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Did you know that having a great skin care routine is the foundation for smooth makeup application?

We’ve all had those days when our makeup won’t settle right, leaving our face looking dull and tired. This is usually due to a missing link in our skin care routine.

We’ve compiled 5 of our favorite ways to achieve and maintain healthy clear looking skin.

#1. Choosing the right cleanser for your skin

We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Unfortunately, not all cleansers are created equal. Sometimes they leave your skin dry and irritated or can even make the problem worse! This is usually due to an imbalance in your skins Ph levels. If the cleanser increases your pH levels, making it alkaline, it can create a optimal living conditions for bacteria, causing major breakouts on your skin. Here is a mini crash course of the effects of unbalanced pH levels provided by Audrey Kunin MD:

According to Audrey Kunin MD via Dr. Oz:

“The epidermis is protected by an external layer of tightly knit cells arranged like shingles on a roof. Any disruption to the acid mantle, elevating overall skin pH, interferes with this protective barrier, wrenching cells away from each other and results in dehydration, roughness, irritation and noticeable flaking. Skin is left defenseless and susceptible to further environmental damage.

As cells pull apart, minute breaks become exposed, leaving skin more vulnerable to bacterial invasion. Under normal circumstances, bacteria not only have a difficult time penetrating through the shield-like structure of the skin and the acid mantle also creates a hostile environment for bacteria which prefer an alkaline environment to flourish. A rise in pH plays mayhem with our natural infection prevention, further increasing the risk of infection. Once the pH exceeds 6.5, bacterial invasion increases dramatically, a loss of normal skin integrity results and a variety of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and irritant contact dermatitis flare.”

Clear Essence offers two great cleansers from our Platinum skin care line; our Extra Strength Medicated Cleansing Bar, and our Blemish Control Wash. Both cleanse the skin of dirt and bacteria without upsetting the skins pH levels, successfully fighting away bacteria causing acne.

#2. Exfoliate!

An overabundance of dead skin cells is a huge culprit in why our makeup doesn’t sit properly on our skin. Exfoliating gets rid of all the buildup of dead skin cells sitting on top of your live healthy skin. You’ll notice that after having exfoliated, you’re skin will look much brighter and feel 10x smoother. We recommend any of our face and body soap bars. Each is tailored to specific skin problems; such as acne, sensitivity, dry and oily skin. Our best seller, the Medicated Cleansing Bar is great for people who suffer from acne and oily skin.

#3 Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

We cannot stress this step enough! Moisturizing is an extremely important part of healthy glowing skin. Our skin dehydrates throughout the day leaving it looking dull and lusterless. Dehydrated skin can also lead to premature signs of aging, clogged pores, cell damage, and loss of beneficial nutrients. Even if you suffer from oily skin you shouldn’t skip this step. Your skin cells still need fluid between each other; this is what creates an even skin tone and improves elasticity. There are tons of different types of products that will properly hydrate your skin; crèmes, oils, and serums are the most popular. We carry all three in two of our most popular skin care lines, the Platinum Series and Vitamin C Series. Oils penetrate much deeper than crèmes allowing it to help balance out natural oil production of the skin. So even if you have oily skin, don’t be afraid to try it out! Crèmes should be made of natural ingredients since this will be sitting closer to the top of the skin and it is what your skin feeds off when it is feeling thirsty. This especially happens at night while the skin is repairing itself from the days activities. Serums are great for sensitive skin and help with specific skin problems such as pimples, wrinkles, dark spots or to prevent the signs of aging. Serums are extremely effective because they also penetrate deep into the skin but light enough so that you are still able to (and should) apply a crème moisturizer over it.

#4 Tone!

What is toning? Toner is a product that helps close your pores after having opened them in the last steps. After having applied your products we don’t want to leave our pores open, this allows for dirt and bacteria to enter freshly opened pores and causing breakouts. Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner is perfect for closing them up after cleaning them out! It also balances out the pH levels of your skin while taking off the last of the impurities on your face. The Vitamin C also helps even out your skin tone!

