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We all live for those extra 5 minutes of sleep after hitting the snooze. But there are several steps you can take as an African American man to look refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Check out these skincare tips below to see if you’re making yourself look more tired than you actually feel.

 

Caffeine

Coffee may wake you up and give you added energy for the day ahead but it also dehydrates you causing dull, dry skin and wrinkles. Health officials warn against drinking more than 4 cups a day. A healthy alternative is green tea as it has much less caffeine and is packed with antioxidants that are great for your skin.

 

Processed Foods

Refined sugars and carbs are obviously bad for the body and health but they also do a large amount of damage to the skin as well. Improper diet can cause inflammation, collage breakdown, and wrinkles. You can also expect a weakened immune system, which will make your skin look less fresh. Avoid anything high in fructose, white flour or hydrogenated oils. We know the stereotypical roles but try cooking from scratch every now and then!

 

Sleeping on your Stomach

Lying on your stomach every night can allow fluid to pool around the eyes creating puffiness or bags. Try to sleep on your back with a one to two pillows under your eyes to drain your body’s fluid away from the head.

 

Allergies

Congestion and build up of fluid can create darker pigmentation around the eyes making them look sunken and tired. If you have a history of allergies, take medication even when you don’t have symptoms to prevent dark circles from forming.

 

Dry Indoor Area

We know dryness can cause skin to peel, crack and have a dull appearance. African American men’s skincare is all about bring life to the skin and creating an even and flawless complexion. Dry air not only harms the skin but can also create bloodshot eyes in the morning. Try sleeping with a de-humidifier to eliminate the dryness in your bedroom. We’ll go into more steps on softening the skin and exfoliating to remove dry skin in another article!

Most men are no-fuss and simplistic when it comes to their skincare routine. We’ve broken complex regimens into 5 steps: cleansing, shaving, treatment, moisturizing, and protection. Some days some steps will be unnecessary and if you use Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 you combine moisturizing and protection into one! Black men’s skin care doesn’t have to occupy your full morning routine.

 

Cleansing

Washing the skin to remove dirt, bacteria and oil is the most important step in men’s skincare. Do this well and you may be able to skip other steps over time. Cleansing ensures the prevention of blemishes and acne which will reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation over time. Our Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar is ideal for reducing any imperfections. If your cleanser leaves any oil or excess dirt behind, try a toner such as Clear Essence Anti-Aging Toner Astringent. Toners can aid oily skin types in the build up of sebum which causes breakouts.

 

Shaving

Every women loves that silky skin after a fresh shave. Our Chimere line not only carries a Shave Gel but also an After Shave to reduce razor bumps and ingrown hairs! We’ll give more shaving tips in later articles to keep your shave fresher, longer.

 

Treatment

Dark spots? Hyperpigmentation in the beard area? Clear Essence has various quick treatments to fade these problems areas and create an even skin tone. As mentioned in previous articles: oily skin types use gels and serums while dry skin types need creams and lotions. Follow this along with sunscreen and you’ll have a perfect even skin tone in no time!

 

Moisturizing

Excessively dry skin? A moisturizer is definitely in order to smooth out those scaly patches. For extra moisturizer try Clear Essence Specialist Body Oil added to bath water or applied directly to the skin.

 

Protection

As mentioned before, if using a moisturizer with sunscreen included, you already have this step covered! But if not, never forget to protect the skin as it is the most critical step in Black skin care. Many times we take our darker pigmentation for granted as it does not easily burn in the sun. However, Black skin can still be damaged by UV rays which will be apparent from fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and age spots.

 

All in all, these steps can be varied depending on time and necessity. If your skin its very dry today, skip the moisturizer so as to not clog the pores. Only shave every other day? Great! More shaves equals more chances for ingrown hairs. The two steps we recommend never get skipped are cleansing and protection when it comes to African American men’s skincare regimens.

Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to break out the shorts and tank tops! To make sure skin is summer ready, we’re giving you some African American skin care tips on how to get your skin ready for this summer!

