Is there a difference between over the counter and do it yourself skin care products and which ones are right for you? Use this guide to measure the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you choose the right skin solutions for you!
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Choosing the right skin care regimen for your needs can sometimes feel like a difficult task. There is a vast variety of skin care products available in stores, and with the growing popularity of do-it-yourself beauty trends, it can be hard to decide what is best for you and your skin. What are the differences between homemade and over the counter skin care products and how can you decide which is the right choice? Use this guide to measure the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you choose the right skin solutions for you!
Homemade skin care solutions are getting more popular and there are a number of reasons why. Do-it-yourself recipes give you the comfort to know exactly what you’re putting on your skin and the freedom to change the ingredients whenever you want to, something that can’t be done with most over the counter products. It is also easier to ensure you’ll have more natural ingredients in your products. There’s no room for confusion about any mystery chemicals in your soaps, lotions, or scrubs because you control what goes in and out of you recipes.
The downside to DIY skincare products is that for solutions to treat specific skin issues, it can be difficult and expensive to find all the necessary ingredients to completely and effectively treat a skin issue. Also, the time and preparation it takes to make certain products might be inconvenient for someone who would want immediate access to their creations. For example, homemade soap can take anywhere from three to six weeks to fully cure before it’s safe for use, infusing oils may take four to six hours and lotion can take up to an hour to prepare depending on your ingredients.
The biggest benefit over the counter products offer is that they are immediately ready for use. There is ease and plenty of variety to try different products that have been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness that won’t strain your wallet. If product works for you and you want to stock up, it’s as simple as going to your nearest beauty store. Likewise, if something doesn’t work for you, it is easy to research a different product and purchase it rather than going through the hassle of writing, preparing and making a brand new recipe.
The most important thing to think about when selecting a skin care regimen is identifying what your specific skin care needs are and how you want your products to benefit your skin. Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone line contains a number of all-natural products that cleanse, treat and moisturize to uncover your skin’s natural radiance. This line is formulated with the finest natural ingredients including aloe vera, shea butter, pure olive oil, carrot seed oil, lavender, rosemary oil and more for powerful, organic treatment with a luxurious feel. Find the best of both worlds with Clear Essence Cosmetics!
Spring is here! The weather is getting hotter, and sun stays out to play longer! We start planning more adventures to the beach, mountains, around the city, and more. Here are some spring skin essentials to keep your skin smooth and refreshed on your spring break getaway:
For all-over moisture with the added benefit of sun protection, pack our Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 from our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line. It’ll keep your skin soft and moisturized while you relax. Also, it’s not greasy. So it’s perfect for people prone to oily skin!
And when you’re ready to cleanse away the excitement of your spring adventures, use our My Natural Beauty Carrot Oil Soap to enhance your skin with carrot seed oil, which stimulates skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, dehydrated skin, and repair sun damage. The added Vitamin A and Beta Carotene maintain skin tone and elasticity to give your skin a radiance that matches the new season!
Spring time also means we get to take in Vitamin D from the sun, but did you think about revitalizing your skin with natural Vitamin C? Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line offers a blend of Vitamin C, lemon extract, ginseng, aloe, green tea, and more to revive your skin and help achieve an even, cleaner tone. It’s a perfect hydroquinone-free solution for a smoother complexion that will leave you looking and feeling great this spring season! Try our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Oil as an intensive moisturizer. It will give you silky, smooth skin with added SPF 10 protection!
Spring is here! The weather is getting hotter, and sun stays out to play longer! We start planning more adventures to the beach, mountains, around the city, and more. Here are some spring skin essentials to keep your skin smooth and refreshed on your spring break getaway: For all-over moisture with the added benefit of sun […]
We’ve talked about how to keep makeup brushes and applicators clean. Now, let’s discuss the act of applying makeup in order to prevent breakouts and keep your face looking just as beautiful underneath. There are many habits we have all been guilty of that we do not think could be affecting our skin.
We often apply foundation with our fingers in order to get controlled coverage, but sometimes we forget to wash our hands. You don’t want to miss this step. Along with spreading foundation across your face, you will also be spreading bacteria and oil from your fingertips to your face. Also, when doing your eye makeup, do not rest your hands on your cheeks, or other parts of your face, without washing your hands. You can even put a tissue paper under your fingers, and then rest them on your cheek when applying precise eye makeup.
Don’t apply makeup to dry skin! Always moisturize your face, and even your lips, before applying makeup. Moisturized skin makes it easier to apply makeup evenly, giving you a polished look. Exfoliate your face at least once a week in order to keep your face soft and smooth, for a perfect makeup application.
Also, when choosing foundations, make sure to choose a brand or a formula that works with your skin type. If your skin is on the oily side for example, look for oil free and matte finish foundations. If you have normal to dry skin, look for moisturizing liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers. They are great for giving the coverage you want while keeping your skin hydrated. If you struggle with acne, use water based, non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t clog your pores.
