In her article The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions, Part 1 and Part 2, Dr. Tess discussed the problems that each skin type can present to an anti-aging program. Now Dr. Tess will look at the actual benefits that the different types of skin color offer.
Regardless of a person’s chronological age, what is known as “photoaging” varies according to skin color, which, in turn is determined by the amount of pigment that is produced in the skin, and that is based on your racial heritage.
Many of you have probably noticed that people with brown skin, especially African-Americans, seem to age better than the rest of us – at least as far as how the years show up in the face.
The darker the skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, that contain the pigment melanin. In brown and black skin the melanin is packed so tightly that it absorbs and scatters more light, giving more protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The greater quantities of melanin give people with darker skin some protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer.
One study found that on average 55% of ultraviolet A rays penetrate Caucasian skin while fewer than 18% get through African-American skin. This is why photoageing is delayed in people with dark skin.
People with medium skin have beautiful exotic skin with moderate natural protection from the sun. Your aging will be slower and you will find you stay away from wrinkles and sagging compared to your friends with fair skin.
Everyone knows that Asian skin ages well. The skin’s dermis is thicker so there is less sagging that happens with aging and the skin stays tight, which is why pores appear smaller.
Asian skin also is oilier and over time, this keeps the skin from getting dry and wrinkled. In people with Asian skin photoageing is delayed and many people notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their fifties or sixties.
Very pale skin produces almost no melanin which means you basically have little or no protection against the harmful effects of the sun. There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is an indication that there has been sun damage on your skin cells.
Most people all over the world who were not born with fair skin go through extremes to lighten their skin. Hence, the skin lightening and skin whitening treatments and products that are readily available. It may be shocking to learn but fair skin is considered the standard of beautiful skin for most of the world.
So start appreciating your fair beautiful skin even at a young age and keep it fair for the rest of your life and you can keep yourself looking younger longer!