In order to truly create radiant and beautiful skin, you have to know certain aspects of your skin, such as your skin type and your skin tone. It’s important to know these aspects about your skin, not only to find the perfect skin care products, but your skin type and skin tone may react differently to […]
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In order to truly create radiant and beautiful skin, you have to know certain aspects of your skin, such as your skin type and your skin tone. It’s important to know these aspects about your skin, not only to find the perfect skin care products, but your skin type and skin tone may react differently to the sun, make up products, and also what hair colors, or jewelry, compliments your skin tone.
So the first thing you want to know is what kind of skin type you have. Your skin type does not stay the same as you age, in fact the younger you are the more “normal your skin type is. There are about 5 major skin types, and may be caused by certain bad habits:
- Normal Skin
Normal skin has little to no blemishes or imperfections, and tends to be glowing. Pores are not as visible, and is rarely sensitive.
Although age may have something to do with normal skin, using the right products may lead to a balanced skin complexion, unless you have really perfect genetics!
Although you may like the way your skin looks, you want to maintain your skin looking flawless. So knowing what kind of products your skin is comfortable with is a plus. Try using the Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap, followed by the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème to keep maintaining a radiant and even toned complexion. We also offer other products for Normal skin, which you may check out here. If you have Normal skin but are worried about preventing wrinkles, you may also want to try the Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). The AHA works to clear dead skin cells and moisturizes skin as it cleanses.
- Combination Skin
For combination skin, your T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) is more likely to be oily, whereas the rest of your face may be dry or normal. Your pores are more than likely to appear larger because they’re more open, and are also more prone to having shiny skin. Combination skin tends to be the most common type of skin.
According to Paula’s Choice, genetics may be the most common reason for combination skin, but you might also want to take a look at the products you’re applying. You want to make sure that the ingredients in the products help balance your skin out.
For Combination skin, you want to look for products that are either good for all skin types or use oily or dry skin products only for those specific areas. We recommend focusing on oily dark spots with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum, while using the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Fade Crème for dry areas. You may also notice that some of our products such as the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk can be used for all skin types in order to help create a radiant complexion by fading dark spots and skin discolorations.
- Dry Skin
Though your pores may not be visible, you might havered patches, and a dull skin complexion. Your skin’s elasticity is very low which can create more visible lines.
According to WebMD, certain factors to consider on why you have dry skin may have to do with aging, heredity, weather such as too much sun exposure, wind, or cold temperatures. Too much tanning may also lead to dry skin damage and certain ingredients in skin care products may lead to such skin conditions.
Using a moisturizer will help bring elasticity back into your skin, and may want to be applied more than twice a day, or whenever you feel your skin dry. Use the Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk in order to prevent and heal cracked and dry skin. Another product to consider is a misting spray with ingredients such as rosewater in order to refresh your skin. For more of our Dry Skin products, check this page out!
- Oily Skin
Your pores appear larger with oily skin, causing shiny or dull complexions. Oily skin is also more prone to blackheads and pimples.
Oily skin can also change depending on the weather, such as dry skin. Some other factors to consider may be stress, heat.
In order to prevent Oily skin, a major factor to consider is tightening up your pores. The more open your pores are, the more bacteria and oils can clogged your pores which may lead to acne. Also, popping a pimple or touching your face may lead to more acne, so don’t touch your face! Try cleansing with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar which is effective in removing excess bacteria, dirt and oils. Follow up with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum to tighten up pores to prevent future clogged pores, and follow up with a moisturizer. For more oily skin products check our oily skin page.
- Sensitive Skin
Signs of sensitive skin may occur with redness or irritation, or even a burning sensation.
Most of the time, such symptoms are caused by chemical reactions, or ingredients in home care products or skin care products.
Knowing what products are causing irritation is a must. After knowing what works for your skin, use products that have more natural extracts, such as the Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line, or using the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap and the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème in order to help out with dryness that occurs from sensitive skin. You can check out more of our recommended products for sensitive skin here!
Our skin type helps identify how certain products may affect us, but knowing your skin tone also helps protect and prevent your skin from future damage and of course let’s not forget about fashion and beauty and how certain colors help your natural beauty. According to wikiHow, “Your skin tone is determined by the amount of melanin, or pigment, in your skin and does not change from sun exposure or skin conditions like rosacea or acne.” In other words, your skin tone isn’t based off of your actual skin color, but more about, what’s going on inside of your skin that produces its tone. The darker the skin tone, the higher amount of melanin, which helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. MAKEUP.com provides 5 of the most common skin tone categories which are:
Skin tone may easily be confused with undertone, which is determined by three aspects: cool, neutral, or warm. Undertone is helpful in finding the right beauty products such as foundation, nail polish, colors of clothing that make you stand out more, and even hair. Not sure what your undertone is? POPSUGAR has an easy quiz that’ll help you find out!
