10 Dec Is it true black skin do not crack?
There’s an adage “Black don’t crack”.We don’t know exactly where or when this saying emerged but we have all heard it here and there. Is it true or is it just a myth? Before talking about that, let’s find out about the function of the skin.
Our skin is alive and dynamic. It is also the largest and primary protective organ of the body. Its functions include protection, sensation, mobility, endocrine, exocrine, immunity and regulation of temperature.
The skin is primarily made up of three layers which are:
- Epidermis, the outermost layer of skin. It provides a waterproof barrier and contributes to our skin tone.
- The Dermis which is found beneath the epidermis and contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and sweat glands.
- Subcutis (or subcutaneous layer) which lies under the dermis and made up of connective tissue and fat. It is a good insulator because it helps regulate body temperature by making sure that your internal temperature is not too high or too low.
Every day the skin reflects and reacts to what you eat and drink; your exposure to the elements, how you sleep, the stress you are under and your general health.
One thing is worth observing. In this world, every colour skin under the sun (black, white, brown) is exposed to ultraviolet rays and other harmful rays from the sun. These rays are bad for the human skin because they cause ageing and wrinkles in our skin as the years go by. They can even cause cancer.
Luckily, people with black or dark skin have the advantage benefit of two things melanin and collagen that protect them from the bad effects of ultraviolet rays. Melanin is a pigment that is produced by cells known as melanocytes in the skin of most animals, including humans. Collagen is a protein that gives human skin elasticity and strength. Fortunately, black people tend to have enough of it in their skin. The darker the skin, the more melanin you have. And the more melanin you have, the more the skin is protected against UV, thus more protection against wrinkles and ageing.
Why doesn’t dark or black skin crack? Some of us like our black skin but others do not because society tells us that black is bad, ugly, inferior which is not true. If you like who you are, why bleach your skin? Remember that when we use chemical ingredients on our skin we are destroying all the nutrients that our skin contains.
Imagine your skin as a garden where you want to plant a lovely flower. Before planting the seed you need dark soil rich in nutrients which will help the seed to grow and on top of that, you also need some extra manure which will further boost the growth of the seed and make it look beautiful in due time. The same procedure you use to make your garden look beautiful is the same thing you need to do for your skin.
Yes, dark skin doesn’t crack but that doesn’t mean you need to neglect it or apply chemical products to your skin. In my opinion, dark skin can crack if you don’t take care of it and yourself. Feeding your skin with the right products (natural, organic, vegan) will help your skin look younger, beautiful and inspire you with confidence.
Black skin will be even better if you do simple things.