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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 (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!


When Life Gives You Lemons

“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 And remember when life gives you lemons, you are unstoppable.

In almost all complex societies that we’ve seen to date, one factor has been the key to determining the level of “manliness” of a man: hair. Beards have served to exhibit wisdom and strength, chest hair has portrayed the power of a man, and arm pit hair has stood as the threshold between adolescence and adulthood; but things are beginning to change. A clean-shaven man, from head to toe, has previously been seen as a symbol for metrosexuality, homosexuality, and feminism, but as our civilization continues to embody ideals surrounding the drive to become a perfect human,  more men are beginning to indulge in hair removal treatments; whether that is through waxing, sugaring, shaving, trimming, tweezing, etc. Braun, a leader of the men’s shaving industry, has recently found that 62% of men “manscape” (a term used for the hair removal of men) regularly now, and us at Clear Essence are here to help you explore several options to remove unwanted hair on your body today!




It’s clearly obvious that shaving is a major time consumer. In the 10-20 minutes it takes you to shave in the morning, you could be eating your breakfast on a table rather than in your car or catching up on some much needed sleep; so why continue to shave? You shouldn’t. With replacing shaving for waxing or sugaring, you will not only have to remove hair less often, but your hair will also grow exponentially thinner, virtually eliminating the need for hair removal over a long period of time. Waxing and sugaring are able to do this by pulling hair straight from the root, forcing a longer process than usual for hair to grow back. Waxing and sugaring also reduces the chances of ingrown hairs. As the saying goes, “beauty is pain”, so be warned that although waxing and sugaring are extremely effective, they are also very painful, as seen when they rub hot wax or sugar paste on your body, lay a cloth or muslin on top of the wax or paste, and rip the hair out of your follicles with one swift and fluid motion. Being one of the cheapest and most effective forms of hair removal, go ahead and try waxing or sugaring today!





If waxing and sugaring sound too archaic for yourself, maybe electrolysis is a better fit. By applying a super-thin needle to your hair follicles and zapping the hair at the root, electrolysis severely weakens hair at the root, and can eventually permanently eliminate hair growth in the affected regions. This may sound exciting, but the price tag and duration of this treatment may steer you away fast. Along with that, electrolysis is usually only used for small areas such as the feet, toes, eyebrows, and knuckles because the needle must zap each individual hair follicle; which is extremely time-consuming. Be sure to thoroughly research electrolysis treatments near you before accepting the treatment.


Laser Treatment


The effects of electrolysis sound and look amazing, but the lack or area it can treat may be disappointing. So if you’d like these same effects; while covering a larger area, try hair removal laser treatments today! The heavy price tag may make some cringe, but the effects are astounding. By totally killing your hair follicles, effected regions will most likely never grow hair again. Be sure to ask your doctor if you make a good candidate; though, because most candidates should have fair skin and darker hair; lighter hair doesn’t absorb the laser energy very well. Being tan or darker than most also immediately eliminates you as a candidate, as these skin conditions could lead to blistering and permanent skin discoloration after the laser treatment.


Aside from the options laid out before you, there are countless hair removal treatments out there; it’s just a matter as to what works best for you. Always talk with professionals and experts in order to find the right solution for you to save time, money, and disheartening experiences from ineffective products or treatments. Never rule out classic hair removal methods like shaving, creams, trimming, threading, and tweezing as options, as those may be the best treatments for you. Always remember to moisturize before and after hair removal treatments with Clear Essence products in order to increase the ease and effectiveness of your treatment, and to avoid ingrown hairs and cuts from shaving. Now get out there, and shave your body clean!

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To go through life without ever getting scars would be just short of a miracle, so instead of being unconfident because of the look of your scars, make a change in your life and use Clear Essence products today in order to treat and prevent scars. Scars happen to everyone: celebrities, politicians, me, and even you. Scars happen for several reasons-acne, wounds, abrasions, burns, etc.




