Black skin and skin aging: myths and reality

Peaux noires et vieillissement cutané : mythes et réalité

It is said that black skin ages less quickly than Caucasian skin and it is more or less true! Admittedly, skin aging is a must, but it does not manifest itself in the same way in all people. Dark and mixed skins have a much higher melanin level than Caucasian skins. This phenomenon turns to their advantage because they are therefore protected from the first signs of aging such as brown spots, wrinkles and fine lines. But this does not leave them insensitive to internal and external aggressions that can accelerate skin aging. So it's time for us to get to the heart of the matter and reveal all the Nubian skins to you!

What promotes premature aging of the skin?

All skin types, Caucasian or Nubian , are exposed to various aggressions such as the sun, pollution, impurities which accumulate on the surface of the skin and which can go much deeper into the epidermis. To this can be added the use of inappropriate or aggressive beauty treatments which, instead of blurring them, bring out the imperfections of the skin. Then place the lack of radiance, pigment spots , wrinkles, pimples, etc.

Regularly exposed to attacks, the skin is damaged more quickly, which accelerates skin aging. Hence the importance of adopting preventive measures within your beauty routine: sun protection, moisturizing and restorative creams, oils or serums, are your allies ! But above all, a perfectly carried out daily cleansing of your skin is necessary. It will allow you to free your skin of all the impurities accumulated during the day. These may eventually clog your pores and prevent your beauty treatments from working effectively.

Why are black skins less reactive to the signs of aging?

Compared to other skin types, dark skin ages less quickly because it has a higher concentration of melanin . This pigment is naturally present in skin cells. The higher its level, the darker the skin. It also means that the skin is better protected against UV rays that cause photoaging.

Thus, we see that in black skin the first signs of aging generally appear 10 years later than in fair skin. It's both a myth and a reality because if dark skin is wonderfully protected by the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays, it is on the other hand more vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. At the slightest attack, the skin triggers a protective mechanism by producing even more melanin. As a result, hyperpigmentation spots form and the skin loses its evenness and radiance which can give the skin a mature appearance.

We also notice that the dermis is thicker in black skin. The dermis is one of the 3 layers of the skin along with the epidermis and the hypodermis. It is the core of the skin which guarantees its suppleness, elasticity and support thanks to the water, collagen and elastin it contains. Thus, when the dermis is dehydrated or no longer produces enough collagen and elastin, the skin loses firmness and volume. This very quickly gives way to wrinkles and fine lines.

We are talking about atrophy or the reduction in volume of the dermis, a phenomenon that gradually manifests itself over time, resulting in skin aging. As the dermis is thicker in dark or mixed skin, atrophy occurs later.

Why are black skins more sensitive?

It is true that black skins are thicker and have a greater amount of fibers such as collagen, reticulin and hyaluronic acid. This type of skin very often falls into the category of combination to oily skin, however, it remains very sensitive to dehydration and malnutrition.

The peak occurs when the skin dries out. It then produces more sebum to combat this loss of water and therefore very often suffers from excess sebum. The T zone becomes oilier, the skin is dehydrated and sometimes accompanied by feelings of tightness due to dryness. Very quickly then, the skin peels easily and when it tries to heal itself, it produces more melanin which ends up giving way to very visible brown spots, not to mention the fine lines that form...

How to prevent the signs of aging in black skin?

Two main causes are at the origin of the premature aging of the skin: aggressions and impurities . It is therefore important in the first place to adopt a good cleansing routine in order to purify the skin and remove the dead cells present on your epidermis. During the day, remember to protect your skin with suitable sun care . Sun protection with an SPF30 is generally recommended for Nubian skin. Thanks to its protection factor of 30, the HRB-3 Anti-Dark Spot Day Care will allow you to avoid damaging your skin cells and limit the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots.

Then comes the care part. For Nubian skin, it's about correcting dark spots and unifying the complexion. A serum/cream combination is therefore ideal, especially in the evening. That's why at Nubiance we recommend HRB-3 Dark Spot Serum for its regenerative properties. It will allow your skin to control the overproduction of melanin, to treat spots locally and to improve the texture of your skin. Finally, to bring him a final touch of comfort, the NubiAGE D-fense TM cream will be ideal. This detox cream will release toxins from your skin while intensely moisturizing it. Your skin will become luminous, soft, supple and radiantly beautiful.

Delicately scented and with a melting texture, this cream is applied morning and/or evening to perfectly clean and dry skin for a guaranteed hydrating, plumping and redensifying effect!

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