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When we identify ourselves through our body, we look at our skin type, skin tone, hair type etc. But we never really think about categorizing the spots we have on our bodies—moles, freckles, birthmarks, you name it. We always refer to those brown or black dots on our body as moles, but do we really know why we have them, or more importantly, how do we know that they’re not a sign of cancer? According to WebMD “Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.” Although moles may all appear to look the same, their individual makeup can be differentiated by how long the mole has been there, and the size of the mole. EverydayHealth  explains the types of moles listed below:

  • Congenital moles. When a mole is present at birth, it is called a congenital mole, or congenital nevus. About 1 percent of people have congenital moles, and these moles may be at increased risk of turning into skin cancer.
  • Acquired moles. Acquired moles account for most moles and usually develop during childhood or early adulthood. These moles are usually smaller than a quarter inch, and are thought to be due to excessive sun exposure. Most acquired moles will not develop into skin cancer.
  • Atypical moles. Atypical moles (also known as dysplastic nevi) are larger than a penciPicture8l eraser and shaped irregularly. These moles are usually uneven in color, with a dark brown center. The borders of atypical moles may be irregular, with a lighter or reddish color, and unevenness or black dots around the edge. Atypical moles tend to run in families and they may be at increased risk of developing into skin cancer.

The most common mole that we find on our bodies is the congenital mole, which are moles that we basically seen for most of our lives. We’re born with those moles and most of the time they stay with us as we age. The acquired moles however are moles that develop as we age due to exposure of sun or chemicals that may harm our skin. Both congenital and acquired moles are not considered harmful, however, depending on skin care or exposure to the sun, they can be at risk of skin cancer. Lastly, we have atypical moles, which are known as irregular moles because they are larger than a pencil eraser, with an irregular shape and uneven color. These moles are the moles that we have to keep an eye out for because they have a higher chance of developing into skin cancer.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancers that anyone is at risk of. According to www.cancer.gov there are 76,380 cases of Melanoma expected for this year. Our skin is comprised of three layers: epidermis, dermis, and fat. The epidermis layer contains melanocytes, which are cells that produce melanin. So, the more melanin produced, the darker the skin pigmentation. Melanin is used to protect our body from too much sun exposure, so you can imagine, the darker the skin tone, the stronger your skin is from being sun damaged or premature aging. Skin cancer occurs when melanin levels are low, so it’s more likely for people with white skin to develop skin cancer, however, dark skin tones are just as likely to get skin cancer because their high melanin levels are not enough to protect the skin from sun damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “in African American skin, melanin provides a sun protection factor (SPF) approximately equivalent to 13.4, compared to 3.4 in white skin.” So, even if dark skin has natural UV protection built into the skin, it’s still not enough to support skin from damage. There are four types of skin cancer that everyone is at risk of:

  1. Actinic Keratoses
  2. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  3. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  4. Melanoma

Of these four types of skin cancer, BCC, SCC, and Melanoma are the most common. BCC can be found in any skin tone, especially skin tones that have been damaged from UV rays from tanning beds. It’s important to seek treatment for BCC because if left untreated, then the damage will deepen to each layer of the skin and even bones. SCC is similar however as we age, SCC develops in any part of the body, so it does not necessarily have to be the area where the skin has been exposed to UV ray damage. Lastly, the deadliest of all cancers, Melanoma can quickly spread all over the body. Again, skin cancer does not discriminate, anyone can get it, though lighter skin has a higher chance of having skin cancer, dark skin is still at risk if we don’t take the necessary precautions. Learn to identify signs of skin cancer, SELF has provided some signs of BCC and SCC:

Signs of Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

  1. A red scaly patch: A red, itchy spot of skin that doesn’t resolve in a few weeks with moisturization is most likely SCC. These might itch, but oftentimes do not, and can be easily confused for eczema.

  1. A bump that won’Picture4t stop bleeding: This can look like a little bump or pimple that begins to ulcerate. A sore that continually bleeds, heals, and splits open again, is a common sign of BCC but could also be SCC.