Protecting Your Skin
Above all, no matter what your skin type or skin tone is, a basic necessity for your skin to be protected is SPF. By using sunscreen, not only are you preventing excess dryness, and skin damage, but you’re also helping prevent sunspots and discolorations from occurring. Knowing what kind of SPF based off of your skin tones, is going to help you not only determine how strong the SPF should be but how often you should be reapplying. Use the Fitzpatrick skin quiz, provided by the Skin Cancer Organization to help identify how much SPF you need. Now, depending the SPF, you may have to apply sunscreen more than once throughout the day. The smaller the SPF the more often you have to reapply, so if you have a lotion or make up with SPF 15, then you’ll need to reapply every two hours. However, if you have SPF 30 or higher, you can get away with a couple of more hours, but always remember to reapply! Even after getting in the water with “waterproof” sunblock, it never hurts to reapply! According to the Skin Cancer Organization, “To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you need to apply 1 oz – about a shot glass full. Studies show that most people apply only half to a quarter of that amount, which means the actual SPF they have on their body is lower than advertised. During a long day at the beach, one person should use around one half to one quarter of an 8 oz. bottle. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.” Therefore, knowing the proper amount of sunscreen to use is not only going to help your natural beauty, but it’s going to keep it from aging faster!
Determining Your SPF for Every Skin Type
Now that you know what kind of SPF to use, knowing which sunscreen products to look for based off your skin type, is going to help you from preventing blemishes caused by sunscreen products. Sunscreen may cause oily skin to get even more excessive oils, so knowing what ingredients to look for is going to help your skin inside and out!
Normal Skin/All types:
Any sunscreen can be used for normal skin, but if you’re looking for one that will improve your skin’s elasticity, then check for a sunscreen that contains niacinamide, which helps uneven skin tones! Sunscreens that also contain zinc and titanium oxide will help cover you from any UV ray!
Dry Skin/Sensitive Skin:
Since dry skin can be prone to sensitivity, opt for a sunscreen that helps hydrate, and moisture, so the creamier/thicker, the better!
Since dry skin needs creamier then, oily skin means the opposite. Opt for gel based sunblocks which tend to be oil-free!
Clear Essence SPF Products
Sunscreen is always a major component to ensure the erasure of dark spots and getting a radiant and even toned-complexion, so we offer some products with an SPF 15 based formula! Here is a list for you to check out!
Although sunscreens create an “ashy look” on darker skin tones, that shouldn’t stop you from applying! According to Glamour, Dr. Zeichner states, “The right formula should be light, easy to spread, and should absorb fully into the skin so you don’t see it.” Another note to add on sunscreens is spray on sunscreens. Though they are effective, the trick is finding out whether you put on the right amount. If you wish to apply spray sunscreen, just remember: be aware of the dangers of accidental inhalation, and make sure to rub in the sunscreen once you spray it on! If you’re not sure about what sunscreen to use because you have sensitive skin, Positive Health Wellness has some great tips for not only using the proper products for sensitive skin, but also ways to create your own sunscreen!
When it comes to summer, sales of sunblock dramatically increase due to the presence of the sun; it’s the time of the year that sunblock should be worn. But, did it ever occur to you that maybe sunblock should be applied every day of the year? Although summer is supposed to be the hottest time of the year and Earth is closer to the sun, the sun still shines every day, so why not wear sunblock every day? And even when the sun doesn’t shine, there are other factors that cause damage to our skin. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreen, not just in in the summer, but every single day of the year, even when it’s cold out, because beautiful, radiant, and healthy skin depends upon it.
Why wear sunblock?
The obvious reason to wear sunblock is to prevent damaging our skin, however, there are certain myths that prevent people from applying sunblock. According to Huffington Post Dr. Wendy Roberts, a board certified dermatopathologist, states the benefits of sunblock such as:
“1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.
- Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.
- It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
- It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.”
Although global warming is a separate issue at hand, it individually affects us because of our skin’s reaction to the extent of the ozone layer letting in more rays that may potentially cause more damage to our skin now more than ever. Therefore, wearing sunblock is essential and should be worn everyday because every season fluctuates as the ozone layer continues to diminish. Everyone should also be well aware of the permanent damage to your skin—skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” It is more likely for someone to get skin cancer, than any other form of skin cancer, meaning the protection of our skin needs to be a priority for every single person. By being aware of the risks of skin cancer, such awareness can help save someone’s life, from possible skin cancers such as melanoma; so start applying! Another benefit from skin cancer, as mentioned from Dr. Roberts is the prevention from dark spots and discolorations. Although discolorations do not exactly harm your skin, it does take a long time for the discolorations to go away, therefore by using sunscreen, there is no need to even worry about such spots. However, according to www.newbeauty.com:
“Hyperpigmentation can affect all skin tones—but it runs rampant in those with darker skin. The reason: the darker the skin, the more active the melanocytes are because of naturally high melanin levels. ‘The cause of it doesn’t influence the severity of your discoloration but the severity of your hyperpigmentation is shaped by your skin tone,’ says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.”
