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Clear Essence New Product Arrival –

Clear Essence Platinum Line Specialist Skin Care Body Oil,  is the newest skin care product under the My Natural Beauty Line. Clear Essence Specialist SkinCare Body Oil is a unique moisturizing body oil that gives skin sultry sheen as it scents with our blend of vitamin A and E, Lavender and rosemary oils and chamomile extracts. Suitable for all skin types. Ideal as a bath or massage oil.

Skin Care Benefits:

Hydrated skin – lubricates and relieves dry or chapped skin.

Ageing Skin – helps to improving the skin’s elasticity

Scars – helps to reduce the appearance of scars by improving the condition of the skin with scar tissue.

Stretch marks – Helps reduce the appearance of dark patches and blemishes.

Suggestion: always use sunscreens. Ideal as a bath or massage oil.

Vitamin C acids are widly used in our lemon plus vitamin C natural skin lightening product line. Vitamin C magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucosamine, and ascorbic acid are various forms of vitamin C considered stable and effective antioxidants for skin. There are very few studies showing them to have benefit for inhibiting melanin production, but what little there is has been positive. The problem is that the concentrations of these ingredients were high (more than 5%), which is rarely used in cosmetic formulations. However, in combination with other treatments, vitamin C is an extra step that can help reduce skin discolorations (Sources: International Journal of Dermatology, August 2004, page 604; Dermatology, April 2003, pages 316-320; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, January 1996, pages 29-33).

Lemon Plus vitamin C natural skin lightening products – Clear Essence

Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. There is convincing research—both in vitro (in a test tube) and in vivo (on a live subject)—showing kojic acid to be effective for inhibiting melanin production (Source: Archives of Pharmacal Research, August 2001, pages 307-311). Glycolic or kojic acid, or glycolic acid with hydroquinone, are highly effective in reducing the pigment in melasma patients (Source: Dermatological Surgery, May, 1996 pages 443-447). So why aren’t there more products available containing kojic acid? Because it is an extremely unstable ingredient in cosmetic formulations. Upon exposure to air or sunlight it can turn a strange shade of brown and lose its efficacy. Many cosmetic companies use kojic dipalmitate as an alternative because it is far more stable in formulations. However, there is no research showing kojic dipalmitate to be as effective as kojic acid, although is it a good antioxidant. Further, some controversial research has shown kojic acid to have some carcinogenic properties (Sources: Mutation Research, Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, June 2005, pages 133-1450 and Toxicological Sciences, September 2004, pages 43-49).

Kojic acids skin care products by Clear Essence Cosmetics

Hydroquinone skin lightening products have been established as the most effective for reducing and potentially eliminating melasma and other hyperpigmentation issues on the skin. Within the United States, over-the-counter hydroquinone products can contain 0.5% to 2% concentrations of hydroquinone, while 4% (and sometimes even higher) concentrations are available only through prescription from a physician.

In medical literature, hydroquinone is considered the primary topical ingredient for inhibiting melanin production. Using it in combination with the other skin care ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids can significantly reduce the appearance of discolorations.

How Does It Work?

Hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production (Source: Journal of Dermatological Science, August, 2001, supplemental, pages 68-75), meaning that it prevents skin from making the substance responsible for skin color. Hydroquinone does not bleach the skin, as it can’t physically remove pigment from the skin cell. Hydroquinone can only disrupt the synthesis and production of melanin hyperpigmentation, which is actually true of any skin-lightening ingredient. When you prevent melanin from being generated, as new skin cells are formed and move to the skin’s surface, they do not contain the excess pigment (melanin), therefore reducing or eliminating these darkened areas after the normal skin cell cycle which last 4-6 weeks.

The Reputation

Some concerns about hydroquinone’s safety on skin have been expressed, but the research when it comes to topical application indicates negative reactions are minor or a result of using extremely high concentrations. Past formulations have included harmful ingredients such as glucocorticoids or mercury iodine which gave hydroquinone its bad reputation as it was initially considered the cause for skin damage. This is particularly true in Africa where adulterated and inauthentic skin lightening products are commonplace. Clear Essence especially warns its customers about purchasing these counterfeit items disguised as genuine Clear Essence brand. Read more here on spotting clues and distinguishing true Clear Essence items.

According to Howard I. Maibach, M.D., professor of dermatology at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, “Overall, adverse events reported with the use of hydroquinone… have been relatively few and minor in nature…. To date there is no evidence of adverse systemic reactions following the use of hydroquinone. and it has been around for over 30 years in skin-care products.” Research supporting Maibach’s contentions was published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (1998, pages 301-317). Concern about hydroquinone having carcinogenic properties is mostly from industrial-grade materials and uses. For cosmetic use there appears to be no similar evidence.

The negative research about hydroquinone and the frightening assertions being levied in the media have focused on extreme misuse and improper formulations of this powerful and effective ingredient. Not only is it important to use the ingredient in safe and responsible concentrations (2% has been deemed effective yet safe for daily use) it is also worth noting that daily sunscreen application is necessary to prevent redarkening or further sun damage to the skin. Since hydroquinone reduces the melanin (skin’s natural UV protection) production in the skin, sensitivity to UV and sun exposure is possible in users of hydroquinone and skin lightening ingredients.

