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Acne and Acne Scars

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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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.

 

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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Winter Landscape

Dry Skin and chapped lips are some of the things we have in store for us once winter arrives.

Based in Southern California, Clear Essence Cosmetics USA, Inc. headquarters enjoys some of the best weather year round. Bracing for winter here means throwing on a light sweater! However, for those areas with more than one season, your skin may need some help combating the elements. During winter Humid rain dropsthe air becomes much dryer, winds increase, and there’s regular chances of rain, snow, etc. Think of what that does to our skin. You may start to experience increased dryness in your skin during this time of the year. The weather can cause our skin to become so dry that it cracks and becomes sore. Some of the places on our bodies that seem to dry out the most are elbows, knees and knuckles. However, there are ways to prevent, avoid, and cure dry skin and a lot of the solutions are very simple and easy to do.

The Why and How?

Before talking about how to solve these issues for good, let’s answer the question: How does the weather affect my skin? Well, in harsh dry weather water is pulled out of the skin and into the dehumidified wind. Rapidly changing temperatures can also irritate the skin such as leaving the warm house to go out into the snow. Try avoiding taking hot showers during the winter as it dries the skin. And although a heater keeps you toasty it can dry the air in your room which again translates to dry skin.

As mentioned, the areas you may find drier than others are your elbows, knees, and knuckles. This is because the skin is always bending and stretching and needs special care. When it comes to knuckles, our skin can be very sensitive to many household products. Ingredients in cleaning supplies can remove our natural oils from our skin. If you have dry or cracked skin on your hands it is important to use gloves when cleaning around the house to not cause further harm to the healing wounds. Also, the material of sweaters and long sleeve shirts can rub against the elbow causing irritation to already dry skin. Make sure to moisturize completely before putting on clothing to prevent chafing.

Tips and Tricks

So what are some ways you can prevent these horrors caused when winter comes around? You can stay hydrated, drink water regularly. Change your face wash to something that is mild and gentle on your skin. You want something that can seal in moisture. You can switch your moisturizer from light too thick because summer is over and your skin will need extra emollients. And in order to make sure your skin is getting the moisture it needs, you can purchase a humidifier so thatOlive Oil Creme you can still use your heater without over drying your room.

Products that Work!

Clear Essence Cosmetics has dry skin care products that will work great for your skin in the winter such as their Skin Beautifying Milk from their Platinum Line, and their Olive Oil Crème from their My Natural Beauty Skin Line. The Skin Beautifying Milk will even out your skin tone while keeping it hydrated and soft. This is a great addition to your regimen to prepare for the skin bearing summer! The Olive Oil Crème is completely natural and helps increase skin’s firmness and elasticity. Clear Essences wants the real you to shine through. If you have any questions please visit our website at clearessence.com. And always remember the difference is clear.

Causes of Acne on Darker Skin Tones

In Black skin care, acne is a nuisance that we contribute to the food we eat and hormones. There may however, be another factor that you have never considered before. The soft pillow that you lay your head on every night may be causing some of your breakouts.

Your pillowcases, like your clothing, hold dirt and oil from your skin. However, many of us do not wash our pillowcases as often as our clothing. This allows for a build up of oil and dirt that distributes back onto your skin as you sleep at night.

Preventing Bacteria Transfer to Your Face

To prevent the build up of dirt and oil, pillowcases should be washed about once a week. If washing your pillowcase this often is not possible, placing a clean towel on top of your pillowcase may be a better option. When washing your pillowcases, try to avoid liquid detergent and dryer sheets as they cause a waxy build up that may clog pores further.

A second way to prevent the build up of dirt and oil on your pillowcases, is to wash your face before you go to sleep. Washing your face before you go to sleep removes the dirt and oil that has accumulated during the day. Less oil and dirt on your face before you go to sleep means that there will be less dirt and oil deposited onto your pillowcase.

A dirty pillowcase is not the only cause of acne on black skin but it can definitely contribute. Having a clean pillowcase ensures that dirt and oil will not be redistributed onto your skin causing further breakouts.

