Such a large organ but so easily neglected! Having even skin involves more than just using the right cosmetics, you have to be prepared to eat, live, and breathe your way to beautiful even skin tone year round!
Who doesn’t like smooth, hydrated, evenly pigmented skin? Let’s take a look at some of the most common skincare issues and how to get rid of them!
These tips apply to everyone, for the fair-skinned to the dark- ebony girls like me.
Change the way you live, change your skin.
Good news, you don’t have to spend tons of money to get beautiful, even skin, bad news-ish, you have to be willing to put in the work!
Fortunately, it’s nothing complicated!
The following advice and recommendations are more like reminders as everyone, no matter where you live should be following or at least aware of most of them.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Drinking water is a life changer! It hydrates you from inside out.
Water plumps up the skin soothe redness and dryness. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have. For your healthy skin’s sake, hydrate!
In the same vein, don’t forget, always use a moisturizer. Choose one that is noncomedogenic, natural, and scent-free if you can. Get something that will get absorbed through the skin easily with a non-greasy feel.
Do not step outside without sunscreen on!
Sunscreen not only helps you prevent sun damage, but it is also great at preventing sun spots, premature aging, further skin damage, and sunburn. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen if you are trying to prevent your skin from scarring.
I am not talking about the SPF found in your daily facial moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream. Sadly, they are not enough. Professionals suggest you get something from Broad SPectrum 30 to 50. Always remember to reapply!
Of course, there are plenty of sunscreens available out there but if you are into more natural ingredients or vegan, here are a few recommendations:
Remember, rain or shine, no matter the season, always apply sunscreen!
Watch what you are putting in your mouth!
Your diet has a lot to do with your skin health. In fact, recent studies have shown diet has a lot to do with it.
Well-known skin conditions are linked to diet, like dermatitis and herpetiformis. Professionals even advise making dietary changes to improve skin conditions like acne and prevent or delay others like aging.
If your skin is not acting like normal, talk to your dermatologist, and nutritionist about eliminating common irritants such as dairy products.
As mentioned above, go see your physician for an evaluation. Seek out advice from your nutritionist, and if you can’t afford to do so, well invest in some good books written by professionals.
Avoid greasy foods and refined sugar. Use moderation in alcohol and spicy food as they can cause redness by dilating blood vessels.
Increase your intake of vitamin C and antioxidants foods such as oranges, kiwis, strawberries, bell peppers, others…
Vitamin C and antioxidants protect the skin against free radical damage and premature aging.
You also need to add nutrients to brighten the complexion and improve hydration such as mushrooms, green peas, water-rich fruits like watermelon.
Use natural products
Natural products like witch hazel, lemon juice, rosehip, rooibos, konjac acid, and others when used topically and adequately are affordable ways to improve the skin tone.
- Witch Hazel is soothing with anti0inflamatory properties. It is great for redness and irritation.
- Lemon juice is known for removing spots and lighten the skin
- Rosehips are highly recommended for scars and discoloration. It even helps at lightening up stretch marks, and it’s a great natural alternative to retinol.
- Roobios tea is a great toner to cool the skin, calm acne, and dermatitis.
- Konjac acid is an underrated skin lightening treatment easy found over the counter.
Try a peel!
Nowadays, you don’t have to book an in-office appointment to get a decent chemical peel.
Sometimes achieving smooth, even skin tone is just one in-home glycolic or acid salicylic peel away.
What I like about chemical peels, is you can see some results almost instantly given you don’t have any adverse effect!
The skin looks brighter and softer. And, no, peels are not just for the face!
Chemical exfoliators get rid of dead skin while speeding up cell turnover. They are great to smooth the skin surface and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores.
Remember, do not ever overdo it and do a patch test!
See a professional!
Some skin conditions require in-depth treatment under the supervision of a well-trained professional.
Additionally, there are a lot of treatments that will require a prescription from your healthcare provider.
While they are more expensive, you have a better guarantee to find a long-lasting solution than staying at home experimenting with products that sometimes acerbate your condition.
- Laser treatments will lighten up scars and sunspots. They also improve skin tone.
- Microdermabrasion is perfect for discoloration. It also helps with the signs of aging by thickening the collagen.
- Hydroquinone treatment evens out the skin tone and helps with stubborn hyperpigmentation.
- Clinical strength peels while causing redness and some pain after the first few days of treatment, are great at revealing soft and bright skin.
Fake it until you make it!
Bronzer, concealers, foundations, shimmer oils are great products to fake immediate even skin tone while working on a long term solution.
- Use bronzer or tanning lotions to fake uniform skin tone everywhere, even when you already have dark skin. But first, don’t forget to exfoliate.
- Get concealers to hide small spots and scars. Make sure they match your skin exactly!
- Shimmer oils are a great finishing touch to elongate your legs or give your skin a glossy finish.
- Learn how to shave correctly to avoid razor bumps.
- Yes, apply sunscreen to your legs and toes, they are part of your body!
Finally, longterm healthy skin is an investment of time and longterm effort. Be patient. Some improvement will be instant like a good exfoliation, others will take time like calming dermatitis, or removing sunspots.
Notice I said time! Don’t throw in the towel! Until then, embrace and rock the healthy skin you have!
What are your tips to get even, healthy skin year-round?
Where do I get my information?
US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
American Academy of Dermatology