How to Care for African American Skin
You want to put your best face forward. African American skin needs to be maintained properly to look its best.
Common problems among African-Americans are hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) caused by scars from acne or other injuries to the skin and "ashy" or gray skin caused by not exfoliating properly. While African-Americans do have the advantage of natural protection from the sun (we've all heard the phrase "Black don't crack.", that doesn't mean that Black skin care can be taken for granted.
Our face care products for African-American are of absolutely the best quality, at a very reasonable price. Because your skin has unique needs, HumiNature has multiple products for “normal” to special needs skin types.
We have also assembled recommended “regimens” which are bundles of products that work well in concert with each other. Each regimen is based on completely natural, non-soap cleansers, alcohol free toners and balancing non-greasy, non-comedogenic moisturizers. If you have dry skin, you might have been tempted to skip the toner step because many toners are drying and harsh. Ours are not.
Each of our products is gentle, hypoallergenic and helps prevent and/or repair damage.
Click on the links below to see a short description of each product or regimen.
FAQs About Black Skin Care
- I have multiple skin conditions I'd like to treat. Is it OK to combine regimens?
- I have acne (occasional outbreaks). But, I would also like to treat hyperpigmentation (dark spots) left by earlier outbreaks. What products do I buy and how often do I use them?
- How do I take care of my face? What are the steps?
- How do I wash my face and how often?
- What is my skin type?
A.) Generally speaking- yes. For example if you have problems with mild to moderate acne you can use a mild cleanser and toner (for example our HumiNature Deep C Cleanser) and follow up with an acne treatment. Or, if you have dark spots from previous blemishes, you can certainly use the fade gel products in combination with other cleansers and toners.
But, keep in mind there are certain things you should and should not do. For example, those with acne or sensitive skin should NOT use a facial scrub. You should not combine exfoliating treatments (for example microdermabrasion with a skin peel). Those using fade products should wear a sunscreen (of some sort) during the day.
A.) You actually have several choices. Keep in mind the regimens we sell are only suggested combinations of products designed to treat specific conditions. Each person’s skin is different. So, we encourage our customers to work with your skin to develop the regimen that is best suited for you.
Here’s how we would suggest building a regimen to treat this type of situation. This is just an example to show how you might go about selecting products. We are not suggesting you need to follow this regimen exactly.
- Always start with a cleanser. For acne prone skin, you want a very mild cleanser. Non-soap is better. You do NOT want to use a cleanser with scrubs in it as acne prone skin is easily irritated. Cleanse at least twice a day using lukewarm water and your fingertips to cleanse. Do not use a washcloth as it carries bacteria and causes mechanical irritation. An excellent cleanser would be HumiNature Deep C Cleanser
- Second step is to tone. The toner should be a very mild astringent that tightens up pores. Again, be very gentle with the face while applying.
- Next you will want to treat any active acne outbreaks. This can be done with one of the Black Opal products (Blemish Target Gel for example).
- You’ll want to spot treat the dark spots. Using a Fade Gel or Cream (such as HumiNature’s with hydroquinone at night and a fade cream with a sunblock during the day.
- Lastly, use a moisturizer, if necessary.
How do I take care of my face?
- There are four basic steps to take in a facial care regimen. These steps should be done in the morning and in the evening before retiring:
- Cleanse- loosen and lift impurities and excess oil
- Tone- remove lifted dirt and readjust pH balance
- Moisturize- depending on skin type, replenish moisture.
- Treat- depending on skin condition and desires- can be a blemish treatment, fade treatment or skin rejuvenation treatment (such as a masque or deep moisturizing créme).
There are some very important "do's” and “do not's" concerning washing your face:
|Things to do when you wash your face||Things NOT to do when you wash your face|
|Use mild, non-soap cleansers. The cleanser should gently lift dirt and remove excess oil. But, it should not "strip" your skin leaving it dry as a bone.||
Use harsh, drying soap-based cleansers. People with oily skin or who are acne prone might be tempted to use drying products to "clear up" your skin.
The reality is these products often cause more damage. Excessive drying and flaking is not good for your skin. If you have mild-to-moderate acne, it can be controlled with a simple regimen using quality products.
