If you have dark skin, you should take special consideration when choosing your skin care cosmetic products. Dark skin tones are often sensitive and can develop discoloration from harsh, irritating products.
Select a pH balanced cleanser that is gentle and mild. For dry skin, limit your contact with cleansers and hot water. For oily skin, cleanse twice each day.
Use basic, fragrance-free lotions and creams. If your skin is dry, choose a heavier cream to provide a barrier from the elements. If your skin is oily, you don't need a moisturizer unless there are dry patches that you want to treat. In those cases, a light, water-based lotion is best.
Your darker skin has some natural protection from the sun's rays, but a sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer and unwanted discoloration. Choose a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15.