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Cold weather can leave you with dull, cracked and dry skin!! There’s simple things you can do to help combat cold weather and leave your skin looking beautiful and radiant!

You may notice that when the air is cold, your skin is more ashy and dry than usual. There are a few factual reasons for this. The first is that cold air is dry and lacks humidity. Dry air pulls the moisture out of the skin, and makes it difficult for the skin to stay properly hydrated. Heavy winds also add to this problem. They strip the skin’s lipids, which help to seal in the skins moisture. Even people who wouldn’t normally have dry skin, can develop a flaky and dull complexion if the skin is exposed to these conditions.

 

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Dead skin appears flaky, dry and weathered. Use any method of exfoliation that works best for you and be consistent, the best results show themselves after some time. Doing away with dead skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin in general, because the build-up clogs pores and causes breakouts. We like to recommend our Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap as it not only exfoliates the skin but soothes dry skin with natural olive oil extract.

Moisturizing Dry Skin:

Now that we are working with fresh skin, the next step is to begin adding and retaining moisture. Try to use African American skin care products that work towards hydrating dry skin. Clear Essence Sensitive Line Skin Beautifying Milk helps repair skin that has been damaged by over exposure to environmental elements and also includes natural ingredients to help calm irritation.

Retain Moisture:

Adding an oil to your regimen helps lock in moisture and keeps it from being stripped by winds and other harsh elements. Apply an oil directly to the skin after bathing to help water soak into the skin or add directly to bath water to fully hydrate your body. This will act as a barrier between the environment and your skin, and can be especially helpful if your skin becomes chapped easily. Clear Essence Sensitive Moisturizing Body Oil is a unique oil that contains natural shea butter and sesame seed oil for added skin health. Adding a small amount of this oil to your regimen is sure way to put that healthy glow back into your skin.

These steps are simple, but can completely transform your skin. Always remember to use sunscreen for protection against sunrays, and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Shopping for others this holiday season? Skin care can be a tricky gift to give as you don’t always know someone else’s skin type or skin care needs. However, with Clear Essence Holiday Gifts for everyone, we have plenty of neutral skin care options to help you shop for everyone! Keep reading for our gift giving suggestions…

 

Sensitive Skin can be a challenge to deal with, shopping for someone with this skin type is even more daunting. Luckily, Clear Essence has skin care sets specially constructed for those with delicate skin. Our Sensitive Line Moisturizing Pack is composed of 3 moisturizers for sensitive skin. This is a great gift in the winter time as our skin is craving extra hydration and can often appear dull, flaky, cracked or irritated from harsh winds. These 3 moisturizers plump the skin and help one achieve a luxurious, even glow.

 

 

 

 

 

Know someone with already gorgeous skin? Everyone still needs a good exfoliating cleanser, moisturizing lotion and hydrating body oil! That’s where our My Natural Beauty Maintenance Set comes in! This complete skin care regimen helps one maintain their natural glow with natural sunscreens and moisturizers for a daily rejuvenation of your skin.

 

 

 

 

 

We all know the little ones are looking for toys under the tree. However, their skin is a gift in itself and they will thank you for years to come for helping them maintain their soft complexion! Keep your little angel on the right track with our Baby Skin Care Sets. Our Baby Hydration Pack is a set of all our sweet scented moisturizers so your mom and baby can choose their favorite scent such as Milk and Honey, Sweet Pea, Cocoa Butter and Lavender! We also offer the Baby Yellow Pack which is a complete regimen for baby which includes our Baby Soothing Milk Bar, Baby Lavender Oil and Baby Lotion w/ Shea and Cocoa Butter. Give your baby sweet, soft and touchable skin.

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t forget the men this holiday season! Give your loved one the gift of a Clean Cut Shave with our NEW ChiMere for Men Grooming and Shave Set! This complete ChiMere skin care set includes all ChiMere items including the ChiMere Bump Control Body Wash, Shave Gel and After Shave Gel. As a free gift this set also comes with the first step of shaving, our ChiMere Bump Control Cleansing Bar. Just wanna keep your man clean? Try the ChiMere Cleansing Set with is composed of our ChiMere Bump Control Soap and Body Wash.

 

If you haven’t already noticed, its Movember, and that means moustaches are in! Big, small, thin, or thick, it doesn’t matter because they’re all for a good cause.