  1. A shiny bump: This nodule is usually pink, red, or white, but can also be tan, black, or brown and look like a regular mole.

  1. A pink growth: TPicture3 he border will likely be slightly elevated and the center indented and maybe even crusty.

  1. A scar-like spot: This can be a sign of an aggressive form of BCC, so if you notice a white or yellow scar-like spot that appears shiny, see your derm ASAP.

You can also follow the ABCDE guide for Melanoma, which helps identify signs of Melanoma. You don’t necessarily have to have all of these signs, but if you do have one, then it’s recommended to consult with a doctor.

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Causes of Skin Cancer

  • Ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight and lights used in devices such as tanning beds
  • Being exposed to toxic substances
  • Conditions that weaken your immune system

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We should all have a basic idea that skin cancer is caused because we hardly ever apply sunblock, but what about those who like to tan? Although some people like to have “bronzed” skin during summer, tanning can be dangerous, to the extent that too much tanning leads to skin cancer because of UV rays. Now one can argue that tanning in a bed is just as safe as tanning out in the daylight, but did you know that there is more than one type of UV ray that we’re exposed to?

What are UVA and UVB rays?

UVB rays:  age skin cells and can damage their DNA. These rays are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers. Most tanning beds give off laPicture2rge amounts of UVB, which has been found to increase skin cancer risk.

UVA rays: have slightly more energy than UVB rays. They can damage skin cells’ DNA directly, and are the main rays that cause sunburns. They are also thought to cause most skin cancers.

The strength of the UV rays reaching the ground depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • Time of day: UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Season of the year: UV rays are stronger during spring and summer months. This is less of a factor near the equator.
  • Distance from the equator (latitude): UV exposure goes down as you get further from the equator.
  • Altitude: More UV rays reach the ground at higher elevations.
  • Cloud cover: The effect of clouds can vary. Sometimes cloud coverage blocks some UV from the sun and lowers UV exposure, while some types of clouds can reflect UV and can increase UV exposure. What is important to know is that UV rays can get through, even on a cloudy day.
  • Reflection off surfaces: UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand, snow, pavement, or grass, leading to an increase in UV exposure.

Preventing Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can be easily prevented if we learn to take time to take care of our skin. Apart from wearing sunblock every day, if possible, try to cover up using a hat or an umbrella. Although covering up with long sleeves would be the best option, it’s not the best advice for 102 degree weather, so try to stay cool and fresh and drink lots and lots of water. You can also eat foods that can boost your immune system, so by eating the right nutrients, your skin is ready to defend your body from sun exposure and hyperpigmentation of the skin. Bustle recommends:

Orange, yellowish foods such as melon, mangos, carrots

Tomatoes

Olive oil

Soy

Chocolate

Leafy greens

Fruits high in vitamin c

Green tea

Broccoli

Foods high omega

Red apples

Watermelon

Almonds

Just as smoking can lead to lung cancer, too much sun leads to skin cancer. With just one session in the tanning booth, you could potentially be harming your skin, so although you wish to go “bronze” for the summer, remember that your skin is your guard from letting bacteria into your body; without healthy skin what else is there to protect you? Whether you tan in a booth or out on the beach, tanning is dangerous—the reason your skin gets tanned is because it’s a form of protection from the overexposure of the sun, so next time you think about getting a tan ask yourself this: is a tan worth damaging my skin?

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Moles have often been seen as an individual sign of beauty or originality. Just look at Marilyn Monroe’s famous mole that set her apart from others. Her look has even transformed and been imitated by others, such as Amy Winehouse, creating new looks such as the “modern mole” which replaces the iconic beauty mark with a piercing. POPSUGAR discusses more on the history of the mole and the unique look it brings out. You can also prevent sun damage and hyperpigmentation with some of our products, which you can check out here. Clear Essence SPF products reduce the possibility of developing new discolorations or moles caused by over exposure to the sun. Using these products daily also helps ensure an even skin tone and reduces the signs of
past damage. Apply sunscreen everyday, wear a hat, sunglasses, but what ever you do, help your skin fight against skin cancer. Your skin tone is beautiful just the way you are despite what may feel like an imperfection. As long as you keep your skin protected from developing skin cancer, you can let the real you shine through and be proud of any moles on your body!

