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Set the Tone for Timeless Beauty: Ethnic Skin Gets Even More Beautiful

Getting older doesn't have to mean looking older. Yet, African American women face unique challenges when it comes to aging. Traditional signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging tend to appear later in life compared to Caucasians, but that doesn't mean women with richer skin tones aren't concerned about their maturing skin's appearance.

In fact, hyperpigmentation -- the excessive pigmentation or darkening of the skin -- is far more prevalent among brown skin and can be a key indicator in perceived age. Caused by common factors, including sunlight, rashes, burn or acne, discolorations that develop in spots or patches on the face pose an added challenge for women wanting to maintain a radiant glow.

"Many patients complain that their facial skin has dark marks and blemishes as a result of early sun exposure, inflammation and injury," says Susan C. Taylor, M.D., former director of the Skin of Color Center in New York, author of "Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor's Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair and Nails" and of the Web site, www.brownskin.net. "Maintaining brown skin's smooth, rich tone is a vital component in maintaining our youthful beauty."

Dr. Taylor recommends five key tips to keep your brown skin glowing year-round:

1. Protect yourself from the sun -- Extra melanin in darker skin tones provides some sun protection, but it's no substitute for year-round daily use of a SPF 15 sunscreen. Not only can sunscreen help prevent premature aging, it can also significantly reduce your risk of UV-triggered hyperpigmentation and certain skin cancers. In addition to Dr. Taylor's tip, remember a moisturizer containing ingredients like glucosamine and niacinamide, such as Olay Definity, can help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones and dullness in sun-damaged skin.

2. Exfoliate gently -- Your skin sheds dead skin cells from the surface layer daily, but your complexion may still have a dull, dry appearance. In addition to daily cleansing, try exfoliating on a weekly basis with a product formulated for your skin type. Avoid harsh products that contain rough granules that can often irritate skin and worsen pigmentation problems.

3. Avoid skin injury -- It may be tempting to pop a pimple or squeeze a blackhead, but picking at skin may introduce the affected area to unwanted bacteria and result in scarring.

4. Remove makeup before bed -- Though makeup fades during the course of the day, you still need to remove it thoroughly at night. If you don't completely remove your makeup daily, it can clog pores.

5. Regular skin self-examination -- In general, brown skin is less susceptible to skin cancer, but when it does strike, it is often more deadly than in other skin types. Be on the lookout each month for moles and other growths that suddenly change color, texture, size or shape, and growths that bleed or cause itching and pain. Contact your dermatologist immediately if any of these symptoms of serious underlying conditions exist.

For more information on how to keep your brown skin looking its best, log on to www.olaydefinity.com.

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