Acne Breakouts

One of the easiest ways to scar your skin is by popping a pimple. We’ve all been told by countless people in our lives to just leave the pimple alone, but when your skin becomes red and irritated at the beginning of a growth of a pimple, it feels almost impossible to not try to pop your pimple. So if the cause of us popping our pimples is redness and irritation, then how do we prevent those symptoms? The answer to your question is Clear Essence’s Platinum Series. Within the Platinum Series lies our Medicated Cleansing Bar which contains Sulfur, a natural, active ingredient that diminishes the pimple and it’s symptoms before you can even think about popping it. Sulfur also helps general problem skin issues; such as rashes. Coupling Sulfur with other active ingredients like Lavender Extract and natural oils, the Clear Essence’s Platinum Series works hard to prevent and treat acne and other skin problems that can cause, and have caused, scaring in the skin to insure you that you will earn back your beautiful, healthy skin that you had before!


Acne Scars

If you previously didn’t know how to prevent yourself from popping pimples, then you’ve probably popped a fair share of pimples in your day; but how do you treat or prevent scarring now that you’ve actually popped your pimple? The answer is simple and always right in front of your eyes: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! You can never be told enough to exfoliate, and hopefully you learn to accept this advice. Proper exfoliation will help to rejuvenate and renew your skin, causing your skin to turnover and replace your old, acne-scarred skin, with beautiful, healthy skin. Exfoliating with gentle ingredients such as Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Citric Acid speeds up the process or skin cell turnover process and treats and prevents deep skin depressions left over from damage of the skin. Luckily for you, almost all the products on Clear Essence’s website ( contain Lactic Acid, and several products also contain the Glycolic and Citric Acids mentioned above.

Complexion Soap

Also try Clear Essence’s Alpha Hydroxy Line which contains Alpha Hydorxy Acid (AHA); which works just like the acids mentioned above to treat and repair damaged and scarred skin. A popular product from this line is our Complexion Soap with AHA which is suited for all skin types to cleanse away dead skin cells that hold hyperpigmentation and help reveal naturally radiant skin.



After exfoliating its important to use a product containing a lightening ingredient such as hydroquinone, lemon extract or licorice. Clear Essence has affordably priced effective skin care solutions to treat hyperpigmentation and acne scars quickly. For treatment in only 4 to 6 weeks use our Platinum Line Products. These products contain hydroquinone, the only FDA approved skin lightening ingredient, and help smooth and brighten skin for a flawless complexion.

If you have sensitive skin but still would like the same benefits as these fast acting products we suggest our Lemon Plus Vitamin C line or Sensitive Skin Care line. These products work in 6-8 weeks but still provide the same great results. Regardless of which line you choose we suggest cleansers and serums for oily skin types and lotions and creams for hydrating dry skin types. Remember this important distinction will help prevent overly drying dry skin or clogging pores on oily skin.

Love the skin you’re in, and embrace the affordable, effective treatments that Clear Essence has today to treat and repair damaged, scarred skin, so that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to pay for expensive laser treatments, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. You don’t have to live with the scars on your skin, so try Clear Essence products today in-store or online!

Moles; they happen to everyone, and I’m not talking about the little rodent tearing up your yard. Moles come in all shapes and sizes and happen to anyone, from anywhere, of any color, and their level of beauty changes drastically from culture to culture. For some cultures, moles are seen as ugly blemishes that taint the beauty of one’s skin, but in the United States, moles are seen as beautiful. Countless celebrities; such as Eva Mendes and Mariah Carey, have beauty marks, and have helped define the beauty of moles in our society today. Regardless of their aspect of beauty, moles are seen by many as random, harmless blemishes on the skin; which is entirely false. Sure, for most, moles are harmless, but more often than you think, moles can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Extreme cases of skin cancer can erupt from a mole that becomes a melanoma (a cancerous mole). In 2012, 232,000 cases of skin cancer spawned from a melanoma, and these cases resulted in 55,000 deaths. These numbers are simply staggering, so in order to protect yourself, it’s important to know how to prevent, check, and spot potentially dangerous moles on the skin, and Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help.