When it comes to summer, sales of sunblock dramatically increase due to the presence of the sun; it’s the time of the year that sunblock should be worn. But, did it ever occur to you that maybe sunblock should be applied every day of the year? Although summer is supposed to be the hottest time of the year and Earth is closer to the sun, the sun still shines every day, so why not wear sunblock every day? And even when the sun doesn’t shine, there are other factors that cause damage to our skin. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreen, not just in in the summer, but every single day of the year, even when it’s cold out, because beautiful, radiant, and healthy skin depends upon it.

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Why wear sunblock?

The obvious reason to wear sunblock is to prevent damaging our skin, however, there are certain myths that prevent people from applying sunblock. According to Huffington Post Dr. Wendy Roberts, a board certified dermatopathologist, states the benefits of sunblock such as:

  “1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from         harmful rays.

  1. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.
  1. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
  1. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.”

 

Although global warming is a separate issue at hand, it individually affects us because of our skin’s reaction to the extent of the ozone layer letting in more rays that may potentially cause more damage to our skin now more than ever. Therefore, wearing sunblock is essential and should be worn everyday because every season fluctuates as the ozone layer continues to diminish. Everyone should also be well aware of the permanent damage to your skin—skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” It is more likely for someone to get skin cancer, than any other form of skin cancer, meaning the protection of our skin needs to be a priority for every single person. By being aware of the risks of skin cancer, such awareness can help save someone’s life, from possible skin cancers such as melanoma; so start applying! Another benefit from skin cancer, as mentioned from Dr. Roberts is the prevention from dark spots and discolorations. Although discolorations do not exactly harm your skin, it does take a long time for the discolorations to go away, therefore by using sunscreen, there is no need to even worry about such spots. However, according to www.newbeauty.com:

black-woman-1425438_1920“Hyperpigmentation can affect all skin tones—but it runs rampant in those with darker skin. The reason: the darker the skin, the more active the melanocytes are because of naturally high melanin levels. ‘The cause of it doesn’t influence the severity of your discoloration but the severity of your hyperpigmentation is shaped by your skin tone,’ says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.”

Although every skin tone and skin type is likely to get discoloration and hyperpigmentation on the skin, dark skin is more likely to get hyperpigmentation on the skin, compared to other skin tones because of the melanin levels that dark skin tones contain. So the myth that “the darker the skin, the less you need to wear sunscreen” is false! Everyone, especially dark skin tones should be wearing sunblock. Women’s Health states, “Black skin has the equivalent of about an SPF 13.4 (compared with 3.4 for white skin).” So although the minimum SPF worn should be SPF 15, it is better safe than sorry to wear sunblock because our skin needs to be protected, and sometimes, our skin may not be enough to get the job done. Lastly, let’s not forget that sun damage creates premature aging, and although aging skin is beautiful, many would love to prolong visible signs of aging. CNN explains that “regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.” So again, the amount of sunscreen worn and wearing it earlier in life benefits skin from aging at a faster rate. So now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the types of sunscreen that are provided to us.

 

What kind of sunscreen and other sun protection should I use?

Although the face and body tends to be the number one priority for sunblock, it’s not the only part of the body that gets sun damage. Apart from applying sunblock, on the body, there should be protection from the very roots of your hair, all the way down to the toes on your feet. Although a hat would be best recommended, in the instance where a hat is not the best accessory for the outfit of the day, Essence has provided tips for protecting your hair for preventing sun damage such as:

  “1. Use SPF! Use hair products with SPF in them, they will coat the cuticle in order to shield from harsh rays. Be sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any build up.

