Is there a difference between over the counter and do it yourself skin care products and which ones are right for you? Use this guide to measure the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you choose the right skin solutions for you!
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Choosing the right skin care regimen for your needs can sometimes feel like a difficult task. There is a vast variety of skin care products available in stores, and with the growing popularity of do-it-yourself beauty trends, it can be hard to decide what is best for you and your skin. What are the differences between homemade and over the counter skin care products and how can you decide which is the right choice? Use this guide to measure the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you choose the right skin solutions for you!
Homemade skin care solutions are getting more popular and there are a number of reasons why. Do-it-yourself recipes give you the comfort to know exactly what you’re putting on your skin and the freedom to change the ingredients whenever you want to, something that can’t be done with most over the counter products. It is also easier to ensure you’ll have more natural ingredients in your products. There’s no room for confusion about any mystery chemicals in your soaps, lotions, or scrubs because you control what goes in and out of you recipes.
The downside to DIY skincare products is that for solutions to treat specific skin issues, it can be difficult and expensive to find all the necessary ingredients to completely and effectively treat a skin issue. Also, the time and preparation it takes to make certain products might be inconvenient for someone who would want immediate access to their creations. For example, homemade soap can take anywhere from three to six weeks to fully cure before it’s safe for use, infusing oils may take four to six hours and lotion can take up to an hour to prepare depending on your ingredients.
The biggest benefit over the counter products offer is that they are immediately ready for use. There is ease and plenty of variety to try different products that have been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness that won’t strain your wallet. If product works for you and you want to stock up, it’s as simple as going to your nearest beauty store. Likewise, if something doesn’t work for you, it is easy to research a different product and purchase it rather than going through the hassle of writing, preparing and making a brand new recipe.
The most important thing to think about when selecting a skin care regimen is identifying what your specific skin care needs are and how you want your products to benefit your skin. Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone line contains a number of all-natural products that cleanse, treat and moisturize to uncover your skin’s natural radiance. This line is formulated with the finest natural ingredients including aloe vera, shea butter, pure olive oil, carrot seed oil, lavender, rosemary oil and more for powerful, organic treatment with a luxurious feel. Find the best of both worlds with Clear Essence Cosmetics!
Finding gifts for men tend to be more difficult than for women. People end up buying the same old buttoned-up t-shirt, watch, cologne, or shoes. However, men are in great need of products that take care of their skin. Unlike women, men typically do not investigate and shop for the best skin care products. They often pick something off of the shelf that will simply do a basic cleanse.
Chimere Skin Care for Men is designed for the grooming needs of men of color. Though the products are sophisticated, they are easy to use. They treat razor bumps, dark spots, ingrown hairs, breakouts, and acne. Chimere™ Triple-Action Body Wash Formula treats and prevents breakouts. It deeply cleanses the skin to heal and soothe irritations by removing dirt and oil. This pH balanced formula helps tone and invigorate the skin as it cleans. The Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar for Normal to Oily Skin is a moisturizing soap that breaks down pore clogging residue and debris, leaving the skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned. It is specifically formulated to meet the needs of men of color with blemishes, razor bumps, and uneven pigmentation. It is used for acne treatment and prevention, cleansing deeply to remove dirt, bacteria and oil; and it exfoliates dead skin cells for a radiant blemish-free, clear complexion.
We want to help you help take care of men’s skin. Surprise an important man in your life with a Chimere Skin Care product by Clear Essence. It is a gift of ancient times recreated for the modern man!
Finding gifts for men tend to be more difficult than for women. People end up buying the same old buttoned-up t-shirt, watch, cologne, or shoes. However, men are in great need of products that take care of their skin. Unlike women, men typically do not investigate and shop for the best skin care products. They […]
Hydroquinone has received a poor reputation over the years. Most of the misinformation about this ingredient stems from misuse and a lack of education. People have continued to put the ingredient in a bad light by simply basing opinions on the worst cases of misuse of hydroquinone. Others simply don’t understand what this ingredient does. When trying a new product that has active ingredients in it, it is important to understand what those ingredients treat. Clear Essence’s Platinum and Anti-Aging lines contain small and appropriate concentrations of hydroquinone and we want all of our customers to feel safe and to know what this ingredient does for the skin.
