Every woman wants great skin, but the sun, wind and the passage of time can do a number on the human face, especially for African Americans. According to WomensHealth.gov, a service of the National Institutes of Health, women of African descent are more likely to have dry skin than their Caucasian counterparts. Thus, they often struggle more with wrinkles. Not to worry; with the right anti-wrinkle and toning cream -- whether store-bought or put together in your kitchen -- you can be beautiful at any age.
Fight Fine Lines
If sagging skin is your primary concern, consider trying Olay Professional Pro-X Hydra Firming Cream. Recommended by "Redbook" magazine this product contains what the manufacturer calls a mix of nutrients designed to help your skin regain and retain its natural elasticity. The manufacturer recommends using the product at night, for maximum benefit. The manufacturer also recommends using this product to optimize firmness and plump up your skin.
If you're looking for a product for your entire face, you might want to try Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. Another product recommended by "Redbook," this cream contains copper, zinc and magnesium and works overnight to moisturize and tone your skin. You may find this product more convenient than an eye cream you have to apply twice a day. According to the manufacturer, your skin is more permeable at night, which gives this product the best environment to improve your appearance.
Make Your Own
Though the products listed above are good, the problem with them is that, like all store-bought skincare products, they tend to be expensive. If money is an issue for you, you can make your own toning and wrinkle creams from supermarket staples. Egg whites and lemon juice have natural toning properties, while vitamin E oil helps moisturize and fight wrinkles. To make your own toning and wrinkle cream, combine two egg whites with 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 3 drops of vitamin E oil. Apply this to your face, leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse off with cold water.
Whether you prefer store-brought products or homemade, you have to be careful when using substances on your skin. You can develop allergies at any time, and some store-bought products contain lighteners that can discolor dark skin. To prevent bad reactions, test the product on your wrist or behind your ear before using it on your face. Also, since skin is an organ, you need to keep your entire body healthy to keep your skin healthy. Drink plenty of water and make sure to get enough sleep
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Melanie Greenwood has been a freelance writer since 2010. Her work has appeared in "The Denver Post" as well as various online publications. She resides in northern Colorado and she works helping to care for elderly and at-risk individuals. Greenwood holds a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral leadership from Bethany University in California.