In order for one to be able to spot potentially harmful moles, one must have a clear understanding of what a standard, run-of-the-mill mole looks like. Normal moles can be described by an acronym called “The ABCDE’s of Moles”. A is for Asymmetry, meaning that the mole looks the same on both sides. B is for Border, meaning that the mole has a clear, clean border that is consistent all around the mole and is not smudgy. C is for Color, meaning that the mole is a similar color to all the other moles on your body, and is free of odd colors such as blue, pink, etc. D is for Diameter: no mole on your body should be any larger in diameter than a standard #2 pencil and should be of similar diameter to all the other moles on your body. And lastly, E is for Evolving, meaning that no mole on your body is changing shape, size, border, or color. If any mole on your body has a characteristic that violates “The ABCDE’s of Moles”, then immediately go to your doctor and request an examination and/or biopsy.

So now that you understand what the common mole looks like, and what to look out for, it’s time to learn how to check moles on the body. Start by stripping yourself of your clothing, and finding a large mirror. Check every part of your body, regardless of how odd of a spot it is. Most people think moles can only appear on sun-exposed parts of the body like the arms, face, and neck, but in actuality, moles can appear under your fingernails, the soles of your feet, and the back of your knees; so don’t forget to check your body everywhere possible. If you can’t physically check a part of your body, like your scalp, then ask a family member or friend to assist you; being thorough in checking your body for cancerous moles is crucial. For men, the most common spot for a melanoma to form is the back, and for women it is the lower leg. Be sure to check your body for cancerous moles every 3 months; unless your family has a history of skin cancer or melanomas, then check your body every month.

Clear Essence Cosmetics is proud to serve you the knowledge to check and spot dangerous moles, but did you know that we are also here to help you prevent moles (and darkspots) in the first place? Moles are caused by exposure to UV (ultraviolet light), and the easiest way to protect yourself is through the use of sunscreen. Many sunscreens; though, have terrible odors, dry your skin, and can irritate your skin, so why not try a product that protects your skin from UV exposure, smells great, and moisturizes your skin while preventing and getting rid of dark spots, acne, and any other blemishes on the skin? That product is Clear Essence. Check out any of our lines (the Platinum Line, the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line, and many more) which contain versions of our products formulated with SPF 15. Look through any of our products online or in-store today, and love the skin you’re in with Clear Essence Cosmetics products today!


skin-cleansing-264066_640Dull, dead looking skin is never a beauty goal for African American women’s skin care. Exfoliation is a way for us to avoid dead and dull looking skin. Exfoliation allows us to remove the dead cells that sit on the top layer of our skin. Once these dead cells are gone, it allows for our natural glowing complexion to shine through.

                Our face is usually where we focus most of our attention, but sometimes our bodies’ need a little bit of TLC as well. Just like our face, we also want our bodies to have a beautiful glow. To create this glow you should use products that specifically say body scrub or cleansing scrubs. Body scrubs should contain any of the following; beads, pits, sugar, salt, or another natural exfoliating substance. These scrubs are a little bit harsher on the skin, and should not be applied to the face. For the face, there are many different options for exfoliators. If you have sensitive skin, using a non-irritating daily cleanser with a washcloth should suffice. For normal skin, a mild exfoliator should be used. Most dermatologists recommend scrubs with jojoba beads or sugar, as they are less irritating. There are also facial peels called glycolic masks that may be used to exfoliate. These facial masks use chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid, to gently exfoliate the skin.

Exfoliation should be done around once a week in your black skin care routine. If exfoliation is done more often, it can cause redness and dry out your skin. For the body, a loofa, body glove, or body brush, may be used with a body scrub to exfoliate the skin. These products should not be used on the face because they are too rough for the more sensitive skin that is on your face. To exfoliate the body you should take a warm shower, not hot because the hot water will dry out the skin. While in the shower rub the body scrub in a circular motion and then rinse well. To exfoliate the face with a mild scrub or cleanser a clean washcloth should be used. Place a small amount of product onto a wet washcloth. Then wash the face in gentle circular motions. You do not want to scrub your face, as that will cause irritation.

Exfoliation can reveal the true beauty in your skin. It wipes away all those dead skin cells to reveal a glowing complexion. Just be careful, as you do not want this great thing to go awry because of overuse.

