Aunts and friends often ask me why my skin looks so good. The presumption all around is that, because I am blessed with brown skin, my skin is naturally perfect and I do nothing to keep it looking as good as it does. That’s not entirely the case.
I was blessed with good skin (thanks mom!) but I do the right thing to make sure it stays as healthy and plump as it is. I have slacked in the past with skincare – particularly in regards to moisturizing and cleansing – and felt the effects of it. Never again!
The thing for brown skinned beauties to keep in mind when walking into the drugstore or a high-end beauty counter is this: the beauty industry promotes things which are of concern to people with lighter skin. You will always see ads which talk about skincare products that “boost collagen,” ”infuse skin with melanin” and also products that are full of “anti-aging properties,” “fine line corrector’s,” and, of course, “redness corrector’s.”
Well guess what? None of those are of great concern for black women (or any other women with deeper skin). Here’s why: