How to care for melanin rich skin the holistic way

Beauty isn’t just skin deep or about what you put on your skin. Nourishing your body, mind and soul from the inside out is essential for your health, including your skin.. Often, your skin shows what’s going on in the rest of your body, so creating a holistic wellness routine is important to look and feel your best.

Melanin rich skin can seriously benefit from a holistic routine that’s been created to support your skin. Here’s more about melanin and how to create a routine that benefits your skin and overall health.

What is melanin and why is it important?

Melanin is a group of molecules responsible for pigmentation of the skin. The more melanin skin has, the darker it appears. Black and brown skin is called “melanin-rich” as it contains more melanin than other skin tones.

Made by cells called melanocytes, the amount of melanin in your skin depends on your genetics and external factors like sun exposure, medical conditions and skin damage, trauma or inflammation. There are two types of melanocytes: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin creates black and brown skin tones, while pheomelanin produces reddish brown tones, commonly seen in red hair and freckled skin.

What skin concerns are more common in melanin rich skin?

Because darker skin tones contain more melanin, there are some skin concerns that can be more common in melanin rich skin. These can all be helped by a holistic approach to your wellbeing,

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a common skin concern in dark skin as the body can overproduce melanin in response to trauma and inflammation. This could be an insect bite, acne, burns, piercing or an injury. The area will look darker than the skin around it, and it can take time to heal.

Melasma is another condition that causes the skin to darken in patches on the face. It can happen during periods of hormonal change like pregnancy or menopause and can also be caused by some types of medication and hormone treatments. This is again down to melanin, though all skin tones can experience melasma.

Ashy skin is where the skin becomes flaky and dry. It’s something that happens to everyone, but is more noticeable in brown and black skin as dry skin can sit on the surface as flakes, leading to a complexion that can look grey.

Vitiligo is the loss of skin pigment causing white or colourless spots to form. This is common in all races but is more noticeable in black skin, and is the opposite of hyperpigmentation. Over time, the patches of colourless skin grow larger and can appear anywhere on the body.

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What is holistic care?

Holistic care is an approach to wellness that doesn’t just focus on treating a single issue or providing a cure for one aspect of your health or appearance. Holistic health focuses on wellness as a whole and covers the whole body and mind - from inside to out. Your physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health all matter when it comes to holistic care.

When it comes to taking care of your skin, holistic care focuses on treating your skin externally with the right routine and nutrients, as well as nourishing your skin from the inside. Eating well, getting enough water are important when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated and getting the right balance of nutrients. A supplement like the SuperFoodLx Mood Architect can help your hair, skin and nails to thrive.

Getting plenty of exercise is also great holistic care for your body, including your skin. It keeps you healthy and helps your body to move oxygen around the body in your blood. This can boost your skin and your natural glow, as well as boost serotonin levels and keep stress levels low. Use a cleanser like the Nuhanciam Active Cleansing Micellar Water after exercise to remove sweat and oils from the skin so it doesn’t block your pores.

When it comes to reducing stress and worry, self care can seriously help your holistic health. Whether that’s meditation, aromatherapy using blends like the Liha Ase Goddess Rollerballs to help calm your mind or facial massage using a luxurious oil like the Afro Hair & Skin Co Flow Perfectly Balanced Facial Oil. How you choose to holistically de-stress is up to you.

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