But, the most important makeup tip of all is to keep your skin healthy underneath. Your makeup removal process and skincare between makeup applications is just as important as safe makeup application tips. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse and tone your skin to remove built up dirt and oil from the face, then moisturize your face each night after a day of wearing makeup. Try our Anti-Aging Toner Astringent with AHA to refine pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and gently clarify and tone your skin by removing excess dirt and oil left behind from cleansing. And, for a light-weight moisturizer with SPF 15 protection and a smooth finish, try our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion.
Healthy makeup application can be tricky sometimes, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be able to put your best face forward and let the real you shine through!
Want to learn some tips on how to apply makeup for a flawless finish? Use these makeup tips to ensure a glamorous look on the outside with healthy skin underneath!
We thought our teen years were going to be the end of our acne days, and for some of us they were. However, for others it was just the beginning. Acne is a natural process that everyone will have to go through. Granted, some people have it worse than others but that is ok. Before I go on no matter what your age is and how bad your acne is – its ok, keep your head held high and smile. The great side to acne is there are ways to cure it. There are medicines that you can use to help clear up this situation. There are facial cleansers that you can use to remove current blemishes and prevent more acne from appearing.
According to American Academy of Dermatology, women in their 30’s and beyond still have acne. It may not be visible on the face, but it can be found in other places around the body. Some of the most common places are the back, shoulders, butt, and your upper arms. There also is not just one type of acne, there is the common blackheads and whiteheads but, that’s not all. The first type of acne is called Papules which feels hard and makes your skin feel like sandpaper. There are Cysts which is when pores fill up with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. This type can hurt a lot if the bacteria travels deeper into the skin. Last, there are Nodules which are large hard bumps that are under the surface of your skin. This type will leave scars.
According to U.S. National Library of Medicine (Medline Plus) no one knows exactly what causes acne. However, there have been studies done showing a link with acne and hormone changes, which can explain why teenagers and women are prone to it. There are other studies that shows that stress does not cause acne but it can make matters worse. Also, there is little evidence that food causes acne. So go ahead and eat that greasy food and sweets, just not a lot of it because it can cause other issues in your health.
Acne can cause more than just physical issues. It can make people have low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. It can even create social withdrawals. People that have acne may feel like they never look good because of their acne. Losing your self-esteem can cause depression. Depression is actually very common for those who have acne. One might separate themselves from other and feel that they are ugly. Since acne begins at a young age it can become a trait well into adult years. The interesting thing that scientist have found was no matter the severity of acne, depression is still a common thread. Meaning someone with very little acne could still become depressed because of it.
Well stop worrying because your problems have been heard and have been taking into consideration when making Clear Essence’s Blemish Control Wash Formula for Acne and Medicated Cleansing Bar Extra Strength from the Platinum Line. The Blemish Control wash is a refreshing, non-foaming cleanser that is designed to control acne on the face and along the hairline, as well dry up oil in order to prevent new acne from forming and should be used twice a day (morning and evening). The Medicated Cleansing Bar exfoliates the face and body while it cleans and removes bacteria and germs that cause acne and blemishes. This product can also be used twice a day and is great for acne on the face, back or body. Clear Essence just wants the real you to shine through. If you have any questions and/or concerns please visit our website at clearessence.com/. And remember that the difference is clear.
We thought our teen years were going to be the end of our acne days, and for some of us they were. However, for others it was just the beginning. Acne is a natural process that everyone will have to go through. Granted, some people have it worse than others but that is ok. Before […]
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
It is common for darker skinned people that have oily skin to wish they had dry skin. But when taking a few things in consideration for black women’s skin care, it just might turn out that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Still not convinced? Check out the following reasons as to why it is actually beneficial to have oily skin.
Oily Skin can hide Wrinkles
Believe it or not, oily skin can fight back wrinkles better than dry skin. How is this possible? Wrinkles are originally formed when the skin is dry and fragile. Since oily skin already has its natural oils on the surface, it helps keep the skin moist and smooth. What can you do make the best of this advantage? Apply hypoallergenic moisturizers to lock in the moisture without the negative effects of too much oil.
Oily Skin can give a Natural Glow
Having oily skin means not spending money on shimmery highlighters to apply around the t-zone. Truth is, if you have oily skin, you must be one of the lucky ones! This is because many women go through a certain regimen and spend money to achieve the natural vibrating look you already have. This is a sharp contrast to women who have dry skin (skin that most often appears dull). How to make the best of your natural glow? Use an oil blotter or any other product that does not completely remove the oil but rather help control it.
Oily Skin is Easier to Treat Than Dry Skin
Most of the products for treatment of oily skin prove to be the least expensive as opposed to treatment products for dry skin. This is because dry skin tends to be more sensitive and thus requiring lots more attention to key ingredients. Also, when it comes to searching specific products to match your skin type, it seems that there is a much more variety for oily skin rather than for dry skin. Lucky you!
It is common for darker skinned people that have oily skin to wish they had dry skin. But when taking a few things in consideration for black women’s skin care, it just might turn out that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Still not convinced? Check out the following reasons as […]