Hydroquinone has been, and still is, the most effective topical agent for fading and/or eliminating sun- or hormone-induced brown skin discolorations.

Clear Essence Hydroquinone Products

Clear Essence skin care products that contain hydroquinone always adhere to the FDA regulation of 2% concentration. Some of Clear Essence’s skin lightening products also contain SPF 15 so that an extra layer of sunscreen does not have to be applied!

Clear Essence’s most popular hydroquinone toning lotion is the Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk. The Skin Beautifying Milk is a moisturizing body lotion that eliminates dry and dull spots on the skin to reveal a youthful, bright, and even skin tone. Being our number one seller this product is formulated for all skin types to prevent dryness, dark spots, blemishes, and acne scars for an even toned glow.

For smaller concentrated discolorations such as small scars or sun spots on the face or hands, Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Fade Cream comes in a thicker formula to deeply penetrate smaller marks and scars.


As you can see it is important to know the ingredients you put on your skin and how to properly use the skin care products in your daily regimen. Although it is trendy to say a product is all natural, science can sometimes give us the most effective results to ensure our skin is always flawless! The key is remembering proper use of these ingredients in healthy concentrations!!


Regardless of your ethnic background and skin color, eventually most of us will struggle with some kind of dark spot, discoloration or pigmentation problem.

Why Do We Get Discolorations?

Skin will either appear lighter or darker than normal in concentrated areas, or you may notice blotchy, uneven patches of brown spots to gray discoloration or freckling. Skin pigmentation disorders occur because the body produces either too much or too little melanin. Melanin is the pigment produced by specific cells (melanocytes). It is triggered by an enzyme called tyrosinase, which creates the color of our skin, eyes, and hair. (Melanin actually has two major forms that combine to create varying skin tones. Eumelanin produces a range of brown skin and hair color, while pheomelanin imparts a yellow to reddish hue.)

Melanin And The Sun

As far as skin is concerned, depending on how much is present, melanin does provide some amount of sun protection by absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet light. This explains why darker skin colors are less susceptible to sunburn and the overall effects of sun damage. But less susceptible doesn’t mean immune from problems.

Increased melanin production —also known as hyperpigmentation —is often referred to as melasma, chloasma or solar lentigenes. Melasma is a general term describing darkening of the skin. Chloasma is generally used to describe skin discolorations caused by hormones. These hormonal changes are usually the result of pregnancy, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy. Solar lentigenes is the technical term for darkened spots on the skin caused by the sun. Solar refers to sunlight and lentigene describes a darkened area of skin. These spots are quite common in adults with a long history of unprotected sun exposure.

Other Causes of Discoloration on the Skin

Aside from sun exposure and hormones, hyperpigmentation can be caused by skin damage, such as remnants of blemishes, wounds or rashes (Source: Cutis, August 2005, pages 19-23). This is especially true for those with darker skin tones.

By far, for all skin colors, the most typical cause of darkened areas of skin, brown spots or areas of discoloration is unprotected sun exposure. Once incorrectly referred to as liver spots, these pigment problems have nothing whatsoever to do with the liver. In fact, these discolorations wouldn’t have appeared in the first place if skin was diligently protected from the sun over the years.

On lighter to medium skin tones, solar lentigenes emerge as small- to medium-sized brown patches of freckling that can grow and accumulate over time on areas of the body that receive the most unprotected sun exposure, such as the back of the hands, forearms, chest, and face. For those with darker skin colors, these discolorations can appear as patches or areas of ashen-gray skin. Regardless of how or why these benign discolorations occur, the thought is the same worldwide: this is something women want to get rid of and prevent from recurring (or ever taking place).

Treatment: Dark Spot Correctors and Toning Products by Clear Essence

Formulated with a blend of ingredients – including hydroquinone, lactic acid, botanical extracts and sun protection – the Clear Essence Platinum skin care line is an effective remedy for hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes.

Designed specifically for people of color, the Platinum collection actively inhibits the enzyme that controls the rate of melanin production. It successfully fades post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation that occurs in medium to dark skin tones after exposure to irritants such as acne, injury or sun exposure. This will leave you with a radiant, even-toned and natural complexion.

The Platinum Collection of skin care from Clear Essence is designed for the treatment of: hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and environmental damage.

Prevention: SUNSCREEN

If you want to maintain your even skin tone and prevent future discolorations and sun damage to your skin, sunscreen is a very important step of your daily skin care routine. Clear Essence has created the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 just for this very purpose. After achieving your natural skin tone, free of blemishes or discolorations, with Clear Essence treatment products such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, use this all over body lotion to protect and maintain your skin tone. This specially formulated blend has added SPF 15 to prevent future discolorations and damage from harsh elements and the sun’s UV rays. This is the perfect daily moisturizer to keep your skin silky, smooth, and even-toned.