time, this is instantaneous, due to the extra melanin in the skin being activated to protect your skin cells.
The solution: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this helps the skin repair itself, while delivering all-important hydration and covering dark marks, thanks to its light pigment. Ultra-fine silica micro-beads fill in fine lines, too.
Best for Dark/Afro Caribbean skin:
The concerns: Pigmentation and breakouts. “While Afro-Caribbean skin has a built-in SPF and can withstand UV better than pale skin types, its high melanin levels mean that darker patches from sun and environmental damage are more likely to appear,” says Dr Bunting. The level of oil produced by the skin is higher as well, which can lead to breakouts, so sensitive formulas that also keep excess oil at bay are essential.
The solution: BareMinerals Ready SPF 15 Touch Up Veil. While darker skin tones have a natural SPF of around 13, getting even coverage
can be tricky. Apply this powder after foundation to reduce shine and even out any imperfections. The added SeaNutritive Minerals soothe and nourish.
Best for Asian skin:
The concerns: Pigmentation and shine. Asian skin suffers less from wrinkles and sagging, but uneven skin tone, age spots and sun damage are problems. High pollution in some Asian cities also means a good SPF is essential.
The solution: Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup SPF 15. This one-shade-suits-all powder is great for evening out skin tone and reducing oiliness. It enhances the effects of your base, giving a velvet finish. A lack of chemicals makes it a great option for skin that may be suffering from exposure to pollution.
Best for Middle Eastern skin:
The concerns: Pigmentation and dull, yellow-toned skin. Middle Eastern skin types can remain fairly pale by generally avoiding
the sun. “But melanin levels that exist in the skin mean that exposure to sun or free radicals can lead to pigmentation patches,” says Dr Bunting. On the plus side, fine lines are less common, but yellowish undertones can appear if skin is dehydrated.
The solution: Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector. Packed with 3D pigments held in silicone to even out bumps, light-diffusing particles lift and brighten the skin.
Best for Indian skin:
The concerns: Pigmentation, enlarged pores and breakouts. India's climate makes a daily 30+ SPF essential, plus perspiration or overheating can aggravate skin. Sun exposure and high pollution levels make pigmentation and discoloration common.
The solution: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. In six shades, this light-diffusing powder suits any skin tone. 'Photoluminescent technology' uses tiny particles to reflect light, create transparent coverage and even out skin without clogging pores.
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