Jun 28, 2012

Don't forget about skin care when traveling

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Summer is almost here, and many women may be considering taking a vacation. If you're one of these ladies, then you might be wondering how to make sure your African American skin stays fresh and clear while you're traveling. Recently, WebMD spoke to dermatologist Debra Jailman, who offered some tips on how to keep skin under control while you're on the road or in the air.

First, she said that if you're taking a long flight, skip the makeup.

"Never wear makeup on a long flight, because it essentially means sleeping in your makeup. And that, as we all know, is a no-no. The only exception I would make is lipstick, as long as it is the moisturizing kind," said Jailman, quoted by the news source.

Next, the doctor recommended over-the-counter cortisone cream, especially if you're going somewhere with a tropical climate. This can help you combat bug bites and hives that can come from being in a new environment.

Fodor's travel website states that you should never travel without these five skin care essentials: cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, night treatment, lip balm and hand lotion. 

Find your right lipstick for the summer

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Lipstick is all the rage this season, according to Harper's Bazaar. From classic reds to bright orange colors, now is the time to get new lipsticks to go with your African American skin care products. 

Recently, the New Zealand Herald offered some tips on how to find the lipstick that's right for you. Many women may be more comfortable with lip glosses or balms, so it can be difficult to find the right lipstick.

The news source reported that there are many things to consider when choosing a lipstick that may not have occurred to you. For example, smell can make a big difference. Herald writer Janetta Mackay, said that she avoids many brands because their smells are too distinctive.

"Ultimately you have to simply buy the shade you like best and give it a go. At least the purchase needn't break the bank. You can get a good lipstick for under $25," wrote Mackay for the news source.

Also, texture can be important for finding the right lipstick, so be sure to try something before buying it to see if you like it, especially if it is expensive. 

Jun 27, 2012

Don't let skin cancer get you this summer

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Spring is here and summer is on the way, which means that it's time to start rethinking your African American skin care routine. While you should be protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun year-round, it is particularly important to do so in the warm months. According to, UV rays can lead to skin cancer and weakening of the immune system, because UV radiation alters the distribution and function of white blood cells, but there are ways to protect yourself. 

Recently Hollywood Life spoke to dermatologist Zein Obagi who explained that even if you don't go outside a lot, you'll still at risk of skin cancer.

"Seventy percent of all UV damage is from casual exposure, getting unintended sun on your skin. UV radiation from the sun comes right through the clouds, not to mention directly through an office or car window," said Obagi, quoted by the news source.

The information provider recommended using a skin care product with SPF to help protect your skin. The dermatologist suggested using an SPF of at least 30 in the warmer weather, and SPF 15 the rest of the year.

Keep your skin from getting scorched this summer

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Summer is almost here, and skin care experts have been popping up in news sources everywhere to offer their tips on how to keep skin safe in the sunny months. While you're hopefully already using an African American skin care product with SPF, there is still more that you can do to keep your skin looking radiant in the summer.

For example, you should try to avoid direct exposure to the sun during certain times of the day. Everyday Health states that individuals who are concerned about their skin should avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest. This doesn't mean you can't go outside during these hours, just be sure to wear protective layers, such as a hat

The news source added that it's important to shield your eyes.

"To better protect yourself, choose wraparound-style sunglass frames that cover the delicate skin around the eyes, and be sure to get a pair that block UVA and UVB light,'" according to the information provider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds people that you should check the expiration date on your sunscreen, since it may have expired. The organization also stressed the importance of using skin care products that contain SPF.


Jun 26, 2012

Stay protected from the sun this summer

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Spring is here, and summer is fast-approaching, which means that it's time for you to make sure your African American skin care product contains SPF to help protect against skin cancer. The National Cancer Institute states that although melanoma is much less common in African Americans than in whites, when it does appear it is particularly deadly, which is why it's important to protect yourself.

In preparation for summer, Memorial Healthcare System offers some tips on how to stay safe in the sun.

First, you should cover up as much as possible. This includes wearing a hat when possible, one that has at least a two-inch brim.

Next, sunscreen is the key to protecting the skin against UV rays.

"Sunscreen helps protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30," according to the healthcare provider. 

Finally, you should wear sunglasses and limit direct exposure to the sun in the early afternoon, when the UV rays are the strongest.

Jun 25, 2012

When is it time to call the dermatologist?