 

Stay hydrated

H2O should become your best friend in the upcoming summer months. Of course it is important to stay hydrated all year long, but the intense heat calls for even more water intake. Water can help minimize dry skin and peeling that occurs as a result of sun exposure. The more you drink, the less dry your skin will be. Water will also help give the skin a luminescent glow. As you increase your water intake, your skin will start to have a new radiance.

 

To make it easier to drink more water, try getting a reusable water bottle that you can carry around. That way, it will be easier to stay hydrated throughout the day. A lot of people find that infusing water with different fruits and vegetables makes the water more refreshing. For example, drop a few blueberries, lemon slices, and ice cubes in the water bottle. Not only will it give your water a nice hint of flavor, you’ll also consume the nutrients from the blueberries and lemon!

 

Avoid ingrown hairs

Warmer weather means we’re probably going to be showing more skin, which means you may find yourself picking up the shaving razor more often. However, we know that shaving can lead to ingrown hairs and dark spots. For the best summer skin, make sure to exfoliate on a regular basis to avoid those two unsightly problems. The Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub is the type of Black skincare product that exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin on daily basis.

 

Another way to beat razor bumps is to change your hair removal method. Ingrown hairs are most common after shaving. There are a multitude of different methods that work well to remove body hair, so try something new to see your summer skin glow. One of the best ways to remove hair in the summer is with hair removal crèmes. With these types of products, you will have a smaller chance of developing ingrown hairs and your skin will be smoother for longer.

 

Skin Beautifying Milk for Black SkincareProtecting your skin from the sun is extremely important for many reasons. Just to give an idea of how important this Black skin care product really is, we explain the top reasons that you should always wear sunscreen!

No one wants skin cancer!

One of the most serious reasons to protect your skin from the sun is to aid in skin cancer prevention. It is a huge myth that people with more melanin in their skin are exempt from getting skin cancer. While skin cancer in Black skin care is uncommon compared to other ethnic groups, it is still problematic. The main skin cancer that darker skinned people get is called Melanoma. It is actually the most dangerous form of skin cancer and leading disease in deaths related to skin. For this reason, it is absolutely essential that we get passed the notion that Black skin care does not require sunscreen.

Other products may require sun protection.

Do you read the description on all of your products? If not you may be missing an important note reminding you to use with sun block. Some Black skin care products contain ingredients that make the skin sensitive to sun damage. If you do not use the right protection with these products, the product may not work the way it was intended. It may be more convenient to use a product that already includes sun protection. The Clear Essence Platinum Link Skin Beautifying Milk with Sunscreen is one among several of the Clear Essence products that contain sunscreen. These are awesome because you don’t have to worry about forgetting sunscreen.

Your tattoos will thank you!

If you have tattoos and you are planning on spending a lot of time in the sun, it’s best that you apply a generous amount of sunscreen. UV rays drain the tattoo’s vibrancy and darkness. Extreme sun exposure to a tattoo can cause it to fade, become spotty, and look much older than it actually is. It’s also important to remember that sun exposure takes place even when it is overcast. For safekeeping, it is beneficial to use sun protection anytime your tattoo is exposed outdoors.

The sun can cause premature aging.

Sun exposure is one of the main causes of premature aging skin. In African American skin care we often hear the phrase “Black don’t crack”, but if we do not properly protect our skin, Black will crack, peel, and even age. The sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays hurt the skin, and over time start to leave traces of damage. Discoloration, a big problem in Black Women’s skincare, is one of the ways those UV rays can affect the skin. Extreme sun damage can also give the skin a leathery texture that screams skin damage.

It is the first step to preventing and fighting hyperpigmentation.

Sunlight stimulates the skin’s production of melanin—the pigment that gives the skin its color. By using sunscreen as a barrier between your skin and the sun, you can limit the melanin production. Sunscreen will also prevent existing hyperpigmentation from getting darker. Some individuals avoid sunscreen because of the white cast it can leave on dark skin. Try using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, since they leave less residue than other sunscreen products.

For some reason, there is this common misconception that individuals with darker skin do not get sun burnt, get skin cancer, and do not need to wear sunscreen. This idea probably originated from the fact that darker skin has more melanin, which gives some protection against UVA and UVB rays. However, it is still necessary to wear protection in extreme sun exposure even if your skin contains a lot of melanin.

