“Invest in your skin. It’s going to represent you for a long time.”Kendra Powell
Some years ago I was spending time with a sister-friend and we were reminiscing on the influence of our grandmother’s. She traveled back in time as she shared her grandmother’s skin ritual.
Her grandmother lotioned her skin not missing a spot. I am almost willing to venture and say that it was spiritual as much as a self-care ritual. Our conversation had me question how much time I spend nurturing my skin. Fast-paced living, deadlines, projects, adulting simply robs us of connecting with my skin and ultimately honoring it.
As a Latinx, my skin (color) has been a source of pain and judgment. I’ve had a student removed from my class because of my skin color and not because of my competence as an educator. The wounds so deep yet establishing a skin ritual has given me my power back. Deep skin love!
Taking time to apply lotion has become a spiritual act. I want to inspire you to find the beauty and simplicity in all things. To go deeper and find impactful meaning for yourself. Grab your passport Take a trip to see how others are honoring and loving their skin.
Let’s Travel Around the World
Life is one big classroom with endless lessons to be learned and taught. Join me as we explore skin rituals from around the world.
Be Beautiful ever wondered how Geishas look like they’ve descended from heaven? Well, it’s because of the regimental beauty rituals they follow. While India is known for its Ayurvedic remedies when it comes to skin and hair, Koreans are popular for their sheet masks. Want to know what other beauty rituals are followed in other parts of the world? Here’s a low-down…
- Napa Valley—mud baths
- China—pearl powder
- Myanmar—thanaka powder
- Japan—sake baths
- Turkey—daisy water
- Peru—pink salt
Build a Simple Daily Routine
No matter the routine we settle on the foundation must be built on drinking plenty of water daily. I believe a routine should be simple and selecting the right products may take time. What is important is the intentionality and love extended to your routine.
Arizona Dermatology recommends starting with a basic three-step routine—cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. Of course, this can be modified, and products can be added depending on your individual skin care needs. Skincare is not limited to your face. Selecting the right body lotion can be fun. I have very sensitive skin. Gold Bond Ultimate Renewal w/coconut oil, cocoa butter, & shea butter is insane. Be warned it is thick as heck! At night Johnson’s Bedtime Lotion (don’t judge) great after a long day. This daily routine is a great foundation for all skin types. However, women of color face unique challenges and some myths hinder these challenges.
Calling Out the Myths
Women of Color don’t have skin issues?
Although hyperpigmentation issues can affect anyone, people of color are more likely to develop them, Temitayo Ogunleye, M.D., assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, tells SELF. Two of the most common pigmentation-related concerns are melasma, a condition that causes patches of brown skin and is commonly related to hormonal shifts, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which causes dark spots to appear after an inflammatory event, such as eczema or acne.
Women of Color don’t need to apply sunscreen?
Although people of color, particularly non-Hispanic Black people, are less likely to develop melanoma than other racial groups, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, SELF-explained previously. Combined with a whole bunch of other factors, this makes melanoma more deadly among Black people compared to white people—and sunscreen remains the essential first line of defense against sun damage, which can occur even if you don’t get a burn.
Women of Color don’t need a dermatologist?
Dr. Elbuluk recommends checking on your insurance company’s website first for a board-certified dermatologist in your area. You can also check the Skin of Color Society’s directory for dermatologists who specialize in diverse skin types, she says.
If you’re not sure about a treatment that your doctor is recommending, Dr. Ogunleye says it’s totally fine to ask whether your dermatologist has prescribed that treatment to other patients of color and what their results were like. Dr. Ogunleye recommends patients of color be open to trying out multiple dermatologists before settling on one who is suitable for your needs.
May you connect with your skin, invest in a new way, and commit to cherishing it daily.