Hydroquinone is one of the few FDA approved skin-lightening ingredients. It can be a great treatment to even one’s skin tone by fading discolored skin such as freckles, age spots, sunspots, and other discolorations created by hormone changes, acne, or injury to the skin. Chemically speaking, hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin. Melanin is the pigment in the skin that gives it its color. Melanin is also a natural UV protectant. Hydroquinone is found in stores in concentrations of 0.5% to 2%. The FDA has regulated that no more than 2% concentration can be purchased over the counter. A doctor must prescribe any product that contains a concentration higher than 2%. A concentration of 12% prevents the production of melanin altogether. When hydroquinone is properly formulated it is not a harmful ingredient and there is no substantial research proving otherwise.
Some may say that hydroquinone causes cancer yet, “hydroquinone happens to be a potent antioxidant and there is even research that shows that workers who handle pure hydroquinone actually have lower incidences of cancer than the population as a whole (Paulaschoice.com).” The only cases in which a patient did develop cancer or an issue of darker colored skin are those who did not use sunscreen in conjunction with the ingredient. Since melanin is our natural UV protectant it is important to realize that one’s skin may become sensitive to the sun after displacing the dark spot or discoloration. Although it is always critical to use sunscreen to prevent damage to the skin, it is even more important when using a product to lighten discolorations.
Research has indicated problematic skin reactions are rare and more often than not, minor. The most startling risk is a skin disorder called ochronosis, which is a bluish tint of the skin. This is caused by long time use of a high concentration of hydroquinone. Again, not using sunscreen will cause the area to re-darken and can sometimes make the area even darker due to the inhibition of our natural UV protection, melanin.
The correct way to use hydroquinone is by following the instructions on the drug facts label or package. Also, before using it is recommended to do a “test patch” by applying a small amount to a small area of healthy skin (such as inner wrist) to make sure an allergic reaction does not occur.
Clear Essence skin care products that contain hydroquinone always adhere to the FDA regulation of 2% concentration. Some of Clear Essence’s skin lightening products also contain SPF 15 so that an extra layer of sunscreen does not have to be applied! As you can see it is important to know the ingredients you put on your skin and how to properly use the skin care products in your daily regimen. Although it is trendy to say a product is all natural, science can sometimes give us the most effective results to ensure our skin is always flawless! The key is remembering proper use of these ingredients in healthy concentrations!!
Hydroquinone has received a poor reputation over the years. Most of the misinformation about this ingredient stems from misuse and a lack of education. People have continued to put the ingredient in a bad light by simply basing opinions on the worst cases of misuse of hydroquinone. Others simply don’t understand what this ingredient does. […]
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Clear Essence Cosmetics Gives During the Holidays
(Fontana, CA, USA) Clear Essence Cosmetics, a skin care line scientifically formulated for people of color attended the Black Infant Health Program’s 2013 Holiday Program and donated over 120 skin care samples to struggling mothers and 40 Baby Line product gift bags for their children. The event took place on December 19th, 2013 and showcased the Black Infant Health Program’s efforts throughout the year to help under privileged African American mothers living in Los Angeles, California. “Within a culturally affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African American women, the BIH Program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social support.” (cdph.ca.gov) For this reason, Clear Essence Cosmetics saw this program as a deserving and well rounded charity to donate our products and time toward in support of African American women and mothers.
The program included dancing, singing, motivational speakers and words of encouragement towards the Black Infant Health Program and its clients. The event hall was filled with generosity, and the same community feeling that is present in the BIH program throughout the year. Food was served and certificates were presented to the mothers that participated throughout the year to help themselves and their children sustain fulfilling lifestyles. Clear Essence Cosmetics donated over 120 skin care samples including the Clear Essence Complexion Soap, Clear Essence Medicated Fade Cream and Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk to give the mothers the confidence they need while supporting themselves and raising their children. Clear Essence Cosmetics also donated over 40 gift bags containing two full sized products from the Clear Essence Baby Line. These products will once again aid these mothers in providing their children comfort throughout early child development. Clear Essence Cosmetics is committed to serving its community and hopes to continue to be a part of similar efforts to support those in need.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Clear Essence Cosmetics Tel: 909-565-4824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Clear Essence Cosmetics Gives During the Holidays (Fontana, CA, USA) Clear Essence Cosmetics, a skin care line scientifically formulated for people of color attended the Black Infant Health Program’s 2013 Holiday Program and donated over 120 skin care samples to struggling mothers […]
What are your options?
