Moisturizing African-American skin is vital to prevent an ashy or gray tone. Both oily and dry skin types require regular moisturizing.
Choose the right moisturizer
Choose an oil-free moisturizer, and avoid cream-based moisturizers. Products that contain milk are especially good for African-American skin, as are hypoallergenic moisturizers.
Apply the moisturizer on damp skin
Apply a moisturizer immediately after taking a bath or shower, while the skin is still damp. This allows the product to seal in the moisture from showering. Reapply moisturizer twice a day if needed.
Add a moisturizing mask to your routine
Restore the skin's suppleness and softness with a weekly moisturizing mask. Make sure you drink eight or more glasses of water a day to complete the moisturizing and rehydrating routine from the inside.