Skincare Product for 'All Skin Types'... Is it Possible?
If you go on Sephora’s online store you’'ll come across many skincare products that say ‘for all skin types’.
However, as I mentioned in my earlier post, ‘Tips to Find A Moisturizer for You’, you’ll realize quickly that finding a skincare product that works for ALL skincare types is nearly impossible and a product formulation miracle. I’m not saying it’s not possible to find a product that works well for most skin types but I personally doubt you’d get the best results using a one-size-fits-all product versus one formulated with your specific skin concerns in mind.
Skin is amazing and can do a LOT of things on it’s own. However, if you’ve found a moisturizer that can optimize the oil balance for dry and oily skin really very well, I’d have to ask you to talk nerdy to me and show me some research, lol.
The co-founders of Ceylon skincare, Blake and Patrick, are skeptical too. However, they add another layer to this skepticism; not only do they not believe the hype that a skincare product can be formulated for ‘all skin types’, they also don’t believe mass skincare products address skincare needs of POC. Thus, they created Ceylon, a skincare line for men of color.
The idea brings to the skincare industry what Shea Moisture, Mane Choice and Carol’s Daughter brings to the hair care industry: diversity and representation at the start of product formulation, not just marketing.
It’s no hidden fact that many studies conducted for skincare products are tested on a majority non-POC sample group. Studies with claims like: 87% of consumers said this product brightened their dark spots or 67% of people saw a noticeable difference in their skin, often don’t include people with higher Fitzpatrick scale numbers. So from a science and data standpoint, can you really say this product works to brighten dark spots for people of color? It can be assumed it would work the same way but without directly testing someone within that group the data does have less weight.
Some studies have looked for differences in skin chemistry for people of color versus non-POC and have found that POC’s natural skin pH is lower than non-POC due to the presence of melanin. pH really impacts your skin’s natural ability to retain water. Without the ability to efficiently retain water you could be more susceptible to dry, flaky skin, premature aging, dark circles, etc. Pretty much (retaining) water is life; so disrupting your natural skin pH could be significant. However, is that enough to create an entire subset of skincare products based on skin color? Maybe Ceylon’s success will tell.
Check out Ceylon skincare here.