​Are you looking and feeling your best at work?

06.05.2012, 15:38 CDT | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty

Person doing yoga, wellness blog

In today’s busy, get-it-done-yesterday world, it can be difficult to find time for the most important person: yourself. That’s why we’re taking some time off in June to celebrate Professional Wellness Month! We could all use a reminder now and then that looking and feeling fantastic—yes, even while at work—are key to our overall feeling of health. If you count yourself among the 40 percent of Americans who consider their job to be very stressful,1 Professional Wellness Month is the perfect opportunity to get back into the habit.

To better enjoy the 9-to-5 grind, consider these useful tips.

  • Keep active. We’ve all been there—some weeks just seem to slog on endlessly, while others are over before you know it. The secret? You must keep active! Sitting at a computer for 8 hours straight takes a toll on your body, and you can bet you’ll start to feel it by the time Friday rolls around. Do yourself a favor by taking a 10-minute break at least once every hour or two. Head outside, breathe in some fresh air, and go for a walk around the block—your body will thank you.

    There are also small ways you can get in a bit of exercise even as you’re sitting. Try doing butt crunches while in front of the computer or bringing small weights into the office and pumping a bit of iron on your lunch break. Who knows? You may even start a trend.
     
  • Take time for you. While you’re at it, try to avoid eating lunch at your desk. It can be difficult to convince yourself that you have 30 to 60 minutes to spare, but it’s better to stay a bit late than not to have taken any breaks throughout the day. Be kind to yourself—if you feel the stress starting to overwhelm your psyche, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and take a moment to decompress.
     
  • Relax. Stress can have a number of negative effects on your body, including your skin. Relaxing can help you feel better, which may lead to a more beautiful you on the outside as well as on the inside. It also pays to experience a breather every morning with a skin care routine that you know can deliver results, such as one of our Obagi ® Systems, which are created to cleanse, hydrate, tone, and refresh your skin - making a real difference in its appearance.

Professional Wellness Month is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and figure out what you can do to improve your well-being. If you’ve been meaning to take care of yourself a bit better, now’s your chance!

Reference:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stress... at work. Available at: www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101. Accessed June 1, 2012.

 

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In today’s busy, get-it-done-yesterday world, it can be difficult to find time for the most important person: yourself. That’s why we’re taking some time off in June to celebrate Professional Wellness Month! We could all use a reminder now and then that looking and feeling fantastic—yes, even while at work—are key to our overall feeling of health. If you count yourself among the 40 percent of Americans who consider their job to be very stressful,1 Professional Wellness Month is the perfect opportunity to get back into the habit.

Get Ready for Summer!

05.22.2012, 8:55 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Skin Care

Colorful sandals on beach

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means—time to open up the windows, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Before you get to show off that new bathing suit and hit the beach, here are a few other things to consider to look and feel great all season long!

  • Apply sunscreen properly. Saying “yes” to sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun. Be generous with your application and make sure to reapply at least once every 2 hours—more frequently if you’re sweating or jumping in the pool. Also, try to slather it on at least 30 minutes before going outside so you can get the most protection. Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF not only shields against UVB and UVA rays, its non-greasy formula applies completely sheer in an elegant, matte finish that feels great on your skin.*
  • Buy a new hat. There's no better time to show off a stylish hat than the spring and summer (other than a royal wedding, of course!). Between wide-brimmed options, caps and yes, even visors, there’s bound to be something out there for every outfit. Remember, hats will allow you to stay fashionable while protecting your face from harmful UV rays.
  • Find your perfect sandals. Be kind to your feet. It can be easy to wear out sandals after a year or two, which is also a great excuse to buy a new pair! Stylish ones are always nice, but try to find something that keeps you comfortable. And because nothing goes better with new sandals than smooth feet and freshly polished toes, treat yourself to a pedicure! Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Your feet deserve the same sun protection as your face and arms, but often get overlooked.
  • Give your skin some additional TLC. This is the prime time for showing off some skin, so why not take some steps to make sure yours is at its best? The winter can cause skin dryness, so be sure to moisturize and exfoliate your body so it looks and feels soft and supple. Sunless tanners are also a great way to get a gorgeous glow.

Gearing up for the summer isn’t difficult, but it does take a little bit of prep work. What else are you doing to get ready for the warm weather season?

 

*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the  hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

 

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. All other product  or brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical Products, a  division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

©2016 OMP, Inc. 5/16 SSH.0031.USA.16

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means—time to open up the windows, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Before you get to show off that new bathing suit and hit the beach, here are a few other things to consider to look and feel great all season long!

