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What is Lactic Acid?

Fermented or sour milk contains a special chemical compound called Lactic Acid (LA). It is the gentler cousin to the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliant. Both help improve our skin’s texture for soft and blemish free skin.Milk Bath (Lactic Acid)

The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was one of the first to use this skin care holy grail ingredient. She would bathe in fermented milk to keep her beautiful skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.

According to WebMD.com,  LA is mainly produced by red blood cells and muscles inside of the human body. Our bodies generate this chemical compound when we are exercising for long periods of time. It serves as the fuel reserve to help prolong the work out and delay muscle fatigue.

How does it work?

Milk is a natural lactic acid

Apart from its internal function, lactic acid works as an exfoliant when used externally on the skin. It gently strips off the dead cells on our skin, revealing the soft new skin beneath. It promotes collagen growth to help slow down the skin’s aging process and properly moisturizes for soft hydrated skin.

Of course, the application of any lactic acid treatment should be in moderation according to one’s skin sensitivity because too much of it can cause irritation. Your skin should see minimal sun exposure during a lactic acid regimen as fresh new skin is more vulnerable to UV rays.

When looking for dark skin care products that exfoliate, moisturize and help cell and collagen regrowth for younger looking skin, it is important to choose products with AHA because AHA contains lactic acid properties that do just that.

Where can I get it?

Clear Essence Cosmetics has many products with lactic acid such as all the products in the Anti-Aging Line, the Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner, the Platinum Line Complexion Cleansing Bar.

By using products that contain lactic acid properties African American skin care can be complete and highly effective. It just takes some knowledge on the specific properties to help achieve what your skin needs to be at its full potential.

Skin Aging ProcessWoman exercising to help with skin aging

With so many anti-aging products out on the market today, it becomes quite confusing as to which one to choose, how much to spend, and when it is the right time to use them. Many African American women however, try to think of simple ways to reduce the skin aging process without the use of “magic potions” that are so popular nowadays. It turns out that there can be a solution to slow down that aging process. You can begin your own African American anti-aging regimen in the comfort of your own home at no cost whatsoever!

What is this secret? Exercise. That’s right! Exercise! It turns out that exercising at least once or twice a week may reverse the process of skin aging. Two studies have been composed to support this hypothesis for black skin care routines.

The Studies

The first study was focused only on the effects of exercise on mice. Researchers divided two groups of

mice into two groups: one with access to exercise wheels, and the other without. In time, these closely monitored mice showed distinctive characteristics within their respective groups. The mice that did not have access to their exercise wheel became weak, bald, and ill. The mice with access to their exercise wheel however showed the exact opposite: healthy hearts, muscles, and kept their fur longer. These results concluded with the hypothesis that exercise does play a role in mice aging. But the researchers began to wonder if this same argument can be applied to humans and help prevent skin aging.

A second study was conducted to see how exercise may affect humans. This study was conducted and presented at The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. It consisted of 29 male and female volunteers between the ages 20 and 84. Like the mice, the individuals were divided into groups where one group would be sedentary while the other was more active. The results? For individuals above 40 years of age who have been active had younger looking skin, comparable to an individual who is between 20 and 30 years of age.

Exercising can prevent skin aging

This of course does not guarantee younger, healthy looking African American skin but it is definitely a good start. So lace up those running shoes, buy some comfy clothes, and start running! Your health (and now your skin) will thank you in the end.

 vitamincVitamin C and Lemon Extract are actually some of the most powerful ingredients for dark spots and discolorations – and they come straight from nature! Among the many ingredients available in creams out on the store shelves, one of the most popular is Vitamin C. But what is Vitamin C and what can it do? Let us break it down plain and simple and see exactly what this key ingredient can do for African American skin.

What exactly is it?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant. There really isn’t much more to it than that. Vitamin C can be found anywhere from the foods we eat, supplements we take, or (Yup! You guessed it!) face creams. Because this well known vitamin can be found in just about anywhere, it can be easily overlooked.

What can it do?

Do not underestimate the power of this mini molecule! Vitamin C can bring many benefits to the skin. For starters, Vitamin C can prevent and even reverse sun damage on the skin. Its antioxidant factor can actually work in your skin’s favor. How? Antioxidants fight against ultraviolet rays that touch the surface of our skin. They prevent them from forming free radicals in our skin that speed up the appearance of aging. This factor, along with a dab of sunscreen for extra sun protection can really make a difference on your appearance.

Vitamin C also helps in producing collagen for the skin. In simple terms, collagen is a type of protein that helps hold the skin together, giving its youthful look. So a topical Vitamin C cream can actually promote the production of collagen to give your skin its natural hold and fight against the appearance of wrinkles.

So there you have it ladies & gentlemen…The power of Vitamin C. Natural products, specifically lemon based products, would most likely contain Vitamin C.  So next time you’re out shopping for a new product, be on the lookout for this key ingredient.  Your skin will thank you in the long run!

Try any of the black skin care products from Clear Essence’s Lemon Plus Vitamin C Line which is made with a natural blend of Vitamin C, fruit acids, emollients,  and extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea and sea kelp.

Causes of Acne on Darker Skin Tones

In Black skin care, acne is a nuisance that we contribute to the food we eat and hormones. There may however, be another factor that you have never considered before. The soft pillow that you lay your head on every night may be causing some of your breakouts.

Your pillowcases, like your clothing, hold dirt and oil from your skin. However, many of us do not wash our pillowcases as often as our clothing. This allows for a build up of oil and dirt that distributes back onto your skin as you sleep at night.

Preventing Bacteria Transfer to Your Face

To prevent the build up of dirt and oil, pillowcases should be washed about once a week. If washing your pillowcase this often is not possible, placing a clean towel on top of your pillowcase may be a better option. When washing your pillowcases, try to avoid liquid detergent and dryer sheets as they cause a waxy build up that may clog pores further.

A second way to prevent the build up of dirt and oil on your pillowcases, is to wash your face before you go to sleep. Washing your face before you go to sleep removes the dirt and oil that has accumulated during the day. Less oil and dirt on your face before you go to sleep means that there will be less dirt and oil deposited onto your pillowcase.

A dirty pillowcase is not the only cause of acne on black skin but it can definitely contribute. Having a clean pillowcase ensures that dirt and oil will not be redistributed onto your skin causing further breakouts.

Treating Acne

For some of us acne, is already affecting our skin. Our Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. The antiseptic wash clears bacteria and oil build up while reducing inflammation and irritation. This helps control acne on the face and along the hairline and dries up oil to reduce future acne formation. Also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin fresh and awakened.

For back and chest, we recommend our Medicated Cleansing Bar made with sulfur and exfoliating oatmeal extracts. This black soap is a blemish and acne treatment soap for the face and body that is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. The soap deep cleanses to remove dirt, bacteria and oil. This medicated cleansing bar also exfoliates dead skin cells for a radiant blemish free complexion. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to heal problematic skin and reduce breakouts.

If you’re often left with dark spots and left over acne scars, try the Skin Lightening Serum to target individual dark marks on oily and acne prone skin types. It treats hyper-pigmentation, fades skin discolorations, and lightens dark spots on all skin types and skin tones. This skin lightening serum contains Hydroquinone and botanical extracts which go to work to fade problem areas.

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