Black don't crack
The mom (on the left) looks almost as young as her daughters! How crazy is that?
What does the Black Don't Crack saying mean?
What do you think of when you hear "Black Don't Crack"? This phrase is often used to describe the way that many people with darker skin seem to age slower than those with lighter skin. They tend to look many years younger than they actually are and can easily be confused for the sister of their adult daughters and grand-daughters. There are many different explanations that darker skinned people will give for why they don’t seem to have wrinkles or sagging skin into their golden years.
Some of the reasons that people will give include regular moisturizing with cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil or olive oil products and less effects from the sun from sun burns and tanning. Let’s explore the theory of the effects of the sun causing aging for a minute. When a person is in the sun regularly and they have light colored skin, they can easily burn, which increases the risk of melanoma as well as the rate of aging including wrinkles and sagging skin around the jaw and eyes, even without burning the rate of aging through wrinkles and sun spots is increased with regular unprotected sun exposure.
Darker skin does not get the same amount of sun exposure as light skin, although it is still advised that people of all skin colors use sun block of at least an spf of 50 any time they will be in the sun to reduce the risk of skin cancers including melanomas. Now, we will take a look at moisturizing the skin. It is scientifically proven that keeping the skin well moisturized will help to prevent many different issues of the skin that people face as they age, including dry, itchy skin, cracking and bleeding spots and pressure spots.
While there isn’t much evidence that using cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, or olive oil specifically are better than other types of products, there has been evidence to show that natural moisturizes that do not contain alcohol products and unnatural chemicals are better for the skin and that some products marketed as “moisturizers” are actually drying to the skin because of the alcohol and unnatural chemicals that they contain.
No matter the shade of a person’s skin, they can benefit in a number of ways from keeping their skin, all over their body, well moisturized with a natural product that does not contain alcohol or man-made chemicals and by staying out of the sun or using a good, natural sun protectant.