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How to Even African American Skin Tone Naturally

Taking care of the skin is of great concern to most people. Making sure African American skin has an even skin tone and looks its best can be done naturally without spending a lot of money on expensive skincare products. One of the most important things to remember is that what you put inside of your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. Here are some tips that will help you always put a winning face forward.

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  1. Drink lots of water. Most doctors and health care experts suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but you can get in all eight if you plan accordingly. If you make sure you drink at least two glasses of water at both breakfast and lunch, you'll be halfway there by the middle of the day.

  2. Use sunscreen. Dark spots and freckles often appear on the skin as a result of damage from the sun. Most dermatologists now recommend sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply it all over your face and neck.

  3. Shea butter is a natural moisturiser that can help even out skin tone. It is a natural fat that is derived from shea trees. Shea butter is often credited with helping fade scars, dark spots, and blemishes.

  4. Watch your diet. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can help improve the appearance of your skin. Eating these healthy foods can also help protect your skin from free radical damage, according to Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa in his book, Food as Medicine.

  5. Exfoliate your skin. Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can greatly help improve your skin. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells. Instead of spending a lot of money on an expensive exfoliator, try mixing baking soda (1 tablespoon) with water or your favourite facial cleanser. Gently rub it all over your face, rinse it, then follow it up with a moisturiser.

  6. Tip

    Taking a multivitamin everyday can also help improve the overall health of your skin, doctors say. Minnesota-based dermatologist Dr. Charles Crutchfield also suggests avoiding any products with parabens which can he says can affect the skin's pigmentation.


    If you use any products on your skin that may trigger skin irritations, or if you have any skin conditions that do not seem to go away or worsen over time, see a dermatologist.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Shea Butter
  • Baking soda

About the Author

Karen Jordan is a writer who has worked as a newspaper staff writer, a television reporter and a producer. She has a Master's degree from Stanford University as well as a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Wellesley College. Her work has been published in: The Tennessean, Interpreter Magazine, and the Organization of American Historians Magazine.

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