#5 Protect!

Protecting our skin is a step most of us tend to forget. Sunscreen is extremely important even if the sun isn’t out shinning bright. Harmful UV rays are always hitting our skin, just some days they are more or less prominent than others. Sun damage can lead to dark spots, premature signs of aging, and even skin cancer. By providing your skin with protection against harmful UV rays you prevent all of these things, plus it helps reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness, giving you an all around even skin tone. We know that adding a whole other step to our skin care and makeup routine is the last thing we want to do, so that is why we offer SPF in a few of our products! One of our best sellers is the Medicated Fade Crème which offers SPF 15 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This works wonders on treating previous sun damage while also protecting it against future dark spots, all while providing your skin with the moisture and hydration it needs to look its very best.

 

If you follow these five simple steps you will be on your way to healthy and radiant skin in no time!

While obsessing over some of our more common staple oils such as Coconut, Almond or Olive oil, often times many of us tend to gloss over some of the more underrated essential oils in the group. Of the most highly rated and beneficial oils, Carrot Oil ranks high on my list of go-to’s. This golden-yellow, and subtly earthy oil has immense health benefits, and is particularly popular in beauty products aimed at anti-aging. Its healing antiseptic properties also make it an excellent source for curing skin irritations, such as eczema, rashes, and in some cases acne. So, you may be wondering then, what exactly is carrot oil, and how can you implement it into your own skincare routine? Luckily, you came to the right place.

How it’s made:
Both carrot oil and carrot seed oil are derived from wild carrots, otherwise known as Daucus Carota, which are rich in nutrients and vitamins, specifically vitamins A, C, and E, as well as beta-carotene, and a multitude of other antioxidants. The oil is commonly extracted from the vegetable through steam distillation of the seeds, although the entire vegetable is viable for yielding oil.
Benefits:
Like the benefits of a physical carrot, carrot oil carries a virtually endless amount of benefits for the body both inside and out, which again, puts the oil high on our list of must haves. For starters, carrot oil is an antioxidant. This means, that it helps to keep your skin looking refreshingly young by retaining your youth thanks to its ability to repair the damages done to your tissues from oxidants, or what are more commonly known as, free radicals. The antioxidants function to protect your skin from wrinkles, and can keep your joints from stiffening, your muscles from weakening, and can keep your eyesight from declining, sounds amazing right? Antioxidants can work other miracles too; they can protect you from weak digestion, improve blood circulation, and prevent some forms of cancer particularly those in the mouth, throat, stomach, prostrate, and kidney.
Carrot oil also functions as a healing detoxifier; helping to clean our body’s tissues, muscles and internal organs from toxins which can hinder our health. As a detoxifier, carrot oil works to neutralize excess bile, which in turn helps to cure common infections just as jaundice, and its elimination of toxins helps to cure conditions such as arthritis, edema, gout and rheumatism. It’s also been proven to have a beneficial effect on ailments such as bronchitis and influenza.

Finally, this magnificent oil has been known to bring immense benefits to hair and skin health. Due to its beta-carotene and Vitamin E properties, carrot oil has been used for many years in many products to promote hair health by strengthening the hair shaft, as well as to encourage new hair growth. In addition to this, its been known to be highly effective in nourishing the scalp and maintaining shiny and soft locks, as well as preventing dandruff. These same nourishing properties are also present when applied to the skin, as carrot oil is a common treatment for dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and cracked or chapped skin. These skin repairing abilities make it a common oil for application before sun exposure (in combination with your sun screen of course), or after sun exposure to repair damage done by ultraviolet rays on the skin surface.