  1. Try Shower Filters!Some of our showers have chlorine in them, try adding a shower filter for when you are washing your hair. The chlorine will strip hair of the moisture it needs to stay healthy.
  2. Rinse With Cold Water“After you condition or co-wash, rinse with cold water to close the cuticle, that way nothing can penetrate the cuticle to damage the hair,” says Redway.”

Although it hardly ever gets mentioned, there are actual hair products that contain SPF! However, like makeup products, the lighter the SPF the higher the amount of application is needed, so if necessary, one can never go wrong with hat. If hats are still not convincing, look into cold showers and shower filters. When it comes to the water used for showering, in most cases it contains chlorine that damage hair, therefore reducing nutrients needed to protect hair follicles fro
m the sun. A filter would then strip chlorine from the water, so just try using cold water when conditioning, and everything else will be good to go! In regards to feet, dermatologist Leslie Baumann also explains on www.youbeauty.com that “’The skin on the tops of the feet is thinner than the skin on legs,’ swoman-1149965_1920he explains. ’Sun damage here can range from rough texture and fine lines to pigment changes.’ If you spent most of your youth running around outside while barefoot, you can start to see premature aging as early as your 20s” Apart from other weird places to get sun damage, Baumann explains that feet can also get premature aging characteristics, which is why sunscreen is essential when wearing revealing shoes. It’s also easier to get sunburnt feet because of the skin is much thinner there, causing feet to be a lot more sensitive to the sun. Any kind of sunscreen can be used for feet, however, since it is a lot thinner skin, the higher the better! The world is seen through beautiful eyes, so protect them with sunglasses! Eyes are also at risk of eyelid cancer when not protected accordingly. Of course, many know that sunglasses are the best accessory to add to any outfit! Still not sure about what kind of sunscreen to use on your body? Check out Michelle Phan’s Guide to Sunscreen, which explains what to look for depending skin tone and skin type. However, the Skin Cancer Organization emphasizes that though darker skins tend to have that “chalky” characteristic when applying sunblock, the organization explains

“Darker-skinned people may also be wary of using physical sunscreens, especially titanium-based products, because they can look chalky and white on the skin. Newer preparations, however, tend to be micronized, which means the particles are small enough to allow them to blend in and disappear into the skin. Chemical sunscreens are also an option; look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15+.”

Therefore, when it comes down to shopping for a sunscreen, choose a product that’s uniquely crafted based off the skin tone and skin type that best fits. If still unsure, feel free to consult with a physician, or dermatologist.

When should I use it?

Again, there’s a myth that summer is the only time to use sunscreen, but in reality, it should be used 365 days a year. Every season though, winter can be cold and snowy, should have sunblock included in a beauty regime. Why? According to Vogue, deroffice-730681_1920matologist Dendy Engelman, found that “pigment cells can be stimul ated not only by the sun’s bright UV rays, but even by lower doses of ambient and infrared light, emitted by your computer screen or overhead lamp.” Construction or office job, sunscreen should be applied daily. Not only can computer rays, affect the skin, but society today relies heavily on cellphones, so people who use cellphones with a high brightness, beware—this can damage skin cells. Now it does sound silly and possibly a little extreme, but the evidence is there, being in an office environment can potentially lead to skin damage if sunscreen is not applied. Let’s not also forget the drive home, where the sun may give just the right lighting for a nice selfie, but that lighting is strong enough to create skin damage. Therefore, it is recommended to try to reduce exposure from the sun mid-afternoon, the time when it is more likely for high sun exposure.

Does Clear Essence carry SPF products?

Clear Essence works hard to help people with dark skin find products that not only have SPF 15 but also help with hyperpigmentation from sun damage. Below is a list of products that contain SPF 15 and help reduce scars from sun damage:Medicated Fade Creme

Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15

Helps lighten and brighten areas of hyperpigmentation for all skin types while working to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays to help prevent skin darkening from reoccurring.beautifying milk spf (2)

Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15

The inclusion of sunscreen protects and shields skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays that tends to cause problems with pigmentation and uneven darkening of dark skin tones. The Skin Beautifying Milk effectively smoothes and fades away skin discoloration.