Developing a personal skincare routine is essential in achieving healthy and beautiful skin. Implementing three easy steps will improve the look and overall health of the skin. An effective routine does not have to be time consuming or complex, but it should be consistent and tailored to your personal skin type. While, no two people have identical skin, there are a few necessary components that should be a part of everyone’s routine: cleansing, treating, and moisturizing.


One of the most important aspects of Black skincare is cleansing. Take a few extra minutes in the morning and before bed to focus on cleaning the skin. A good cleanse will get rid of any toxins on the skin that accumulate from daily activities. Clear Essence’s Medicated Cleansing Bar Extra Strength is great to remove bacteria and germs that cause acne and blemishes. Using warm water will help open the pores for a deeper clean, just be sure to give your face a few splashes of cold water after washing to close the pores back up and lessen the chances of inflammation.


This step is often looked over when it comes to developing a skincare routine. However, it is important to correct any areas of the skin that may need treatment. As women of color especially, our breakouts result in discoloration and hyper-pigmentation. A product like Clear Essence’s Advanced Complex Fade Gel, will lighten any of those problem areas, while protecting the skin from the harsh UVA and UVB sun rays.


After cleansing and treating the skin, it’s time to seal in the moisture and add protection. A good moisturizer should keep the skin smooth and supple, without creating large product build-up. Clear Essence’s Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF15 is ideal, as it creates an even complexion while adding protection and moisture.


  • People of color don’t need sun protection. This is false! Although the melanin in our skin gives us added protection from UV rays, SPF helps to protect the skin during the lightening process and helps prevent skin cancer.
  • Only people with dry skin need to use a moisturizer. Also false. Moisturizing is necessary for all skin types, just be sure to use on that works with your skin and not against it.

So you want great skin, but you’re unsure where to begin? No need to worry. We’ve figured it out for you. Simply follow the easy steps below. Under each skin type, we will specify the types of products each skin type requires. Soon, you’ll be on your way to healthy, glowing skin.

Daily Skin Care Regimen
1. Cleanse (AM and PM)
2. Tone (optional, depending on skin condition)
3. Treat (AM and PM, different products for AM and PM)
4. Moisturize (AM; PM may be optional depending on Step 3)
5. Protect/Sunscreen (AM; may be combined with Step 4)

Weekly Skin Care Regimen
1. Exfoliator (if your Daily Regimen is not exfoliating)
2. Mask (no need for Exfoliator if mask is exfoliating)

Product Tips for each Skin Type

Normal Skin: Skin with a clear, supple surface that is neither dry nor oily. 
Use products that don’t strip your skin of moisture. Mild cleansers and light moisturizers with sunscreen work best. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 is the perfect moisturizer for any skin type to even out the skin tone while being light enough for AM and PM use. Toner isn’t required. Treatment creams can vary with normal skin types depending on how aggressive you would like to be. Try Clear Essence Medicated Cleansing Bar with Exfoliates to remove dead skin cells once a week or daily depending on your preference and your skin’s reaction.

Oily Skin: Skin with overactive sebaceous glands; often with enlarged pores.
The key to achieving balanced skin is using the right products to help your skin maintain the ideal amount of oil in the skin. Toners often help to remove more oil that cleansers alone remove. Try Clear Essence Anti Aging Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid to keep skin matte and oil-free. Look for light, oil-free moisturizers with sunscreen, or try a powdered sunscreen. The challenge with oily skin is to find a SPF that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and create more oil. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 combines your moisturizer and SPF into one making it easy to protect your skin and not feel oily all day. For a treatment when fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation, use a gel or serum based product such as Clear Essence Advanced Complex Fade Gel or Clear Essence Skin Lightening Serum.

Dry Skin: Skin that produces a low level of sebum and struggles to retain moisture.
By using the right moisturizing products, you can trap water in the skin and even repair the damaged lipid barrier. Stick with gentle, creamy cleansers and look for moisturizers with Vitamin E or natural oils. In the evening you can use a heavier cream to help boost the moisture in the skin. Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 not only hydrates the skin but it help to transform the skin.