The benefits of carrot oil do not end here, but seeing as there are so many of these benefits, how can we make sure we are receiving all of them? This Is simple. Anytime you want to receive the benefits of carrot oil, simply incorporate it into your life by adding it to your most used products! Carrot oil is extremely versatile and can be added to any of your favorite moisturizers, creams, body washes, conditioners, shampoos and more. As for inner benefits, feel free to shop for carrot oil in your local food markets and use it as an alternative to canola or vegetable oils in your meals! We at Clear Essence also highly value the benefits of carrot oil, and to make it easier on our customers have developed two special soaps just for this purpose! Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Carrot Oil Soap and Maxi-Tone Carrot Soap have formative effects in stimulating skin cell growth aimed at rejuvenating wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. Their anti-oxidant features help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up, while protecting and repairing sun-damaged skin, and theirs antiseptic properties help to cure infections on the skin and protect from new infections! You can find both of these products online at clearessence.com or in stores. Thanks for stopping by!

Before I begin I urge you all to remember that stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of, however if you do want to find ways to diminish the warrior stripes on your skin, please continue to read.
Stretch marks are completely natural effects on the skin, mostly caused  by an increase in cortisone in the skin, or skin tearing often caused by  rapid changes in the body, such as by hormones, pregnancy, body  building, hormone replacement treatments, weight gain and so on.  They often make their appearance on the skin as off-hue stripes, and  can vary in size and color, as well as time spent on the skin. While  stretch marks are not permanent, if not treated well, they may leave  scarring, so it’s important that while you not only try to treat stretch  marks while they are present on your skin, it’s also very important that you try to prevent them from appearing on the skin in the first place. Doing this mainly entails that you keep your skin moisturized, and hydrated as much as possible, especially during pregnancy where 90% of women experience stretch marks especially during their last trimesters. There are many ways for you to accomplish preventing stretch marks, as well as many ways for treating them, check out our three favorite ways to do this below:

capsule-1079838_960_720 Vitamins:

While many of us may take a daily vitamin, there are also a large  number of us who do not. Vitamins are an excellent way to prevent  health issues, anywhere from defeating the common cold to helping  with acne. This is because vitamins are typically encased with a melody  of necessary oils, minerals and other resources that we can’t always get  from our daily meals, drinks and so on. So think of them as diet fillers;  they fill in what you don’t! Vitamins function this way for stretch  marks as well, especially supplemental vitamins covering the oil categories of health such as biotin, vitamin e, fish oil, etc. This is because in the same way that oil on the outside of our skin keeps our skin feeling moisturized, oil INSIDE of our skin does the same, making it more thoroughly moisturized than with just simple lotions and butters. This is because it helps to improve skin elasticity from the inside of your body. Vitamins work as an excellent preventative measure for stretch marks, but they are also an excellent option in treating stretch marks. Luckily most vitamins are fairly affordable, and you can find them virtually anywhere! So no excuses, start taking your vitamins!

Water: fountain-197334_960_720

I know I know, you hear this a lot and it’s almost like a broken record, but water is the most essential element in preventing skin dryness and maintaining skin elasticity. Like vitamins, the consumption of water works from the inside of your body to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, and not only that, it benefits with a number of other regulatory systems in your body as well. It’s literally the most vital natural resource we can get, and many of us don’t even take much advantage of it, and as a result many of us suffer from dehydration without even realizing it! So fun fact, when you feel thirsty, that’s an indication that your body is already low on water, and when you feel dryness on your lips, a.k.a when you have to search high and low to locate your favorite chap-stick, it also means that your body is low on water. These are 2 daily sensations we experience every day, but we shouldn’t. It’s simple, carry a water bottle with you at all times, and make sure that you drink it all, and refill it at least once every day. While you might have to get up to use the restroom every 15 minutes, it’s well worth it, and not only your skin, but your entire body will thank you!

 L.O.C.

