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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.

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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.

 

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!

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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We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Even when shopping here at ClearEssence.com the amount of cleanser options can seem daunting! Luckily we’re going to break down each of our cleansers based on skin type and skin needs to help you choose the cleanser that is right for you! If you’re wondering what your skin type is simply look back to this classic Clear Essence article where we go in depth of finding your skin type and how to begin to identify the appropriate treatments needed for your specific type: https://clresnc.com/WhatsMySkinType

 

Acne Cleansers

 

 

Our only liquid cleanser, the Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. This face scrub for acne prone skin also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin refreshed and awakened.

  • Skin Concern: acne, pimples, oily skin
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically oily and acne prone

 

 

 

The most popular Clear Essence cleanser for those dealing with acne breakouts is the Medicated Cleansing Bar plus Exfoliants, commonly known as the “black soap.” The Medicated Cleansing Bar is a blemish and anti-acne treatment soap for the face and body. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to prevent pimples on the skin and reduce breakouts while flakes of colloidal oatmeal help exfoliate and improve skin texture. We recommend trying this bar to help clear acne on the chest and back.

  • Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: oily skin

 

 

Dull, Uneven skin color and texture

Sometimes our skin just doesn’t look luminous and radiant enough. That’s where our Complexion Soap Bars come in handy to regenerate new skin cells and moisturize the skin for a glowing complexion.

 

The Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin is an all-over body complexion bar which can be used as a face wash to remove dirt, oils and bacteria on normal to dry skin. This soap bar is uniquely formulated to maximize the performance of other Clear Essence dark spot correcting products by removing dead skin cells that dull the skin tone.

  • Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types

 

 

The Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid is an exfoliating cleansing soap bar for the treatment of blemishes and uneven skin tones. Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a natural exfoliant derived from milk and fruit extracts. When used consistently, this soap bar helps to exfoliate uneven pigmentation by removing dead skin cells, leaving a clear, even toned complexion.
  • Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types

 

 

 

The Maxi-Tone Skin Lightening Soap with Shea Butter is formulated with powerful ingredients that fade dark spots on face and body, blemish scars and freckles. This soap can be used as sun spot corrector because it is great as a dark spot lightener, leaving a clearer and even toned complexion.

  • Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types

 

 

Razor Bumps & Ingrown Hairs

Clear Essence also makes the skin care and grooming products to keep men’s skin bump free and without razor bumps. This dual shower combo helps break down pore clogging residue and debris which block razor blades from cutting hairs without friction. A cleansing wash with this facial exfoliating men’s soap bar and triple action body and hair gel leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned.

  • Skin Concern: razor bumps, ingrown hairs, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: oily to normal skin

 

 

 

Sensitive Skin

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, sometimes it’s nice to use something mild and gentle on the face. Our natural soap bars cleanse and exfoliate using only nature’s finest ingredients:

 

This Lemon Plus Vitamin C 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!

  • Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive skin

 

 

 

 

The Carrot Seed Oil Soap Bar 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 which help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up and repairing sun-damaged skin. Antiseptic properties also help to reduce breakouts and acne formation.

  • Skin Concern: acne, oily skin, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and oily skin

 

 

 

 

 

A natural cleansing and moisturizing soap, the Olive Oil Body Soap Bar is a natural solution to radiant skin. For centuries people of the Mediterranean have recognized the benefits of Olive Oil to the skin. Long lasting and made from the purest natural ingredients, it is a superb moisturizer suitable for all skin types. As pure and simple as a soap can be, it is made with all natural olive, aloe, and shea butter.

  • Skin Concern: acne, dry skin, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and dry 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.

  • Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types

 

 

The Maxi-Tone Carrot Seed Oil Skin Whitening Soap 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.

  • Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
  • Recommended Skin Type: all skin types

 

 

 

 

Our most mild cleanser is not only great for babies but anyone can enjoy this moisturizing and soothing oatmeal soap bar. The Clear Essence Baby Soothing Milk Bar is enriched with a blend of vitamins and natural ingredients to give your baby sweet, soft and touchable skin. Clear Essence Soothing Milk Bar features natural oatmeal to relieve dry, itchy, and irritated skin. This gentle baby soap is enriched with natural milk proteins, nourishing emollients, and Vitamin E to sooth and calm rashes and irritation.

  • Skin Concern: dry skin
  • Recommended Skin Type: dry to normal

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.

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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 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.

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