Bring It ‘Stache

“Where’d all the moustaches go?” Australian friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery asked this question back in 2003 and from there it began. Organizing 30 of their friends to “Grow a Mo” to raise funds for men’s health and prostate cancer. In 2004, the group officially formed the Movember Foundation, with funds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. (Fun Fact: At the time, that first Movember check was the largest single donation the PCFA had ever received) Since then, the Movember Foundation has made over $500 million worldwide, with campaigns in 21 countries.

Recently, Movember has also begun to raise awareness on men’s mental health and suicide. These are big ones as mental health issues has become front page news unfortunately due to the recent senseless killings (i.e. Pittsburg, Thousand Oaks). #ENOUGH

To read the complete history of Movember, click here.

 

Want to celebrate Movember the Clear Essence way? Our CHIMÉRE for Men products are 15% all month long in support of Movember. Click below to Shop now!

 

Giving Tuesday? How about Giving Month! Every year, we partner with a local non-profit organization in order to make sure we are doing our fair share. This year, we are proud to announce that we will be supporting Heart of Gold Medical International by donating $1 for every order placed on our site this month. What wonderful news!

A Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold Medical International (HOGMM) is a registered 501c (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide health education, medicine and medical needs to the less privileged with ailments in remote African villages. As a Company that sells products in Africa, we were more than overjoyed to join in on this worthy cause in celebration of Giving Tuesday. Check out this video from their December 2016 -January Mission trip.

“This is a video from our December 2016 – January Mission trip. Among the many things that inspires us is, the testimonies of those who have benefited from the “Magic pills”, words used to describe the epilepsy continuous pills that is supplied to the epileptic patients. The community cannot stop thanking God for the “American Care”, as they describe the Medical Mission. No patient pays a penny and all the volunteers are fed.  Please continue to support and pray.”

For more information on Heart of Gold Medical International and to learn how you can help click here.

Looking to support this worthy cause and give your skin some loving? Click below!

 

Clear Essence TonersA Clean Face is the First Step to An Even Skin Tone!
If you feel like your first step isn’t doing the job, try adding a second cleansing step to completely remove dirt and oils.

Introducing Clear Essence Toners

Blackheads are pores that are filled with dirt and oils on the skin. You may look at the tip of your nose and find a few right now! The best way to get rid of enlarged pores and dirt getting trapped under the skin is PREVENTION! Here’s a few tips to ensure your skin stays squeaky clean without little black pores showing up throughout the day.

1. Clean with your regular cleanser

However you currently cleanse your skin is perfectly fine. Remember that your skin must be clean to use a toner as you want your skin to be clean before you close pores. Use warm water and one of Clear Essence’s first step cleansers such as the Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar or Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin to remove the bulk of dirt, bacteria and oils on the complexion.

2. Apply Toner using a cotton ball

After cleansing use a cotton ball and one of our Clear Essence Toners to close pores and keep skin clean for longer! If you have oily skin this also helps ensure that there are no remnants of dirt and oil still left on the skin after your first cleansing step. Clear Essence Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid has the added exfoliating AHA ingredient which helps to also even out the complexion and give a smoother texture. Exfoliating regularly will also help clear out pores and remove dead skin cells trapped on the skin. Our Sensitive Line Antiseptic Cleanser is great for sensitive skin types to soothe the skin after cleansing with natural witch hazel and ginseng ingredients.

3. Moisturize

Double cleansing can dry out the skin. If your skin feels tight after cleansing that’s a good thing! Your pores are shrinked and closed so no environmental toxins can enter the pores and the skin. To eliminate overly drying the skin however, you may add a light moisturizer to rehydrate the skin and add a luminous glow. We recommend a very light layer of our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk to help eliminate dark spots and give the skin an even glow or our Sensitive Line Texturizing Lotion to hydrate without lightening the skin tone.

4 Apply Sun Protection

Exfoliating the skin can cause sensitivity to the sun. To prevent redarkening or new dark spots from forming on the skin and to maintain the effects of your skin care regimen, apply SPF daily. Clear Essence SPF 15 products are two in one formulas great for creating an even skin tone while also protecting from the sun.

 

Quentin “Q” is officially #CleanCutCleanShave. Receive a free promo tee w/ any CHIMÉRE purchase at Thee Latest Barbershop.