My personal favorite thing to ignore, but also my favorite thing to  apply. I always tend to skip the lotion segment after my showers, just  because it takes an additional 5 minutes that I never want to give up  just to put it on. But as the weather becomes colder, I can see the  effects this has on my skin more and more, and I have quickly  readjusted to a lotion-oil-cream regimen to prevent my skin from  getting any worse. This being said, while lotions can be ignored in the  warmer months (specifically late June to mid-October) because the air  carries moisture during these months, thus making it least likely for us  to experience dryness, it’s extremely non-recommended to skip the  moisture process in the colder months (specifically November-May),  this is because the air is frigid, thus carrying no moisture and often times irritating your skin with bouts of dryness. So it’s important to keep lotions, creams, and oils on deck, especially after taking hot showers in these cold months, because as we do this, we also allow whatever moisture we have in our skin to leave by opening our pores in the steam. This isn’t wrong to do, but in order to replace the moisture that is lost, we must apply the nourishment our skin needs to its surface. Not doing so, can in effect cause tearing in the dermis, and then more stretch marks. So I employ the process of moisturizing called the L.O.C method, and if you haven’t already guessed, it stands for lotions, oils, and creams. This is a method I use because my skin is extremely prone to dryness. So to prevent this, I mix an essential oil (read this post below) with my daily lotion for application after I take my nightly showers, and when I wake up I apply a heavy cream to wear throughout my day. This prevents my skin from feeling flaky or irritated in the cold-windy air throughout my day, and as also keeps my skin extremely soft. In addition, it also helps me to prevent any stretch marks.

So here are my three cardinal rules to taking care of your skin and treating or preventing stretch marks. While many sources reveal that stretch marks are genetic, and if you feel that as a result of this you are more prone to them, I challenge you to try the above methods to at least take preventative measures for your skins appearance. While no one should feel ashamed of having stretch marks; they are something all of us have (whether people care to admit it or not), many of us experience a higher level of confidence when we feel we are able to keep them to a minimum. So it’s important to take care of our skin the best ways we can! Here at Clear Essence we offer body oils, as well as lotions and creams that can help with your skins moisture-retainment. Our personal favorites are the Olive Oil Body Creme and the Specialist Skincare Body Oil. Our cream is extra thick and lush, and it penetrates the skin immediately, leaving it feeling ten times more soothed and softened than before its application. Our body oil is amazing for helping add shine and moisture to the skin. Its lightweight and non-messy, making it one of our top favorite oils to use daily, plus its mixed with 3 different essential oils helping to keep our skins soft and supple to the touch!  Please feel free to explore our website, and find the moisturizing products that you feel are right for you.

As the temperatures begin to drop, what is your favorite product to use to preserve your skins moisture? What about to repair your skin from damage due to environmental stresses, age, or uncaring daily skincare routines? What if there was one product you could use to not only moisturize, but preserve your skins health, and still do more?  After enduring one of the most brutal summers in the 21st century history, it’s with almost unquestionable joy that I welcome the legitimacy of the colder months- but not at the cost of my skin. So I went ahead and did a little research, and figured out that it’s time to implement the holy grail of all multi-functional essential oils; olive oil.

Often referred to as “liquid gold” in ancient times, the uses for this oil are absolutely endless, yet absolutely necessary. Let’s check them out:

Makeup remover: makeup-brush-1761648_960_720

Many of us are all too familiar with the pain of removing our makeup at the end of the day from our faces. Whether we use makeup wipes, clothes, or liquids, the roughness we apply to our skin, in tandem with the harsh makeup removing chemicals tend to take a toll on our skins surface. When we do this every day, our skin can really be affected. Often this manifests through irritation such as breakouts, red skin, sometimes even burning in some areas of our face.Luckily it doesn’t have to be this way, and makeup removal can actually be an easy and irritation free process! To avoid irritations, one can actually use olive oil to remove any makeup, pain-free. This is especially recommended for those of us who do wear makeup every day. This is because using Olive oil as a remover will ensure that your skin doesn’t lose its moisture from the alcohols and sulfates often contained within makeup removers. Its gentle quality will also not irritate your skin, which means there’s a less likely chance of red spots, burning or breakouts following your removal process. Using olive oil to remove makeup is especially beneficial in sensitive areas such as the eyes, who are susceptible to dryness and irritation due to its thin skin than anywhere else on the face. Just make sure that once you use this method of removal, you always wash your face afterwards to ensure no excess oils remain on your skin and cause breakouts.

