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Valentine’s Day is a day for couples to show their love. If teddy bears and candy don’t fully capture your admiration, maybe this is the year to give your better half a full body experience! Make this Valentine’s day a sensual and fun moment for both of you. Clear Essence Body Oils work perfect for a massage and have sweet, calming scents to relax the mind and body. Clear Essence Body Oils also contain natural ingredients perfect for all skin types and light traces of lightening extracts such as licorice, ginseng, chamomile and Vitamins A & E that tone the skin so you both can enjoy a flawless skin tone. It’s a treat you’ll both love!

Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Body Oil

This luxurious body oil promotes a healthy skin tone and smoother texture. The Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Oil is an essential moisturizer for dry skin can be used to begin the process of achieving an even-toned glow and brighter complexion.

Clear Essence Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil

This essential natural oil moisturizer for sensitive skin helps promote an even-toned glow. Added licorice extract, shea butter and sesame seed oil help hydrate the skin for a soft feel.

Clear Essence Specialist Skin Care Body Oil

Clear Essence® Specialist Body Oil is a unique moisturizer with vitamin A, vitamin E and a scented blend of lavender, rosemary and chamomile extract. Your skin will be moisturized and nourished while also being protected by Vitamin E which helps to correct marks and uneven tones. It is perfect for lightweight moisture during or after your bath.

 

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When it comes to your skin one to two products won’t do everything you need. From face, body and treatment products, there’s a few staples that should remain in your cabinet year-round to ensure perfect skin throughout all seasons. Here’s the 5 skin care essentials that should be apart of your daily and weekly skin care routine. Luckily all the items we’re mentioning below are affordable as well! Each item retails under $8 so you can get your flawless skin on a budget! Read on for our tips.

Sunscreen – Apply Daily, reapply every 2-3 hours of direct sunlight

Even in the winter, skin should remain protected from UV rays and sun damage. Clear Essence® My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is an ultra-lightweight, virtually invisible natural sunscreen offering SPF 15 protection. This silky lotion is incredibly comfortable, even for sensitive skin types, this product forms a protective veil to prevent darkening or discolorations from UV rays.

Exfoliating Cleanser – At least once a week

Exfoliating your skin regularly helps to rid the body of dead skin cells that build up and cause the complexion to look dull and discolored. You can increase the number of types you exfoliate for an even brighter, more even tone. The Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin is an all-over body complexion bar which can be used as a face wash for acne on normal to dry skin. This soap bar is uniquely formulated to maximize the performance of other Clear Essence® dark spot correcting products.

Dark Spot Corrector – Twice a day

Once you damage your skin whether from acne breakouts or sun damage, a dark spot can appear on the skin and leave you with discolorations that are hard to get rid of! Our top-rated dark spot corrector, the Exclusive Medicated Fade Creme gradually brightens skin discolorations (such as dark spots on the face and hands, age spots, acne scars and sun damage) with a high-potency formula containing hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) which absorbs quickly into the skin and gently diminishes the look of dark spots and brown skin discolorations on the face or the body.

Body Oil – Apply Daily

When you hop out the shower does your skin feel extra dry and tight? Add a body oil for instant hydration that absorbs into skin and makes it extra soft! Our Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil not only promotes a healthy skin tone and smoother texture, this essential natural oil also can be used to begin the process of achieving an even-toned glow and brighter complexion.

Basic Lotion – Apply Daily

Whether you have a flawless complexion that you love or you’re still working on some uneven patches, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. And don’t forget those hard to reach places or easily dried out areas such as hands, feet, knuckles and elbows! The Clear Essence Sensitive Line Texturizing Complexion Lotion is a light textured yet highly effective moisturizer. It is an easy to use lotion that restores the skins natural mechanical barrier, locks in moisture and reduces transepidermal water loss. This full body lotion gives the skin a natural supple feel and reinvigorates the epidermis protecting the skin from harsh weather and reducing the dryness that causes ashy skin. Now on sale for only $5.50!!

The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends. Don’t let your complexion ruin the fun by making those holiday photos something to cringe at later! Keep skin even and flawless throughout the merriest season so you can focus on the ones who matter most! Read below for our tips on keeping skin fresh during this busy time of year.