Treating Acne

For some of us acne, is already affecting our skin. Our Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. The antiseptic wash clears bacteria and oil build up while reducing inflammation and irritation. This helps control acne on the face and along the hairline and dries up oil to reduce future acne formation. Also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin fresh and awakened.

For back and chest, we recommend our Medicated Cleansing Bar made with sulfur and exfoliating oatmeal extracts. This black soap is a blemish and acne treatment soap for the face and body that is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. The soap deep cleanses to remove dirt, bacteria and oil. This medicated cleansing bar also exfoliates dead skin cells for a radiant blemish free complexion. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to heal problematic skin and reduce breakouts.

If you’re often left with dark spots and left over acne scars, try the Skin Lightening Serum to target individual dark marks on oily and acne prone skin types. It treats hyper-pigmentation, fades skin discolorations, and lightens dark spots on all skin types and skin tones. This skin lightening serum contains Hydroquinone and botanical extracts which go to work to fade problem areas.

Specialist Oil

Olive Oil isn’t just a great healthy cooking ingredient but also a healthy skin care ingredient.

History of Olive Oil

This “Liquid Gold” dates back to ancient Greece where it was the Holy Grail of products because of its versatility. Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids which are great for both your diet and your skin. Because it’s an all natural ingredient it is perfect for sensitive skin. Our Olive Oil Body Crème and our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap are both made with Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient used in skin care products. It is extremely rich in antioxidants preventing skin aging and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines all while nourishing the skin to protect it from further damage.

The Clear Essence Olive Oil Body Crème offers a variety of skin care solutions for all skin types. The special formula is blended with unique lipid structures (oil molecules) that seep into the skin for instant hydration. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants that keep your skin looking beautiful and extremely soft. It’s anti-aging properties help increase skin’s firmness and elasticity. And lastly olive oil is a natural antibacterial that helps form a protective shield against bacteria and viruses.

Soaps tend to strip skin of natural oils when they are cleansing away dirt and “bad” oils. This leaves your skin feeling tight and dry after a shower. It is important that your body soap not only cleanses the skin but also hydrates. Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap is enriched with natural antioxidants, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and pure Olive Extra Virgin Oil, transforming dry and dehydrated skin into soft radiant skin. It has been clinically shown to improve and be effective against dry and aging skin, as well as hyper pigmentation (acne scars, sun spots). In combination with any of our Platinum Line skin lightening products, the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil soap works to exfoliate to let our creams, gels or lotions better penetrate the skin and fade dark spots and areas affected by hyper pigmentation.

The best thing about both of our Olive Oil products is that it will never leave your skin feeling greasy or oily, just soft and supple as your skin soaks up the olive oil deep into your skin.

Olive Oil Tips

Here are a few extra tips on how to utilize our products!

  1. Add some sea salt to the body crème and use it on damp skin to exfoliate your legs before hair removal. It scrubs off all the dead skin while leaving behind moisturized healthy skin. You’ll notice a huge difference in how soft your skin feels even after hair removal.
  2. Use a small amount of the body crème underneath your eyes right before bed. It will act as a heavy duty eye crème to help rejuvenate the sensitive skin throughout the night.
  3. You can also use the crème as a light cuticle treatment! The extra virgin oil alleviates dry nails and cuticles. Simply rub a small amount around the cuticle area and around the nail. Cuticles stay plump and moist, and nails respond with a natural shine.
  4. Use both the Soap Bar and Body Crème together! They are the perfect combo to fight dryness and anti-aging signs!

 

Let’s talk makeup removal. We know it’s probably the least looked forward to part of the day for all of us. All we want to do is slip into something comfortable and relax. Who cares if we wake up looking like a raccoon, right?! -Wrong!

Makeup removal is an extremely important aspect of maintaining healthy, glowing skin. While you sleep your skin renews itself, drawing on what is sitting on the surface in order to replenish itself. However, if all your skin has is the day old makeup you forgot to wash off then you’ll be waking up to clogged pores and dehydrated skin. Here’s a tip to prevent that from happening!

