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By Emili Vesilind
When sunless tan devotee Jennifer Lopez starts going faux-glow free, it's a sign. Embracing your skin's natural hue is in. Wherever your complexion falls on the color spectrum, get these tips for taking the best care of your God-given skin.
Stating The Obvious2 of 9
Wear sunscreen daily—even if it's cloudy out, even if you're indoors most of the day and even if your skin is naturally dark. (In fact, the latest stats show rising rates of skin cancer in African Americans and Hispanics.) Look for a noncomedogenic product that protects against UVA and UVB rays, says Los Angeles dermatologist Naissan O. Wesley, M.D.
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Celebrity makeup artist Saisha Beechman recommends trading in heavy foundations for a tinted moisturizer. "It makes skin look revived and refreshed, but doesn't change the tone," she says. Her favorite? Yves Saint Laurent's Teint Parfait Complexion Enhancer.
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Beechman recommends using a copper-toned blush, which highlights cheekbones subtly, on African American skin. She's a fan of NYX's copper blush, a drugstore find that "has just enough color."
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Illuminating creams have toned down their disco-ball shine in recent years, and Beechman recommends using one to enhance your skin's radiance without going overboard. She suggests lightly applying a product (such as MAC's Strobe Cream) to the T-zone and the tops of the cheeks.
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Regular exfoliation is key to achieving a smooth, even complexion, says Wesley. While microdermabrasion and acid-based facials certainly do the trick, Clarisonic's new Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head is an easy at-home way to slough dry skin that could be causing your skin's discoloration.
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Too-harsh topical products and chemical peels can actually lead to pigment problems and uneven skin tone, especially for women of color, says Wesley. Instead, she recommends products that are gentler on skin. We like this super-nourishing Benefit cream.
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Whitening creams may sound scary, but they actually work as radiance boosters that help fade dark spots on most skin types. DiorSnow, a new brightening treatment collection, actually slows down melanocytes, the skin's pigment-producing cells that can cause a splotchy complexion.
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To maintain skin's tone and elasticity, Wesley recommends using a product with a retinoid, such as retinol or retinyl palmitate. These vitamin A-related ingredients help rev up skin cell turnover and, in some cases, rebuild collagen.
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