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Now that spring is here, it may be a good time to schedule a visit with your dermatologist to make sure that your African American skin is in top shape. Recently, spoke to dermatologist David Bonney, who offered his tips on what you can do to make sure that your skin stays in good condition during the upcoming spring and summer months.

First, the doctor said that it's important to moisturize and wear sunscreen every day, regardless of what season it is. This is because skin damage accumulates over time, from exposure to UV rays on a regular basis.

Next, the news source asked the dermatologist how people can tell if a mole on their skin is something they should be concerned about.

"I tell my patients to check for the ABCD's. 'A' is for asymmetry – if it looks very different and isn't round or oval. 'B' is for border irregularity. 'C' is for color. Is it multiple colors? Does it start to get blacker? 'D' is for diameter. Is it growing quickly?" said Bonney, quoted by the news source.

Discovery Health recommends that people visit the dermatologist at least once a year. Depending on the condition of your skin and whether you have a family history of skin cancer, the doctor may suggest you come more often.


Jun 22, 2012

Get rid of dry skin before summer

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The days are getting longer and warmer, which means that it's time to update your African American skin care routine for the new season. The cold winter weather and harsh winds may have left your skin feeling dry, itchy or flaky and you don't want to bust out the short-sleeve shirts and mini skirts until your skin is in tip-top shape. Recently, the Rapid City Journal offered some tips for eliminating dry skin.

First, the news source said that while a long, hot shower can feel nice after a long day, it can rob your skin of natural oils, leaving skin dry. Instead, take a lukewarm shower with a moisturizing body wash instead of soap.

Next, the information provider said you should be using lotion at the right time.

"After getting out of the shower, gently pat your body dry. This leaves a few droplets of water on the surface of your skin. Lotions and other moisturizers do not actively hydrate your skin; rather, they prevent moisture from evaporating. For best results, apply a skin balm within a couple minutes of getting out of the shower to lock water droplets next to your skin," according to the news source.

Daily Glow states that the key to eliminating dry skin is to exfoliate often to get rid of dead skin cells by using a body scrub. 

Jun 21, 2012

Stop unwanted shine in its tracks this summer

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While it may be desirable to have light-catching shine on the lips, when an oil slick crops up on the forehead, nose or chin, it can cause embarrassment. Now that we're entering the warm seasons, ladies may want to be more cognizant of this beauty disaster.

One way to avoid this is to make sure you're using the right African American skin care products. Using one that is too heavy is sure to leave you with an oily T-zone, but not getting enough moisture from a lotion may also result in excess oil if your skin tries to overcompensate for dryness.

Also, consider the foundation and blush you're using. Are they oil-based? If so, it may be time to switch products to minimize shine. Additionally, using a translucent powder after applying foundation may help curb oiliness.

Carrying blotting papers in your purse is also a good idea, as these tiny sheets of paper quickly soak up excess oil – and you don't even need a mirror to use them. Keeping a powder compact in your purse may also give you easy access to a quick fix.

Get your skin prepared for the summer

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Summer is coming fast, so you want to start thinking about getting your African American skin ready for the beach season. Recently, My Pure compiled a list of ways to adapt your skin care regimen in preparation of the summer.

First, the news source recommended that people exfoliate.

"With sunnier weather seeing everyone showing off more skin, maintaining your fresh glow is essential. Use an exfoliating sponge or massager every morning in the shower to clean off dead skin cells, which cause havoc for your complexion, especially when sweat and makeup are thrown into the mix," according to My Pure.

Next, the information provider reminded readers that summer means more sun exposure, and greater risk of skin cancer, so it's important to use sunscreen and protective clothing when going outside.

Allure Magazine spoke to Susan Taylor, M.D., who said that sometimes some brands of sunscreen can appear ashy on dark skin. She recommended looking for SPF that is designed for African American skin.  

Jun 19, 2012

Don't let eye makeup dry you out

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If you don't remove your African American skin care product every night, you may find yourself experiencing breakouts or clogged pores. While breakouts or allergic reactions are traditionally the only hazards associated with makeup, health and beauty expert Sharon Kleyne recently released a statement explaining how your eye makeup may be responsible for dry eye symptoms.

"Many people who wear cosmetic eye makeup such as mascara and eyeliner could eventually find that these applications make their eyes feel tired and uncomfortable, especially in situations stressful to eyes such as staying up late, spending long hours at a computer, or drinking and smoking," said Kleyne in a statement.

