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Skin Tone and Your Skin Care Routine

10 Aug, 2015

Skin Tone and Your Skin Care Routine

The biggest factor in determining which products to use with your skin care routine is your skin type. There are specific products meant to address normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and combination skin types, and most people know which products they should use, assuming they have a regular skin care routine already. However, one factor that is often overlooked when determining a proper skin care routine is skin tone. Because different skin tones have different reactions to sun exposure, UV protection is the primary consideration behind choosing products for your specific skin tone (although there are other considerations to keep in mind as well). Keep reading to find out more about the types of products you should use to protect your skin!


Fair/Translucent Skin

Fair skin is the most susceptible to UV damage from the sun due to the lack of melanin in the skin. In fact, fair skin is much more likely to turn red when exposed to too much sun than it is to tan. In addition, fair skin is also more likely to be sensitive than other skin tones because the upper epidermal layer is much thinner in fair skin types than other types of skin.

To combat the effects of photoaging (wrinkles and lines caused by sun exposure), it is imperative for people with fair skin to use a product with UV protection whenever venturing outside. Consider using products such as our Triple Protection BB cream SPF30/PA++ for long lasting moisture control and UV protection.


Olive/Beige Skin

This skin tone will range anywhere from a light beige to a deep olive color. Unlike fair skin, olive skin has much more melanin, meaning it is not as prone to photoaging as fair skin. In addition, this skin tends to be relatively thicker than others, translating to fewer lines and wrinkles. However, because the skin is relatively thicker than others, hyperpigmentation (dark spots) can become a problem.

Just because olive skin has more melanin does not mean UV protection should not be used. In addition, to fight hyperpigmentation, it is recommended to use a product containing arbutin, a skin lightening ingredient that will reduce the melanin production. Our Triple Protection BB cream SPF30/PA++ has both UV protection and arbutin to help protect your skin.


Dark Skin

Darker skin tones ranging from a dark tan to ebony have the best protection from UV rays compared to all other skin tones. Indeed, people with darker skin tones tend to look younger than their lighter-skinned counterparts due to the extra melanin protecting against photoaging. However, hyperpigmentation can become an even bigger problem for those with darker skin, so any scars or blemishes on the skin will look even more pronounced due to excess melanin production.

Unfortunately, BB creams are generally not made for darker skin tones, so using a BB cream to conceal blemishes will not work (in fact, it will probably make it look even more pronounced!). Instead, it is better to try to prevent these scars and/or blemishes from appearing in the first place. For this, the Dr. IASO AC Booster is a perfect fit. Not only will it clear the blemishes with its combination of both alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, but it will also clear the pores and excessive oil from the skin.



UV protection is of utmost importance when venturing out into the sun. The lighter your skin, the stronger UV protection you should use. And even if darker skin is less prone to photoaging, it does not mean you should not use UV protection. In fact, UV protection may be even more important for darker skin because if skin cancer develops on darker skin, it is harder to notice or detect. Follow the tips above to protect your skin, and to keep it looking beautiful.