Expert's Opinion

African American Skin Transitions into Autumn

By Juliette Samuel, President and chief nose for Nyraju Skin Care | September 12, 2011

Select products perform particular functions for Fall 2011.

Many of you welcome the cool weather relief that Fall temperatures bring with it. Before we get into the color palettes of chocolate truffle, golden glow or purple orchid, let’s take a look as a whole at the changes and care to be given to African American skin as we move forward into autumn 2011.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize – Naturally!

Moisturizers take the lead in African American Skin Care for Fall 2011.The lower temperatures, low humidity and stronger winds that come with cooler weather, combined with the dry air from indoor heating sources like furnaces, dries out not only the air, but also sucks the sebum (natural oils) out of the skin.

African American skin loves moisture.Why deprive it?After bathing, seal the moisture in right away.Natural ingredients top the list, so consumers will look for lotions, natural oils, or body butters with shea butter, coconut oil, and other moisturizing agents.

Changes In The Skin Care Regimen
Skin care products for African American skin in Fall 2011 will offer many choices, but make sure they include natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, shea butter, jojoba wax beads, cocoa butter and mango butter. Except for the jojoba wax beads, you’ll find these ingredients in both hair and skin care products. Adding jojoba oil in the bath water will give skin a bit of a moisturizing boost, too.

Moisturizing body washes should containin aloe vera, jojoba, cocoa butter or avocado.If skin tends to be oily, a moisturizing soap with natural antimicrobial ingredients like chamomile, lavender, tea tree or thyme is a good choice.

Don’t Get Burned
Sunscreens will still play an important role in the season’s trends. Even though it doesn’t feel hot outside, it does not mean that the sun’s UV rays are not going to burn the skin.Lips burn, too - so protect them with a moisturizing lip balm.Ingredients to look for are beeswax, rosemary, sunflower, soybean, jojoba, and shea oils.

Makeup Trends for African American Skin
This year, looking fresh and natural seems to prevail.Wearing makeup that makes you look like you’re not wearing anything at all is the perfect way to showcase the best features of your face during the day.

Light brown, nude or lightly pinkish lips are an essential part of this season’s makeup case.These colors will enhance the natural shape and fullness of your lips without overpowering your face.Match your eye shadow and eyeliner colors with your lip color to accent the shape of your eyes without looking gaudy.

Nighttime makeup is a whole different animal than daytime.Dark colors like burgundy lips paired with clear eye lines will make you look elegant.Double eyeliners and metallic eye shadow will make you look rockin’ at any club.

African American Skin and Autumn Trends for 2011 make a winning combination!

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, she works as a skin care therapist and is 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. Samuel is also a member of The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC).


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