Celebrate Healthy, Beautiful Women During National Women’s Health Week!

05.14.2012, 16:56 CDT | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Celebrate Healthy, Beautiful Women During National Women’s Health Week!

It’s National Women’s Health Week! Each year, one week (beginning on Mother’s Day) is devoted to promoting women’s health and empowering women to make their health a top priority. If you have yet to get into the spirit of National Women’s Health Week, now is the perfect time to start! After all, embracing a healthier lifestyle means a healthier you—and that means healthier skin, too!

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym 7 days a week, especially if you’re just getting into the habit. In fact, there are a few small changes you can make today that can have a large impact on your well-being:

Take the stairs. Did you know that walking up a flight of stairs burns roughly 5 calories every minute? It’s true! This may seem like a small number, but it can start to add up. In fact, exercise has many great skin benefits, including increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to your skin cells.1 You know that post-workout “glow” you notice? It’s real! So tomorrow, instead of making a beeline for the elevator, try the healthier alternative.

Supercharge your lunchtime salad. Eating fresh veggies is an important first step in improving your health, but you can kick the impact of that salad up a notch with a few simple additions. Try sprinkling flaxseed on top for an extra nutritional punch. Not only will you start to feel better, but your skin will likely improve as well. In fact, research has shown that consuming higher amounts of linoleic acid, the main ingredient in flaxseed, may prevent skin dryness.2

Drink lots of water. Believe it or not, staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to feel great inside and out. After all, our bodies are made almost entirely of water, and with your skin being the largest organ, it should get plenty of hydration. Try to consume at least 8 glasses a day and watch what it can do for your skin!

Rest up. Many people have trouble sleeping at night, which can lead to professional and personal difficulties. If you feel fatigued, make an effort to catch a full 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night this week. This may mean closing the laptop and shutting off the television as much as an hour earlier than your body is used to, but you’ll thank yourself when you have the best morning and glowing skin the next day.

All of these changes can have you feeling great on the inside—couple that with the addition of an antioxidant serum like Obagi Professional-C Serum to leave your outside feeling and looking just as fresh! Our Professional-C Serums are specially designed to deliver daily antioxidant protection, while leaving your skin feeling silky soft.

Do you have any secrets for staying healthy on a daily basis? Comment below and share your tips!

1WebMD. Coping with acne: your care plan. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/exercise. Accessed May 7, 2012.

2Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance amongmiddle-aged American women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1225-1231.

It’s National Women’s Health Week! Each year, one week (beginning on Mother’s Day) is devoted to promoting women’s health and empowering women to make their health a top priority. If you have yet to get into the spirit of National Women’s Health Week, now is the perfect time to start! After all, embracing a healthier lifestyle means a healthier you—and that means healthier skin, too!

How to Help Mom Feel Beautiful This Mother's Day

05.03.2012, 15:03 CDT | Posted In: Lines & Wrinkles, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

How to Help Mom Feel Beautiful This Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner—have you taken the time to figure out the perfect gift for your mom yet? There are plenty of great ways to treat her right this year, so why not try something different and go beyond surprising her with flowers or jewelry? How about the gift of happiness and confidence that comes with looking one’s absolute best?

Here are a few ideas to help mom feel extra special this year:

  • Say yes to a spa day. You can't go wrong with a spa day—it’s the ultimate way for you and your mother to enjoy hours of guilt-free indulgence together. A dip in the mud bath or luxurious massage could be all that she needs to let the stress of everyday life melt away.
  • Coordinate mani-pedis. What better way to treat your mother right than with a pair of mani-pedis? This is definitely a gift that keeps on giving—not only will you get to spend time with mom, but you’ll both enjoy lovely looking nails after the holiday is over.
  • Arrange a beauty gift basket. Bring skin care and beauty products to your mom with a gift basket arranged by you. The Obagi ELASTIderm® Eye Cream is a great way to help mom look and feel her best. This eye product helps build collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. For added rejuvenation, you can include a candle, some bath salts, and an exfoliating loofah—so she has an excuse to take a break and relax even while at home. She’s bound to feel as though her inside energy matches her outside appearance in no time!

Do you have more ideas on how to make mom feel gorgeous this Mother’s Day? Share your tips by commenting below!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner—have you taken the time to figure out the perfect gift for your mom yet? There are plenty of great ways to treat her right this year, so why not try something different and go beyond surprising her with flowers or jewelry? How about the gift of happiness and confidence that comes with looking one’s absolute best?