Stay Rested

This time of year can lead to lots of stress to ensure everything is perfect; the gifts, the food, the tree, etc. It’s all putting additional stress onto your mind! Make sure to continue to take time for yourself during the season of giving by gifting yourself some alone time. Whether taking time for a massage, getting a manicure, curling up with a book or just ensuring you get 8 hours of rest each night, make sure your body and mind is remaining healthy.

 

Watch your Diet

The holidays can wreak the most damage to the skin due to the fatty and sugary foods we tend to enjoy during this time. Another factor that can dry out your complexion is alcohol consumption. Try to remain kind to your body and limit the amount of sugars being put it to the body to limit breakouts and a dull complexion.

 

Piling on Makeup

We all love a holiday glam! But make sure to take your makeup off after every holiday party! Sleeping in makeup can clog pores and trap oils under the skin causing breakouts. For a refreshed skin tone before bed try our Clear Essence cleansers. Our powerful soap bars help remove dirt, bacteria and oil on the skin so that pores are clean and ready for your skin care treatments. If skin remains oily after our soap bar cleansers, try a calming Toner to help remove left over residue and ensure skin is free of any pimple-causing debris.

 

Hectic Schedule

Holiday parties, dinners, school recitals, church events; the holidays always have us running around in multiple directions! Your hectic schedule can make it easy to forget your normal skin care routine. Find easy ways to keep your skin care goals in check while attending to all your festivities. One tip is to carry your moisturizer in your purse at all times to ensure dry skin is never a problem. Our Sensitive Line Skin Beautifying Milk comes in a sleek container perfect for throwing in your purse and also contains licorice extract to correct dark spots and discolorations while curbing dry skin.

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

It’s no secret that stress can play a large role in skin health. After all, our skin is our largest organ and an easy indicator for what’s going on within the body.

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.

 Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. During our teen years, these hormones are obviously out of control while also preceiving most new experiences as threatening which leads to our excess acne and breakouts during this time in life.

Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop complications of modern life mean that some people’s alarm systems rarely shut off.

Don’t wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.

To monitor your stress, first identify your triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable?

Some stressors, such as job pressures, relationship problems or financial concerns, are easy to identify. But daily hassles and demands, such as waiting in a long line or being late to a meeting, also contribute to your stress level.

Once you’ve identified your stress triggers, think about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what you can control is a good starting point.

Don’t feel like you have to figure it out on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends, whether you need someone to listen to you, help with child care or give a ride to work when your car’s in the shop.

Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, meditation or being in nature. Set aside time for yourself. Here are our top picks of stress relievers to help you calm the senses:

Get a massage

A massage not only helps relax the body but it also gives your mind a chance to stop thinking and enjoy the peace and quiet. By massaging the muscles, your body releases tension which when left untreated can cause pain or headaches. Using a hydrating and effective body oil or lotion to massage the skin will also give your skin a glowing complexion! Clear Essence Specialist Body Oil is a great moisturizing oil for massage use not only for its sweet scent and aroma but also because it conditions skin cells for a plump, and supple appearance.

Soak in a bubble bath

Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath. Sweet and calming aromas help to relax the mind even further. Try adding 2-3 cap fulls Clear Essence Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil to running water for even more relaxation. We also love the idea of added flowers, fruits, and natural plants to your bath water. Not only does it look pretty but the fruit extracts and flowers have their own natural powers. Try lemon or citrus for skin lightening or chamomile for more aroma and calming effects.

 

Read a book, dance, listen to music, watch a comedy — whatever helps you relax.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen — television, tablet, computer and phone — and more time relaxing.

Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management needs to be ongoing. But by paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the bad effects of stress, such as acne and breakouts, and increase your ability to cope with challenges.

We have been told that exercising and a healthy diet are ways to go if you want to have a long energetic life. This is absolutely true yet what some people do not know is that these two great habits also help achieve a beautiful healthy skin.

Exercise

Exercising is very important when it comes to a healthy skin. Why you might ask? Well, the answer is simple; it helps nourish skin cells. Also, it increases blood flow and detoxifies the body by sweating. All activities that make your heart rate go up, produces you to sweat. With that sweat you are getting rid of toxins the body do not need and that is exactly what we want because you are cleansing the skin.