The expert made some recommendations for how to keep your makeup from exacerbating eye problems. First, Kleyene suggested throwing most eye makeup out after three months, since it may have harmful bacteria in it by then. Also, never share eyeshadow or liner, and always wash your face before applying makeup.

Finally, Kleyene said that If you tend to have dry eyes or wear contact lenses, avoid glitter and powder eye makeup, since these may cause irritation.

Jun 18, 2012

Matte lipstick is a fresh look for springtime

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When you think warm weather makeup, you may think of glossy lips and bronzed cheeks. However, maybe it's time to re-think your views on springtime glamour.

It's not that there's anything wrong with a glossy lip, but switching up looks can prevent you from getting bored with a product and staying on trend will show the world that you know your stuff.

Rather than choosing a lipstick labeled 'matte' from your drug or department store – which may end up looking chalky and that is not a good look on anyone – just look for a bright hue that you like and flatters your skin tone. Dab it on your lips – as opposed to a full-on swipe - and rub together to even out the color.

Not only does this result in a trendy, matte look, but it lessens the intensity of really bright cosmetics. In fact, it may be a good idea to try this with shades that you previously didn't like.

Try this along with your other favorite skin care for black women and you'll be ready for any warm weather event – day or night.



Jun 15, 2012

Experts offer tips to get the "natural" look

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Unless you're going to a costume party, you probably want your African American skin care product to appear natural, and enhance your skin's best qualities, not overpower them. Recently, Yahoo! published some tips by makeup artist Dick Page on how to create that look that makes people ask, "Is she wearing makeup, or is her skin that flawless naturally?"

First, the expert explained how to give your lips just a hint of color without overdoing it.

"I just dab lipstick on with my fingertip, or use a fluffy brush rather than a flat or sharp-edged brush, because I like a more diffused lip. I use fluffy brushes for everything," said Page, quoted by the news source.

Next, Page said that a new trend for this season is to wear nude colors. The makeup artist stated that you can get this look by starting with a light foundation that matches your skin tone, and then use a brush to apply an eyeshadow in the same color family as your foundation, and pick a lipstick that is a similar color as well.

Oprah recommends on her website that for a more natural look, women should use as little foundation as possible. Rather than putting it all over your face, simply put foundation on spots where your skin needs to be evened out. 

Steel Magnolias will be re-made with an African American cast

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Deadline Hollywood recently reported that Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad will be the cast of a re-make of Steel Magnolias, a classic movie about the bond of sisterhood.

The new version of the movie will appear on the Lifetime channel, according to media reports.

"The caliber of talent associated with this film is astounding and falls in line with our strategy to make Lifetime a first stop for the industry’s best both in front of and behind the camera," said Lifetime’s president and general manager Nancy Dubuc, quoted by the news source.

This means that the ladies may be preparing themselves for the screen with stringent skin care routines. Queen Latifah recently told the lifestyle blog Style Goes Strong that this consists of just scrubbing the skin gently with water and baking soda.

Such a simple routine may not be effective on everyone. For these women, the best African American skin care may help even out the complexion and fade any dark spots on black skin.


Jun 12, 2012

Helpful tips for women who do their own makeup

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Unless you're a celebrity, you probably apply your African American skin care product yourself each day. While you're probably a pro at doing your own makeup after years of doing so, there are always new tips that you can learn to improve your routine. Recently, the Herald Sun made a list of the top do-it-yourself makeup tips.

First, the news source pointed out that as the seasons change, the tone of your skin may change with it, so you should have different shades of foundation in case that happens.

"Buy more than one color foundation for if you tan or otherwise. Getting this right can make you look 10-15 years younger. Match your color to your shoulder, not your face," recommended the Herald Sun.

Next, the information provider stated that you should never smile when you blush, because this may cause you to apply it on the wrong spot on your face. Also, it's good to follow the rule "if you think you have too much makeup on, you do," to keep yourself from looking over-done.

Harper's Bazaar also has some do-it-yourself tips to ensure your makeup looks natural. The news source said that the best way to apply lipstick so it doesn't look too heavy is to only put it on your bottom lip and then blot your lips together. Harper's also recommended trying a silver eyeliner, which can transition well from day to night.


Jun 8, 2012

Doctor offers tips for healthy hair and scalp

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If you've got the perfect African American skin care product, then you've probably been working on the perfect hairstyle to match. Sometimes, women go through some painful processes for their hair, and according to researchers from Henry Ford's Multicultural Dermatology Clinic, some of these procedures can cause scalp problems.

