This feature was originally published in the ESSENCE February 2017 Issue.
1. Dark Circle Solves
If Black women have one aging tell, it would have to be the eyes. “Volume loss under the eyes creates a shadow, or a dark, hollow look. One of my most popular procedures is restoring that volume with a filler like Belotero,” says Henry.
As with any other filler, there may be slight bruising at the injection site, but there’s little to no downtime. For a less invasive approach, the Glytone Brightening Eye and Lip Professional Peel System With Enerpeel Technology, which runs from $100 to $150 per session, fades dark circles in approximately four in-office treatments.
This combo of gentle lactic and trichloroacetic acids targets excess pigment without causing too much irritation to the skin’s surface.
2. Texture And Tone Therapies
For smoothing out scars or rough texture, a laser may be the way to go. But because of hypo-and hyperpigmentation concerns, treating scars on Black skin is slightly more difficult.
“I’ve been getting good results with microneedling radio frequency devices like Infini,” says Henry. It delivers heat to the dermis to rebuild collagen without damaging the surface of the skin. Read: no pigment worries. “It’s safe,” says Henry.
3. Mask Mania
Though sheet masks have bubbled up as the skin care miracle of the moment, Jackson says they don’t provide much benefit beyond convenient delivery. But are they necessary? Think of them as the icing on the cake.
“It’s all about personalizing. Ask yourself, What do I need? Is your skin dull or blotchy? Then look for a mask with brightening ingredients like papaya extract,” says Henry. Formulas other than sheet masks are likely more effective.
Shop three of our favorites below:
Papaya extract for brightening and other greens (kale, lime) for decongestion, this mask is the equivalent of a green smoothie.
Apply this plant based mask to a clean face for added radiance and hydration.
Target specific areas of the face with different formulas, using this 3-in-1 skin care bundle.