Although every skin tone and skin type is likely to get discoloration and hyperpigmentation on the skin, dark skin is more likely to get hyperpigmentation on the skin, compared to other skin tones because of the melanin levels that dark skin tones contain. So the myth that “the darker the skin, the less you need to wear sunscreen” is false! Everyone, especially dark skin tones should be wearing sunblock. Women’s Health states, “Black skin has the equivalent of about an SPF 13.4 (compared with 3.4 for white skin).” So although the minimum SPF worn should be SPF 15, it is better safe than sorry to wear sunblock because our skin needs to be protected, and sometimes, our skin may not be enough to get the job done. Lastly, let’s not forget that sun damage creates premature aging, and although aging skin is beautiful, many would love to prolong visible signs of aging. CNN explains that “regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.” So again, the amount of sunscreen worn and wearing it earlier in life benefits skin from aging at a faster rate. So now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the types of sunscreen that are provided to us.
What kind of sunscreen and other sun protection should I use?
Although the face and body tends to be the number one priority for sunblock, it’s not the only part of the body that gets sun damage. Apart from applying sunblock, on the body, there should be protection from the very roots of your hair, all the way down to the toes on your feet. Although a hat would be best recommended, in the instance where a hat is not the best accessory for the outfit of the day, Essence has provided tips for protecting your hair for preventing sun damage such as:
“1. Use SPF! Use hair products with SPF in them, they will coat the cuticle in order to shield from harsh rays. Be sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any build up.
- Try Shower Filters!Some of our showers have chlorine in them, try adding a shower filter for when you are washing your hair. The chlorine will strip hair of the moisture it needs to stay healthy.
- Rinse With Cold Water“After you condition or co-wash, rinse with cold water to close the cuticle, that way nothing can penetrate the cuticle to damage the hair,” says Redway.”
Although it hardly ever gets mentioned, there are actual hair products that contain SPF! However, like makeup products, the lighter the SPF the higher the amount of application is needed, so if necessary, one can never go wrong with hat. If hats are still not convincing, look into cold showers and shower filters. When it comes to the water used for showering, in most cases it contains chlorine that damage hair, therefore reducing nutrients needed to protect hair follicles fro
m the sun. A filter would then strip chlorine from the water, so just try using cold water when conditioning, and everything else will be good to go! In regards to feet, dermatologist Leslie Baumann also explains on www.youbeauty.com that “’The skin on the tops of the feet is thinner than the skin on legs,’ she explains. ’Sun damage here can range from rough texture and fine lines to pigment changes.’ If you spent most of your youth running around outside while barefoot, you can start to see premature aging as early as your 20s” Apart from other weird places to get sun damage, Baumann explains that feet can also get premature aging characteristics, which is why sunscreen is essential when wearing revealing shoes. It’s also easier to get sunburnt feet because of the skin is much thinner there, causing feet to be a lot more sensitive to the sun. Any kind of sunscreen can be used for feet, however, since it is a lot thinner skin, the higher the better! The world is seen through beautiful eyes, so protect them with sunglasses! Eyes are also at risk of eyelid cancer when not protected accordingly. Of course, many know that sunglasses are the best accessory to add to any outfit! Still not sure about what kind of sunscreen to use on your body? Check out Michelle Phan’s Guide to Sunscreen, which explains what to look for depending skin tone and skin type. However, the Skin Cancer Organization emphasizes that though darker skins tend to have that “chalky” characteristic when applying sunblock, the organization explains
“Darker-skinned people may also be wary of using physical sunscreens, especially titanium-based products, because they can look chalky and white on the skin. Newer preparations, however, tend to be micronized, which means the particles are small enough to allow them to blend in and disappear into the skin. Chemical sunscreens are also an option; look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15+.”
Therefore, when it comes down to shopping for a sunscreen, choose a product that’s uniquely crafted based off the skin tone and skin type that best fits. If still unsure, feel free to consult with a physician, or dermatologist.
When should I use it?
Again, there’s a myth that summer is the only time to use sunscreen, but in reality, it should be used 365 days a year. Every season though, winter can be cold and snowy, should have sunblock included in a beauty regime. Why? According to Vogue, dermatologist Dendy Engelman, found that “pigment cells can be stimul ated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays, but even by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamp.” Construction or office job, sunscreen should be applied daily. Not only can computer rays, affect the skin, but society today relies heavily on cellphones, so people who use cellphones with a high brightness, beware—this can damage skin cells. Now it does sound silly and possibly a little extreme, but the evidence is there, being in an office environment can potentially lead to skin damage if sunscreen is not applied. Let’s not also forget the drive home, where the sun may give just the right lighting for a nice selfie, but that lighting is strong enough to create skin damage. Therefore, it is recommended to try to reduce exposure from the sun mid-afternoon, the time when it is more likely for high sun exposure.