Combination Skin: Skin that needs both moisture and oil to reach a healthy balance.
Combination skin often experiences oiliness in what is called the T-zone area. This can include the forehead, nose, and chin. The cheeks are often dry or very dry. The right products are essential to achieve balance without over-drying or over-moisturizing the skin. Gentle foaming cleansers work best. Moisturizers vary, depending on which side of the combo side you lean to, oily or dry. For the cleanser try Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula. This cleanser will help balance the skin while keeping it clean without stripping the skin of all it’s moisture.

Sensitive Skin: Skin that is thin or fine-textured and is prone to irritation and/or allergic reactions.
Sensitive skin may be easily irritated for a variety of reasons. Being aware of how your skin reacts to specific products and making sure you limit those reactions will keep your skin happy. Always test products on a patch of skin other than your face, such as the elbow or inside of your wrist, when first trying a product. Look for products that specifically say, “safe for sensitive skin” or “all natural ingredients.” Chemical-free products also tend to cause fewer reactions. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C line is perfect for those with sensitive skin due to its all natural ingredients. The main active ingredients include lemon extract, licorice extract and of course, Vitamin C.

Between Botox and plastic surgery, it can be hard to distinguish a 30-year-old from a 45-year-old, and a 55-year-old from someone in his or her late 60s. All too often, we associate gray hair, wrinkled skin and facial lines with the elderly. But in reality, these signs of aging can come about much earlier in life. Sure, genetics play a part, but so do other changeable environmental factors like a person’s lifestyle. Here’s things you can rid yourself of to making aging come a little later in life.

Sedentary lifestyle
People who lead a sedentary lifestyle often age faster than those who are active. According to Roy Elam, MD, associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and medical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, those who are inactive have more cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes, along with a higher incidence of cancer, memory loss, diabetes and depression.

Exercise stimulates the neural peptides in the brain, which helps the brain make changes, such as growing new memory cells, Dr. Elam explains. “It doesn’t matter if it’s climbing the steps at work, mowing the lawn, swimming, hiking, gardening or working out at the gym—physical activity is very good for you,” he says. “More is better, but even 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week, can make a difference.”

While it’s known that obesity promotes diabetes and cardiovascular disease, mounting scientific evidence suggests the aging process may also be affected. A 2005 study by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found a link between increased body weight and accelerated cellular aging. Focusing on the telomeres—caps on the ends of chromosomes that shorten every time a cell divides—of participants’ white blood cells, researchers discovered a correlation between increased weight and decreased telomere length. When the telomere lengths—which serve as a cell’s life timeline—of obese and lean participants were compared, obese cells appeared between eight and nine years older than their leaner counterparts. Again, exercise and mindfulness can help a person to lose weight and improve his or her quality of life, Dr. Elam says.

As associated with anxiety and depression, stress tends to cause a person to overeat and can be damaging to his or her overall health. Dr. Elam says stress increases the body’s “fight or flight” hormones, which release cortisol—a chemical that can have adverse effects on the memory center of the brain. Stress also makes people more prone to cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes, and can contribute to premature death.

“Relationships are most important in reducing stress,” Dr. Elam says. “Exercise, laughter and mindfulness (learning to be in the present) can also diminish stress.”

Excessive alcohol use and/or drug abuse
One glass of wine at dinner may be good for you, but five every night is not. According to Robert Clinton, MD, of Coressence Laser & Skin Center in Fayetteville and Pinehurst, North Carolina, excessive consumption of alcohol and/or drug use causes the breakdown of organs, in addition to liver problems and pancreatic, kidney and reproductive failure. “It can cascade into big, life-changing problems, resulting in decreased energy levels, restricted diet and activities, financial hardship, family struggles and an increased dependence on medicine,” he says.

Besides staining the teeth and making you cough, smoking causes emphysema, lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and cancer of the throat. More precisely, Dr. Elam explains, the nicotine damages the body’s blood vessels and the smoke harms the lungs. “You can get lung cancer from secondhand smoke,” he says. “The farther away from smoking you are, the better your health will be.”

