Dark Skin Myths Busted, By The Black Skin Directory's Founder

Aesthetician Dija Ayodele on the misconceptions around the skin needs for women of colour.


In a bid to connect more women of colour with professionals that understand the unique demands of darker skin, aesthetician Dija Ayodele launched the Black Skin Directory. In addition to a clinic search where you'll find experienced skincare services, the new digital platform offers information and advice on common conditions that commonly affect black and ethnic skin, from hyperpigmentation to keloids.


Here, Ayodele shares some of the most common misconceptions surrounding dark skin and lists the beauty brands she thinks are servicing this underrepresented demographic well.


Myth 1: Black skin doesn't need sunscreen

'Like every other skin tone, black skin does need to apply a minimum SPF30 for protection against UVA/B rays. Although dark skin already has a head start with sun protection due to the melanin, it isn't enough to rely on this alone and without adequate protection, dark skin is prone to diseases like skin cancer too.'

Myth 2: Black skin doesn't get sunburnt

'It does. Skin can become burnt, painful and blistered just like Caucasian skin. Adequate sun protection is a must: finding shade during high sunshine, wearing a hat, loose cover-up clothing and using sun protection.'

Myth 3: Black skin can't have advanced treatments like laser and chemical peels

'Yes it can, under careful guidance of an experience practitioner using the right equipment and products. Technology is now very advanced and there are many treatment options open to all skin tones.'

Myth 4: 'Black don't crack'

'This is the old adage that black skin doesn't show ageing (e.g fine lines and wrinkles), as early as Caucasian skin tones. While there is some truth in it, black skin still does show ageing in the skin through a more mottled appearance, plus hyper pigmentation, age spots and lentigines.'


Ayodele explains that in her (vast) experience, products that deliver well are often by 'professional' brands found in skincare clinics and specialist websites, as opposed to the high street. 'Personally, I prefer cosmeceutical brands that have a high degree of quality actives in their products that are beneficial to the concerns that women of colour tend to experience,' she explains.

'Brands like Neostrata, SkinCeuticals, bea skin care and Medik8 all have ingredients and technology such as tyrosinaise inhibitors and vitamin A which tackle hyperpigmentation, AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid to encourage cell turnover, antioxidants and skin brighteners such as vitamin C, apple stem extract and liquorice extract.'

When it comes to the industry experts she admires, Ayodele says Myleik Teele, founder of US brand Curlbox, 'is trailblazing and invests her time and money into the progress and development of black women'. She also lists Sharmadean Reid, the tech entrepreneur and owner of WAH Nails, describing her as 'passionate about the development of young women especially in business', and Caroline Hirons, the brand consultant, blogger and beauty industry insider 'who's not afraid to use her voice in support of what's good and fair for all.'

Now we can add the Black Skin Directory, as well as Ayodele herself, to our list of inclusive beauty authorities.

From: AR Revista
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