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My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion

After using Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, use this all over body lotion to protect and maintain your skin tone. This specially formulated blend has added SPF 15 to prevent future discolorations and damage from harsh elements and the sun’s UV rays. This is the perfect daily moisturizer to keep your skin silky, smooth, and even-toned.

Summer is finally here which means time to have fun in the sun! Although this is the time of the year where we can lay out pool side, it also means that our skin is more susceptible to sun damage which may lead to sunspots, dryness, and uneven tan lines. We may have certain skin routines in place, but like the changing of the seasons, we have to make sure that our routines and habits adapt to the weather. Sometimes our skin needs extra care in order to fully maintain its healthy glow. In the summer, we need to keep our skin hydrated.

 

Depending on where you live, summer can mean your skin is more exposed to heat and humidity and for some people this can lead to oily skin. Exposing your skin to too much sun can lead to dehydrated skin, sun burns and red patches. Our skin is not properly ready to defend against sun exposure on its own. Our skin tries its best however by adding extra melanin (the component in skin that gives UV protection and pigment) and this is what gives us a tan.  If we do not protect our skin, not only do we damage our skin by making it work harder to protect internal organs but also, lack of protection can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin, and in worse cases, sun burn and eventual skin cancer. In order to prevent sun damaged skin, here are some tips in order to keep your summer skin looking healthy and glowing:

DON’T take hot showers

 

Opt for a cold shower which will help to lower body temperature and close pores, which prevents dirt and oil getting into pores which prevents acne break outs. Our skin is an important part of the body which helps fight bacteria from the outside, and sometimes that bacteria can get clogged in your pores, due to enlarged pores. Taking a cold shower helps close pores and makes it harder for bacteria to get caught in the skin. However, make sure your pores are clean before rinsing with cold water. Try Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula to remove excess dirt, bacteria, and oil from the skin and refresh the complexion. After splashing the skin with cool water, help seal pores even more with a cleansing toner. Toners help remove any dirt or oil left behind after your first step cleansing so you can be sure your skin is squeaky clean after enjoying a day outdoors.

 

 

DO wear extra wide brim hats

Apart from looking stylish, wearing extra wide brim hats will help prevent your skin from being exposed to the sun, however that does not mean that you shouldn’t put sunscreen on. Sunscreen is mandatory—always. We recommend Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Lotion with SPF 15 as a daily body protectant. By wearing a wide brim hat, not only are you protecting your skin from sun damage, but you’re also protecting your hair from being sunburnt as well. Those with balding or thinning hair are even more susceptible to developing skin cancer as the tops of our heads are closest to the sun. Therefore, using a hat can come in handy, because not only is your beautiful skin being protected, but also your hair which acts as a bodyguard for your scalp, will also be protected under an accessory which makes a strong fashion statement: sun don’t ruin my fun!

 

 

DO wear mosquito repellant

If you live in an area where mosquitos are prone to be drawn to, apply mosquito repellant. Mosquitos tend to bite bodies that have warm temperatures. In some cases, however, mosquito bites can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin which leaves you not only upset about a mosquito bite, but now having to deal with a dark spot that the little sucker left behind. Under no circumstances should you scratch it, or else it’ll lead to more skin trauma, which leads to hyperpigmentation. We also have to keep in mind that there may be bacteria in our hands or fingernails, which may lead to infection. If you do have the urge to scratch, scratch something else instead, like a stuffed animal or a lottery ticket, in order to keep your mind off the irritation! If hyperpigmentation does occur, especially on dark skin, our Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 which helps reduce dark spots and can brighten areas of hyperpigmentation. The added sunscreen protection helps prevent redarkening as well!

 

DON’T leave without sunscreen

Always, always, always, apply sunscreen before and after being exposed to the sun. By applying sunscreen, we are prevented from having sun-damaged dark skin which may include sunspots or dry skin. In order to ensure full protection, a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended. Lip balms containing sunscreen are also a great way to protect your lips from being damaged as well. There are also hair products available that help protect your scalp from damage, or as stated earlier, nothing beats a nice large hat. In the case that your skin is already damaged from having fun in the sun all day, our carrot oil skin care products which contain Beta Cartone which helps dehydrated skin from sun damage or irritation.