Does Clear Essence carry SPF products?
Clear Essence works hard to help people with dark skin find products that not only have SPF 15 but also help with hyperpigmentation from sun damage. Below is a list of products that contain SPF 15 and help reduce scars from sun damage:
The inclusion of sunscreen protects and shields skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays that tends to cause problems with pigmentation and uneven darkening of dark skin tones. The Skin Beautifying Milk effectively smoothes and fades away skin discoloration.
After using Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, use this all over body lotion to protect and maintain your skin tone. This specially formulated blend 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.
When it comes to summer, sales of sunblock dramatically increase due to the presence of the sun; it’s the time of the year that sunblock should be worn. But, did it ever occur to you that maybe sunblock should be applied every day of the year? Although summer is supposed to be the hottest time […]
Anti-Aging Skin Care
Seven Tips to Fight Premature Aging
Aging. It’s an inevitable part of life that we all have to face. As we get older, things in our bodies begin to change, including the way our skin looks and feels. And, as our bodies change, we also have to change the way that we care for ourselves. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of research available with valuable information that can assist you with ways to care for your aging skin. as well as different methods and tricks that can help slow down the aging process. Aging skin is beautiful skin, and knowing the right way to care for it is essential for long-lasting skin health.
We can’t stop time, but we can pay attention to different activities we engage in that are known to “speed up” the aging process and take a toll on your body and your skin. Stress is a large contributor to premature aging. There is no one specific definition of stress that is agreed upon, but according to the American Institute of Stress, it is any experience or situation that causes “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension.” We need to let our body to rest and rejuvenate from the daily pressures of life. By allowing our stress levels to run on overdrive, our body will start showing signs of depleting energy. We will notice more bags under our eyes, fine lines, and gray hairs.
Stress has a huge effect on our body’s ability to function properly. Your body’s response to stress can manifest in a number of different ways from accelerating your heart rate, inhibiting your body’s ability to digest food and affecting different hormones in your body. When you’re faced with stress, it is important to assess the situation and take necessary steps to alleviate your mind and body from the negative effects of stress for the sake of your overall health. You can do this by engaging in relaxing activities. Try meditation, exercise, or listening to your favorite tunes! And, most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. When you slow down and focus on your body when you’re stressed, you’re actively taking care of your health and caring for your skin!
It feels great to soak in the sun on a warm day, but be careful not to take in too much! Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays is known to cause skin discoloration, wrinkles and can even increase your risk for skin cancer if you do not protect your skin from the sun properly. Too much sun negatively affects the elastin in your skin, which is a protein fiber that is responsible for your skin retaining its shape if it is stretched. When the sun breaks these fibers down, your skin loses its natural elasticity and sags as gravity continues to pull on your skin. Always make sure to use sunscreen with a higher SPF protection whenever you know that you will be out in the sun longer than thirty minutes.
Eat Healthy. Fight Free Radicals
We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” and when it comes to our skin, it is absolutely true. A well-balanced diet will help you maintain healthy, supple skin that will help fight off visible signs of aging in your skin. Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They are great for working against the effects of free radicals on your skin. A free radicals, or oxidants, are atoms or molecules that are missing an electron. They damage our skin cells by attacking normal atoms in our skin in an attempt to steal an electron from other healthy atoms. When an excess amount of free radicals accumulate, it causes damage deep within the skin that makes our skin age faster. The older we get, the harder it is for our body to get rid of excess free radicals. One of the easiest and effective ways to fight off the effects of free radicals in our skin is to search for agents that are loaded with antioxidants.
It is important to work on keeping your skin healthy and youthful early. Collagen and elastin in our skin begin to decline at age twenty-five and the effects of free radicals can speed that up. Antioxidants are molecules that stop other molecules from oxidizing, which is what causes chemical reactions in molecules that lead to the creation of free radicals.
Thankfully there are a variety of foods and products that are filled with natural antioxidants that will target free radicals and improve the overall health of your body and your skin. Eat fruits and vegetables like carrots, kale and watermelon that are rich in Beta-carotenes; broccoli, grapefruit and strawberries which have great sources of vitamin C; and avocados, spinach and peppers which contain vitamin E. To get the best benefits, eat your antioxidant rich food raw to not risk losing any nutrients when the food is cooked.
