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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!

#NoShaveGang

 Have you ever wondered why that in 2018 there still isn’t a cure for razor bumps? We’ve all read articles where they explain the origin of ingrown hairs and razor bumps including ways to try to prevent them but never an end all solution. That’s because there is no end all solution. As long as you are a black man with curly facial hair, you are susceptible to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots as a result of shaving. But there is a way to prevent them from happening on the regular. One word: Barbershop.

Clean Cut. Clean Face.

Fellas, let’s admit it, barbers play a vital role in our grooming and truly ‘shape’ how the outside world sees us. There’s nothing like that second look at your cut in the rearview mirror boy! Your cut may not be exactly the same every time but the cleanliness is always there and that’s a big part of why we go to the barbershop. Have you ever tried to give yourself a line up with a straight edge razor? Probably not and that’s why we should leave such matters, including shaving, to the masters of men’s grooming, barbers. Shaving at home is like cutting your own hair, there’s bound to be some consequences. Said consequences when it comes to shaving at home are what we call the Migos of Men’s Grooming: ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots.

They’re dressed in all black because they want to sneak into your grooming regimen.

Are we saying that you should never shave at home? Yes, kinda, but we understand that sometimes you must due to work/personal related reasons. We don’t want you walking into a big meeting or date giving off the impression that you do not care about your overall appearance. PRESENTATION. IS. EVERYTHING.

Yes, presentation is everything but ask yourself, would you rather have some straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache or ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots? Remember, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots can last a lifetime whereas the straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache are gone with a few touches of the clipper from your barber. You choose.

Gift of Creation

Chimére. Pronounced CHI-MER-A is of Nigerian Igbo origin and translates into English as “Gift of Creation” or “God Did It!” We like the first translation because it addresses both Creator and it’s gift to the world, you! And that’s exactly what the CHIMÉRE brand is all about, you!

The process in creating an effective grooming and skin care collection for men of color begin with the thorough understanding of the roots of men of color’s grooming concerns. Once that was understood, we applied our expertise in providing solutions using nature’s bountiful resources. CHIMÉRE became a global venture as our journey to create a treatment for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots led us to Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.

In essence, CHIMÉRE is a celebration of You. Your strength. Your purpose. Your being.

Find your Gift of Creation at www.clearessence.com/chimere.

– CJ Obioha, Brand Marketing Manager, CHIMÉRE

Ace of Fades, Los Angeles, CA

 

Few beauty practices are embraced as enthusiastically as exfoliation. Dermatologists have long said that polishing the skin can banish dullness, clean pores and reveal a fresh, glowing complexion due to the removal of dead skin cells. However, it’s easy to get carried away. Buffing too often with abrasive scrubs, sponges and facial brushes can remove healthy oils and enzymes — leading to inflammation, redness, irritation and even hyperpigmentation especially on darker skin tones.

Now, skin-care experts are advocating for gentler measures. Professionals recommend simple cleansers and the next generation of toners that don’t look like exfoliators at all. Toners now pair exfoliating acids with soothing ingredients and are a major shift away from scrub brushes or coarse scrubs. These hybrid liquid formulas sink in easily, don’t require any rubbing and deliver a calming dose of hydration. They bring skin back to a more balanced state and can improve everything from fine lines to acne.

Find the Right Formula

AHA

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is derived from fruits and sugars and helps to accelerate skin cell regeneration and remove dead skin cells while keeping the top layer of skin soft and radiant.

Clear Essence Complexion Soap with AHA is an acne cleansing soap bar for the treatment of blemishes and pimples. When used consistently, this soap bar helps to exfoliate uneven pigmentation by removing dead skin cells, leaving a clear, even toned complexion.

Clear Essence Toner Astringent with AHA is a hydrating toner made specifically for oily skin is packed with the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Using the toner after your normal cleansing helps to ensure that all makeup, bacteria and oiliness is completely removed from the skin with a clear and refreshing feel.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a natural alcohol derived from twig, bark or leaves of witch hazel. This calming extract gently cleanses without skin irritation.

Clear Essence Sensitive Line Antiseptic Toner fights oil and cleans deep down in pores to treat and prevent acne. This toner is specially formulated for sensitive skin. The toner is made with salicylic acid acne medicine to target existing pimples and prevent new ones from forming.

Lactic Acid

Similar to Alpha Hydroxy Acid, lacitic acid is one of the first ingredients to be used for light chemical exfoliation and it is now well known for its ability to remove dead skin build ups.

Clear Essence Lemon Multi-Active Toner is formulated with botanical extracts, to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup. This refreshing pH-balanced toner gently refines pores and helps promote an even skin tone. The liquid cleanse is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which remove dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria left on the skin after cleansing.

The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Scrub Soap Bar combines a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C, lemon, and other natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap bar is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner. We should also mention the light lemon scent leaves skin smelling GREAT!

