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Lemons, citrus fruit, with thick skin and fragrant acidic juice provide many properties and benefits to the skin. Taking advantage of this powerful fruit, could help achieve results your skin has been looking for. Lemons are an amazing source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and potassium. These are minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of hair, nails, and skin. Following are four benefits of lemon when it comes to skin care:

Lemons help heal acne and remove blackheads

Lemons’ antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make them a great solution to treat acne. Lemon’s natural anti-bacterial cleans out dirt and oils that block pores and cause breakouts on the skin.

Lemons lightening black spot and blemishes

Lemons’ acidic juice offers to lighten dark spots and even your skin tone gradually. Another great way to help combat this issue is using products that contain this amazing fruit. For instance, our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Perfecting Serum (now back in stock!) contains plant and fruit extracts, which lighten facial dark spots and blemishes. It is formulated with botanical extracts to treat stubborn or hard to fade skin discoloration.

Lemons help reduce oily skin

If you want to remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria left from your makeup, we invite you to try our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner formulated with botanical extracts. This refreshing pH-balanced toner gently refines pores and helps promote an even skin tone. 

Lemons soothe chapped lips

Another overnight beauty treatment that works well. It only requires slicing open a lemon. This will work as an exfoliant for chapped lips. Rub the lemon onto your pucker then, once again, wash off the next morning. The lemon juice properties will remove any dead skin cells so that your lipstick goes on super smooth.

Lemons Cleanse face and body

We also recommend our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub to cleanse away impurities. This bar is a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C and natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone the skin. It helps as an exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner. 

You have learned all the benefits this acidic fruit has to offer, do not stop there go check out our complete list of our Lemon Line products in our Clear Essence page. You will love them!

Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange, even though purple, red, black, yellow, and white carrots exist as well. Besides their delicious flavor, carrots contain high amounts of beta-carotene and other health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer multiple health benefits and are beneficial for organs such as the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth.

This crunchy vegetable is low in calories and rich in nutrients gives you high doses of vitamin A and other antioxidants when consumed or applied topically. Some benefits of carrots for the skin are as follow

 Benefits of Carrots for skin

The benefits of carrot for the skin are evident because the vegetable contains big amounts of vitamin A and other antioxidants that protect again various skin issues and help in keeping a healthy skin complexion.

Carrots for Glowing Skin

Consuming carrots helps maintain your skin and keep it looking healthy and radiant due to their huge amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants—they are substances that may protect cells in your body from free radical damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and normal metabolism.

Carrots Help with Treatment of Scars and Blemishes

An effective way to reduce scars/blemishes is drinking carrot juice because it is full of skin-healing beta carotene—a skin-friendly nutrient that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. Moreover, you can apply carrot pulp on the areas you want to treat to clear the blemishes away.

Anti-Aging Benefits

Carrots are loaded with vitamin C that aids the collagen production in the body. Collagen is fundamental for the maintenance of the skin elasticity. This type of protein helps in the prevention of wrinkles and slows down the process of aging. Similarly, vitamin A, as an antioxidant, attacks free radicals to prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Carrots Protects Against Sun

Beta-carotene helps in repairing the skin tissues and provide protection against the sun’s harsh rays. The antioxidants and carotenoids protect and regenerate the skin to help heal sunburns.

Carrots for Dry Skin

When there is a deficiency of potassium, dry skin might occur. Carrots, however, are rich in potassium. As a result, carrot consumption can prevent dry skin to happen, keeping it hydrated.

As you can read, the benefits of carrots are tremendous, so include the vegetable in your diet. Nonetheless, you can also include it in skincare products to enhance results. If you were wondering where can you find them, we’d love to introduce you to our Clear Essence Maxi-Tone Carrot Seed Oil Skin Whitening  Soap  which has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A to help maintain skin tone and elasticity.

Do not be afraid to live your best life, start by taking care of your skin. So you can take on the world!!