Moisture is an overlooked key to keeping your skin soft, supple and healthy. When your skin doesn’t get the moisture that it needs, it will dry out and cause premature wrinkles, rashes, itching and flaking. The same way a grape can turn into a raisin, you skin can also change dramatically if you do not moisturize correctly.
Getting the moisture that you need can be done in a number of ways, but the easiest is to consume enough water or water-rich foods, and to make sure that you are using a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin. A great moisturizing tip is to use your lotions and crèmes right after a warm shower when your skin is still slightly damp. This method will help trap the moisture on your skin while your pores are open from the warmth of the water to maximize your skin’s hydration. And, for those extra dry trouble spots, follow with a natural body oil of your choice to promote smooth skin and moisture retention.
Also, pay attention to your diet! Moisturizing your skin on the inside is just as important as moisturizing it on the outside. The next time you go to the grocery store, make sure to pick up more moisturizing foods and leave behind the dehydrating ones. Try fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, kiwi and tomatoes to give your body a hydrated glow. And, try to limit your alcohol and coffee intake. Alcohol and coffee are both natural diuretics, and when consumed in large quantities, they will deplete your body’s water resources without replenishing it.
Boost Your Skin Routine
When you think about your skin care routine, we tend to just think about our skin care products. But, that’s just half the picture. What we do with our skin care products in our routine is just as important as the products themselves. Creating a comprehensive care routine can help break any skin goal plateaus and get your skin feeling brand new in no time.
A good, comprehensive skin care routine, especially one for anti-aging, is typically a multi-step system that works to counteract the different signs of visible aging. To start building your personal anti-aging skin routine, use these steps as guidelines:
- Use a skin cleanser that is water-soluble and removes dirt, oil and bacteria from the face and body. Cleansing your skin gives you a clean, healthy slate to work with when continuing with the next steps in your anti-aging skin routine. Follow with a toner to refine and tighten your pores and clarify the skin.
- After cleansing, use a product the directly targets your specific skin issue. For anti-aging, look for treatment serums and crèmes with antioxidants and essential vitamins that will enhance your skin’s regeneration to keep you looking young and healthy. And if possible, select treatment products that also protect against UVA and UVB rays for added anti-aging skin protection.
- Moisturized skin is healthy skin and moisturizing regularly will help keep your skin youthful in appearance. Cleansing and using targeted treatments on your skin can strip your skin of its natural oils, making it sensitive and more prone to dryness and wrinkles. Replenish your skin’s natural moisture by using a moisturizer that will silken your skin.
Healthy Cleansing + AHA
Last, but certainly not least, the way you physically treat your skin can make a big impact in avoiding premature aging. The best anti-aging treat you can give your skin when cleansing and moisturizing is to use products containing AHA. AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, is a powerful exfoliant that works hard to shed dead skin cells and increase your skin’s cell turnover to bring out brighter, younger skin. It is naturally found in many foods we enjoy including pineapple, tomatoes and yogurt. AHA washes, lotions and masks are applied topically to directly penetrate your problem areas to remove old, damaged skin cells and reveal refreshed, smooth skin.
And when handling your skin, especially delicate, aging skin, apply your products with care. Aging skin is more sensitive to pulling and tugging, so when using a cleanser or a crème try to use upward, circular motions on your face and body. The circular, massaging motion helps stimulate the skin, increasing blood circulation which in turn will feed newer skin cells while they form. The upward motion helps to counteract the downward pull gravity has on your skin to prevent extra wrinkles from forming. Combining skin massages with AHA skincare is a dynamic duo for fighting against premature aging and will give you the fresh skin you’re looking for.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Line
The Anti-Aging skin care treatment consists of products that feature Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Lactic Acid), which addresses the skin care concerns of maturing people of color. Some these concerns include hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines. Our anti-aging skin care products accelerate skin cell regeneration and remove dead skin cells while keeping the top layer of skin soft and radiant.
Clear Essence’s Anti-Aging line has been uniquely formulated for mature people of color. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients, which targets and treats specific skin care concerns. The products fade discoloration, even out skin tone, and add moisture to the skin to maintain a healthy supple texture. Let our Anti-Aging Skin Care line help you bring out the natural beauty of aging skin and let the real you shine through!
Aging skin is beautiful skin, and knowing the right way to care for it is essential for long-lasting skin health.
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. […]
Is this what I think it is? Is this a wrinkle? Some of us may have said this while looking into the mirror in the morning when we are putting on our make-up. Getting older comes with some great rewards such as being able to drive, drink alcohol, renting a car, and have credibility to start your own career; but it also comes with some bad as well, such as paying bills, bags underneath your eyes, your skin becoming dull, and wrinkles appearing. Well, no matter what we will always have to pay bills, yet there are ways to clear up those bags underneath your eyes, freshen your skin, and even get rid of your wrinkles. There are also different routines you can do to prevent all of these unwanted imperfections. Some of them don’t even require money being spent, just change to your daily schedule.
