Having dark skin may make you less susceptible to wrinkles and ageing, but it comes with its own set of grooming challenges.
Eliminate Ingrown Hairs
An ingrown hair is where stubble grows back in on itself after shaving, forming small bumps. To prevent this, use an exfoliating face scrub before shaving. By clearing the skin of dead skin cells, you reduce the interference when the hair grows back. Always shave in the direction that the hair grows, not against the grain. Also, don’t shave too regularly. Rather do a clipper shave in-between for a not-so-close shave.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
The melanin in dark skin affords you a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3, but CANSA recommends a daily SPF of at least 20, no matter what your skin colour or ethnicity is. Dark-skinned people are less likely to develop skin cancer than fair-skinned folk are, but typically, late detection leads to a higher mortality rate. Learn to examine your skin at least once a month for moles, discolouration and dark spots, especially in areas that are constantly exposed, such as hands, feet and even fingernails.
Using a beard oil isn’t just for the benefit of the hair, it’s essential for moisturising the skin underneath too. If you have particularly curly beard hair, an oil not only hydrates your skin, it softens the hair (preventing ingrown hairs) and works to tame it – a big plus for you and your partner. The ideal beard should look slightly shiny andwell conditioned, definitely not flaky or shaggy. For more beauty and grooming tips, page through the January Club Magazine.