Wash regularly- once in the morning and once at night. If you have oily skin, you can add a washing in the evening or after noon.
|Skip washing your face regularly or wash too often. People with oily skin may be tempted to wash more frequently. Do not wash your face more than three times per day.|
Wash your face gently, using small circular motions. Fingertips or a clean washcloth are best. (Fingertips are better. If you use a washcloth, change the washcloth frequently and use very light pressure)
|Scrub your face. If you use an exfoliating scrub, make sure it has gentle, non-jagged particles and apply light pressure. If you use a washcloth, change it often. Bacteria will grow on the washcloth and those bacteria reapplied to the face can lead to breakouts.|
|Wash for 30 to 90 seconds
||Just splash your cleanser on your face and immediately rinse off. If you are using a moisturizing cleanser or a cleanser with ingredients to help your face, you want to leave it on long enough to do its job. This is especially important if you have acne prone skin.|
|Rinse with "tepid" (not hot, not cold) water||Rinse with water at either temperature extreme|
|Pat your face dry with a clean towel||Rub your face vigorously. This can damage to your skin and cause outbreaks.|
For most skin types, wash face in the morning and before retiring. Oily skin types can wash up to three times per day, but no more.
Step 1: Cleanse Face
- Wet face with warm water
- Apply a little cleanser to the palm of your hands or to a soft cotton washcloth
- With fingertips or soft washcloth, gently wash face using circular motions
- Wash for approximately 30 seconds for dry skin, 60 seconds for normal skin and 90 seconds for oily skin
- Rinse well with tepid (not hot, not cold) water
- Pat face dry with a clean towel
Step 2: Tone with a HumiNature Toner
Step 3: Moisturize with a HumiNature Moisturizer
Step 4: Apply Treatment like Acne Control or Fade Cream
- Dry or Mature Skin- apply a super moisturizing treatment like HumiNature East African Shea Butter nightly
- Special treat- one to three times per week apply a facial masque to deep clean, reduce blemishes and give your face a fresh start
A.) There are three or four basic skin types. Oily, Balanced or Combination Skin and Dry Skin. The way to tell your skin type is to check your skin a couple of hours after you have washed it.
- Oily Skin- oily skin will appear smooth and supple most of the time. Oily skin may be susceptible to frequent or occasional acne outbreaks. Oily skin will generally feel smooth to the touch.
- Balanced or Combination Skin- balanced skin is skin that has the right level of oil present in the skin. Generally balanced skin will feel smooth and supple. Combination skin will have oily spots and/or dry spots. Generally, the oily areas are around the nose and eyes (known as the “T” zone). Dry areas often occur around the mouth. Combination skin might require spot oil treatment (astringents) and dry skin might require spot moisturizers.
- Dry Skin- dry skin often appears dull and tight and might feel rough to the touch.
Best Face Cleansers for Black Skin
DMAE is an amazing nutrient that extends the life of cells and inhibits the cross linking of proteins, which gives the skin a tone and firm appearance. Our HumiNature Age-Defying Face Cleanser is an all-natural facial cleanser with DMAE. Our cleanser is great for those concerned with the effects of aging.
Vitamin C and French Green Clay make our HumiNature Deep C Face Cleanser an all natural cleanser unsurpassed in effectiveness while remaining gentle. Many dermatologists recommend non-soap cleansers for the prevention of acne breakouts. The Green Clay draws out impurities trapped underneath your skin. Our Vitamin C Esters absorb readily into the skin and we used them at high concentrations in this line. This is our most popular facial cleanser and for good reason. Good for all skin types.
Acne prone skin is sensitive skin. Many “anti-acne” treatments are so harsh that they actually exacerbate the condition they are supposed to clear up. HumiNature Oil Defense Cleanser is natural and mild above all else. Contains activated charcoal, tea tree oil and citrus extracts to control acne breakouts naturally.
Our all-natural HumiNature Skin Solace Cleanser is a mild and gentle facial cleanser is well suited for those with sensitive skin or who just want to treat their face to a deep, natural cleansing without the use of harsh chemicals. This cleanser will leave your face feeling soft, clean and energized. Honey is a humectant (attracts water). And, the acids in honey gently help promote skin turnover (removal of dead skin). Honey is a gentler way to get benefits similar to the benefits obtained by Alpha Hydroxy Acids. So, it’s great for those with sensitive skin. Wild Oats help skin retain moisture and keep the skin soft. Great for dry or sensitive skin.
Best Toners for Black Skin
Our HumiNature Cucumber Mist Natural Facial Toner is an all-natural moisturizing facial toner infused with pure Cucumber Hydrosol (essence). Cucumber has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe Leaf Juice softens. Witch Hazel tones. And, Tea Tree Oil and Black Willow Bark kill germs. This toner is perfect for anyone with a face.