One of the biggest things that we tend to forget to do when we get older is sleep. Ok sometimes we don’t forget, we just don’t have enough time to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. Yet,
not only does our mind and body need it, so does our skin. During the day our skin becomes a protection shield against nasty germs that want to get into our bodies. The skin is constantly protecting our other cells that make up the body. While we are sleeping our skin is repairing itself, just like a warrior would do in between battles. The way the skin repairs itself is by sending new skin cells to replace the old and damaged ones. If we don’t get the sleep that we need our skin will become tired and over worked which is why we get those dark under eye circles , dull looking skin and wrinkles. Also, lack of sleep can lead to stress. Stress can cause your skin to have many different problems – acne, and wrinkles or “worry lines”. So stop stressing and start sleeping – your body, mind, and skin will appreciate it.
Like I have mentioned in the Let’s Rejuvenate Your Skin article, the sun can also affect your skin and can cause it to age faster than you expected. Our skin has a love hate relationship with the sun. It loves it because it needs it for Vitamin D. It hates it because it can damage the skin cells due to UV damage. The top layer of your skin is doing its best to protect itself, but it comes down to how much melanin you have in your skin. Melanin protects the skin from UV rays, and the more exposure your skin gets, it will cause your skin to produce more melanin (UV protection) and that is what makes you tan. However, if you don’t have a lot of melanin the UV rays will fight pass the top layer and will burn your skin. As UV rays enter the skin cell it harbors small amounts of cancer. Peeling of the skin is your cells committing suicide and shedding off from your body to prevent these traces of cancer from harming any more cells in your body. The constant death of your skin cells is what causes your skin to become wrinkled as the epidermis becomes thinner and loses elasticity. So to avoid this wear sunscreen or sunblock when you know you are going to be in the sun for a long time!!
If you smoke this too may be the reason why your skin is becoming wrinkled. Smoking contains toxins which cut off the oxygen and nutrient supply to your skin. It will also cause your skin to dry out, and create age spots. It is the worst possible thing you can do to your skin and health. Drinking water however, is one of the best things you can do. Drinking water helps get rid of the toxins in your body and will help your skin over time.
Changes in your daily schedule may be hard and that is completely understandable. A company that knows the struggles and is ready to help you by giving you the skin what you need is Clear Essence. Clear Essence’s Anti-Aging Skin Care Line is an age defying line made with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The Alpha Hydroxy assists in shedding of dead skin cells and improves collagen formation, which will help make your skin look younger and eliminate wrinkles. The products in this line are all below $10, which is great if you are on a budget but still looking for effective products and great results! Clear Essence wants the real you to shine through. If you have any question please visit clearessence.com/. And remember the difference is clear.
Is this what I think it is? Is this a wrinkle? Some of us may have said this while looking into the mirror in the morning when we are putting on our make-up. Getting older comes with some great rewards such as being able to drive, drink alcohol, renting a car, and have credibility […]
As we cross the threshold between Summer and Fall, the heat of Summer begins to simmer away and make room for the cool breezes that Fall has to offer. Finally, we can escape our air-conditioned homes and absorb all that life has to offer us—like exercise. Sure exercise is great for the skin, keeping it tight and healthy while also cleansing and exfoliating your pores, but if precautionary steps aren’t taken, then you can end up with a variety of skin issues; like blisters.
We all know what blisters are; aside from making our lives a little more difficult, they act as signals to tell us when we’re treating our skin poorly. Whether it’s wearing the wrong sized shoe, applying too much friction to the skin, or accidently irritating the skin with heat or chemicals, blisters form. Regardless of the cause, a blister is the result of a damaged epidermis (the outer layer of the skin), and it acts as a defense mechanism to protect your body from infection by filling the damaged area with fluids to form the hard, blister you see today.
No matter what anyone tells you, do not pop your blisters. Instead, gently wash your blister(s) with a mild soap; such as Clear Essence’s Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Scrub Soap, Complexion Soap with Vitamin E, or our Olive/Carrot Oil Soaps. After cleansing, apply an antibacterial cream in order to prevent and stop and infection from occurring. This method does work, but the best way to relieve yourself from the stress of blisters is to prevent them. You can do this by simply keeping your skin hydrated and healthy as often as possible. We at Clear Essence Cosmetics have many options to achieve this, but the simplest way to do so is using some of our thicker body creams such as our Olive Oil Body Cream or our Swiss Complex Collagen and Vitamin E Body Crème. Both are thick; which will cut down how often you apply lotion, and are basic; meaning that they don’t have harsh chemicals that may irritate your skin. Your skin is important to us here at Clear Essence, so if you have any questions regarding your skin or our products, visit us online at www.clearessence.com or contact us today!