 

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DO drink plenty of water

Water is important for many reasons, but in order to keep the elasticity in your skin, you must drink water daily. Our skin is made of 64% water, so imagine your skin without water? It would be less protected from the sun, which leads to damaged skin. Yikes!  Our skin’s natural protein relies heavily on water, so drink up that H2O! Heading out to the beach? Although you may not be able to drink water from the ocean, salt water has beneficial nutrients, such as magnesium, for the skin, which can reduce swelling, protect the body and even balance out skin tones. Although seawater helps strengthen our skin, it can damage our hair due to the magnesium in the water. So not only should we avoid too much seawater in our hair, but also limit the amount of seawater our body is exposed to, otherwise it can lead to dry skin conditions.

 

DON’T let sun damage heal on its own

When it comes to sun burns, we tend to tell each other to let it heal on its own, but then our skin starts doing weird things like peeling. In order to prevent skin cancer, our body attempts to shed off its damaged cells, which is why we see our skin crack and peel. Taking that cold shower and drinking plenty of water helps put hydration back into the body, which helps since sunburns cause the body to become dehydrated. Add a few drops of a body oil to bath water is also a soothing way to replenish skin if you are in a lot of pain. If your skin does suffer from hyperpigmentation from being out in the sun too much, our Platinum Line skin care products such as the Skin Beautifying Milk and Medicated Fade Creme may be used in order to help even out dark spots and discolorations from sun exposure.

 

DO try going make up free

Going make up free in the summer can benefit not only your skin but also let you be free of having to worry about runny foundation and mascara. Let’s face it, no one wants to be a hot mess! Oily skin from the summer heat opens up your pores and can cause makeup to seep into the skin and cause acne. Not only are you saving time, but you’re also letting your skin breathe by eliminating all the products that you’re putting on your face. Because you’re not wearing make up, you will also be able to protect with SPF directly on the skin rather than over makeup or relying solely on the SPF in your foundation. But if you decide that make up free is not for you, then opt for waterproof mascara, and keep make up to a minimal.

 

DO have fun!

Most importantly, don’t let the heat of the summer take away from having fun outside! If you don’t have any important tasks to do, then try avoiding being outside from 10am to 4pm, which is the time that the sun tends to be at its peak. If you do go out during these times, again remember to wear sunscreen, since it is more probable for you to get sunburnt during these hours. Catch a movie, go to a museum, a mall, but whatever you do, protect yourself, protect your skin, and don’t let the sun ruin your day!

When we think about anti-aging skin care, we tend to think that it is an avenue that only older women should be concerned with. We think of miracle creams and fancy serums that are supposed to magically give you the skin of a newborn, and as amazing as that would be, there’s no product out there that can completely erase any visible signs of aging. There are so many ways to treat your skin so that it remains healthy, moisturized and can retain a youthful appearance for a very long time, but you don’t have to wait until you’re older to do it. In fact, any time is the perfect time to take the right steps in order to ensure that your skin can look fresh and renewed at whatever age you are. So, when is the right time for you? Learn about different anti-aging tips and tricks that you can implement at any age to keep your skin looking and feeling radiant for decades to come!

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Aging Skin is Beautiful Skin

The first thing that you have to consider when talking about finding the right anti-aging routine for you and when to start shifting the way you care for your skin is to first figure out what it is you want out of your skin care routine. There are simple and slightly more complicated multi-step solutions you can find all around to treat aging in your skin, but it is important to first consider assessing the current status of your skin and identifying realistic places you can improve your skin’s health and complexion.