 

 

 

Papaya skin care products have long been revered for their natural ingredients yet powerful abilities to clear skin infections and hyperpigmentation. When we think about our skin, we often stress about knowing what is good and what is bad for us especially if one struggles with active skin issues. They say appearance is not everything, and that is most certainly true but we as humans tend to obsess over skin imperfections and it is hard to get ours mind off of it, often times feeling self-conscious and embarrassed, not letting us live our best life. Many times we resort to chemically composed products to help fight our skin impurities, anywhere from acne to wrinkles to even sun spots and although many of these products are beneficial for us, sometimes they can worsen our issues if we are not using the proper medication. If you are one of many people who are concerned about what your soap contains you can never go wrong with trying out something organic.

 

Papaya is one of the many fruits that offer amazing benefits to ones skin and while being great in taste, it is also great for your skin. There are good reasons why it is often referred to as the “Fruit of Angels”; because it delivers miracle-like results to our face and body. Papaya skin care is known for its skin lightening properties which help clear hyper-pigmentation that is left behind after a pesky pimple. The fruit is also enriched with alpha-hydroxy acid, a powerful exfoliator that assists in skin cell turnover and anti-aging agents like beta-carotene prevent free radical damage which delays the aging process. It is rich in vitamin A, E, B and C which help heal injuries and fight infections, creating an improved skin condition, who doesn’t like glowing skin? All benefits that have been listed are what one needs in order to clear up any current acne and maintain healthy skin. Papaya fights acne and hydrates the skin, two of the most important factors we need in our life!

 

If you were wondering about where to find papaya skin care products, we’d like to introduce our Clear Essence Maxi Tone Line  Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap which helps cleanse and brighten the skin. The Maxi-Tone Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is blended with papaya enzymes and tropical herbs, a great combination for good anti-aging properties, promoting skin cell rejuvenation. It reduces acne inflammation, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and unclogs pores – leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, and healthier. Using this soap daily helps to even out the complexion for a flawless, even toned glow.

 

If we want to feel great, our skin is where it starts, it is what presents us to the world. It is time to stop letting your skin impurities have a hold on your life and take charge, do not be afraid to live your best life!

 

If you’re looking for an at home mask to try out with this sweet fruit take a look at one of the most favorable DIY receipt below. Use a mask weekly to add a bit of relaxation to your beauty routine!

Honey, Milk & Papaya DIY Face Mask

Puree 1/2 papaya
2 teaspoons of whole milk
1 tablespoon of honey

-Mix together until paste is created
-Apply mask to clean face
-Let sit for 15 minutes
-Remove mask with water

 

Sometimes we make skin care mistakes that end up sabotaging our complexion. The majority of people care about their skin whether it be spending a few minutes or having a ritual routine before bed. Unfortunately, even if all we want to do is protect it, we may still do more harm than good. Everyone should have a skin care routine to protect it from daily impurities and factors we cannot control such as UV- rays because they can be very damaging for the skin. Due to the lack of ethnic skin care knowledge on how to treat specific melanin based problems, we want to educate our beloved customers about the possible mistakes they are making. As a result, they become aware and change these mistakes to become good daily habits that could make a difference when it comes to preventing damage and premature aging. Below are some the most common skin care mistakes we want you to avoid.

Skin Care Mistake #1: Exfoliating too much or not enough

Over exfoliating becomes a problem because it buffs away your top skin layer. You might think you are helping your skin get rid of the dirt or left over make-up. However, what you are actually doing is removing the barrier that protects the skin. Leaving the skin unprotected, gives the toxins of the environment and the sun the opportunity to attack the skin, resulting in premature aging. On the other hand, if you do to not exfoliate enough, you leave room for the production of clogs, blackheads, and acne. These issues result from the accumulation of dead skin cells trapped along with oil in the pores when exfoliation does not occur. To avoid both situations, we recommend you to exfoliate two or three times per week.

