by Sherrell Dorsey of

We all know that black doesn’t crack. It’s both a blessing and a curse as I walk down the street and teenage boys ask me to go to prom. I figure that when I am about 35 years old, I’ll actually start to look like I’m in my 20s instead of at 24 looking like I’m 17.

While darker skin does fare way better than our Caucasian counter-parts, our skin does age and should still be protected. I’m not saying to go out and purchase a ton of products, get some Botox or re-think a facelift, but do understand that aging skin looses elasticity, hair begins to thin and fine lines can make their way across our eyes and mouths.

Here are a few suggestions for keeping your gorgeous skin and hair youthful:

1. Drink plenty of water. Don’t deprive your body of the much needed universal hydrator. A hydrated body will result in gorgeous hair, skin and nails.

2. Eat well and exercise. Gobble down your leafy greens, salmon, nuts and beans in addition to hitting the gym, dance class or out door track to keep your figure lean and your external organs young and functioning normally.

3. Exfoliate. Whisk away dead skin to prevent hyperpigmentation and dark spots. I love the Rx For Brown Skin at home peel kit.

4. Step up your sun protection game. Yes we do need sunscreen so don’t skimp on the juice folks. Get a 2 for 1 with a foundation like Tarte Cosmetics (a vegan makeup line) that gives you coverage, moisture and SPF.

5. Seal in the moisture. Aging skin lacks moisture so keep your skin well hydrated. I’m talking hands, body and feet. Try lathering up at night, covering up with socks and long pants to lock in moisture and keep your skin sexy, soft and supple. I like Jason’s anti-aging body lotion made with green tea (which you should also drink plenty of).
6. De-stress. Don’t get stuck in the “to-do” list of life. If you’re not happy, complete or excited about what you do, who you do it with or how you do it honey it’s time for a wake up call! We only live once and the power within us is so much greater than succumbing to what the world says is acceptable. Prove them wrong and start living!

Do you have an anti-aging routine? Please share with me!

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site, Jones Magazine, and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at and connect with her on facebook at