No matter which way you approach it, learning a language is not easy. You can take classes, buy programs, and try learning from friends, but who really has time to learn a language? So if you can’t find a way to learn a language like Spanish, then how are you supposed to find a way to learn the language of skincare and cosmetics? Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Oxybenzoen, and Benzophenoe are all words which are more complex than most languages, but Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help you learn the meaning behind some of the most popular skincare and cosmetics terms out there!
For those of you that want to lighten your skin without bleaching your skin or getting too light, Hydroquinone is the answer. Does the name, “Hydroquinone”, scare you? With thousands of articles online and in print attacking Hydroquinone for being detrimental to a person’s health, I wouldn’t be surprised if it scares you; but it shouldn’t, especially when formulated in Clear Essence Cosmetics. Hydroquinone is an active ingredient that reduces the production of melanin in the skin, thus causing the skin to become fairer. Yes, in 2006 the FDA banned the use of Hydroquinone, but that is simply because it wasn’t being used correctly by doctors and companies around the globe. But soon enough the FDA became aware that in a less concentrated state, Hydroquinone is far less dangerous and just as effective. So this is why today, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you our skincare lines with 2% Hydroquinone so you can quickly lighten your skin without worrying about any damaging effects to your body or overall health. Our customer’s safety is a top priority for Clear Essence Cosmetics; which is why we test every batch of our product to insure that it is safe and effective. If you have sensitive skin; though, get a dime-sized drop of our product and rub it on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any irritations arise. If one does arise, Clear Essence Cosmetics will gladly replace your product with something that is safer for your skin! Feel free to contact us today and we can consult you into having the best skin of your life!
Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
If you’re looking for unwrinkled, glowing skin without going through the hassle of visiting a dermatologist, then Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or AHA, is your solution. AHA is an over-the-counter treatment that has been proven countless times throughout history for being extremely effective; all without catching any negative attention like Hydroquinone has in the past. AHA is proven to be safe and does not take much more than some patience to get the results you are looking for. If this sounds enticing to you, then be sure to try Clear Essence Cosmetic’s Alpha Hydroxy Series. This is a skincare line specifically formulated with AHA in order to provide our customer with a cheap, safe, and effective way to combat dry, faded, and wrinkled skin. AHA does cause sensitivity to sunlight; though, so be sure to apply a SPF 10 or SPF 15 sunscreen after use. Be sure to go online and check out our products, or give us a call or email to try a sample of our product today!
For many, Glycerin sounds like a chemical produced at an oil refinery, thus piggybacking a terrible connotation to an ingredient that is extremely safe and effective to use. In a basic definition, Glycerin is a light, organic, non-greasy fatty acid used as a lubricant and moisturizer, but why is it so effective? Glycerin is effective because of two characteristics: it’s highly hygroscopic and it’s a skin-identical ingredient. Being hygroscopic, Glycerin pulls water from the outside (humidity) and from the rest of your body. Pulling water from lower levels of skin up and from the outside air sounds like a good idea, but it ultimately leads to dry skin because if there’s no water below your layer of skin or outside, then you will be left dry, but that is not the case with Glycerin. Because Glycerin is a skin-identical ingredient, meaning it is found naturally in the skin, the body works very effectively with the ingredient and helps to prevent skin from drying-out or scaling. Glycerin is cheap, effective, and available in several of our lines, so go out and try the effects of Glycerin!
As we’ve said time and time again, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you the cheapest, most effective, and safest skincare products on the market. At any time you can contact us for a free skin consultation and we can help you find which of our products will work best for you. If you still feel shaky about our products, we can offer you free samples and any information you may have about our products because we are made in the U.S.A. and are there for every step of the process. Love the skin you’re in and try Clear Essence Cosmetics today!
As we’ve said time and time again, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you the cheapest, most effective, and safest skincare products on the market.
Across the globe, people are being crippled by the internal and external effects of eczema; cornering them into a life surrounded by covering rashes and spending ridiculous amounts of money to cure them of their condition. With 30 million Americans alone suffering from this condition, it’s no surprise that the National Eczema Association was put in place. With no clear cure for eczema, we must learn how to combat eczema in the most efficient, cost-effective manner; and that is where Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help.
To this day there is no known cause of eczema. We aren’t really sure how eczema is spread and transmitted either, but regardless of its origins, we know how to combat it. A majority of people wait until the effects of eczema are unbearable to act upon it; paying hefty price tags for prescription creams and ointments, but the real, long-lasting treatment for eczema is changing your lifestyle into a skin-conscious lifestyle. Learning to recognize things that irritate your skin, taking warm showers with non-soap cleansers, keeping your skin constantly hydrated and moisturized, and avoiding rapid changes in body temperature are all ways to insure that you will stop eczema now, and hopefully forever.