Here are a few ideas to help mom feel extra special this year:

Did You Know May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

05.02.2012, 13:45 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Products

Did You Know May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

May has quickly approached us, which means it’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Considering the disease is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States,1 it’s easy to see the importance of the initiative. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.Before heading outdoors this summer, we encourage you to educate yourself on ways to maintain superior skin health.

In the meantime, here are some of the most noteworthy skin cancer preventative tips.

Say no to tanning beds. Don’t believe the hype—just because tanning indoors is a controlled dose of ultraviolet radiation does not make it okay. Believe it or not, indoor tanners are typically less safe than the rays of the sun, as new high-pressure sunlamps can deliver as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose as natural exposure.3

Don’t feel confident just because you’re young. While the average age of those diagnosed with skin cancer lies somewhere between 45 and 55, it turns out a quarter of all cases occur in people under the age of 40.4 So regardless of age, make sure you protect yourself—always use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while outdoors.

Be vigilant with sunscreen—even if you’re not light-skinned. While it’s true that those with darker skin are less likely to develop the disease than those with lighter, fairer skin,5 the risk still exists for everyone. This is why it’s important for everyone to protect themselves. So lather up and protect all exposed areas with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, such as our award-winning Obagi Nu-Derm® Sun Shield SPF 50, before venturing outside. For all skin types, it applies with an elegant, matte finish that feels great on your skin.

Check non-exposed parts of the body for signs of the disease. Believe it or not, melanoma can be diagnosed anywhere from the soles of one’s feet to beneath the fingernails.6 That’s why it’s important to regularly see your dermatologist and continually check your moles for signs of any changes.

Looking for more tips on how to best protect you and your skin? Visit the Skin Cancer Foundation at SkinCancer.org for more information!

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin cancer statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/. Accessed April 30, 2012
2 Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Awareness Month reminder.http://www.skincancer.org/media-and-press/press-release-2011/skin-cancer-awareness-month-reminderAccessed April 30, 2012.
3 Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin cancer facts. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed April 30, 2012.
4 Melanoma Center. Melanoma statistics. http://www.melanomacenter.org/basics/statistics.html. Accessed April 30, 2012.
5 Skin Cancer Foundation. Myth vs. fact.http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/myths-vs-facts. Accessed April 30, 2012.
6 Melanoma Research Foundation. Melanoma risk factors.http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/melanoma-risk-factors. Accessed April 30, 2012.

May has quickly approached us, which means it’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Considering the disease is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States,1 it’s easy to see the importance of the initiative. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.Before heading outdoors this summer, we encourage you to educate yourself on ways to maintain superior skin health.

In the meantime, here are some of the most noteworthy skin cancer preventative tips.

Timeless Beauty at Every Age

04.26.2012, 11:17 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Red alarm clocks

It’s not just about looking younger. It’s about looking and feeling great at this moment in your life. Timeless beauty is natural, and it’s sharing the real you with the world no matter how many candles are on your cake. Here are a few healthy skin care tips to make sure you’re putting your best face forward as you navigate through some key stages of your life.

  • Twenties – Time to get serious. This is an exciting time. Graduation. Your first real job. Investment clothing that suits your career. Everything about your life is more adult and maybe it’s time to take a more serious approach to skin care, too, by upgrading from everyday drugstore brands. Healthy skin starts with a plan and that plan begins with protection. Start with Obagi Professional-C Serums™. These Vitamin C serums deliver topical antioxidant benefits to help correct and protect your skin from signs of future damage and aging.
  • Thirties – Make it a habit. This is a nonstop, multitasking, multirole time of life. You may be too busy to notice the effects of time on your skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to show. A consistent daily skin care routine can be a key contributor to healthy, beautiful skin and helping to minimize future damage. Protect and help prevent your skin from showing the early signs of aging with the Obagi-C® Rx System.
  • Forties and Fifties – Facing new challenges. You have embraced who you’ve become and are comfortable in your own skin. Your goal is to look like the fabulous person you are today. Tackle the inevitable skin concerns that come from age with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system specially formulated to reveal healthy skin. And for those pesky crow’s feet, try the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help improve resilience and increase elasticity of the skin all around your eyes!
  • Sixties and beyond – Shining in your golden years. Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can’t be as beautiful and vibrant now as in your younger years. Even if you’ve been diligent with skin care on your face over the years, you may have neglected the skin on your neck and chest area, which tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. ELASTIderm® Décolletage Products can help diminish the signs of aging and helps to restore healthy skin on your neck and chest. Your overall appearance now matches the grace and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your years.