Skin Care Mistakes #2: Diet and skincare go hand in hand

If you want to have a healthy and glowing skin, diet needs to be taken into consideration. The food you eat can have a significant impact on your skin. We recommend our loving customers to include more fruits, vegetables, and good fats such as avocado, nuts, and fish. As well as try to avoid sugars, salt, and processed foods that only damage the skin and makes you gain a few more pounds. Yes, we understand that some days you might crave something in the bad category food, and it is okay if you cheat once in a while. Nonetheless, you must remember it is all about balance.

Skin Care Mistake #3: Applying to many products

Pampering your skin with all kinds of different products to either make it look better or treat different skin problems can lead to overwhelming the skin. It can cause the opposite effect you are trying to accomplish. If you want to achieve a better skin or treat any issues, we recommend you to alternate products and not mixing them all together.

Skin Care Mistake #4: Not using products formulated for your skin type

When using products that are not suited for your skin type, you will never see the results you want. Every skin type has special needs that must be taken care of. It is important that you do your research and discover what skin type and product you need for accurate results.

Last but not least.

Skin Care Mistake #5: Not wearing enough sunscreen

One major reason premature aging occurs is due to increase exposure to sun light and the UV rays. People often believe they are not exposing themselves sunlight when in reality they are. This is called incidental exposure—driving in the car, sitting near windows, or walking outside even if it’s cloudy. To prevent early aging, you must apply sun protection all year round. Clear Essence Cosmetics supplies many SPF 15 products to help protect your skin while treating discolorations and dark spots. Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Lotion with SPF 15 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.

There you are, some of the most common skin care mistakes people make, so please do your research, become aware, and informed about the unique need your skin has and change those bad habits into healthy ones. You can always contact us for any question or concern you might encounter and always love your skin 😉

 

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Lemon: A Natural Skincare Ingredient

When it comes to skincare, one of the toughest problems many people face are dark spots and correcting them. It seems like there are an endless amount of tips and tricks on how to lighten dark spots on the skin that range from simple to almost questionable. Which ones really work? And, which natural solution is effective and won’t damage your skin? Learn about natural ingredients that promote skin renewal and can help you finally get rid of those troublesome dark spots!

Struggling with Hyperpigmentation

Fresh LemonOne natural skin solution for skin discolorations that has been used for decades is lemon. Packed with healthy vitamin C, lemons act as a natural exfoliant known for aiding in skin cell renewal. The citric acid within lemons gives this miracle fruit brightening properties. It’s powerful enough to fade hyperpigmentation but also gentle enough on you skin to use daily. Commonly used as an antibacterial as well as an organic astringent, lemon juice helps control oily skin.  It acts as a natural acne treatment which can prevent breakouts that might lead to acne scars.

Lemon Line

Another tried and true remedy for dark spots is lactic acid. Lactic acid acts as a gentle acid perfect for sensitive skin, commonly found naturally in sour milk products and fruit. It is a gentle exfoliant that assists in shedding dead skin cells and improves collagen formation. It also suppresses melanin formation to prevent more hyperpigmented spots from forming. Try using yogurt, which is rich in lactic acid, as a base for a homemade mask to help treat hyperpigmentation and soften your skin.

 

liquorice rootSweet Skincare

And lastly, when we hear licorice we think about our favorite candy. However, did you know that it is also a great skin care treatment? Licorice in skin care is typically in the form of licorice root extract which is commonly used as an organic alternative to hydroquinone. It reduces the production of melanin by blocking the stimulant that causes skin to darken when exposed to the sun.

These holistic ingredients and many more can be found in our Clear Essence Vitamin C Series which uses these and other natural ingredients for effective treatment of excessive pigmentation due to medication, pregnancy cosmetics and hormone imbalance due to sun exposure. These simple solutions will help you towards a brighter even skin tone and a happier, beautiful you!

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 Solutions for Men Skin Renewal Booster After Shave, the Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner, the Platinum Line Complexion Cleansing Bar and more.

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.

 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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