Book Review: Who hasn't heard of this new and latest release? As your skin care enthusiast with a particular interest in black skin care, don't worry if you haven't seen this book. That's why I am here to bring you all the latest on my blog spots. Keep reading and don't go anywhere.
In Black Skin: The Definitive Skincare Guide, which launched on 25th November, you'll learn all about the best ingredients for dark skin (across all budgets, of course) and why Black women tend to experience more issues like dryness and uneven skin tone (plus how to combat them). Dija's debut tome also busts some persistent skincare myths (yes, those with darker skin do need to wear sunscreen daily).
Sure, the internet is a font of knowledge when it comes to Black skincare but it can also be a double edged sword.
Black SKIN goes deeper than tips and advice, too, delving into the history of Black beauty and the uniqueness of Black skin, among the roots of Black identity. "It's a very historical book and covers the relationship between Black skin and the beauty industry over the last 400 years," says Dija. "Black women were once on the fringes of the beauty conversation. Now, we're at a point where Black women are part of conversations, and the nuances of skin are being explored further."
Ahead of Black Skin's launch, Dija shares five invaluable skin tips that all Black women should be armed with for their best skin ever. Look out for more blog posts for up to date tips on skin. Which I will be releasing daily.
I will leave you with Dija's number one tip on moisturizing your skin and its importance:
Make sure you're moisturizing correctly
"A lot of us grew up using shea butter, coconut oil or some sort of oil-based product to moisturise our skin. Oils stop us from looking ashy so a lot of people reach straight for them. But oil doesn't actually moisturise your skin. When your skin is dry — and Black skin is clinically proven to be more dry because we hold less cermides in the upper layer of our skin — you need hydration. That's water not oil. Even if it's just a basic moisturiser, as long as 'aqua' is the first ingredient, that's great." Dija also suggests looking out for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. "If you do want to wear a face or body oil, make sure you have moisturised first with a water-based moisturiser," adds Dija. "Otherwise, what you're doing is putting an oil seal over dry skin, so integrally, your skin still stays dry.