It may be called Thee Latest Barbershop but it opened it’s doors to the Inland Empire almost 24 years ago and counting. Today it is a new home for CHIMÉRE for Men of Color. #CleanCutCleanShave

Thee Latest & Thee Greatest

Step inside Thee Latest Barbershop and the first thing that you notice is the design. A mix of the old and new. NYC subway tiled walls with flat screen tvs. An aisle of barber and stylist booths with their Instagram handles on the mirrors. A full service bar which dabbles in both the old and new, depending on your choice of drink. We don’t want to give away too much but trust us, you’ve probably never seen anything like Thee Latest Barbershop.

CHIMÉRE for Men of Color also too mixes the old with new, using our rich history in the ethnic skincare market to provide new and improved skincare for men. Skincare made specifically for men of color so it only seem right to give it a home at Thee Latest Barbershop, a fellow local black owned business. Owners Tymm and Terrell have created a space for all people but also for those serious about their craft. Whether it’s dreads or black mask facial, TLB has got you covered and all at a fair price. Stop by today and pick up your favorite CHIMÉRE for Men of Color product and receive a free #CleanCutCleanShave tee.

Thee Latest Barbershop – 9024 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 – 909.368.9022

 

 

 

People tend to experience changes in their skin when the weather changes. Cold, windy weather often results in dry skin and chapped lips. Warmer temperatures, especially with added humidity, usually  makes the skin oily. When this occurs, it’s important to switch up your  skin care routine!

If you have problems with dry skin in the winter seasons, do not use harsh products on your skin. Our products from the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line and Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line are gentle, yet work effectively to treat dry skin. It’s best to limit exfoliating products during dry seasons as over cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils. Use face washes that have creamier textures to keep your skin hydrated. Also, moisturize consistently with oils or lotions! Our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Oil and Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 work wonders on dry skin. These products help make the skin soft and smooth, while protecting it from harsh weather.
When the weather gets warmer, our skin often gets oilier. Pores open up when you sweat, causing dirt and bacteria to get trapped in the skin. It is important to exfoliate often to get rid of the excess build-up. Our Platinum Line Blemish Control Wash is effective in removing excess dirt and oil from the skin. Make sure to moisturize after, and apply SPF! If you’re looking for an SPF lotion that does not leave the skin feeling greasy like most sunscreens, try the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion w/ SPF 15. It protects the skin as it softens and hydrates.

No matter what the weather may be, always wear sunscreen. We cannot stress this enough. Rain or shine, UV rays will always be emitted into our atmosphere. Clouds often trap more UV rays than on a clear day. If you live in snowy conditions, note that UV rays bounce off of the snow. No matter what season, time, or location you may be in, always protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Use these tips to make sure that you’re protecting and taking care of your skin in any kind of weather. In any season, it’s up to you to make sure that your best skin radiates through!

According to The Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, 150 black owned beauty supply stores opened around the country in 2017, bringing the total to 3,000. As a black woman or man, have you shopped at one?

It’s About D*mn Time!

Haircare and skincare combined is a trillion dollar industry and continues to grows every year due majorly to black women . A 2018 Nielsen report shows that African Americans spent $54 million on ethnic hair and beauty products in 2017 alone. Key world, alone. The next time you’re in your local beauty store, take a look around the store and look at the customers. We bet that even if there’s only one customer in the store it’s a black woman. It is black women that have and continue to make local beauty stores THE spot for beauty products. Isn’t it time that your beauty needs are provided to you by someone who truly understands your experience? *Looks at paragraph heading*

It’s no lie that a majority of beauty supplies stores and the distributors that supply them are owned by Korean-Americans. In fact, Korean-Americans run 70% of all beauty supply stores in the country. That’s 7 out of 10 beauty supplies stores, that as mentioned above, are selling their products to mainly black women. We in no way are trying to single out these store owners as the problem but want readers to know more about the places they choose to spend their money. It is this type of information that might motivate you to find that local black owned beauty supply store and provide them with your business.

