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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it is never too soon to start adding proper skin care to your daily regimen, especially if you want smooth, touchable skin just in time for your V-Day date. Here are a few important tips for your skin to keep in mind before your date and as a regular part of your routine.

 

 

Exfoliation

Dull, dead looking skin is never a beauty goal for African American skin care. Exfoliation is a way for us to avoid bumpy, scaly looking skin. Exfoliation allows us to remove the dead cells that sit on the top layer of our skin. Once these dead cells are gone, it allows for our natural glowing complexion to shine through. Use a Clear Essence soap bar to gently exfoliate the skin and remove bumps and rough skin. For soft, hydrated skin try the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap which moisturizes while exfoliating.

 

Hydrating Your Skin

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. 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! You want the entire body to be soft to the touch for your Valentine! 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!! 

 

Skin Care Sets for Your Love

Ever wonder for the perfect gift for him? Men deserve to have a clear, healthy and beautiful skin as well. Why not pamper your “babe” by providing them with products that will celebrate their masculine strength. ChiMere Skin Care for Men offers healthy and natural men’s skin care products that specialize in men’s grooming & skin care solutions. The ChiMere for Men Grooming Set effectively gives a complete shaving regimen for men of color as it includes two cleansers, a shave gel and after shave treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

Many of us may think in order to get flawless, even skin we need to spend a lot of money on products, treatments and anti-aging regimens. However, there’s lots of easy and AFFORDABLE ways to achieve a perfected skin tone without breaking the bank! Here’s a few ways you’ve been throwing away money when it comes to your skin care routine..

1) You’re Working on the Exterior without Considering the Interior

Our skin is the window to the body. What goes into the body can effect your overall skin complexion. If you’re not supplying yourself with enough water, internal organs start to dehydrate and your skin can appear dull, dried out and lifeless. The foods we eat can also cause breakouts and other signs of allergic reaction such as sugars, oily and greasy snacks. Another cause poor skin is stress; its effects on the body can translate to acne and overall skin disruption. Make sure you’re starting your skin care with proper nutrition, diet and wellness.

2) You’re Focusing on Brand Names Rather than Ingredients and Results

Often times we’ll believe if it’s priced higher and found on all the high-end shelves, it has to be good! That may be true but its more effective to go off of ingredients and proven results over a number of years. Plus why spend more on something that does the same thing for less??? For example, Clear Essence skin care products have been trusted for over 30 years to even dark spots and uneven skin tones but are affordably priced under $15 USD! We even have a full line of products affordably priced under $5 each, the Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Line, which provide a full regimen of easy to use, effective products. The Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Fade Creme is one of our #1 dark spot correctors for small spots or scars on the face, hands, or body. Use twice a day for 4 to 6 weeks to see improvement. NOW: Clear Essence is offering a special promotion, purchase $50+ of Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Products and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order! Limited Time Only!!

3) You’re Not Sticking to Your Regimen Daily

If you want results, you gotta do the work! Buying all the products in the world will do nothing for your skin if you never apply them! Don’t let your skin care products just collect dust after you’ve purchased; stay consistent and let the products work their magic!!

People tend to experience changes in their skin when the weather changes. Cold, windy weather often results in dry skin and chapped lips. Warmer temperatures, especially with added humidity, usually  makes the skin oily. When this occurs, it’s important to switch up your  skin care routine!

If you have problems with dry skin in the winter seasons, do not use harsh products on your skin. Our products from the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line and Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line are gentle, yet work effectively to treat dry skin. It’s best to limit exfoliating products during dry seasons as over cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils. Use face washes that have creamier textures to keep your skin hydrated. Also, moisturize consistently with oils or lotions! Our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Oil and Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 work wonders on dry skin. These products help make the skin soft and smooth, while protecting it from harsh weather.
When the weather gets warmer, our skin often gets oilier. Pores open up when you sweat, causing dirt and bacteria to get trapped in the skin. It is important to exfoliate often to get rid of the excess build-up. Our Platinum Line Blemish Control Wash is effective in removing excess dirt and oil from the skin. Make sure to moisturize after, and apply SPF! If you’re looking for an SPF lotion that does not leave the skin feeling greasy like most sunscreens, try the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion w/ SPF 15. It protects the skin as it softens and hydrates.

No matter what the weather may be, always wear sunscreen. We cannot stress this enough. Rain or shine, UV rays will always be emitted into our atmosphere. Clouds often trap more UV rays than on a clear day. If you live in snowy conditions, note that UV rays bounce off of the snow. No matter what season, time, or location you may be in, always protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Use these tips to make sure that you’re protecting and taking care of your skin in any kind of weather. In any season, it’s up to you to make sure that your best skin radiates through!

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!

 

When it comes to benefiting the skin, natural ingredients can be the key. The benefits of lemon and sugar scrub are wonderful and help your skin in many ways. We know, first hand, that lemon is a natural sources of vitamin C. This vitamin helps lightening dark spots from sun exposure, age spots, and discolorations. It also helps with rough spots such as knee, elbows, hands and feet. Sugar is very beneficial as well due to being a natural exfoliator, cleaning the pores and improving overall skin texture because it removes dead skin cells.

We believe that lemon is one of the best natural sources to use on your skin for many reason as mentioned before; as a result, we have a created an entire line based on the benefits of lemon and its vitamin C ingredient called Lemon Plus Vitamin C Line.This is the reason we recommend you to use this lemon and sugar scrub; we are sure you are going to love it. The best part is that it can be used both face and body.

For this DIY lemon and sugar scrub you will simply need three things:

  • 1 Lemon
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • Medium sized Tupperware or jar with lid

Simply add the lemon juice to the granulated sugar in the Tupperware or jar and mix all it together until you get a medium to thick consistency. You can always add or remove lemon and sugar depending on your preferences; there is not an exact recipe for this so play with it.

On your body, apply it on circular motions paying more attention to areas that you want to lighten for about 3 minutes. On your face, apply it gentle on circular motions for about 3 minutes as well. Make a new batch every 2 week or so to keep the ingredients as fresh as possible so that they can work effectively.

This lemon and sugar scrub will help you maintain a silky and smooth skin. Lemon tightens pores and evens out the skin tone and the sugar removes dead skin cells, cleaning the pores. We invite you to try it out since it is easy and an effective way to treat your skin.

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