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Skin Care Routines Based on Skin Tones

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September 26, 2013 Reviewed by Truth In Aging Community 2 Comments

At Truth In Aging, we value just how diverse our community is. Our readers and reviewers come from all over the world and represent all walks of life. We asked a few of our community members to share their skin concerns based on their skin type and to reveal the products they use.

From Imelda, who is from the Philippines

I have been beating myself up for being so careless and ignorant when I was a teen and young adult living in the Philippines, when my friends and I would bask in the sun with no sunscreen. Fast forward 20 years, here I am with uneven skin tone and the freckles, melasma and hyperpigmentation. Being Asian I'm more prone to such pigment disorders. Now I am older and wiser and living in Southern California. To prevent any further sun damage, I apply DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+  and DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer. To diminish the existing discoloration, I have tried numerous lightening and brightening products including Arcona Vitamin A Complex ($68) and most recently, I am trying Episilk Age Spot Lightening Serum with "Gigawhite."

Asian skin as compared to Caucasian skin is oilier, not only because of having more sebaceous glands, but also because of the more tropical climate in our part of the world. Living in California I sometimes still get oily. I manage this now with cleansing and exfoliating every other day with Hyalogic Episilk Facial Scrub ($19.95 in the shop) to help prevent clogged pores. I also use of an alcohol-free toner, Thayers Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula, which helps tightens and close my pores. Most recently, I've also come to depend on Episilk Skin Perfecting Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid and Regu Seb.

Asian skin shows age with sagging skin. To prevent any more damage and further delay the inevitable I am currently relying on Hyalogic's Episilk Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($39.95 in the shop). In addition, I also use Episilk Instant Face Lift Serum ($39.95) for skin firming and tightening. Lately, I have been enjoying the benefits of healthier skin with YBF Private Reserve Antioxidant Treatment Oil ($75 in the shop) that helps prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. For the bags around my eyes I use the highly effective AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). This is my current high powered weapon for my eyes, and it appears to be giving some amazing results of lifted upper lids and smooth skin around my eyes.

JustD who is African American

For me, as a Black woman hovering at sixty years young, I find that some of my skin issues were brought on by aging. Many are very similar issues that I dealt with in my youth like mild acne, oily or combination skin and mild ashiness on some parts of my body.

Added to that now is dryness on my cheeks and some mild flakiness from it along the jawline and sometimes my chin. Yet they all somehow play a huge part collectively exacerbating what remains my most challenging and major skin problem, hyperpigmentation.

My skin has always been sensitive and I have, over the years, had to be very careful about what beauty products I used. I had to be careful if they included hydroquinone because I wasn't sure that it helped the condition or worsened it.

The good news is that dark spots fade. The bad is that they don't fade quickly enough for women of my complexion. Any post inflammatory hyperpigmentation I experience creates a darkening of my skin. Even wearing reading glasses has created a darker pigment along the sides of my nose bridge.

For now, I cover the dryness on my cheeks with these products; Tilvee Argan & Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Creme, ($35) Your Best Face Antioxidant Concentrate ($55 in the shop), Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift with Bee Venom ($55) and I'm still holding onto the last vestiges of my favorite, SenZen Plump It Up Hydrating Serum.

I'm still looking for the elusive fountain of youth to combat other issues as well, but for now, I think I'm holding pretty well.

Cheryl who is Caucasian

I am now 49 years old with medium-toned Caucasian skin subject to breakouts and dryness, with overall aging issues, too.

I combat aging skin, especially wrinkles and sagging skin around mouth and chin, with a Clarisonic Pro to cleanse. I then use Aurora Sirius light treatment to help firm sagging skin and reduce redness. I always use a serum under my moisturizer. My favorite serum to date is the E'Shee Cellular Repair serum ($179 in the shop), which improves the crepiness around my eyes.

I also suffer from pimples and breakouts I am currently testing a product called The Skin Revolution Omega Detoxifying Serum, which so far has reduced the amount of pimples. I also like to use that with Osmosis Clear facial conditioner ($18). It helps reduce bacteria on the skin. My favorite product is RMS Beauty's Un-Cover Up Concealer ($36) as it helps calm the skin and reduce redness.

Finally, my next concern is dry skin. Occasional facial masks also work really well to brighten skin and to help with dryness. I recommend the Royal Nectar Face Mask with Bee Venom ($65).

Ki who is East Indian, Welsh and German

My biggest issues are hyperpigmentation spots and the beginnings of nasal labial folds. My skin in general is relatively taut, with good color, small pores and good clarity. However, the age spots from my early years of sun worshipping and my dad's marionette mouth are beginning to become more prominent and a little scary.

Despite my use of YBF products such as YBF Control ($160 in the shop)  and the YBF Private Reserve Sandalwood Antioxidant Oil ($75 in the shop) which I love, to which I've added BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide ($95), these areas seem to stubbornly hang on.

I am trying to be good and keep using my TIA electric device with the currents and lights and special patterns of moving it up and out, but time may be winning this battle.

Naheed, who is originally from Pakistan

What is considered beautiful by one standard may not seem so by beauty standards of some other region.

In Pakistan a clear, wheatish complexion is what every woman wants. Also, with a hot and humid climate in most of regions and long summers, most women are concerned about an oily face.

Right now, my biggest concern is my under eye bags. I have used many eye creams and serums, but nothing really helped.
I also have somewhat large pores, but I try to get regular facials and now doing microdermabrasion has helped a lot. My skin is smoother. I also use Ultra Renew ($89) a few times a week.

I try to keep my skin looking healthy, by eating right and exercise. I am also using Volu-Lift Recontouring Face Cream with Ceramides from NCN skin care. This cream has smoothed my skin and I can see some volume in my cheeks.

  • September 26, 2013

    by Carol

    I have skin like Naheed but she didn't specify what she does for the under eye bags.

  • September 26, 2013

    by Marta

    I had such fun reading this post. Thank you Imelda, JustD, Cheryl, Ki and Naheed for taking the time to do this for us. This will really help members of our community looking for recommendations to match their skin types.

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