 

Skin Care Oil– Sounds a little weird, we know. But the beauty industry has been obsessed with face and body oils lately. The objective is to break down makeup without stripping your skin of its moisture. This is particularly great for people with acne prone and sensitive skin. Acne prone people are told to stay away from anything with “Oil” in its name because it’s thought to cause breakouts. However, skin care oils don’t clog our pores because it doesn’t sit on our skin. We wash it away along with the day’s makeup, dirt, and grime. This is also great for people with sensitive skin because it removes makeup and dirt from the skin without introducing harsh cleansers.

 

Using oil also eliminates having to scrub and tug at your skin in order to get your makeup off.  Our Specialist Skincare Body Oil would be a great alternative for people with more mature skin. The lightweight oil melts away your makeup with little to no effort. Just soft circular motions and rinse! Followed by a quick cleanse using our Complexion Soap and you’re done!

 

We offer an entire line of different skin regimens catered to all types of skin tones and skin types so head over to ClearEssence.com or find us at your local Wal-Mart! Use our store locator to find the one nearest you.

When it comes to Summer, not only do we get extreme temperatures, but we also get smog. Smog occurs because of pollutants in the atmosphere that may be caused by fuels such as nitrogen oxides (that are found in burning gas, natural gas, coal, and oil), carbon monoxide, and many more. Major air pollution sources are derived from transportation, electricity, other home fuel uses, and goods and services we buy. Unfortunately anti-pollution skin care is a reality for most everyone in the world due to these toxics affecting our air quality. Not only does our planet get affected by these fuels, but every living person is also affected, both internally and externally. These pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides damage crops (that we eat), which may cause internal consumption of these chemical. For example, smog and nitrogen oxides creates an effect known as acid rain, so when it rains, the water falling is already polluted, and when it hits the crops, the crops get contaminated, and we eat those contaminated crops. Other internal effects may include lung damage from smog and blood having a more difficult time providing oxygen to cells.

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Outdoor Pollution

So how does skin care play into air pollution you ask? Well, many of you might be shocked that air pollution externally affects you, by damaging your skin. According to the New York Times, “Ozone, the toxic gas formed when UV light hits mono-nitrogen oxides (basically, combustion exhaust), is suspected by some to be one of the primary causes of pollution-related skin damage.” The Ozone layer located in the stratosphere (one of five atmosphere layers) is our essential protection against skin cancer because it absorbs UV rays. Although the Ozone works as a shield against UV rays above in the sky, down below on the ground level, the Ozone layer may actual cause lung damage. So how exactly does our skin age faster? Our skin contains certain lipids that help keep our skin firm, however the Ozone layer damages those lipids causing skin damage and speeding up aging. The skin gets damaged due to the loss of oxygen your skin cells are receiving. Although this is normal when it comes to aging, air pollutants and UV radiation speed up the process.

Smog and Smoking

Smog is not the only type of fog, and neither is the smoke from other pollutants the only kind—smoking is a pollutant that damages your skin. According to LIVESTRONG, the process of growing tobacco, as well as consuming it, creates so much pollutants, it’s a hazard to the environment. First, the plant itself requires so many pesticides and herbicides, due to its fragility, thus causing the Ozone layer to deplete because of the chemicals these pesticides and herbicides contain. Such chemicals may even end up in ground water, killing wildlife and even poison people because of contaminated water. Now, these are just the chemicals that are used for growing tobacco, but more chemicals are released into the environment during manufacturing cigarettes. Chemicals such as:

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  • Ethylene glycol
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydrogen fluoride
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Nicotine and nicotine salts
  • Nitric acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Sulphuric acid
  • Toluene
  • Let’s also not forget the Carbon Dioxide that gets released while transporting (and consuming) the product, using fossil fuels that damage the atmosphere—just to name a few.

Now imagine all of those chemicals going into your mouth as you inhale and exhale a cigarette. The chemicals listed above are not only released into the atmosphere, create liter (cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the U.S.) but they stay in your body, and may lead to skin cancer. Smoking also causes your skin to wrinkle because it narrows your blood vessels due to lack of oxygen. According to HowStuffWorks, “Smoking also damages elastin and collagen, fibers that give skin its elasticity, which cause skin to wrinkle prematurely.” So next time you pick up a cigarette, ask yourself this—is it really worth it? If smoking is a stress reliever, here are other options to deal with stress, check out this collection of Cat-Stress-Relievers that Buzzfeed has compiled!

