This is me. (Victoria, in case you’re new to our blog.) This is my skin at age 49. I have not had any botox, fillers, needling, chemical peels or any kind of plastic surgery. (I would admit it if I have because I personally do not have any issue with self improvement of any kind.) I have Mediterranean/Hispanic skin and according to my genealogical background indigenous North African Berber, (also referred to as “Moorish”) roots stemming from my great grandfather on my father’s side. My coloring is warm toned. In the past when I have taken cosmetic matching tests my coloring has been defined as what I generically consider, “olive toned.” (I don’t think my skin looks like the color of olives, but maybe I’m wrong?) I have two sisters who have varying skin colors from mine. One with darker more African rooted skin and one with more Caucasian identifying tones. Growing up we did not have the same skin or hair problems. We often compared and shared remedies, but most times we were on our own journeys because of our different skin tones and problems.
According to nielson.com, Hispanics of all origins are outspending non-Hispanics in the beauty category. Asian women have successful created and marketed their own sub-category in beauty and Black women have disrupted the hair care category with specific products that cater to their customer’s wide variety of needs. These days you can walk into Sephora and buy Fenty Beauty, the makeup line created by pop singer Rihanna or should I say attempt to buy since this line is often Sold Out. I feel so excited by the emerging diversity in cosmetic care because having to blend two or three foundations just to get your correct shade is tedious. I also love that some of our global ingredients have been used for years by indigenous people to serve their direct beauty or health concerns. Let's not forget that the rise of face oils began with the outstanding Moroccan argan oil. It seems the beauty industry is finally attempting to catch up to what my sisters and I have experienced all along, the diverse and ethnic beauty consumer.
Does this mean that multicultural or ethnic skin types need products made especially for their type of skin? Perhaps and then again maybe not. Perhaps what we need to focus on is how to use the correct products for your skin’s needs and how to use them properly. The concern some of us face is needing a little more or less than what is standardly formulated. This I know as my own personal journey and the reason we continue to develop potent formulas without cheap ingredients or water. If you’re a Latina with warm skin coloring I bet you know exactly how frustrating it is when your skin is in the recovery process from an ordinary blemish. It takes a while for those scars to fade. You can definitely blame that on your melanin rich skin, but don't beat yourself up because you can take control of your skin health without going to the extreme of using harsh products.
The Golden Rule of thumb when choosing, purchasing and especially using green beauty products for your skin’s type is to be consistent and patient. If used correctly and consistently these products can make lifelong and goal defining changes in your skin’s appearance. From strengthening to toning, repairing, clarifying, luminosity, elasticity, hydration and wrinkle prevention. Green beauty has proven to work for me and I truly believe it works for everyone! I can personally attest to my own transformation and I suppose this is why I'm a huge advocate of quality products highlighting stellar formulas and amazing ingredients. I have no clue what a 49 year old workaholic is “supposed” to look like, but I rather enjoy my face and honestly I like the way my skin looks more now than when I was 32. It just looks healthier and behaves way better plus I can't remember the last time I had a blemish.
I want you to get the most out of our your routine and feel happy with your skin. So it's my both my job and pleasure to teach you how to use our products, when to use them and how to develop your best regimen.
Here are a few tips in caring for ethnic and multicultural skin:
- Use enzyme based products or exfoliators made from seeds, minerals, clays or honey. Sharp shell exfoliators are often too rough for skin that is more prone to hyper pigmentation and can lead to micro tissue damage. Avoid. Did you know Gentle Enzyme Cleanser is perfect for cleansing as well as a mini mask?
- Incorporate antioxidant rich oils with face mists. Pairing these products result in a quicker rebalancing of oily skin, which many ethnic skin types deal with on a wider scale. Aria Cell Recovery Treatment and Jardin de Fleurs work beautifully together to keep your complexion in check and rejuvenated.
- Wear SPF and defend your skin from after sun exposure. It’s a myth that Latina or Black women need not use sunscreen because they are less likely to get skin cancer. Incorporate a defense system for after sun exposure to boost nutrients and antioxidants with Daily Elements Defense.
- Be patient and use products consistently. Because ethnic skin is more melanin-rich it will take longer to see the results of serums and face oils. It took me 4 years of consistent use of Barbary Fig Seed Oil to make a curling iron accident on my décolletage disappear. It was such a bad burn I had to go to the hospital and be treated with antibiotics. It is no longer visible.
- Layer it on. Products in use together offer a results-driven support system as well as long term prevention. We love a good moisturizer following a serum application to lock in vital actives. Crema Supernova and Modern Radiance Concentrate are excellent choices.
You goddess are the best advert for LBF ever! Such a great point about how different skin types/tones need to treat skin different. They say " black doesn’t crack" as dark skin is less wrinkle prone but with age it can get dull, toughen, hyperpigment etc so much of the “anti-wrinkle” talk doesn’t really address that.