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Ageless Skincare with Dominique Baker

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Content Creator, Dominique Baker, shares her personalized approach to skincare and how her skin has remained ageless over time.

What makes you passionate about skin care/ self-care?

In my teens and early twenties, I had some pretty serious acne. My self-confidence took a hit because of it and the resulting scars, so I decided to learn as much as I could about acne and how to control it. When the acne subsided because I started really caring for my skin, my confidence soared…which led to me taking more positive risks that paid off! I started blogging about this and it resonated with so many people. That right there made me really passionate about helping those who are in the same boat.

My skincare routine soon became a great part of my self-care routine. Taking care of myself led to better content creation and a better overall sense of self. 

What is your focus on in your skin care right now?

Black skin ages well…but Black people are prone to more sagging and hyperpigmentation. I notice some sagging myself, so I’m focusing on slowing that down. I also have some hyperpigmentation, so I am diligent about using my sunscreen and dark spot correctors that work.

Why is it important to have a personalized approach to skin care?

If you are using products that aren’t suited for your skin type, you can do more damage than good. When you build healthy skincare habits and determine what you skin needs, you will see positive results. Also, great skincare can be expensive. You don’t want to waste money on products that don’t work because they aren’t targeted.

In your experience, is there enough education on how people can take anti-aging measures with their skin?

I do believe that there is a lot of education out there on anti-aging measures. In fact, I don’t even like the term “anti-aging”. Aging with grace, loving those well-earned smile lines, etc. is beautiful. What I notice though – for instance – is that many darker-skinned people aren’t aware that they are more prone to sagging or that hyperpigmentation is worsened by sun exposure. Maybe more information is needed to tackle those sorts of questions for specific groups.

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