Anti-Pollution Skin Care: Shield Your Skin

It takes a large amount of people, corporations, and politicians to come together and find a solution to defeat air pollution, in the meanwhile, you can learn how to shield your skin from air pollutants!

Wash Your Face

Washing your face should not only be a part of your anti-pollution skin care routine, but learning to wash your face every single day, and if possible, day and night, is going to help you keep your face clean from chemicals and pollutants. By washing your face, you’re preventing your skin from irritation and dryness from pollutants. Here’s a list of possible products to use to not only keep your face clean after washing, but also to help with dryness from pollutants!

The milk not only prevents and heals dryness, but it also helps with hyperpigmentation from dryness in areas such as elbows, knees, knuckles and feet. Use it after cleansing and treating to moisturize the skin.

The crème helps reduce skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and helps brighten and even out your skin. It’s formulated with sunscreen so you won’t have to worry about UV rays!

This soap works to not only help dry skin, but it also helps with aging skin, because of the anti-oxidants such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, and pure Olive Oil. Say goodbye to rough skin and hello to smooth and soft!

This crème has a specially blended formula with antioxidants that help maintain your skin looking young and stay moisturized. Use it with the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap for added hydration and clean looking skin!

Antioxidants to the Rescue!

According to SELF, “When pollution gets into your skin, it creates free radicals, highly unstable molecules that have unpaired electrons. These molecules [try] to steal an electron from a healthy cell, thereby injuring it.” These electrons therefore damage your collagen, which is essential for firm skin, and creates holes in your cells. This can lead to possible hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne from increased inflammation. Apply serums with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, in order to ensure your skin cells have the proper nutrients to prevent free radicals damage. Here are a couple of ways to pack in those antioxidants:

  • Eat Foods That Have Antioxidants—eating foods such as wild berries, dark chocolate, pecans, kidney beans, cranberries, blackberries, cilantro, and even green tea, is going to help
  • Try the Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line—The Lemon Vitamin C skin care series is made with a natural blend of vitamin c, fruit acids, emollients, and extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea and sea kelp. Our Lemon Vitamin C line is natural skin care from nature, as it is a non-hydroquinone based treatment for excessive pigmentation in people of color. Lemon Plus Vitamin C from Clear Essence has fruit extracts for the gentle treatment of: Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, excessive dryness, and environmental damage. Check out some of our favorites:

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The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub is a deep cleansing body scrub for all skin types; a unique blend of botanical ingredients that uses Vitamin C, lemon, and other antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap is formulated with natural exfoliates, which scrub away dead skin cells, causing the skin to feel smoother and cleaner, not to mention, the light lemon sent leaves skin smelling GREAT!

 

     

Clothing

weather-1611702_1920If you have a job that requires to be out in the sun all day, or you know you’ll be out all day, try covering up your skin with long sleeves and a hat in order to protect your skin from being in contact with air pollutants! You can also find out whether your clothes are properly UPF. According to the Skin Cancer Organization, “UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin.” It’s important to know your clothing is protecting sufficiently against air pollutants and UV rays, otherwise you are at a higher chance of skin damage. The Skin Cancer Organization also provides examples of what fabrics to look for depending on the UPF you seek.

 

Sunscreen

Because the Ozone layer is depleting, we are now more than ever exposed to UV rays. It’s important to apply sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy outside! Try our Clear Essence Platinum Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15, which helps keep your body moisturized and protected from any harmful UVA/UVB rays and still help fade discoloration from previous harsh sun exposure. Protecting yourself from UV rays is not only going to help you keep your skin healthy, but it’s also going to prevent your skin from hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone.

 

So now that you have a basic idea of what your skin type and skin tone is, now is the perfect time to find the right beauty routine for your skin. Not only is knowing your skin type going to help your skin but customizing your routine to your skin tone and age will help you maintain radiant skin for a very long time!

