What’s your Skin Color?

We're all gonna be under the same sun anyway. (photo from http://waterowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/were-not-color-blind-unless-we-cant.html)

Not all cosmetic products are made equal. That’s because  we don’t have the same skin color. Difference in skin color makes one more  susceptible to unique  conditions, which luckily, can be fixed by suitable  products. Don’t just believe what those celebrity endorsers say – knowing one’s skin color can be beneficial in knowing what changes  it might undergo as you age  and the applicable type of cosmetics and treatment you may need. Not only will you know what beauty products would enhance your features  but you would also know

Those who have fair skin are the first to show the signs of  aging, which unfortunately , may happen as early as mid twenties.  Fair skin is common to those of Caucasian origin. The skin is inherently thinner and contains less melanin, which makes  it more susceptible  to sun-related aging.  The lighter the skin, the less melanin there is and this means that the skin will absorb more amount of UV light. The early signs are those brown spots and freckles, which initially may seem cute, but  can be bothersome when they start showing in patches.  Normally, topical retinoids and  lightening cream will alleviate discoloration but in extreme cases, some resort  to injectable and oral whiteners. Some even avail of energy and light treatments,  in the form of laser or  ipl to break up the pigments.

Fair skin is best flattered by foundation with a subtle pink undertone because it matches  the complexion.  Choose pinkish blush or a similar share belonging to the rose family. Avoid orange-based blush. If you are very fair, don’t overpower your skin tone with a really deep shade of blush or lipstick,  even though you love that shade.

Asian-descent women have yellow skin tone-think Lucy Liu, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeow. The dermis is thicker and it has more collagen, so the skin of  yellow-toned women tend  to age slower. Though they easily scar, there’s more melanin and collagen in the dermal layer.  This type of skin can be prone  to acne, dry and oily spots, and yellow-toned women are  usually the ones with the large pores.

Wrinkles are not that common, but most Asian women complain about uneven skin tone, hence  the rise of glutathione supplemements which main side effect  is to whien and tone the skin color. As our skin grow older, the dermal structure also grows older.  It becomes less elastic  and the skin begins saggy. The cheeks begin to droop thus the smile and the laugh lines become more prominent.

We’re all gonna be under the same sun anyway. (photo from http://waterowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/were-not-color-blind-unless-we-cant.html)

Use yellow-based foundation and powder,or you can choose lavender-based loose powder if you want to bring some glow to dull, sallow complexion. Translucent powder  and make up  can dull your skin tone and can make your features look flat. Wear brown or dark orange-browns as eye shadows and eyelid colors to create depth and widen the eye.

Those with olive skin are those that have the perpetual sun-kissed look, can either be light or dark, but with a noticeable olive hue. This skin tone is common among inhabitants of Southern Europe, some parts of North Africa and the Middle East.Those with olive skin have large pores, and are prone to dark under-eye circles. Though olive skin have more pigment compared to fair skin, this does not mean though, that those who have olive skin  are naturally protected from sun damage.

If your skin tone is closer to olive, you can select a blush in mauve or berry colors. Your skin already imparts a bronze glow to your complexion.Use warmer tones of makeup, except brown, which can make you look washed out. Gold, bronze and copper shades will  highlight your eyes or cheeks for luminosity and radiance.

Dark skin color is known to  show the least visible  signs of aging  until later on in life because dark skin  are generally oily and thick. The skins’s outer layer is strong as the dermis is more compact. Signs of aging may appear ten years later, if not more. The disadvantage for people with darker skin, though, is that they pigment easily and the changes in pigmentation can either occur without warning at any age and can be very difficult to treat.

Sometimes finding the right foundation shade might not be easy. Sometimes, you might find slightly different skin tones across your face, so get two or three of base shades  and custom-blend when needed. For  your blush, get the deep plum, blackcurrant and dark rose.  If you color is lighter, caramel, bronze, honey and apricot will complement you.

Four different skin colors with lots of hue (when it comes to clothing and makeups) to mix  and match, but all four have  the common denominator  of being affected by sun and photo damage. Remember though, that no matter what you’ll wear  and no matter how weird  the combinations may be,  your skin is the largest organ in your body. You owe it to your health to know how to take care of it.

Web References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/27506-list-skin-tones/

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/determine-your-skin-tone.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_4449760_choose-cosmetics-skin-tone.html

http://www.emaxhealth.com/2/66/32531/understanding-pigmentation-problems-solutions-skin-color.html

http://www.typef.com/article/colors-match-olive-skin/