Skin Care Tips for African American Women

Whether you’re buying foundation or simply putting together a solid skin care regimen, it’s not easy to find products that are geared towards African American skin. So naturally, not everyone knows what to look for when buying facial cleansers and moisturizers. If you’re updating your approach to skincare, then you’ll definitely want to hear these skin care tips for African American women.

Wear Sunscreen Year Round

A lot of people have the mistaken idea that having darker skin protects you from sunburn. While it’s true that you might not be frying the minute you’ve been exposed to the sun, that doesn’t mean sunscreen isn’t necessary. Apply sunscreen before you go out and re-apply it once every couple of hours. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a snowy area. Use sunscreen throughout the year to protect your skin from UV rays.

Do Not Use Too Much Cleanser

You might be thinking to yourself: “What’s the problem with using a bit of cleanser?” The answer is “Nothing”. Regular facial cleansing is a good idea. What you need to pay attention to with cleanser is how often you’re using it. There are some people who might apply cleanser once, twice, or even three times in a day. For many African Americans, that can dry the skin out more than anything else. So it’s recommended that you use cleanser once daily.

Pay Close Attention to That Ingredient List

Have you ever tried a moisturizer that caused you to break out every time you used it? Have you ever bought a cleanser that dried your face within minutes of using it? Besides your regular cleansers, there are other common ingredients that can have a negative effect on your skin. As a starting point, oily makeups can potentially clog your pores and wreak havoc on your face. Similarly, products that have preservatives, dyes, fragrances, and alcohols may be potential irritants.


This isn’t advice that’s exclusive to dry skin types. A key part of making sure your skin looks flawless is taking care to moisturize. The drier your skin tends to be, the more important it is for you to bring that moisture back. As a general rule of thumb, you want your moisturizers to be more emollient. In other words, you might want to pick up some cocoa butter the next time you’re in the shops.

At the end of the day, skin type is the main factor you need to consider when buying skin care products as an African American woman. If you’re oily, dry, or somewhere in-between, it’s essential that you buy skincare items that cater to your type. By following this advice, you’ll definitely be on your way to fantastic skin.

If you would like to learn more about skin care tips, or if you would like to pursue skin care as a career, we at Evergreen Beauty School can help you. Our esthetics program is geared towards equipping our students with the skills required to not only offer skin care services but also run their own beauty salons.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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