It’s widely believed that black skin don’t crack, yes we believe that too, but you also need to maintain your dark skin as well, as you grow old so it stays youthful as it ought too. Many aren’t aware that collagen production is critical to keeping the skin looking young, plump and wrinkle-free but it is.
Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity. While you’re young your skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself.
But as you grow older, collagen production becomes slow and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin, so just like other skin colours, as a dark skin individual you need to practice some skin care tips to preserve your collagen, boost it and keep your skin looking youthful for as long as you want.

They are :

1. Protect Your Skin From Sun
Sun exposure is a prime suspect for hastening collagen loss. “UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there, a medical expert confirms this.
But if you would have to be in the sun, wear an SPF15 broad spectrum cream which will protect you against UVA and UVB rays always.

2. Reach for retinol
Medical experts have confirmed that retinoids reduce substances in the skin that break down collagen after sun exposure and also target receptors in the skin which increase the production of collagen.

But ensure you confirm from your doctor before using retinoid creams.

3. Reduce Intake Of Sugary Things
Research have also confirmed that eating too much sugar can be a beauty disaster.
It causes premature ageing of the skin by a process called glycation. This is where excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins; especially your collagen to form “advanced glycation end ¬products” or AGEs, which accelerate the ageing process and so cause wrinkly skin.

4. Exfoliate Often

Exfoliation helps remove the top, dead layer of skin  helps speed up the natural process of skin and collagen renewal. So we advice you do it often with the exfoilants that best suits your skin.
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5. Feed  More On Plant Proteins
Oestrogen is vital to making healthy collagen, creases and crinkles can creep in to human skin. But ladies’ oestrogen levels drop as they age , so menopause can make them wrinkly because as well.
But by consuming more foods which contains plant ¬oestrogens (phytoestrogens) , the effects of lost oestrogen will be replaced. You can try products like hummus, nuts, soy and pinto beans for this.
6. Massage Frequently
Many don’t take this serious, especially African but it is. Massaging your face daily will help boost the production of collagen, give skin a more plump appearance and help stimulate the lymph glands to promote clear skin, this as been confirmed by skin experts, so doing this will keep your dark skin looking younger as you age.

Nigerian Media Entrepreneur, Betty Irabor At Age 50

7. Increase Your Vitamin C Intake For Young Skin

Research has proven that Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen without it amino acids can’t be linked to form the protein, so you need to have more it in your system.
You can get this from red pepper, dark green leafy veg like broccoli and sprouts, tomatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit. Skincare that contains vitamin C will also enhance YOUR SKIN.
8. Quit smoking
If you’re use to smoking once in a while or frequently, you need to stop it totally. Because study has proven it that smoking creates enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) which damage the collagen in your skin, hence the tell-tale sagging which many smokers experience.

Try our tips, and stay looking sweet 16 for as long as you want!

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