Of course, no matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life, such as washing your face every night and using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. For a sheer, matte finish sunscreen, try our award-winning Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 for broad-spectrum protection.

Another area not to overlook? Your eyes! Your eyes convey confidence, show empathy, and share your sense of fun. Make the most of this powerful asset by achieving the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes with the ELASTILash® Eyelash Solution.*

We’d love to know how you define timeless beauty, and hear any tips or tricks that make you look and feel beautiful at every age! Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

It’s not just about looking younger. It’s about looking and feeling great at this moment in your life. Timeless beauty is natural, and it’s sharing the real you with the world no matter how many candles are on your cake. Here are a few healthy skin care tips to make sure you’re putting your best face forward as you navigate through some key stages of your life.

Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye!

04.16.2012, 16:14 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye!

Bad skin care habits can increase your risk of acne, premature aging, wrinkles, and more. Some are habits you’re totally aware of and others are seemingly innocent things you do every day that can impact the health and beauty of your skin. Here are a few skin sins to shed, starting today.

  • Sun sins. Indoors or out, tanning is considered the number one skin sin no-no. Always, always use sunblock when you go outdoors and if you simply must have a little color, consider alternatives like sunless tanners and bronzers.
  • Lifestyle issues come to the surface. Too much alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate your skin and give it a dull appearance. Smoking has been reported to contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. If you sleep less than 8 hours a night, you’re shortchanging your skin, which could mean dark circles under your eyes.
  • Don’t be picky. Resist the urge to pick that blemish. This quick fix can be nothing but trouble for your skin. It may look like you’re getting rid of the problem, but you’re actually pushing the bacteria deeper into your skin, which could lead to the formation of even more acne spots. Long-term picking can also create the possibility of scars—so stop picking, pronto. If you have acne-prone skin, make sure to be vigilant about skin care with the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System.
  • Put this bad habit to bed. Going to bed with your makeup on is a skin sin that can leave the entire day’s accumulation of dirt, grime, and oil on your skin to seep into pores, clogging them and putting you at risk for acne. Make a clean break with this habit by creating a healthy evening routine where you cleanse, tone, and moisturize.
  • Some like it too hot. You may enjoy a long hot shower, but your skin can’t take the heat without being stripped of its natural oils. This can result in dry, flaky, itchy skin. Eliminate this skin sin by turning down the heat and lingering less in the shower.
  • Let’s talk about your phone. Holding your phone against your cheek creates a warm and moist environment where bacteria can thrive, which can lead to skin irritations. Make sure to lightly wipe your phone off daily and alternate which side of your face you hold your phone against to minimize the risk of developing skin problems.

Did we miss your skin sin? Have you recently reformed a bad skin care habit? Share your skin sin story by commenting below!

Bad skin care habits can increase your risk of acne, premature aging, wrinkles, and more. Some are habits you’re totally aware of and others are seemingly innocent things you do every day that can impact the health and beauty of your skin. Here are a few skin sins to shed, starting today.

Did you know April is Rosacea Awareness Month?

04.03.2012, 9:06 CDT | Posted In: Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Products, Skin Care

Did you know April is Rosacea Awareness Month?

Most of you may not know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month. In fact, even though 1 in 20 Americans have rosacea, most people with it don’t even realize they have it. Because you, a loved one, or a friend could develop rosacea, take a few minutes to learn a little about this common, yet barely known skin condition.

  • Rosacea by the numbers. It is estimated that rosacea affects more than 14 million Americans.1 It occurs most commonly in adults age 30 to 60.2 And 30% to 40% of patients with rosacea have a close relative with the condition.3 It tends to occur more often in women but more severely in men.2
  • Menopause is a red flag. Many menopausal women tend to think they have adult acne when they see red bumps and pimples. However, it is possible that it could be rosacea. In fact, hot flashes might cause the first appearance of rosacea, so visit a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.
  • The sooner the better. People often delay treatment, thinking they have a temporary condition that will go away quickly, yet rosacea is reported to worsen with time—so the sooner treatment is started the better. If you have facial redness, acne-like pimples, flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin, and/or forehead, meet with your physician for a diagnosis and to discuss the prescription-based Obagi Rosaclear® System.*
  • Avoid the aggravation. Prevent future flare-ups by avoiding things that can trigger rosacea. It might be helpful to keep a journal because everyone has different triggers. The most common ones include sun exposure, vigorous exercise, caffeine, stress, spicy food, excessive sugar and sweets, and alcohol.
  • Keep your chin up. According to a National Rosacea Society survey, nearly 70% of rosacea sufferers reported experiencing embarrassment and anxiety because of their condition. The Rosaclear System incorporates a therapeutic prescription component, as well as products that help calm your skin and minimize the visible redness and blotchiness associated with rosacea. Even better, it is a skin care regimen that is noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores. This can make it easier for rosacea sufferers to face the world and it helps improve their quality of life.