 

Shaving Cream:  shaving-brush-498215_960_720

This is a really cool use for olive oil as it performs 2 tasks at a time! By
substituting your shaving cream with olive oil, you get both a shaving  cream and an aftershave at the same time. This is because, the heat of  the water opens your follicles while the olive oil penetrates, producing  a very smooth and moisturized result afterwards. Using essential oil  for shaving is an excellent option if you have sensitive skin, or if you  just want to avoid using the drying and irritating chemicals contained  in many shaving creams and gels. Olive oil can be used on its own, or applied under your shaving cream. The oil will help the razor glide along your skin more easily, while also softening and moisturizing your skin; preventing irritation. This method does give a very close shave, so be careful, but enjoy the results!

 

Deep Moisturizing:    olive-oil-1433506_960_720

You’ve probably heard of people talking about the craze of olive oil as conditioners, and pre-  shampoos, and even If you haven’t, I’m here to tell you it’s completely true and it works.  Using an olive oil treatment before washing your hair will help to prevent dryness after your  wash, resulting in nourished and shined follicles, and an overall healthier appearance of the  hair shaft. When used as a pre-shampoo, the oil contents will not weigh down on the hair,  and instead produces a healthy shine to the hair rather than a greasy look. This works best  for those who have straighter hair, as the hair shaft tends not to take well to heavier oils on  the hair. For those with hair that feels dry, have flaky scalps, or even just simply curlier hair,  we recommend adding olive oil to your conditioners. This will give your hair a deeper  moisturizing, which is needed for these hair types due to the delicateness of the hair shaft as  well as the tendency for frizz. Adding to conditioner rather than a pre-shampoo allows the  hair to retain the oil for a longer period, helping it feel nourished and producing a better appearance of the hair afterwards. These moisturizing qualities also apply to the skin. By adding olive oil to your lotions and creams, especially in drier or colder months, it helps the skin to receive a deeper penetration and nourishment for softer and smoother skin. Make sure you also apply this mixture on elbows and knees and other drier areas for the ultimate moisture treatment. Olive oil suits all skin types, so we encourage anyone from any skin type variety to try adding olive oil to their lotions and creams this season.

 

Nail treatments: hands-1751637_960_720

It sucks seeing our cuticles get dried out over the course of time.  Even  after putting ample amounts of lotion they still seem to run  dry and  produce hang-nails, broken nails and other unsightly  appearances on  our nails. Facts have shown, that daily  application  of olive oil to nails  and cuticles actually can improve  nail health  and appearance. Say  good-bye to dry cuticles and  brittle nail shafts!

 

As we only mentioned a few of the benefits of olive oil, the many conveniences of “liquid gold” are truly endless. From preventing wrinkles and stretch marks, to even aiding in cholesterol and diabetes, olive oil really works to aid the body in numerous ways. While we always encourage you guys to get creative and find ways to let olive oil into your lives in your own ways, we also offer olive oil products here at Clear Essence! Our favorite and most popular is the Olive Oil Soap Bar, which has been clinically proven to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of unwanted blemishes and dryness. Recently we also added our newest Olive Oil Body Cream, which helps to give the skin instant moisture for smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin. Please feel free to check both of the products out at clearessence.com, and tell us the ways you like to infuse olive oil into your daily life!

There’s no question that in today’s highly industrialized world, one of the best lifestyle choices is going as natural as possible. But what does this entail when half of our society doesn’t even check the labels of our own skincare products?