"Hair is an extremely important aspect of an African American woman's appearance," said researcher Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D. "Yet, many women who have a hair or scalp disease do not feel their physician takes them seriously. Physicians should become more familiar with the culturally accepted treatments for these diseases."

Jackson-Richards compiled some tips for African American women to help them avoid developing conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and alopecia, which can lead to hair loss.

First, the doctor suggested allowing two weeks between relaxing and coloring. Next, she said to wash braids or dreadlocks every two weeks, and to limit use of blow dryers and other heated hair styling products to once a week.

Finally, Jackson-Richards said that you shouldn't wear braids too tightly or for longer than three months, and recommended natural hair oils with jojoba, olive, shea or coconut oils.


Jun 7, 2012

Natural remedies to try on pimples

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Have you ever been getting ready for a big night out and noticed while applying your African American skin care product that you have a giant zit? Most women would answer yes to that question, since almost everyone gets pimples on occasion. Recently, published an article explaining some homemade remedies that might fix the problem.

First, the news source recommended using a mixture of carrots and green tea on the problem spot. Green tea is an ingredient that could also be found in some of the best African American skin care products.

"First steam a carrot until it has a soft texture. Mash the veggie in a medium bowl and add 1 cup of green tea infusion. Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture onto your zits. Leave the paste on for 15 minutes then rinse it off with cold water," according to the information provider.

Next, Become Gorgeous suggested using cooked oatmeal on your skin, which is something that many people have readily available in the kitchen. The news source said to cook the oatmeal and then put it aside to cool, then put it on the pimples and leave it on for 15 minutes.

Shine, a Yahoo! blog recommends using a non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste on pimples to dry them out. However, the information provider warned that this may irritate sensitive skin 

Try pastel lip colors for springtime

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If the thought of pastel lipstick conjures images of chalky-lipped models from the 1960s, maybe it's time to look again. Today's lip colors are brighter and glossier than they were in the past, making them more Nicki Minaj than Twiggy.

Picking out a color and a finish that suits your skin tone and personal preferences is the hard part.

First, you can choose from glosses, tinted lip balms and lip tints, as well as traditional, richly-pigmented lipsticks. While the latter may be perfect for nighttime occasions, the other varieties allow you to sport eye-popping color during the day.

Love that pastel pink shade that Minaj sports but don't enjoy how it looks against your skin? Look for different undertones. For instance, if violet isn't a flattering hue, maybe a coral tone will accentuate your skin color better, as these have opposite base tones.

Go ahead and experiment with new colors. Using different shades of lipstick with your tried-and-true skin care for black women may help you put your best face forward while staying on trend.


Jun 5, 2012

A consistent skin care routine may lead to a bright, even complexion

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Some women have a tendency to try out different products often, switching their brand of cleanser or moisturizer as often as they change their outfits. While this may seem like a good way to determine what products work the best, it can also cause some problems.

First, certain types of skin care for black women – especially fade creams for dark spots – take time to provide full effects. Natural tone balancing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, are gentle, which means that while they thankfully won't wreak havoc on the skin, they may also take a while to fully even out complexions.

The same goes for cleansers and moisturizers. People with skin conditions like acne may want to be especially careful about switching these products continuously, as it can cause breakouts or inflammation of the skin.

Once ladies find their perfect skin products for black women, they should stick with them even past the point when they see results. Continuing use of these creams and potions may help keep discoloration at bay and promote a glowing complexion.

Your foundation may not provide all the sun protection you need

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Many foundations and cosmetics offer a limited amount of protection from the sun. This may give some people a false sense of security about their skin's vulnerability under harsh UV rays.

People who apply a moisturizer with SPF under their foundation are doing a good thing for their skin. However, it may not be such a great idea to simply layer an SPF-enriched foundation over a moisturizer, according to an MSN Health article.

Doing this may decrease the efficacy of both skin care products, reported dermatologist Amy Newburger.

"You're probably only getting the coverage of [the foundation's] SPF 20, and it's probably not going to work as well as if you'd put it directly on the skin," said Newburger, quoted by the news source.

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that it may be best to wear a product that both evens out skin tone and hydrates, like a tinted moisturizer that contains SPF.

Wearing sun protection can do more than keep sunburns and malignant skin conditions at bay, as it may also help erase black skin dark spots.