*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

References: 1. American Academy of Dermatology and the National Rosacea Society
2. www.medicinenet.com/rosacea/article.htm
3. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160281.php

Most of you may not know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month. In fact, even though 1 in 20 Americans have rosacea, most people with it don’t even realize they have it. Because you, a loved one, or a friend could develop rosacea, take a few minutes to learn a little about this common, yet barely known skin condition.

Spring into Wedding Season!

03.21.2012, 15:32 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Spring flower bouquet

The picture perfect wedding is the result of a year of planning on average. The dress. The flowers. The guest list. It’s no secret the stress of it all can take a toll on your health, especially your skin. If you’re a spring bride or the mother of the bride, there are steps you can take now to help your skin look picture perfect on the big day.

  • Spring is here but winter took a toll. Exfoliating once a week with the use of a moisturizer and broad spectrum sunscreen* helps address the dry, flaky skin exacerbated by the low humidity and dry harsh winds of the winter. It turns over skin cells to help your skin look dewy fresh as you walk down the aisle. And don’t forget to exfoliate your arms, shoulders and back, especially if the design of your gown draws attention to these areas.
  • Small switch. Big results. Gradually reduce your caffeine consumption. Try replacing your lattes with water. Drinking water helps rid the body of toxins and increases hydration. And pumped up hydration helps create radiance and that famous bridal glow.
  • Be ready for close-ups. A professional photographer will most likely be capturing the day’s events so both the bride and her mother will want to take special care with their makeup. Starting with a primer creates a base for wedding makeup by helping to give the skin the appearance of smoother texture, minimizing the appearance of open pores, and blurring the look of fine lines to help make them less obvious.
  • Get your beauty sleep. It’s not easy when you’re a bride, but try to get some rest. The simple fact is it helps skin look better after a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to dark circles under your eyes. So if you want your skin to look beautiful–get your beauty sleep!

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*Following a comprehensive sun protection program including applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing including hats and sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM decreases the risk of certain types of skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. All other product or brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

©2016 OMP, Inc. 03/16 OBG.0067.USA.16

The picture perfect wedding is the result of a year of planning on average. The dress. The flowers. The guest list. It’s no secret the stress of it all can take a toll on your health, especially your skin. If you’re a spring bride or the mother of the bride, there are steps you can take now to help your skin look picture perfect on the big day.

Beauty in Many Shades of Color

03.07.2012, 16:41 CST | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty

Beauty in Many Shades of Color

Women of color come in beautiful shades and tones, and we get a lot of questions about skin care that’s specific for women with darker skin. So today we want to share a few beauty tips specially for those with a naturally darker skin tone.

  • Face the facts of acne. Darker skin is especially susceptible to dark spots and discolorations because of the higher amount of melanin in the skin. Especially in women who have acne, blemishes and scarring may be more prominent. Acne causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a fancy word to describe a darkened spot on your skin after a cut, scratch, or acne blemish. So it is especially important to avoid picking, squeezing, or otherwise irritating acne blemishes.
  • Even out dark spots or hyperpigmentation. According to a 2011 survey of more than 1000 women with skin of color, dark spots, uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation was a prominent concern. Products that contain hydroquinone can help diminish dark spots and even out your skin tone.
  • Wear sunscreen. The myth that skin cancer only affects light-skinned people is FALSE. A woman with dark skin does have more melanin in her skin for natural protection, but that extra melanin doesn’t protect against the UV damage that accelerates aging or causes cancer. If you have dark skin, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Match your makeup to your skin tone for a natural look. These days, makeup comes in so many different shades and tones, it’s easier than ever to find foundation, powder, or concealer that matches your natural skin color.
  • Go for the gold. Eye shadows with silver undertones tend to look a bit harsh on darker skin, so use warmer colors that have more golden or bronze tones for a naturally flattering look.

And, of course, don’t forget the basics. No matter what your skin tone and color, basic skin care needs are essential for healthy, beautiful skin—so remember to cleanse, moisturize, and don’t forget your SPF!

If you know of any other beauty tips or secrets especially for darker skin, share by commenting below!

Women of color come in beautiful shades and tones, and we get a lot of questions about skin care that’s specific for women with darker skin. So today we want to share a few beauty tips specially for those with a naturally darker skin tone.

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