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Only on SkinInc.com: Are You Providing the Best Level of Care for Ethnic Skin?
Posted: March 7, 2012
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The most important part of any facial is the consultation and analysis phase; for ethnic skin, this phase is crucial. The skin care professional must examines the condition of the skin and decide how it will be treated.
Every facial has its own unique sequence or regimen because each skin type will require a different step or procedure; however, a basic facial, when given properly, should consist of the following steps.
- Skin consultation and analysis. This determines skin type, analyzes skin problems and determines the course of treatment.
- Deep pore cleansing. This removes dirt and impurities from the skin.
- Treatment. Exfoliation is used to remove layers of dead skin cells. Nutrients are then put back into the skin, using masks and serums that are applied in order to hydrate and/or replenish the skin with moisture.
Ingredients for ethnic skin
The choice of ingredients used is important when caring for any skin type, but with ethnic skin, choices should be well thought-out.
Green tea has been shown to deliver great results when used in ingredients for ethnic skin. When used in a cream base, it typically won’t contain surfactants and detergents that can often cause dryness to the skin. Green tea also has amazing antioxidant properties.
Exfoliants that are overly abrasive should not be used on dark skin; they can cause major damage. Jojoba wax beads when used with a light hand, or fruit acids in low percentages can serve as a more gentle form of exfoliation for ethnic skin. It is crucial to remember that when you exfoliate African-American skin, the slightest scratch or tear in the skin will cause discoloration as it heals.