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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 (www.clearessence.com) 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.

Cleansing

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.

Treating

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.

Moisturizing

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.

Myths

  • 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.

http://advanced-natural.com/5-simple-steps-to-healthier-happier-skin/

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.”

Obesity
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.

Stress
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.

Smoking
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.

Loneliness
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.”

Conclusion:
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.

 

http://www.cosmedix.com/skin-care-related-articles/skin-health/as-the-years-go-by

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!

True or False? The best time to wash your face is in the morning after or while you are taking a shower or bath. This is of course true, but not entirely. Many people forget that  you should wash your face right before you go to sleep to rid of unseen sweat or dirt that has accumulated over the day and may still be hidden.

We know that after a long day, the last thing you are thinking about before you head to bed is to wash your face, so  here are some tips to keep your ethnic skin care regime quick and easy.

  • Set an alarm on your mobile phone for a time close to your bed time that will remind you to wash your face. If bed times vary set a new alarm daily.
  • If you live with someone, tell them to read this and ask them if they would like to team up with you as it will make it more of an event.
  • Lastly, if you can, take a shower prior to sleeping so that you will automatically have to wash your.

To receive a light and refreshing cleanse right before bed use Clear Essence’s Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub. The invigorating lemon scent will relax you and put you fast asleep in no time.

Find this and more ethnic skin care articles @ www.clearessence.com

 

 

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