How to Keep your Nubian Skin Looking Its Best This Winter


We get top tips from Dr. Crystal Aguh on keeping your Nubian Skin looking its best this winter!Crystal Ugochi

Dr. Crystal Aguh is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. You can find her on Instagram at CrystalADermDoc

In the wintertime, the cold dry air strips the skin of its natural moisture. Unfortunately, brown skin is particularly prone to the harmful effects of winter weather which for many means a complete shift of your daily facial regimen from summer to fall. If you’re looking for ways to keep your summer glow all year round, read below for some helpful tips to keep your face looking its best this winter:

  1. Consider using a stronger facial moisturizer

Brown skin does not hold onto moisture as well as fair skin and needs extra special attention during the dry winter months. As a general rule of thumb, the thicker the consistency of the moisturizer, the better job it does at hydrating your skin. Avoid watered down moisturizers in favor of creamier variants. If you are prone to acne or your skin becomes oily quickly, make sure that your moisturizer is oil-free.

  1. Use a gentle exfoliator

Brown skin naturally has, on average, more layers of dead skin cells than fair skin and a buildup of this layer can make your skin appear dull and lifeless. Using an exfoliator can help reveal brighter, new skin. You can use a gentle scrubbing brush or try a cleanser which contains ingredients such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. Just remember not to overdo it-brown skin also tends to be more sensitive so start with one method of exfoliation at a time.

  1. Add resveratrol to your daily regimen

Resveratrol is natural found in red wine but when applied to the skin it works great as an antioxidant. Many serums containing resveratrol can be found online or over the counter. Prolonged use will help combat fine lines, wrinkles and give your face a youthful glow.

  1. Try a Vitamin-A based cream

Creams containing retinol (found over the counter) or a retinoid (prescription only) are some of my favorite creams to recommend to my patients with brown skin. These creams help even out skin discoloration (without the dreaded “bleached” look), exfoliate the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. These creams can cause some irritation, so if you have very sensitive skin these may not be for you.

  1. Use a sunscreen daily

Though skin cancer is much less likely in brown skin, there are several reasons to use sunscreen to keep your skin looking its best. Using a sunscreen daily will help dark marks on the skin fade sooner by preventing these areas from getting darker. It also helps prevent uneven discoloration, a common struggle for many people with brown skin. More importantly, it can prevent fine lines and wrinkle and is critical for any anti-aging regimen. When looking for a sunscreen, make sure it says ‘broad-spectrum’ on it and is at least an SPF 30 to ensure that you are getting the most out of your sunscreen.

By Dr. Crystal Aguh

Dr. Crystal Aguh is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. You can find her on Instagram at CrystalADermDoc

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