You can have the most flawless makeup, but if your skin isn't on point, it's all for naught! To make sure you present a clean, clear canvas to the world, we asked celeb dermatologist and Black Opal consultant Dr. Cheryl Burgess to give us her top ten black skincare secrets. Here's to saving face!
1. Fight Aging With Sunscreen
“Fight the signs of aging with with sun protection, cosmeceutical skin care products and a diet rich in antioxidants.”
2. Use Mineral Makeup in the Summer
“Use mineral makeup in the summer! Black Opal Mineral Brilliance Powder Foundation ($9.95, walmart.com) has natural SPF and gives a youthful glow.”
3. Skip Scalding-Hot Showers
“Prevent dry skin by decreasing your bathing water temperature to lukewarm. Also, use a moisturizing cleansing bar and moisturize the skin with a creme or lotion immediately after drying off.”
4. Fight Ashiness with Shea Butter
There’s no excuse for ashiness! “Use rich, shea buter-infused creams to hydrate dry skin,” says Dr. Burgess. We like L’Occitane Ultra Rich Shea Butter Body Creme ($39, amazon.com).
5. Zap Zits with Black Opal Blemish Kit
“To treat oily skin or serious acne, try the Black Opal Maximum Strength Blemish Kit ($23.99, amazon.com). It contains all the products you need to cleanse your skin, control oil and treat blemishes.”
6. Use Oil-Free Moisturizer on Blemish-Prone Skin
“If you’re prone to blemishes, use oil-free moisturizers that will not clog the pores. Also, avoid greasy and oily substances on the skin.” Try Juice beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer ($28, sephora.com).
7. Pimple-Picking Causes Dark Spots
“Picking at acne causes dark spot formations. To treat hyperpigmentation, try an acne cleanser containing salicylic acid.” We like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($6.38, soap.com).
8. Hydroquinone Is Your Friend!
“To reduce dark spots and brighten skin, use products with hydroquinone…it works by inhibiting enzyme that produces excessive pigmentation.” Try DDF Fade Gel ($50, amazon.com).
9. Protect and Brighten with Black Opal Fade System
“Whenever you use hydroquinone, you should also apply sun protection. Black Opal’s Fade System ($16, cvs.com) protects skin from UVA/UVB rays without leaving it ashy.”
10. Find a Derm for Ethnic Skin
“Don’t use fade products over a long period of time. If you haven’t received results within four months, visit a board certified dermatologist who specializes in ethnic skin.”