The Best Skin Creams for African-American Females

Radiant, glowing skin can be yours with the right creams.

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African-American women, like their sisters everywhere, want their skin to feel like silk. Some products provide better results for African-American women compared to other products. Knowing what cream to use for your skin is the first step in achieving that glamorous glow.

What the Skin Needs

All skin types are different, regardless of tone or type. Sarah Kurn, master aesthetician and owner of Progressive Skin Clinic in Minnesota, says that darker skin tones need to pay special attention to their product choices to give the skin a fresh, clean, smooth appearance. Kurn says that African-American skin cells are dark as the skin layers die and lift away, giving the skin a dull appearance if you don’t exfoliate daily. The best creams are those that can help lift away dead cells and promote a smooth texture. Kurn also recommend that African-American women stay away from products infused with glycerin because it is too sticky and can lead to acne. Ayanna Mashama, holistic health practitioner and acupuncturist and co-founder of the Black Women's Health and Healing Conferences, says that African-American skin needs potent grease-less moisturizers, toners, blemish treatments, and dark spot and discoloration prevention products that contain natural, non-toxic ingredients.

Drugstore Creams

Affordable yet beneficial products are heaven-sent. New York’s Aglow Dermatology's Dr. Dina Strachan recommends Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Moisturizer with SPF. Strachan says she likes this drugstore product because it not only moisturizes the skin, but it also provides the sun protection that she says even African-American women need. The best part of this moisturizer is that it doesn’t leave a white film behind, which is common with many creams and moisturizers. It also doesn’t clog the pores, which can cause breakouts. She also recommends CeraVe AM and PM lotions. Strachan says these products have an excellent mix of moisturizing ingredients like ceramindes, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone. They also include niacinaminde, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on acne. She says that inflammation from acne can cause dark spots, especially on African-American skin.

High-End Creams

Kurn says that creams with zinc in them will show up on African-American skin tones, so women should stay away from this ingredient. She recommends using a tinted sunscreen moisturizer. She also recommends Rhonda Allison’s Sea Gems and Regenerating Cream. Allison trains qualified aestheticians who specialize in ethnic skins. Kurn also recommends Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint. Dermatologist Michelle Yagoda recommends Phyto+ by Skinceuticals as a cream to help with hyperpigmentation. She also suggests that those with darker pigmentation in the skin avoid skin bleaching ingredients like hydroquinone.

All-Over Moisture

Women dream of one product that can do it all, and one such product is Ancient Treasure by A Touch of Life. Ancient Treasure can be used as a facial moisturizer, eye cream, night cream and day cream. It can even be used on the hair and as a scalp cream as well as an all-over body moisturizer. Mashama is a big fan and says that Ancient Treasure gives African-American women a radiant glow. It also softens and smooths the skin, removes blemish scars and helps prevent breakouts. It's even safe for those with sensitive skin.

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Sarah Kurn; Progressive Skin Clinic; Minnesota Ayanna Mashama; Holistic Health/Co-founder of The Black Women's Health and Healing Conferences; San Francisco, California Dina Strachan, M.D.; Aglow Dermatology; New York, New York Michelle Yagoda, M.D.; New York

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