Expert's Opinion

The Most Effective Ingredients for Ethnic Skin Care

By Juliette Samuel, President of Nyraju Skin Care | June 14, 2011

Finding skin care products that contain the most beneficial ingredients can be confusing for many.

You’d think that with the Internet and all the information out there about the different herbs, tonics and remedies, it would be so easy to find the perfect product to add to a black skin care regimen.

You’d think…but it’s not so.Actually, I think that all the stuff that’s floating on the Web just makes it more bewildering.

Here’s a simplified list of essential ingredients to look for in the products that are used when caring for ethnic skin and the major benefits of the ingredient:

Shea Butter and Black Skin Care
Let’s take a look at shea butter. Shea butter is not a newly discovered cosmetic ingredient.It’s been used in Africa for hundreds of years as a moisturizer, decongestant, cooking oil, lamp fuel, anti-inflammatory medicine for painful joints (arthritis, sprains, etc), treatment for all sorts of skin conditions like psoriasis, allergies, infections, wrinkles, eczema, scar reduction and so on.

Unrefined shea butter takes a long time to gather and produce, and it has all the healing and moisturizing properties that are mentioned above. Most of the cosmetics in the Western world have refined shea butter - in other words, it’s been processed so it lasts longer on the shelves.

Other benefits of using a black skin and hair care product with shea butter include:
  • Helps get rid of blemishes
  • Helps get rid of fine lines
  • Skin softener - helps skin absorb and hold moisture from air
  • Diminishes stretch mark
  • Helps get rid of fine facial hair
Hair-related benefits of shea butter:
  • Moisturizer - hair feels softer and smoother to touch
  • Revitalizes - hair feels healthier, thicker, more lustrous
  • Great on locks!
Black Skin Care Meets Green Tea
Another skin care ingredient that’s been around for hundreds of years and has just recently found its way into Western cosmetics is green tea.It seems like every day, new discoveries are published about the benefits of green tea as part of the diet and skin care regimen.

Green tea is good for you inside and out.Drink green tea regularly - it’s full of antioxidants.Basically, it’s a good detox for your body.

Coenzyme Q-10 Repairs and Protects Ethnic Skin
I’m sure you’ve heard of Coenzyme Q 10, or CoQ10.It is an antioxidant that works to repair and protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. like typical signs of aging.The body also makes and uses it to produce energy—and don’t we all need a little bit more of that?

So what makes CoQ 10 so special?The skin absorbs it so easily, that you’ll notice the difference after only a few applications of a skin care product that has CoQ10 as a major ingredient.Your skin will feel more supple, more firm, and those fine lines and sunspots will slowly disappear, making you look younger.

Hyaluronic Acid Gives Moisture To Ethnic Skin
Another naturally occurring compound that doubles as an excellent anti-aging skin care product ingredient is hyaluronic acid - or HA.Again, this compound has been around for years - at least since human existence - but its benefits to skin care have only recently been discovered.

HA’s job in the body is to retain moisture.As we get older, the levels of HA in our body decreases.Less HA in the body means less water in our cells.Less water in our skin cells means (drumroll, please)…..wrinkles.

Jojoba Oil - Golden Sunlight to Black Skin
Jojoba is like a magic elixir.It’s safe for everyone - even babies - it’s hypoallergenic, good for dry skin, oily skin, mature skin…basically, if you have skin and you can choose only one ingredient for your skin care product, choose jojoba.

Jojoba oil is great as a lip balm, makeup remover, facial cleanser (prevents acne because of its antibacterial properties), moisturizer (mix it with your regular body lotion).It also works to stimulate hair growth.So rub away with the jojoba oil.

All the skin care ingredients mentioned above have existed for hundreds and thousands of years. I guess it pays to pay attention to the past, doesn’t it?

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About The Author
Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. She has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. Samuel has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a professional image consultant.
Currently, Samuel works as a skin care therapist and acting president and chief nose for Nyraju Skin Care. As such, she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.

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