Skin differences

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It is more than just melanin that separates a black person from a white person, and a white person from an Asian.

Some people wonder why others look different in their skin. For example in terms of muscle showing, cellulitis or wrinkles. Black, white and Asian skin is different in terms of thickness, water content and lipids (fat and fat-soluble vitamins).

The darker your skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, and these contain the sticky pigment melanin. The density of melanin is also what differs the skin. In black skin the melanin is packed so tightly that it absorbs and scatters more light, giving you more protection from the sun’s UVR.

The greater quantities of melanin give people with black skin also protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer. Many of people with Asian skin notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their 50’s or 60’s.

Colored skin has a tendency to suffer more from dryness and superficial dehydration because of the higher water flows.

Around 85% of women have cellulite and it is more common among Caucasian women than in Asian or black women. The problem has to do with how fat is stored under the skin. It is not in one smooth layer of padding but in multiple balls of fat housed in separate compartments. Like honeycomb.

There is a belief that having African roots is beneficial to building large amounts of aesthetic muscle mass, but this is not about race; it is about personal muscle genetics. It is true that a large majority of the black community is gifted in the field of athletics.The fact that someone is black does not mean that they have superior genetics for building muscle mass.

At the end of the day, genetics are genetics and cannot be changed. We all have to work with what we have.

So be proud of your skin, take good care and focus on the things you can affect in a positive direction!

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