In today’s world, the average woman uses about 12 daily products with 168 different ingredients, most of which she doesn’t even know are present. This does a serious disservice to our skin considering that unlike our internal bodies which come prepared with a large filtration system, also known as our stomachs, kidneys, livers, intestines and so on, our external bodies, or skin, don’t have a strong filtration defense. This means, that literally all of what is put onto your skin, is absorbed and flushed throughout your bloodstream directly; this plays a large part in many of the common skin imperfections people handle, such as acne, eczema, red spots, dryness and more. With so many of these awful chemicals out there, it’s important that all of us remember to check the labels on everything we buy, but as for skincare, we’ve created a list of warning ingredients that you should always be aware of, and look out for when purchasing new products:

    1. Alcohol     salt-51973_960_720

Also known as ethanol, isopropyl, menthol, ethyl and various other  names, it’s no wonder why this ingredient is so questionable. Alcohol  ingredients are commonly used in products such as soaps, astringents,  shampoos, makeups and sometimes even moisturizers! Often this is  used as a drying agent, so consumers don’t feel their skin as “slimy”,  “oily” or “sweaty”, all of which can appear to be good, but at what  price?

The use of alcohol is many of your products often times produces dry  and irritated skin, which can often lead to stretch marks, and wrinkles  long term. Its even been noted in the Journal of Hospital Infection,  that regular exposure to alcohol-based products reduces the skins ability to retain water, and cleansing agents from penetrating into it. This loss of moisture in the body’s natural barrier means we are more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. It’s important to note however, that in the case of oily skin, more alcohol products are usually found as an attempt to dry the skin and cut the overproduction of oil. This can be okay under the watchful care of a skin professional. In the case of dry skin, products containing alcohol should be virtually non-existent in your regime, as it can cause extreme irritation to your skin and result in extreme cases of dryness such as eczema or psoriasis. In the case of users with normal skin, alcohol products should be used sparingly, as it can still cause uneven skin tone, dry skin, and extreme damage to the skin in the long term.

    2. Mineral Oil

chemical-1500882__340 Seems harmless right? This ingredient is actually quite controversial as some  specialists say that this is an absolute no, while others argue that it’s virtually  harmless. The fact remains that mineral oil is derived from petroleum and is  known to clog the pores of your skin thus interfering with the skins ability to  eliminate toxins. This is especially critical for consumers dealing with acne  and other inflammatory conditions. Due to the debate surrounding this  ingredient, it’s recommended that consumers seek an alternative to mineral  oil that is known to contain beneficial agents such as coconut oil, almond oil and argan oil. Make sure that products containing this oil are only used on normal to dry skin types and those which don’t have acne concerns as the potential for this oil to clog your skin can make acne and oily skin more prone to breakouts and irritation.

  1. Phthalates

This group of chemicals are used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics, as well as anti-crackers in cosmetics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate, which is found in in nail polish, diethyl phthalate, often found in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair sprays. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, not every product discloses whether or not there is Phthalate content, and the only sure way to tell is through laboratory testing. Typically, it’s added to fragrances as the “secret formula”- not listed. This is a major loophole in the law. They are typically found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and lotions.

  1. Parfumes perfume-1433630_960_720

Also known as synthetic fragrances, these ingredients are usually  combined with nearly 3000 chemicals to produce any given  smell.  They’re found in virtually everything from soaps, lotions,  perfumes,  detergents, hair products, and many other products  that give off unnatural smells- even in products which claim to be  unscented. Though largely unknown, due to a wide range of them  not being listed as ingredients, they’re known to be one of the leading causes of headaches, and allergies. If used in large quantities, they can further any existing skin irritation such as acne, and dry skin. While it’s nearly impossible to take products containing parfumes completely out of your skin regimen since they’re so widely used, it’s important that users take precaution when buying highly scented products and using them daily. Again, if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, acne or other skin conditions, it’s recommended that you regulate the use of these products under the provision of a professional, although most uses of parfumes aren’t necessarily seen to result in skin crisis, it’s always important to remain sure.

