation. You can see how important this aspect is by clicking on YOUR SKIN COLOR, under YOUR SKIN Page.
Latin skin can be a complicated scenario, as we are of the product of collaboration ethnicities due to the early conquests around the world led by the Spanish fleets. At one time the Spanish Naval force was the MOST powerful in the world.
We come in a variety of colors that reflect all ethnicities- in my family tree alone we cover every color in the rainbow- from blond, peachy fair skinned and blue/green eyed- to gorgeous blue black skinned, dark brown eyes and everything in between. Me- fair skinned, hazel eyes, natural light brown hair (though it hasn’t been its natural color in I don’t now 30 years…lol, it is now silver and grey, mote about that in another future post) tans easily (except I no longer lay out or use a tanning bed- I did in the years before we knew how much it affects aging skin).
So, what does that mean in the maintenance of healthy skin for people of Latin descent- it means that we follow the guidelines for the predominant genetic skin color you present.
For example- If you are Latinx with dark skin, you need to treat your skin as such- prone to hyper or hypo pigmentation, can be more sensitive, may be Vitamin deficient (specifically, Vitamin D, as the darker the skin the less Vitamin D it can produce and store- more on this type of deficiency in the future) Also, see Skin of Color- African Descendants.
If you are latin, you may be more prone to sensitive skin. Treat your skin with care and remember less is MORE. Not all products are suited to sensitive skin EVEN IF THEY SAY THEY ARE. Some ingredients to avoid for latin skin:
Butyl, Butylene Glycols- can cause allergic rashes and increase inflammatory response in body. Inflammation=Pigmentation in ethnic skins
Sulfates and its derivatives- can over dry the skin, increase inflammation.
Hydroquinone- can lead to hypo-pigmentation (loss of color), rebound hyper-pigmentation (darker spots than originally displayed due to inflammatory pathways that can be stimulated in darker skins). Under the right circumstances, however, I may recommend to a client under strict supervision and knowing they would be super compliant.
Follow a basic regimen: Cleanse gently, exfoliate with gentle exfoliators (I recommend Hale & Hush- super gentle, amazing results, no irritation on MY super sensitive skin) weekly, add a vitamin/antioxidant rich serum and lock it in with deep hydration based on skin type. SPF daily.
Remember, geeks4beauty, INFLAMMATION=AGING. Be kind to your skin.
What are some of YOUR fave products for Latin skin?