Tips to begin working out

Start small: whether you are coming back to the routine, or you are completely new to the journey, it is key to start small and build your way up. Please know any movement is better than no movement at all.
Make one change at a time: you have already decided you are all in for this journey. Well, begin by preparing your clothes the night before. Doing that simple change, will set your mind to your new lifestyle. Being prepared will also help avoid any excuses towards those early morning runs or workout sessions.
Commitment: this is the most important of all. Promise yourself you will work out 3 times a week and stick to it: this is called commitment to oneself. You cannot let yourself down.
Find something you enjoy doing: if do not like exercising, you should find some type of activity you actually enjoy and take advantage to burn calories while performing it. It might be a sport, yoga, dancing, or hiking. Whatever the activity is try to take to most out of it.

Diet

Have you heard that saying “you are what you eat”? Having a healthy diet is key to maintain a fit body, however, the benefits do not stop there. The food you eat highly impacts your skin and complexion. According to Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist, “food gets digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin.” For instance, if your diet does not include enough protein, you are depriving your body from amino acids, which produce collagen and elastic tissue. Collagen makes the skin stronger and elastic tissue makes the skin supple. It is important to treat skin from within to maximize results.

Tips for eating healthier

Avoid sugar: when we consume sugar, it travels fast to the bloodstream, making insulin levels to increase rapidly, which could aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
Colorful vegetables: if you want a beautiful complexion, you must include red, yellow, and green vegetables. Vegetables from these three colors have a lot of nutrients that will contribute to a healthy skin
Fatty acids and Omega-3: add food that contain fatty acids and Omega-3 such as chia seeds, flax-seed, and walnut because they boost collagen production.
Hydration: water plays a big role because hydration helps flush out toxins from your body.

 

 

SUNSCREEN!

Although what goes inside helps us look good on the outside, you should also use products that are going to add that extra protection or treat specific issues your skin might be experiencing. Head to our Clear Essence best sellers page to get your favorite products! One thing that will always serve your skin right is sunscreen application daily. Adding this simple but easy step is an effective way to prevent wrinkles, sun discolorations and darkening to the skin! Our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is suitable for all skin types and daily application. Don’t forget a beautiful complexion is a combination of treating your skin inside and out!

 

With the year ending, we all begin to think about the common New Year Resolutions but let’s face it, it is difficult to follow through because we are not consistent or life simply gets in the way. You set goals that might be a little too unrealistic and become forgotten as the year moves forward. Clear Essence cares about you and wants you to achieve those resolutions because we believe everything is possible with dedication, effort and patience, so let’s change the way New Year Resolutions are set by following these easy steps.

Make realistic and attainable goals.

Make a few goals that you believe you can achieve by putting a little effort and energy every week or every two weeks depending on the resolutions. For instance, taking good care of your skin might be on the list, however, that resolution alone is vague. Instead, be more specific and change it to something such as washing your face every single day before bed or wearing SPF every day. Single and easy steps that will help you reach the overall goal. Also, to be aligned with caring about your skin, you could include exercising and eating more fruits and vegetables during the week. All these specific and reachable goals will help you get to the bigger picture or resolution that you always wanted (having a beautiful and radiant skin).

Write your resolutions down

This step is very important because it reminds you the reason behind the resolution itself. Why do you want to take care of your skin? While the answers could vary and become endless, depending on your needs and wants, what it is important is to know why you want to achieve it. Furthermore, be sure to write your resolutions in present tense; it will reaffirm they will come true. Read your resolutions every single day, and do it at loud so you can hear them. This will also serve as a remainder to yourself as to why you want to attain those resolutions in first place.

Share them with family and friends

It is key to keep motivated during the entire process and sometimes that becomes impossible. Sharing your resolutions with the people you love can help a lot. They will serve as support when you think you are not capable of following through. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, so do yourself a favor and ask your family and friend to support you through this journey. Also, keep your resolutions and a picture of them if possible where you and your loved ones can see it, it will be a motivation to continue and could be used to check the progress you are making.

Reward yourself and have fun

Last but not least, be sure to reward yourself once progress has been made because it will help keeping you motivated throughout the year. Please be creative and have fun with your goals; there is no need to make the journey of your resolutions a torture. Remember the reason behind resolutions is to become better, healthier, and happier, so enjoy the process it will not last forever!

So now that we have shared some tips with you, our loved customers and anyone out there who wants to achieve their resolutions, go ahead and put them into practice right now don’t wait Clear Essence believes in you.

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.

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