The Basic Foundations to a Beauty Routine

First thing’s first, you’re going to want to nail down the basics of your beauty routine. If you read our previous article on Skin Types & Skin Tones, you should already know some information on how your skin reacts to your environment, and how to prevent it from causing irritation, wrinkles or discolorations. But how are you going to keep maintaining your flawless skin if you don’t have the basics down? Clear Essence has three basic steps to go by:

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Simple, right? You’re probably wondering “What about my acne treatments, and serums, and masks, etc.!?” We’ll get to that in a moment, but for now, when you start a beauty routine, these are the essential steps you need. When you go shopping, you need to get these products and base it off your skin type. If you have acne/oily skin, then for treatments you would use an acne treatment, or a serum such as the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum. For dry skin, a treatment to use would be the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème, which helps fade dark spots. So you see, getting to know your skin before you go out shopping is a necessity in order to ensure you get the proper results you want to see, and also choosing the right product. YouTube Beauty Guru, Michelle Phan states, “Read labels so that you don’t end up with a cleanser containing a drying ingredient like isopropyl alcohol for already dry skin, or adding excessive oil to oily skin, etc. The products out there can be overwhelming, so start with daily cleansers and moisturizers, and work your way to products that address specific concerns when needed.” In other words, when you start your routine, try going for generic products, and then focus on the specifics after you find the right products for the basics. The basics will include a daily routine, and once you have that down, then focus on your weekly routines, which may be treatments that may be required once or twice a week.

Beauty Basics Set, Now Work in the Details

Although there is no Fountain of Youth, there are many ways to look young—at a high expense. If you wish to prevent wrinkles or signs of aging, it really starts with your beauty regimen. As we age, not only do we see change in our body and life, but we also see changes in our skin requirements. Take the time to learn about what you should incorporate into your beauty regimen, based by your age.

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Although you may still be young, at this age is the time you should be preventing wrinkles by applying certain habits and lifestyles:

  • Don’t Stress Over Stress—Sleep it Off

photo-1429117237875-aa29229d99f0According to Refinery29, Lack of sleep “can cause stress that’s reflected on the skin via acne flare-ups. A lot of consistent stress can even lead to a general worsening of your overall skin health. Not getting enough sleep causes the adrenal glands to overproduce cortisol, a steroid, which makes sebaceous glands produce more oil.” So although you may have more energy to stay up late or even pull “all-nighters” remember that your body needs rest, otherwise it begins to react, by creating acne, or even dark circles.

  • Look Into Anti-Aging Products, But Don’t Overdo It

Using Anti-Aging products at this age may be helpful in preventing lines on your face, but Refinery29 has a fair warning: certain anti-aging products may carry ingredients such as retinol, which may cause irritation of certain skin types, such as oily or combination. The irritation occurs due to the fact that retinol works as a method to sustain and keep collagen in the body, which in your 20s you technically don’t really have to worry about, since your skin is still active.

  • Rain or Shine, Sunscreen Is a Must

So if you’re not interested in using Anti-Aging products, or you’re not sure what to use, always start with sunscreen. Using sunscreen is not only going to help you from sunburns, but it can prevent sun damage to your skin such as dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, from the excess melanin that is attempting to protect your skin from the harsh UVA/UVB rays.

  • Treat Your Dark Spots NOW, not Later

Haven’t been using sunscreen? It’s okay, now you know that sunscreen is needed to prevent skin damage. If you do have dark spots, treat them now by using the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15. Not only is this going to help you fade dark spots from the sun, but it’s going to leave you with an even toned skin complexion (not to mention it has an SPF 15 built formula).  Correcting your dark spots now rather than later is going to help your skin heal a lot faster because later on, your skin’s “metabolism” slows down, making it more difficult to treat your skin.

  • FOOD—Eat Foods That Will Help Your Skinways-to-eat-healthier

Certain foods cause your skin to react by breaking out, so remember what POPSUGAR says, “The A in antiaging stands for antioxidants.” In other words, eat foods or snacks that will help your skin grab the anti-oxidants it needs such as berries, dark chocolate, and pay close attention to find out what makes you break out.

30s

  • Exfoliate

Your skin isn’t as “active” as it was in your 20s, so at this age, your routine should start incorporating products that will help you get rid of dead skin cells. Use an exfoliant that’s going to help you get rid of dead skin cells not only from the outer layer from your skin, but from deep within it too!

