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End to popular belief about black skin in 10 points !

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Black skin is the subject of many beliefs. As black skin experts, it was essential for us to enlighten you about these topics. We have collected the biggest myths in order to disentangle the truth from the lie. Decrypting in 10 points.

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1. SUN CREAMS ARE USELESS FOR BLACK SKIN

This is the most common misconception. You think, wrongly, that black skin never tans and cannot, in any case, be prone to sunburn. Even if it is indeed less vulnerable than white skin to radiation, this is totally false ! The effects are harmful to all skin types.

During overexposure, the natural protection of black skin is limited. UV rays are thus responsible for numerous skin damages: hyperpigmentation spots, peeling areas or even real sunburns.

To protect yourself against these very real risks, it is therefore strongly recommended to apply a sun care product adapted to the characteristics of black skin.

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 2. WHEN YOU HAVE BLACK SKIN, YOU DON'T NEED ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

In fact, black skin has the ability to age more slowly than white skin. As a result, the biological age of the skin seems to be lower than the age of the person. Its structure simply allows it to be better protected against ultraviolet rays on the surface. Thus, their effect on skin aging is more moderate.

The fibroblast of black skin is very effective, it ensures elasticity, firmness and flexibility. But this decisive advantage only slows down the appearance of the signs of aging: it does not eliminate it. This support cell can therefore be boosted with an anti-aging care product, in order to obtain even firmer, suppler and more radiant skin!

 

  3. BLACK SKIN IS THICKER AND MORE RESISTANT

Black skin is not actually thicker, but denser : 3 times more than Caucasian skin. Its dermis is richer in collagen and elastin fibers. It is more compact because its epidermis has 12 layers compared to 8 for other skin tones. Consequently, cell renewal is 2.5 times slower for black skin.

It is therefore essential to support this regeneration stage with targeted active ingredients.  And in the case of cuts or wounds, healing takes longer and increased vigilance is recommended to avoid infections.

 

  4. ALL COSMETICS ARE SUITABLE FOR BLACK SKIN

Cosmetic products are above all designed to meet specific needs. It is therefore essential to identify the nature and type of skin in order to benefit from a personalized skin care protocol. Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge or lack of appropriate advice, the choice of an inappropriate skin care product is common among people with black skin.

With sometimes multiple needs such as oily, but sensitive and dehydrated skin, you can, in fact, feel lost in front of a shelf of cleansers and face creams or body milks !

The advantage of using products designed for black skin is to benefit from a real expertise. In'oya has also developed an online diagnosis. It was essential for its founders to be able to meet this essential need with an easily accessible service.

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  5. EXFOLIATION ON BLACK SKIN MUST BE VIGOROUS TO GUARANTEE RADIANCE

Under the pretext that black skin is "thicker", facial or body scrubbing should be stronger. The objective would be to remove a greater number of dead cells. In reality, this gesture is simply not recommended.

Indeed, too energetic, too frequent, exfoliation will literally irritate the often sensitive black skin. The epidermis can overreact to what it considers to be an aggression. In response, the dryness resulting from the rubbing can, moreover, lead to an excess of sebum.

On the other hand, performing a very gentle scrub once or twice a week has a proven beneficial effect. It improves skin regeneration by eliminating dead skin naturally and without forcing.

 

  6. BLACK SKIN IS ALWAYS MIXED OR OILY WITH PIMPLES

The majority of black and brown women have combination to oily skin on their face. It is estimated that about 65% of them have oily skin. This is due to a number of factors: natural dehydration or dehydration caused by external aggressions: climate, stress, pollution, hard water, etc. The skin tissue then protects itself by producing excess sebum.

However, as you can see, 35% of black women have a different skin type ! It is also possible to see one's skin type evolve with the change of season, environment or even with age. A combination skin in summer can, for example, become normal to dry in winter!

 

  7. FASHION & MAKEUP: SOME COLORS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BLACK SKIN

When it comes to clothing and makeup colors, everyone, regardless of skin tone, is in the same boat ! Indeed, to know the shades that make you look good, you just have to detect your undertone by referring to the color wheel. This accessory, used by fashion and makeup professionals, is very easy to use.

With a simple test, you will identify your profile. Thus, some of you will be enhanced by warm tones. While others will discover the cold colors reveal their beauty in a flagrant way. The luckiest ones will be offered a whole palette of tones to vary their style endlessly.

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  8. THE SMELL OF BLACK SKIN IS SPECIAL

This is a false belief. Body odor is unique to each individual. It depends more on an individual factor than on a skin color factor. In fact, perspiration does not have an odor. It is the bacteria present on the skin that, by feeding on the sweat, release substances that are odorous.

The skin flora is specific to each individual, which is why we each have a different body odor. It can also be influenced by our skin type, our environment or our cosmetic habits.

 

  9. BLACK SKINS HAVE LESS HAIR (THEREFORE LESS PROBLEMS TO WAX OR SHAVE)

This belief must be put into perspective on several points. Moderate hairiness is generally noticed on black skin of sub-Saharan origin. Further north, towards the Mediterranean, it is often more pronounced. However, genetic factors or crossbreeding can potentially vary this phenomenon, especially on the face.

Generally, with more or less hair, hair removal and shaving of black skin remain complicated to manage. There are frequent problems of regrowth. Facial hair is regularly ingrown. They tend to curve and curl under the skin. They form pimples, cysts and even infections. Ingrown hairs are also the cause of scarring.

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 10. BLACK SKIN CAN BE WHITENED WITH LIGHTENING PRODUCTS

Whitening the skin to conform to an image, an aesthetic ideal is a sad reality, often unacknowledged. Depigmenting products do exist to lighten the skin. However, while their promise may seem attractive to those seeking a glow, they are unfortunately very harmful to health. Among the most dangerous are hydroquinone and corticoids. Their presence in certain cosmetics presented as miraculous is sometimes even hidden from users.

The risks of these substances on the skin tissue are potentially numerous: a non-uniform depigmentation, a yellowish tint, acne spots, stretch marks, stains, facial hair, eye problems, etc. Under certain conditions, premature deaths have been observed following the application of depigmenting products.

In practice, black skin cannot be bleached. However, it is possible to enhance, unify and reveal its natural radiance with safe and reliable cosmetics that comply with current regulations.

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