 

What does SPF mean?

SPF is a confusing term when looking for Black skin care products with good sun protection. It stands for sun protection factor, but most of us are not sure what numbers 15, 30, 50 mean in relation to its use. It makes sense to think that the SPF 30 product offers twice as much as the SPF 15 product. That’s actually incorrect and a bit misleading. SPF shows the product’s ability to protect skin in comparison to the skin’s protection without SPF. For example, if your skin burns after 10 minutes of sun exposure, applying an SPF 30 product would protect your skin from burning for about 300 minutes. There are significant differences in protection between SPF 15, 30, & 50, but any product claiming to have an SPF over 50 will not make much difference.

What kind should I use?

Experts recommend using an SPF of 15 or 30 depending on your skin and time in the sun. If you are planning for a day out in the sun, make sure to apple a generous amount about every two hours. If you just need protection from everyday activities, try using Black skin care products that already have sun protection. Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 (8 oz.) is perfect for Black women’s skin care as it adds hydration, an even skin tone, and has a built in SPF 15. If you wear foundation or face makeup on a daily basis, you may find it convenient to switch to a foundation with sun protection.

Reapplication

The biggest mistake people make when using sunscreen, is that they don’t reapply it. A product may not be as effective as it should be if we don’t apply it right or reapply it. After about two hours of being in the sun, it is time to add a new layer of sun block. This is going to provide a constant shield to protect your skin. Again, darker skin still needs protection from sun exposure, so apply your SPF and enjoy the sun!

So you know your skin type, but what’s next in crafting the perfect skin care regimen for a black male? Each skin type is unique and requires different products and treatments to balance skin and leave it healthy and clear. Read on to find out how to select black skincare products according to your skin type.

Normal

Normal skin types are lucky in that their routines can usually be minimal. The key is to maintain the balance of healthy skin. One should use non-sensitive products with no harsh ingredients. Sometimes the best thing for skin is simply throwing some warm water on the face when waking up. Don’t over-cleanse or cause any reactions to the skin. Like every skin type, sunscreen is also critical.

Oily

Oily skin may need to be cleansed more than the recommended twice a day. As oil builds up it is best to remove it using a powerful wash such as sulfur or salicylic acid to prevent clogged pores and blemishes. Try Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar for Normal to Oily Skin as it is specifically targeted to clear clogged pores and leave skin fresh and clean. Toners are also helpful in removing any oil, dirt or bacteria that washing may have left behind. If you are facing any dark spots or scars left from past acne, use a gel or serum product, such as Clear Essence Advance Complex Fade Gel or Skin Lightening Serum, to fade marks. Oily skin is best treated using gels and serums as they are water-based rather than oil-based.

Dry

When selecting products for dry skin it is important to avoid ingredients such as alcohol and sodium for your skincare routine. These products will only further dry out the skin. Try moisturizing soaps such as Clear Essence Olive and Carrot Oil Soap bars. The natural ingredients will hydrate skin and leave it soft and smooth. For dry skin the key is to moisturize as much as possible. Our Skin Beautifying Milk is an all over body lotion that will also even out discolored skin tones. You can also add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Oil to a bath or apply it directly to the skin for more hydration.

Combination

Using the above two regimens for oily and dry skin, target the areas of your skin that need attention on either side of the fence. Combination requires a little extra skill but with precision and attention to your skin’s needs you can find a balance eventually.

Sensitive

Delicate skin is easily irritated by harsh chemicals and ingredients found in products. Try all natural ingredients to ensure that your skin won’t fall victim to any breakouts or rashes. Clear Essence has three complete lines of all natural products: Adure, Lemon Plus Vitamin C line, and My Natural Beauty Line.

Need simple skincare rules that all black men regardless of skin type will benefit from? Drink plenty of water daily. Don’t smoke or excessively drink alcohol. Wash skin thoroughly after a long day. And always remember sunscreen! Follow these rules at least and you’ll be off to a good start.

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