  • Are You Still Applying Sunscreen?

You should continue applying sunscreen Every. Single. Day. Even if it’s raining, you never know when the sun might just peek out to say hi. Also, since your skin cells are slowing down, you want to make sure your skin doesn’t get dark spots at this age, because it becomes more complicated to help them fade away, but, it can be done (it just takes more time)!

  • Make Anti-Aging Products Your Best Friends

CEC_AHA_CSIf you weren’t already doing so, start using anti-aging products such as The Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA. The Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) helps accelerate skin regeneration and helps to clear dead skin cells quicker. Use eye creams that help the skin under your eyes, which is a thin and sensitive skin layer. According to Refinery29, “Apply eye cream with the ring finger, the weakest finger, morning and evening to the orbital bone around the eyes. Use gentle patting motions and make sure to avoid rubbing and tugging. It is also important not to apply eye cream too close to the lash line as the product can travel into your eyes and be picked up by your eyelashes, causing irritation or unnecessary puffiness.” Lastly, begin using night creams that are different from day creams that help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.

  • Drink Water—Like Right Now

Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized means not only using creams, but also drinking plenty of water. Your skin’s elasticity relies heavily on water, so keeping yourself hydrated, will help you prevent wrinkles!

40s

You might notice a pattern here for certain tips (sunscreen), but in your 40s, things get a bit more interesting with your skin, and though it may be frustrating, just remember that caring for your skin is not only to look radiant, but to help your body stay protected from bacteria.

  • Fuzzy Hairs—EVERYWHERE

You may have noticed that your skin has developed more facial hair, but not to worry. According to Refinery29, “With hormonal changes in the 40s, many will find their faces getting fuzzier. Most people don’t appreciate this extra hair and turn to waxing, dermaplaning, or threading services to keep visible hair less noticeable.” Though hormone changings are causing facial hair to come out, know that the facial hair is meant to protect your skin, but you can get it removed. Just remember that if your skin is sensitive, you might want to research which hair removal method will accommodate your skin type.

  • Treat Your Necksb

If you applied sunscreen correctly in your 20s and 30s, you’ll notice that your neck may have stayed firm. Your neck often times gets ignored however, that area most often exposed to the sun, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

  • Use an Acne Treatment, NOT an Acne Beauty Routine

Around this time, your skin may break out occasionally because of hormones or cystic acne. But rather than switching your entire routine, opt for a dark spot treatment or acne treatment that’s going to help you with the problematic areas. Switching to an acne routine, may cause your skin to dry which makes it more difficult for anti-aging goals.

  • Products With Retinol Should Be Your Best Friend

Renee Rouleau from Refinery29 states “Retinol is a key ingredient in repairing, refining, and smoothing the skin. A product with retinol can address concerns such as sun damage, skin texture and tone, wrinkles, and large pores, as well as other signs of aging.” In other words, Retinol is basically a superhero, but you also want to watch out for “villainous” ingredients. You want to read every label for every product your skin touches, because certain products may either cause irritation, or simply do not help your skin at all.

50s+

  • Keep Your Routine Minimal

At this point in time, your skin may start having more hormonal reactions because of menopause, so keep your routine basic, such as the one AARP.org offers: Cleanse, Protect, Smooth. Try cleansing with the Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA, or use a natural product such as the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap Continue
to use AHA products, that help remove dead skin cells. But still continue to protect your skin with sunscreen. Around this time you may start noticing moles will appear because of long term sun damage, so don’t be afraid to see a dermatologist if you’re unsure about a mole’s appearance.

  • Antioxidants

Continue to eat foods that carry antioxidants or use antioxidant serums that will help your skin absorb the vitamins it needs to maintain its hydrated glow.

  • Avoid Fragrances

Your skin becomes more sensitive as you age, so try to avoid scented products that may cause irritation or an allergic reaction.

  • AHA_NewEmbrace It

No matter how many products you use, or how many wrinkles you see—embrace it. Let the real you shine through and don’t be afraid to smile because of wrinkles!

 

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