   5. Sunscreen Chemicals  sunblock-1461397_960_720

Who would’ve thought that certain chemicals in sunscreen can actually do the  opposite of what we purchased it to do?! Compounds such as avobenzone, PABA,

benzophenone, ethoxycimmate and padimate O, all used in Sunscreen in different  varieties have been known to actually produce wrinkles and sun damage from their  attraction to direct light, such as the light from the sun on a hot summer day, rather  than protect you from direct sunlight. Often times this causes skin discoloration and  uneven skin tone, whether it be bleached patches, or dark patches on the skin- many  people even suffer red skin patches from sunburns.

Ultimately, it’s important that as consumers we are always aware of everything we are  not only putting into our bodies, but also what we put onto our bodies. It’s nearly  impossible to avoid every single one of these chemicals and the many more toxic substances which are present in our everyday staples, but it’s critical that we always remain aware and try to keep our use of these products to a minimum. Always remember that not regulating these chemicals can cause severe damage to your skin, resulting in increased inflammation of acne, discoloration from chemical burns, uneven skin tone and dry, irritated skin. We at Clear Essence urge all of our customers to do what’s best for your skin, which means keeping it as healthy as possible by using the best products as possible. We always aim to make sure that all of our products ingredients are completely disclosed to the consumer, so we can ensure an honest journey towards better looking skin to all of our customers.  For those interested in transitioning to Natural Skincare products, we do offer the Clear Essence Vitamin C Series comprised of eight products all made with a blend of Vitamin C, emollients, lemon extracts, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea and sea kelp. In addition we also offer the Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line formulated with all natural ingredients aimed at maintaining and repairing damages caused by over exposure to environmental elements. This collection offers both our Olive Oil cleansing bar and our Carrot Oil cleanse bar, as well as three moisturizing treatments. You can view both lines at clearessence.com

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that a tattoo remains imprinted on your skin, for a very, very, long time, so before you get inked, here are a couple of questions you probably have in mind:what do I want to get tattooed? Designs, images, people, the possibilities are endless, but why do I want a tattoo? Will the idea work with my skin tone? How will it affect my skin? Here are a couple of basics on the history of tattoos and how it affects your skin.

The History behind Tattoos and Identity

Tattoos have been around for more than centuries now, and its history and significance comes from different cultures photo-1444362509111-9e121e3e17f6and traditions, but they’re used as a way to identify to a culture. According to the Smithsonian, the earliest signs of tattoos, came from Egypt in 2000 B.C. on female mummies! Although Egyptian women had tattoos to mark them as prostitutes, in othercultures, such as Polynesia, they’re a sign of honor. Tattoos, or a tatau, as PBS says, is a skill acquired from father to son. Young chiefs would be tattooed, ceremoniously, as a sign of reaching adolescence, and the beginning of leadership. In Japan, evidence shows that tattoos were more of a body suit, and were used more for aesthetic reasons, but before that, historians discovered tombs with figurines covered in tattoos. According to Tattoo Temple, these tattoos signified individuals who accompanied the dead in the afterlife. They were highly symbolic to their spiritual world.

Tattoos don’t necessarily have to be used with ink or as methods used above, but there are also other forms of “tattoos” that cultures such as African and India use. The National Geographic News explains that in certain locations, such as Ethiopia’s Karo tribe, “Men scar their chests to represent killing enemies from other tribes. Women with scarred torsos and chests are considered particularly sensual and attractive.” Although scarification is no longer used, there was an artist, Joana Choumali, whom documented the last generation whom used scarification. Scarification is known as an alternative for tattooing, just like how henna is an alternative of tattooing as well. Henna ceszw9ooqd6rwmhfdl9r_render0006is a type of flower shrub that can be not only used for tattooing, but even to treat skin conditions. It’s used as a dye and can be traced all the way back to Cleopatra! According to Huffington Post, “The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi, and is traditionally used for celebrations and rites of passage […] for Hindu weddings, henna is painted on the bride to symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering, while Moroccans often paint doors with henna to bring prosperity and chase away evil.” Every culture has a different meaning to tattoos, and like these different cultures, each person’s skin reacts differently to tattoos.

