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Cream For Dry Black Skin

Updated on July 27, 2009

Most people tend to believe that all black people have oily skin.  This idea has surfaced because of the belief that oil is more visible on dark skin than it is on light skin.  However this is not necessarily the case.

Black skin does come in a range of complexions and those people who suffer from dry skin want to find a solution to this problem.  That solution would be a good quality cream for dry black skin.

Dry skin will tend to feel a little tight and uncomfortable.  This is particularly noticeable after you have washed your face or had a shower.  The skin dries and can appear dull and ashy.  It is very important to pick a moisturising lotion for dry skin that will combat these effects and replenish the body with the nutrients to help it maintain its softness.

The right cream for dry black skin will leave your skin as smooth as a baby's
The right cream for dry black skin will leave your skin as smooth as a baby's

It is difficult to say why some people suffer from dry skin.  Everyone is born with different characteristics that can not be explained.  Sometimes it can be due to the type of environment that you live in.  For example different towns and even countries have different types of water.  Hard water and soft water can contain different chemicals and minerals which can affect the skin in different ways.  You have to use the right beauty products to combat the drying effect that certain water can produce.

How To Prevent Dry Skin

There are a couple of things that black people with dry skin should do to improve their skin tone and texture. These are simple things that can be incorporated into your daily black skin care routine. 

Always wash with lukewarm water.  It might be a wonderful feeling to stand under a shower of piping hot water but you are not doing your skin any favours.  This has a distinct drying effect as all the moisture in the skin is pulled out.  Also try to reduce the length of time you are under the water.

To improve the skin’s appearance, always exfoliate. This should be done in the shower and can be really effective. Use a loofah or a shower sponge and gently rub the skin in a circular motion. This will help to remove the dead skin cells so that you are left with a better complexion and it also promotes better skin renewal and regeneration.

After your bath or shower, take a rich moisturising cream for black skin and work it into the dermis. Pay particular attention to the places that you know get really dry. This tends to be the areas that are generally on display like the legs, arms and face. Make sure to remember the knees and the elbows too. If your skin is particularly dark in these areas, you may want to consider skin lighting treatments to balance out the skin tone. Look out for moisturising lotions that have skin bleaching agents.

When choosing a good body lotion for dry skin, check that it also contains sunscreen. Black people can get a suntan and get sunburnt just like white people so you want to make sure that your skin is fully protected from the dangers of the UV rays in the sun.

Always look out for products that are specially identified as lotions for dry skin. A lot of people will choose something like baby oil because of the belief that because it is greasy, it will give good coverage and solve the problem. However greasy oils can also cause your skin to get clogged up and create a build up of dirt from old skin cells and dust particles from the environment.

A dry skin cream should make ensure that the natural balance of oil and moisture are retained in the skin. You may want to use a different cream for your face and a body lotion. Creams that are rich in vitamin A are particularly effective so look at the product label to see if it contains retinol A. This is an active ingredient which is not only good for dry skin but also helps to prevent acne and is used in lots of anti wrinkle creams.

Find out as much as you can about the right type of cream for dry black skin so that you can finally say goodbye to dull dry skin.

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    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @Research Analyst - Anything will cocoa butter is always a good lotion to use.

    Thanks for the tips.

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    Research Analyst 8 years ago

    ahh the baby is soo cute, the amazing thing about babies is that they have such beautiful smooth skin, I guess we would all love to have such soft touchable skin, finding the right moisterizer is the key because dry black skin can get really dry from the weather, heat, wind and even some facial creams and lotions have alcohol that dries the skin,

    I have found that by using natural oils like coconut oil, tea tree oil and cocoa butter, it really keeps my skin silky smooth.