- Use lotions such as the Skin Beautifying Milk Maxi-Tone; it can relieve dryness and flaking. Alternatively, add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Body Oil to bath water to help seal in moisture. We also have our Specialist Skin Care Body Oil and both can be applied directly to the skin. Look for products in our Anti-Aging Line with alpha hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells which will allow more water and moisture into healthy skin.
- Avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps, which can be harsh and drying. Instead, use a gentle cleanser, such as Clear Essence Olive Oil soap or Carrot Oil soap.
- Don’t take extremely hot baths or showers. Do not soak in the tub for more than 10 minutes. Doing so breaks down your skin’s natural protective oils, which keep it soft and smooth.
- Use a humidifier during the winter. Central heating and space heaters can dry out the air in your home.
- Choose natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton and silk, for your bedding and innermost layer of clothing.
- Drink plenty of water and other liquids to keep skin hydrated from the inside out. Omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans and broccoli) can also help keep skin supple.
When should you worry?
See a dermatologist if dryness and itching keep you awake at night, if Clear Essence Skincare lotions aren’t working, if you have open sores or large areas of scaling or peeling skin, or if you develop an infection from scratching. You could have a more serious condition such as eczema, psoriasis or another skin disorder.
Did you know?
- Although everyone’s skin changes with age, a man’s skin tends to stay moist longer. That’s because a woman’s skin becomes much drier after menopause.
- The best time to apply Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk is immediately after a shower or bath, when skin is still damp.
- Since dry skin is extra-sensitive, it is important protect it from the sun, especially if it is snowing (snow can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays). Apply Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 or My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 every day to your face, neck and ears.
What are your options? Use lotions such as the Skin Beautifying Milk Maxi-Tone; it can relieve dryness and flaking. Alternatively, add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Body Oil to bath water to help seal in moisture. We also have our Specialist Skin Care Body Oil and both can be applied directly to the skin. Look for […]
As you begin to put together your Christmas list this year, Clear Essence Cosmetics would like to help you in choosing the perfect gift of perfect skin. Each of these Special Gift Sets and Plus Packs include a cleanser treatment and moisturizer which will provide complete skin care for that special person, gal or guy.
Some of the Gift Sets available now are the Clear Essence Skin Essentials Combo Gift Set, the CHIMERE Bump Control Skincare Gift Set for men, Clear Essence Anti Aging Plus Pack for Mature Normal and Dry Skin, and many more. Check them all out at the following link: Skin Care Gift Sets.
We wish you and your loved ones, a safe and blessed holidays!
As you begin to put together your Christmas list this year, Clear Essence Cosmetics would like to help you in choosing the perfect gift of perfect skin. Each of these Special Gift Sets and Plus Packs include a cleanser treatment and moisturizer which will provide complete skin care for that special person, gal or guy. […]
Developed by experts in traditional natural skin remedies and combined with modern
technology, Adure by Clear Essence is an exclusive line of products to
address the skin care concerns of women of color. Adure by Clear Essence
consists of six different naturally-inspired products:
Adure by Clear Essence Anti-Flamme Herbal Massage Relief Crème: A fantastic
crème formulated for people of color to alleviate discomfort or pain caused
by bumps, strained muscles, joint pain and bruises. Also suitable for use as
a massage crème to provide comfort and healing to symptoms felt throughout
Adure Anti-Blemish/Anti-Wrinkle Control Scrub Wash: Promotes more even
toned, smooth skin. This scrub is formulated for the woman of color who is
experiencing blemish or acne related skin conditions. This scrub helps
control bacteria and oil build up and aids in the reduction of fine lines.
Adure Skin Care Natural Fairness Crème: Formulated with tangerine extract
and vitamins to aide in achieving a lighter and smoother complexion, visibly
noticeable after 3 weeks. This lightweight creme features UVA/UVB protection
from the sun’s harmful rays.
Adure Advanced Formula Tummy Flattening Gel: Allows precise delivery of its
concentrated base to resistant areas of dense abdominal fat- selectively
accelerating the breakdown of regional fat cells. The quick-penetrating
thick gel is designed to mobilize the persistent, stubborn fat that makes
your tummy bulge.