Exfoliate Clean Skin, at Night

Regardless of the formula, apply your toner  after cleansing, preferably at night, since exfoliating can make your complexion sun-sensitive. Dispense a few drops in your palm or a cotton pad and sweep over your face, steering clear of your eyes.

Watch How Your Skin Reacts

Start by using toners only three times a week to avoid irritation. Then, gradually increase your frequency to once a day. A little tingling is normal. But if you notice redness, peeling or a burning sensation, you’ve probably been aggressive. Give your skin a break for a few days or dilute your toner with a few drops of water to cut the intensity.

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Lately the trend has been to purchase cosmetic and beauty products with only natural ingredients. Many of us end up spending a considerable amount of time in the health and beauty care aisles reading product labels before making a purchase. The biggest supposed offender and ingredient that has gotten a bad reputation in the cosmetic world is parabens. Parabens supposedly interfere with your hormones. They are associated with health risks such as breast cancer. But have you ever questioned the evidence for these claims? Are paraben-free beauty products really safer?

What are parabens?

Parabens are chemicals that you can find in food and cosmetic/beauty products. Parabens act as preservatives, giving these products a longer shelf life. Variations of this preservative include methylparaben and propylparaben. While they are safe for ingestion, some people are concerned about the adverse effects of applying them topically.

How parabens got a bad name

In 1998, a study published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology found parabens have estrogen-like qualities and can mimic that hormone. Then in 2004, the Journal of Applied Toxicology published a report that found parabens were present in 20 samples of human breast tumors. This, combined with the knowledge that some breast cancer tumors are estrogen-dependent, made people questioned the safety of parabens in our beauty products.

 

Avoid Toxins

Some truth about parabens

The 2004 study has been criticized by the United States FDA for its small sample size.  It did not provide enough evidence that parabens were the cause of the breast tumors. In 2008, a follow-up study found the topical application of beauty products containing parabens may increase the incidence of female breast cancer tissue. It is important to note there is not one study or published report that has definitively proven parabens are the direct cause of breast cancer or any other health problems. Still, some organizations encourage people to buy paraben-free when possible. However, many critics assert that this is another “gimmick” to get consumers to pay higher prices for products that have shorter life spans due to the void of parabens.

Should I buy paraben-free beauty products?

Based on the evidence, avoiding all products with parabens would be unnecessary. If you are still concerned about the potential for cancer or other health risks associated with paraben use, there is no harm in continuing to avoid it when possible. Women who have a history of estrogen-dependent cancers in their family may want to continue using paraben-free beauty products. Paraben-free cosmetics are becoming more popular and you can also find them on our Clear Essence website. See below just a few of Clear Essence products without paraben ingredients:

 

Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin

 

Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar plus Exfoliants

 

Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Body Oil

 

Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum

 

Anti-Aging Line Complexion Soap with AHA

 

Anti-Aging Line Toner Astringent with AHA

 

Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Skin Lightening Soap with Shea Butter

 

Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line

 

Sensitive Line Antiseptic Skin Cleanser

 

Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil

 

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Father’s Day is that special day in which we all want to highlight and be thankful for all the wonderful things our fathers/partners have done for us/our children. However, this should be done on a daily basis because every day is a good day to tell someone how much you love them and how appreciative you are for having them in your life. Sometimes it can be stressful because we do not know what to do to make this day very special. Here are five ways that will help make this Father’s Day, a day to remember.

1. Eliminate the Pressure:

What dads most desire is to have a day stress-free. We are sure dads would appreciate having a day with no deadlines, hassles, chores, and not rushing about this particular day. Allow him to relax and enjoy his day.

2. Spend Time Together:

Really focus on spending time together as a family in peaceful harmony. Many times we get caught up on the cooking, running to store, or finishing up a project that we tend to forget the most important part of this day: enjoying each other’s company.

3. Be Romantic:

This one goes for the wifeys out there. Father’s Day is not only a day to celebrate dad as a caregiver or provider for the kids. It is more than that, you can use this day to honor partner as a lover and friend. Tell him how much you love him and how much grateful you are for having him as a partner in life/father or your children.

4. Focus on Him:

This could be a little hard, sometimes, we want to plan everything but might end up giving him something he does not really want. Give him the gift of choice and freedom. Let him make the decision on how and what he wants to do for that special occasion. Accompany him on whatever he chooses to do.

5. Bring on the Praise:

Dads want to feel appreciated. Show him your appreciation by writing a little note or a love letter. Accompany this gesture by giving a little gift that he really wants or needs.

These easy tips will help you achieve a wonderful Father’s Day. Clear Essence wants to make it even easier for you. So we came up with ChiMere for Men: Face & Body Cleansing Set! For the first time we’ve packed ChiMere Triple Action Body Wash and ChiMere Bump Control Cleansing Bar in an affordable gift set just in time for Father’s Day! This combo cleanses and refreshes the skin, eliminating razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Head to our page for more details on this set. For a limited time we’ll also through in a ChiMere for Men T-Shirt and set of Clear Essence golf balls to really give you a complete package to spoil dad. Order soon to have this special gift in time for June 17th!

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