It’s never too late to stop smoking and reclaim a few years of your life. Smoking cessation classes, the nicotine patch and Chantix—a prescribed drug that minimizes cravings—are just a few ways you can stave off addiction.

Sleep debt/insomnia
“We age faster without proper sleep,” Dr. Elam says. “There is evidence that it may alter the immune system.” Lack of sleep can affect the circadian rhythm, which regulates hormones control, and can create anxiety, depression and a diminished quality of life. The solution is simple: Get more sleep! What could be more important than your health?

Increased sun exposure
Spending too much time in the sun or tanning bed breaks down collagen, causes sun damage and predisposes your skin to cancer, Dr. Clinton says. Sun damage can result in increased wrinkles, deflation of youthful contours, hollowed eyes, deep lines, crow’s feet, sunspots and sunken cheeks.

“Most of the damage is done when you’re young, but often it doesn’t show up until 20 years later,” he says. “It’s never too early or late to start good habits, such as applying sunscreen every couple of hours and wearing at least SPF 15 or 30.” Clear Essence Cosmetics offers many SPF 15 products such as its Skin Beautifying Milk, Medicated Fade Cream and the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion all containing sunscreen properties.

Certain laser treatments can resurface the skin, thickening the collagen and removing precancerous lesions, but prevention is key.

Maybe you work a lot, live far away from family and don’t have time to date. Those excuses may seem sufficient, but your body doesn’t care—simply put, it doesn’t like feeling lonely. “Humans are ultra-social organisms who thrive on relationships,” Dr. Elam says.

Those who are lonely are more likely to be depressed or anxious, eat lower-quality food and exercise less. “Laughter—often the result of interaction with others—is incredibly important because it helps diminish anxiety and depression, encourage sleep and improve happiness.”

And you thought there was nothing that could be done to avoid aging. Well, take down that white flag and take action! With the right tools and the right mindset, turning back the clock is easier than you thought. And with so many reasons to stay healthy, looking good as you look to the future shouldn’t be that hard. Maybe you’re genetically predisposed to gray hair, but if you treat your body right, you might be able to postpone the aging process—at least for a little while. So exercise, eat right, avoid too much sun and most of all, lighten up and spend time with others. Your body will thank you for it.

Have you ever given much thought to your skincare regimen before bed? Most of us are in the habit of cleansing and moisturizing our skin before leaving the house in the morning, but there are some things you can do at bedtime to make sure you wake up looking your best. Take a look at these simple tips to see how easy it is to be a sleeping beauty every night!

  1. Read the labels- many of us wake up to darkness under our eyes. There can be a big difference in treatments options- if your problem is related to poor blood flow, look for creams that strengthen capillary walls. However, if the skin under your eyes has darker pigment, you would get more help from an eye cream with hydroquinone to erase hyperpigmentation, like Clear Essence Skin Lightening Serum for the treatment of stubborn or hard to fade skin discolorations, especially for delicate areas such as around the eyes.
  2. Fight skin dehydration by running a mister or humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers are inexpensive and allow you to wake up to softer skin, especially during harsh, cold weather.
  3. Wash up….remove daily pollutants, cosmetics, dirt and oil before going to bed. If you don’t cleanse your skin each night then debris stays with you and clogs pores. If you like a low maintenance routine, then use Clear Essence Medicated Cleansing Bar which is a sulfur based cleanser that won’t strip your skin and removes bacteria and germs that cause acne and blemishes!
  4. Apply a moisturizer to bind moisture to your skin all night long. We like our Lemon Plus Vitamin A Body Crème which is lightweight to keep skin hydrated. Not too thick and not too thin- this moisturizer is just right!
  5. Waking up looking puffy around the eyes? Keep 2 spoons in the fridge and apply them to the eye area while you wait for your coffee to brew. And try sleeping on your back with 2 pillows propping you up at night – this will keep fluids from pooling and creating puffiness.
  6. To avoid damaging your skin and hair, sleep on satin pillow cases. No more face creases in the morning! This affordable luxury is a must for every sleeping beauty- so sleep well!