French Green Clay in our HumiNature Deep C Toner extracts impurities from the skin. The slightly acidic properties of the toner help restore the proper pH balance to your skin, after cleansing. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that protects your skin from aging and the elements. If you have dry skin, you may have been tempted to skip the toning step of your daily facial regimen because many toners are drying and harsh.
Our HumiNature Skin Firming Toner with DMAE is our finest quality toner. DMAE is a natural nutrient that extends the life of cells and gives the skin a tone and firm appearance. DMAE temporarily causes a slight tightening of the skin, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Naturally astringent, skin balancing and acne fighting, our HumiNature Oil Defense Astringent does it all. Alpha Hydroxy Acids gently exfoliate while fruit acids balance your skin tone. Black Willowbark provides naturally occurring salicylic acid to fight the causes of acne. Our astringent does the job without stripping your skin and causing excessively dry skin. DMAE gives your skin a tight and polished appearance while the essential oils get to the root of acne.
Best Moisturizers for Black Skin
HumiNature Age-Defying Serum has been formulated to be an all in one product for you. It can be applied in the morning as a step just prior to applying makeup. It can be used at night alone or just prior to using a moisturizer. It's hard to believe you're also rejuvenating your skin, sloughing off old cells and encouraging the natural renewal process...Hard to believe, that is, until you look in the mirror and see a smoother, more radiant complexion. A moisturizing skin serum enriched with more than 60 vitamins and minerals, natural oils and botanicals to wipe out roughness, counter irritation and infuse skin with vitamins. Improves skin density and firmness: diminishing fine lines and imperfections, while supporting skins own collagen-building function.
HumiNature AvoJoba Face Moisturizing Crème is perfect for dry to combination skin types. Made with the finest natural Jojoba, our crème restores a proper balance to skin. Technically, Jojoba is not an oil but a wax. Because it is the closest thing in nature to the body’s own natural sebum, Jojoba removes excess oil from oily skin and provides additional oil to dry skin. This allows Jojoba to restore restoring the skin’s optimum oil balance to skin that is either too dry or too oily. Avocado oil is well known as an anti-aging oil.
HumiNature East African Shea Butter is the crème de la crème of Shea Butters. Because it is extracted manually from the highest quality shea nuts of the Nilotica variety, East African Shea Butter is softer and more fragrant than shea butter of West African origin. East African Shea Butter is naturally high in shea olein, melting more gently into the skin.
HumiNature Deep C Skin Perfecting Crème is loaded with the anti-oxidant Vitamin C. This super anti-oxidant crème is your best defense against the ravages of time and the environment. Vitamin C helps energize, rejuvenate and brighten your complexion. HumiNature Deep C Skin Perfecting Crème is also packed with fruit extracts, Rosemary (to improve circulation) and Vitamin E to provide maximum protection against aging and the elements.
HumiNature Anti-Aging AntiOxidant Crème is a super-premium age fighting crème, loaded with anti-aging agents. You will not find a better anti-aging crème, at any price. The natural moisturizers and vitamins rejuvenate your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Avocado Oil is well known as a natural age fighter and this crème is packed with it. The crème is also armed with vitamins A, B, C, and E to wage war on the effects of aging.
HumiNature Shea Butter Facial Crèmeis perfect for all skin types. Our premium Shea Butter crème is thick and loaded with Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamins and other nutrients that your skin will simply drink up.
Best Skin Rejuvenators for Black Skin
The normal daily regimen is essential for maintaining good skin. But, for that extra boost we all need, especially as we age, we offer these pick-me-ups for your face.
HumiNature Skin Solace Facial Masque is a unique experience as far masques are concerned. First of all, it is all natural. Secondly, most clay-based masks are drying. That’s OK if you have oily skin. However, for those people with dry skin or sensitive skin, you may want a masque that is moisturizing. Our HumiNature Skin Solace Masque is extremely gentle, does not dry or crack and leaves your skin luxuriously soft. This mask is perfect for sensitive skin.
HumiNature Deep C Masque is a luscious and effective facial masque. Montmorillonite (French Green Clay), Vitamin C Esters and Seaweed Extract make this an incredibly luscious and smooth clay mask. The Vitamin C Esters absorb readily into the skin. We use them at high enough concentrations to be effective. However, we keep the level low enough so that the masque does not sting your skin.
HumiNature Papaya & Clay Skin Peelis a gentle skin peel with fruit extracts and kaolin clay. Leaves skin looking bright and refreshed. Eliminates ashiness. Skin peels are becoming very popular among the baby boom generation. This is a safe, effective way to recapture or retain that youthful glow.