You may be thinking, “Of course I’ve tried cleansers and moisturizers, but those never work!”, but that may be because you never fully understood what you needed from an eczema-fighting cleanser and/or moisturizer. In terms of moisturizers, you’re going to want to find a thick, oily cream that can sufficiently hydrate your skin for an extended period of time. A nice example of this is Clear Essence’s Olive Oil Body Cream. Harnessing the age-old power of Olive Oil, Clear Essence’s cream powers through dry, damaged skin and sufficiently rejuvenates the skin with its powerful hydrating capabilities. As for cleansers, you should be looking for non-soap cleanser bars or washes that are low pH, fragrance-free, and dye-free. Luckily for you, Clear Essence carries various cleanser bars and washes in several of its lines; such as the Platinum Line, the Vitamin-C Line, and even the Men’s Chimere Line. Apply these great moisturizers with bathing, moisturizing, and cleansing tips from our other blog posts to insure that you are eczema free now and forever.
Ashy skin has been an issue for people; especially people of color, for generations. We’ve all seen and heard jokes about ashy skin on countless television shows, movies, and radio, but it is no laughing matter. Across the globe, there are people who are desperately looking for a solution to rid them of their severely ashy skin so they can finally put on a tank top or pair of shorts again without being scared to expose ashy ankles, elbows, etc. With a few tips and a few Clear Essence Cosmetics products, you will be well on your way to preventing and treating ashy skin today!
As you may suspect, ashy skin is a result of excessively dry skin. When your body naturally replaces your dead skin with new, healthier skin, that dead skin may refuse to strip away from your body, and accumulate on your skin to create an “ashy” appearance. With correct hydration, exfoliation, and moisturization; though, this accumulation of dead skin will not occur. Remember that water is your best friend and greatest ally when combating dry skin, so allow yourself to drink 8-9 glasses of water a day and to shower in shorter increments with cooler water. Proper exfoliation once or twice a week is also extremely crucial for removing the build-up of dead skin on your body. Also, don’t forget to moisturize your skin after showering and exfoliation, as well as all day long, in order to prevent and treat dry, ashy skin.
Moisturization is vital to preventing and treating ashy skin, but with a sea of products and treatments at your fingertips, which ones do you choose? This is where Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help. It’s a pain to see so many consumers purchasing products that state they “hydrate” the skin, but contain ingredients like alcohol and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which excessively dry-out your skin. Look for products like Clear Essence, containing ingredients such as lactic acid, AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), and butters and oils that can guarantee hydrated by years of research and practice. So head on over to www.clearessence.com (or a store near you that carries Clear Essence Cosmetics) and put our tips to work to help you prevent and treat ashy skin today!
“Lemonade! Come get your Lemonade!” is what many of us yelled when we were younger and wanted to earn some money. I bet as a child you didn’t know that those lemons you used to make that lemonade are actually good for your health. Well they are, and they can help you in many other ways as well. They are very helpful for around the house and you can use them as a beauty component. No wonder why people used to give lemons as a gifts to kings.
Lemons have a tart taste to them, but they are very good for you. Since lemons contain Vitamin C, lemons help keeps your immune system stay strong, and lower your blood pressure. Lemons can also boost your metabolism, by helping you regulate your bowel movement. Lemons also carry Vitamin P which helps strengthen your blood vessels. Lemon has also been discovered to have 22 anti-cancer compounds. These include limonene that slows down the growth of cancer tumors and flavonol glycosides that can stop cell division in cancer cells.
After using that lemon juice in your water, you might as well use the rest to freshen up your house. You can use lemons as both an air freshener and a cleaner. You can clean up your sink by using it on the faucet, in the garbage disposal, or on any stains you may have on your sinks with them. You can clean your wooden cutting board by using salt and lemons. As well as your microwave, by using a microwave safe glass bowl, squeeze some lemon juice in water. The lemon water will boil and make those cooked on spots come right off with a towel.
With seeing how helpful lemons are so helpful, it’s no wonder that lemons can be a beauty component. If you ever want to lighten up your hair you can use lemon juice. With olive oil, raw honey, and lemons; you can make a conditioner that is great for dry and damaged hair. If your nails are weak, grab a bowl filled with lemon juice and soak them for 10 minutes, then place them in a mixture of water and vinegar. Lemons also help with removing excess oil from your skin, remove scars, lighten blemishes, and reduce acne.
A company that actually has a whole line dedicated to the extracts of lemons, is Clear Essence. Clear Essence Vitamin C line is made with a blend of Vitamin C, emollients, extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea, and sea kelp. It treats excessive pigmentation due to medication, pregnancy, cosmetics, hormone imbalance, and sun exposure. For more information go to clearessence.com. And remember when life gives you lemons, you are unstoppable.