The Safety of Your Skin

Your tattoo stays in place due to the second layer of your skin, known as the dermis. The dermis is the reason the ink stays in a stable position because of the skin cells in that layer, and lasts throughout your entire life. When you get a tattoo, you do run a risk of getting an infection, because of the ink. The ink can create substances such as warts, hepatitis, or staph. According to WebMD, “The FDA regulates the inks in tattoos, but the actual practice of tattooing is regulated by local jurisdictions, such as cities and counties. That means there is no standardized certification for those doing the tattooing or an overall governing body supervising the health and safety of tattoo parlors.” In other words, because of lack of government supervision over health concerns, you may run the risk of tattoo shops that may not properly sterilize their equipment. You may also get an allergic reaction to the ink because of ingredients such as nickel or mercury so always talk to your tattoo artist first, and ask them questions.  WebMD also provides some tips for finding a safe parlor:

  • Treat a tattoo as you would any other medical procedure. You want a tattoo paphoto-1470434767159-ac7bf1b43351rlor to be at least as clean as a dentist or dermatologist’s office
  • Ask to see the tools the artist will use. The needles should be new, sterilized, and wrapped — no exceptions. The ink should be in small pots meant for single-use and anything that touches your skin should not be reused. And the artist should wear gloves.
  • Make sure the work area is free of any possible contamination from items like purses and cell phones.

If you decide to get a tattoo, just remember—it’s on there forever—so choose something that you won’t regret, because tattoo is not only painful, and causes hyperpigmentation, but it’s quite expensive! Business Insider also has a detailed guide on what happens to your skin cells when you get a tattoo, check it out!

Once you do get your tattoo, you’re going to want to take some extra precautions on your skin, such as the ones that Mayo Clinic has created:

Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the tattooed skin while it’s healing.

  • Keep the tattooed skin clean. Use plain soap and water and a gentle touch. While showering, avoid direct streams of water on the newly tattooed skin. Pat — don’t rub — the area dry.
  • Use moisturizer. Apply a mild moisturizer to the tattooed skin several times a day.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Keep the tattooed area out of the sun for at least a few weeks.
  • Avoid swimming. Stay out of pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water while your piercing is healing.
  • Choose clothing carefully. Don’t wear anything that might stick to the tattoo.
  • Allow up to 2 weeks for healing. Don’t pick at any scabs, which increases the risk of infection and can damage the design and cause scarring.

Tattoos and Dark Skin

On top of the epidermis, lies melanin, which is the pigment that creates dark skin dark. The more melanin you have, the darker the skin tone. Now, since that is on the epidermis, and the ink on a tattoo goes under the epidermis, your tattoo is technically covered by the color of your skin. So your skin tone matters when it comes to tattoos. Getting certain colors can therefore be tricky due to the fact that not all colors will help enhance the image you want. EOD Tattoo states that you can never go wrong with blacks and greys, but lighter shades of blue, and red are common colors that can be used on dark skin. So not only is it important to scout an artist that understands the safety of your skin, but you also want one that will understand what you want and understands your skin! Darker skin is more likely to get keloid, so you want to make sure your artist knows your skin and how it might react to getting a tattoo. According to Cosmopolitan, “The artist might need to adjust the way they work to suit your skin, by reducing the power and not going over the same area too frequently.” Therefore, it’s important to know your skin and its history in order to go ahead and get a tattoo. Just keep in mind—if you do decide to get a color tattoo, then it will more than likely fade after a few months. So if you really want a good tattoo, just remember—your skin is not the problem, the problem is not many tattoo artists have the acquired skills to create colored tattoos that adapt to skin tone. But, when you do find one that helps you shine through with art on your skin, then it’s well worth it!

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