HumiNature Rhassoul Clay is an excellent mask for the face and body and a great deep cleanser for hair. Used in the finest spas.
HumiNature Skin Polish Crème (Microdermabrasion Cream)
HumiNature Skin Polish Crème (Microdermabrasion Cream) is a natural way to remove the harmful effects of aging, brighten skin, remove fine lines and hyperpigmentation, all in the comfort of your home and at a fraction of what you would pay for treatments in a spa or doctor's office.
Best Skin Care Regimens for Black Skin
Our regimens are based on a 4 Step System. The fourth step is optional.
- Step 1: Cleanse- morning and night
- Step 2: Tone- morning and night
- Step 3: Moisturize- morning and night
- Step 4: Rejuvenate, Treat or Restore- evening or occasionally, as needed.
Our HumiNature French Clay & Vitamin C Skin Care Regimen is our finest, general purpose, skin care system. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents damage from the sun, pollution and other factors that can cause damage to your skin. French Green Clay is a deeply penetrating cleaner that goes into the skin to remove impurities that would otherwise remain below the skin's surface.
- Step 1: HumiNature Deep C Cleanser
- Step 2: HumiNature Deep C Toner
- Step 3: HumiNature Deep C Créme
- Step 4: HumiNature Face Firming Serum and/or Deep C Masque
Ajuvén Face Rescue Kit
The Ajuvén Face Rescue Kit is especially for men's skin care. Gentle yet effective products designed and packaged for men.
- Step 1: Ajuvén Botanical Facial Scrub
- Step 2: Ajuvén Citrus Splash Facial Toner
- Step 3: Ajuvén Botanical Facial Moisturizer
- Step 4: Ajuvén Sandalwood Shave Créme or Ajuvén Aloe Shave Gel. Any of the HumiNature Masques
HumiNature Dry Skin Care Regimen is for skin that is low on oil production, tends to be ashy and needs extra moisture to make it soft and supple. The HumiNature Dry Skin Care Regimen will help increase the moisture level of your skin and prevent premature aging and the dry, dull look.
- Step 1: HumiNature Skin Solace Cleanser
- Step 2: HumiNature Cucumber Mist Toner
- Step 3: HumiNature Shea Butter Crème
- Step 4: HumiNature Face Firming Serum, Age-Defying Masque, Skin Solace Masque or Deep C Masque
As we age, our skin tends to lose elasticity, begins to sag and requires extra moisture. Your skin may not be "mature" yet. But, you want to delay that day as long as possible. The HumiNature Age-Defying Skin Care Regimen will remove fine lines and wrinkles, reduce sagging and restore the proper moisture balance your skin needs to look its best and to delay aging. Fortified with DMAE, these products are like a (temporary) face-lift in a bottle.
- Step 1: HumiNature Age-Defying Cleanser
- Step 2: HumiNature Age-Defying Toner
- Step 3: HumiNature Anti-Aging Crème
- Step 4: HumiNature Face Firming Serum, Age-Defying Masque or Deep C Masque
The HumiNature Sensitive Skin Care Regimen is gentle and effective, at the same time. The HumiNature Sensitive Skin Care Regimen contains hypoallergenic products that are mild and will not cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. No added colors or fragrances are used in these products. Sensitive skin should definitely NOT use soap-based cleanser or harsh toners as are found in many over-the-counter products.
- Step 1: HumiNature Skin Solace Cleanser with Wild Oats & Honey
- Step 2: HumiNature Cucumber Mist Facial Toner
- Step 3: HumiNature AvoJoba Crème
- Step 4: HumiNature Face Firming Serum and/or Skin Solace Masque
Effective, all natural, non-soap cleansers with specially chosen anti-acne essential oils, an acne fighting toner and a non-comedogenic masque make our HumiNature Oil Defense Skin Care Regimen. Many anti-acne products cause excessive drying and irritation to the skin which can actually make acne outbreaks worse and leave your skin irritated, dry and flaky. Our regimen fights the acne without damaging your skin. We include a clay masque to use one to three times per week for deep cleaning to help prevent blackheads and pimples from forming. Since our cleansers and toners are non-drying, will probably find that you do not need a moisturizer on a daily basis.
- Step 1: HumiNature Oil Defense Cleanser
- Step 2: HumiNature Oil Defense Toner
- Step 3: Not required for oily skin types
- Step 4: HumiNature Deep C Masque
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