Your Money, Your Store

While there isn’t an official list of black owned beauty supply stores out there, there are plenty of ways to find your closest one. Google “black owned beauty supply store” right now and if one doesn’t pop up on the right toolbar, there will be surely be links to websites with lists. We did and found a link to Black Wall Street’s 52 Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores You Should Know. Now was that hard? If you still can’t find a local black owned beauty supply store, find the closest one shipping wise and see if you can order products from the store via the phone. Let them know you want to support a black owned business and see if they give you a discount ;). #BuyBlack

We’ve all been a baby at one point in our lives. Can you believe that? Sometimes we even wish we could go back to those days. Think about it, waking up and going to sleep to new sounds, tastes, and smells every day. So many questions such as “Why don’t I like vegetables?” Have you seen baby food? Next question. “Why does the smell of lavendar or cocoa/shea butter take me to a happy place?” Have you tried your baby’s skincare?

Happy Baby Skincare. Happy Baby.

Fact: Babies have super-sensitive skin. That means rashes, rashes, and more rashes. We as adults get a mosquito bite, put some cortisone on it and call it a day. Imagine being a baby with a rash and not being able to even tell your parents where it itches. Cold world. But there is an upside to a baby having super-sensitive skin. One, being able to feel even the lightest of touches like the first kiss from Mom or Dad. Balance restored.

If you ask your parents what baby skincare products they used on you, most will probably mention Johnson & Johnson, Baby Magic, or even Aveeno. These well known brands have earned the top listings in Google search due to proven results over the past decades. Have you ever seen a happier baby than a Johnson & Johnson baby? (FYI, this is not a Johnson & Johnson baby but you get the idea :))

Clear Essence Baby

Try a baby skincare products next time you have a chance and see how the smell alone takes you back to a happy place. That’s exactly the goal of most of these baby skincare products aside from cleaning or moisturizing the skin. The use of smells such as lavendar or cocoa/shea butter in baby skincare products is to soothe and relax the baby. Bath time can be a messy and stressful experience for both baby and parents the first couple times around. Eventually the baby will look forward to bath time, as it is another opportunity for them to be close to their parents and of course, the smell and touch of their favorite baby skincare products. Is it bath time yet?

 

Like Mommy. Like Me.

The Clear Essence Brand was proud to introduce it’s own baby skincare line in 2003, Baby for Babies of Color by Clear Essence. A baby skin care regimen designed to pamper from the top of the head down to the tiniest foot, featuring ingredients such as oatmeal to relieve irritated skin, eucalyptus and menthol to comfort, and Vitamin E to ensure softness. Ingredients were chosen carefully: Its fragrant line was created in collaboration with herbalists, botanists and skin care specialists and includes a variety of cleansing bars, washes, lotions and oils. Also, it’s one of the few black owned baby skincare lines for babies of color.

Today, the Clear Essence baby skincare line has become a new favorite for parents looking for products specifically made for babies of color. We like to think that these parents are current Clear Essence customers and want the same level of care and concern for their baby’s skin that they’ve experienced with our other products. Recently, we have introduced the Clear Essence Baby Gift Pack and Hydration Pack offering buyers a complete baby skincare set that be can be used on babies ages 3 and up. AGES 3 AND UP. We will just that there. If you’d like to learn more about Baby for Babies of Color by Clear Essence and it’s ingredients we invite you to www.clearessence.com/skin-care-lines/baby-skin-care-1.html.

Have you ever wondered why your ‘black soap’ is your go-to acne cure? Why it has a kind of a strong smell compared to the rest of your soaps? Check out the ingredients one time. You see Sulphur listed below ‘Active Ingredients’? There’s your answer. There’s your acne cure.

Sulphur’s Story

Sulphur? You may say. Yes. We would say. Sulphur has been used since ancient times as an all natural acne cure and can be found in the ingredient list of today’s top skincare brands. It’s natural antibacterial properties eradicate acne-causing bacteria in your pores and prevent future breakouts when used on the daily. (Key word: daily. Don’t just use that Soap or cleanser with sulphur when acne appears, make it a part of your skincare regimen. You will see that the Difference is Clear! 😉 )

Aside from being one of the more milder acne medications, meaning it can be used by most skin types, Sulphur is a vital nutrient for your body, especially your skin. Keratin, which is a sulphur containing protein, is important for healthy nails and hair, and a key structural component of the outer layer of human skin. The Sulphur Institute has created the below chart which shows hows sulphur and your body work together:

Thinking of doing a little sulphur-shopping while on the Clear Essence website? Drop the Medicated Cleansing Bar Plus Exfoliants or CHIMÉRE Bump Control Cleansing Bar inside your cart and tell acne to shhhh!

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