Adure Bust Boost Lifting & Firming Crème: Promotes a fuller and firmer
contour of the bust area.
Adure Skin Care Brightening Stretch Mark Crème is formulated with Vitamin A,
E, K, Panthenol, and cocoa butter the natural elasticity and moisture of the
skin. Evening Primrose and Starflower Oil aide in the prevention and
effective treatment to help in the reduction and appearance of unsightly
Developed by experts in traditional natural skin remedies and combined with modern technology, Adure by Clear Essence is an exclusive line of products to address the skin care concerns of women of color. Adure by Clear Essence consists of six different naturally-inspired products: Adure by Clear Essence Anti-Flamme Herbal Massage Relief Crème: A fantastic crème […]
In this fast-paced world of mass production, we at Clear Essence, natural skin care makers, still know the importance of creating products that cater to the essence of individuality.
With Adure by Clear Essence we have synthesized knowledge honed from ancient traditional remedies and utilized modern technologies to preserve the integrity of their healing properties. In this way we created a therapeutic line of products, specifically designed with the needs of women of color in mind.
Since the world marketplace is our arena, our first challenge was to select a name of distinction. “Adure” by definition means “Daughter of Grace, Elegance and Beauty.” It is derived from the Igbo tribe of Eastern Nigeria and it epitomizes the way we want our products to make women feel.
Our second challenge was to understand the simple yet ingenious powers of Mother Nature. Our international team of experts embarked upon countless expeditions throughout the remote villages and rain forests of Africa, Asia, South America and Australia. They were committed to uncovering the mystery behind how Mother Nature’s natural ingredients (derived from clay, mud, plants and fruit) could organically nourish skin.
Each expedition let to innovative discoveries based on the teaching of local herbalogists (heirs to generations of natural skin care knowledge). We returned with rare botanicals and skillfully incorporated them into the formulas that serve as the foundation for the Adure collection.
The six products under the Adure banner are now available to safely and effectively address all the skin care concerns of today’s women of color.
At Clear Essence we support a holistic approach to well-being. We hope the the Adure collection will inspire you to explore a similar approach to life, leading you to a harmonious balance of natural beauty and wellness.
Discover Adure by Clear Essence for yourself (or someone you love) today.
In this fast-paced world of mass production, we at Clear Essence, natural skin care makers, still know the importance of creating products that cater to the essence of individuality. With Adure by Clear Essence we have synthesized knowledge honed from ancient traditional remedies and utilized modern technologies to preserve the integrity of their healing properties. […]
When thinking about our bodies and taking care of our bodies, the importance of skin care is often neglected. The main proposes of skin is to cover and protect our bodies from infections as well as provide a thermal layer to keep us at temperature equilibrium. Why not try to help protect and promote what defends and encourages our thriving bodies?
Men’s skin care
This Father’s Day, let’s help Dad start simple skin care regimens that can easily be followed and committed to. Women have actively adopted and tend to follow complete skin regimen, but most men have not conformed to the notion that skin care is more than just “looking pretty.” Men have different skin than women and could actually require more maintenance. Men have a propensity to have more oily skin than women. This is why it’s imperative for them to follow a basic routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Clear Essence Cosmetics has devoted an advanced product line to the advancement of skin care for men of color: the ChiMere line.
Father’s Day Gift Idea
Dealing with the effect of weekly or even daily shaving can be very traumatizing for skin. Men with black skin may experience rough skin, dark spots from bearded areas, or even razor bumps (which is very common amongst ethnic skin), it may also be essential to pay more attention to how you shave and using the right after shaving products. Whether a man is sporting a full beard or bald face, Clear Essence Cosmetics offers many products to help control those issues such as the ChiMere for Men Bump Control Cleansing Bar. This powerful sulfur black soap will help fade dark spots, smooth and soften skin, and minimize the appearance of razor bumps, while controlling mild acne and evening the skin tone.
Just in time for Father’s Day Clear Essence Cosmetics has the skin care products to help Dad get on a skincare regimen that he will love!
When thinking about our bodies and taking care of our bodies, the importance of skin care is often neglected. The main proposes of skin is to cover and protect our bodies from infections as well as provide a thermal layer to keep us at temperature equilibrium. Why not try to help protect and promote what […]