 

The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of expectations that go into a popularized idea what great skin looks like, but the reality is that it differs from person to person. Healthy skin can look as young as a 21 years old, but healthy skin can also feature distinguished signs that naturally come with our body’s aging process. Aging is inevitable and there are certain things that happen within our skin as we age that are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve healthy, beautiful skin at any stage of your life. There is no magic regimen that will erase decades from your skin, but there are ways to ensure that your skin ages as gracefully and as healthily as possible. A good anti-aging skin care regimen should focus on treating preventable causes of aging and should help treat visible signs of premature aging. Again, the most important thing to think about when you’re seeking an anti-aging skin care regimen is to be comfortable with your skin as it is first, and then shop around for healthy ways to enhance your skin’s natural, aging beauty.

 

Break Bad Habits

The best way to determine when the best time to start your anti-aging skin care regimen is to check what your skin is already exposed to and assess the things that you’re already doing with your skin to fight off preventable causes of premature aging. Bad habits that seem small now can cost you big time down the line and the sooner you identify risky behavior with your skin, the sooner you’ll be able to have a lock on your skin’s heath that will carry over for years to come.

 

washupPay attention to how and when you cleanse your face. If you are an active person that sweats a lot or if you are a person that regularly wears makeup or works in a situation where your skin is exposed to allergens and debris, proper cleansing is extremely important for maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Makeup can contribute to clogging the pores in your skin, which can lead to acne problems and can trap bacteria and free radicals onto the surface of your skin. This is a prime situation for allowing the excess bacteria on your face help cause premature wrinkles and lines that don’t have to be there. Investing in a well-formulated cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, oil and bacteria will directly intervene where these bad habits can wreak havoc on your skin’s health. Try to cleanse at night at the end of the day to wash off all the dirt, oil and makeup from the day to allow your face to breathe at night and avoid weighing it down causing stress as you sleep.

 

Another tip that you can start at any age to jumpstart your anti-aging skin care lifestyle is to exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. Every day, old or dead skin cells accumulate on the skin and contribute to the creation of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Exfoliating rids the skin of these old skin cells and encourages your skin to create new, fresh skin cells, which in turn helps your skin look fresh and radiant. Aiding your skin cell turnover is key in helping your skin stay youthful deep within the surface. Make sure to use a moisturizer after cleansing and exfoliating to replace any natural oils in your skin that could have been lost.

 

harvestAnd, add AHAs into your skin care routine. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, etc.) are naturally occurring acids that come from food and plant sugars that work wonders in targeting specific signs of aging in anti-aging skin care. They work well as natural exfoliants, aid in speeding up your skin’s cell turnover and can increase your skin’s ability to retain moisture. These elements all can contribute to premature aging in the skin and at any age, you can include cleansers, masks, lotions and scrubs with AHAs in them to maintain younger skin earlier and longer.

 

Confident at Any Age

The most important part of anti-aging skin care is learning how to be confident in your skin! Beauty may be skin deep, but self-confidence transcends it all. As we age, things in our bodies change and continue to change and learning how be comfortable in your skin at every stage of your life helps you to feel satisfied with your skin and seek out the right kind of skin care routine.

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Treat your skin for where you are now so that you can be beautiful and bright for all of your tomorrows. Understand th

e capabilities and limitations of what anti-aging skin care products can truly do for your skin and put your skin’s health above attempting to achieve unrealistic expectations. This means an anti-aging regimen needs to start before deep-set wrinkles and fine lines occur! Unfortunately no skin care product is a time machine! Your skin is a part of you, and if you care for it properly and feed it the nutrients it deserves from the beginning, you can learn to love your skin and be confident at any age!

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care Line

If you’re looking for safe and effective skin care products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids and is formulated especially with your specific skin care needs in mind, try our Clear Essence Anti-Aging Skin Care Line with AHA. This line has been uniquely formatted for maturing people of color and individuals with a special concern for fighting off visible signs of premature aging. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients that targets and treats specific skin care concerns while giving you the comfort of knowing you’re using healthy, organic skin products.

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The Anti-Aging line products even out skin tone, fade discoloration, and add necessary moisture to the skin to help your skin maintain a healthy, supple texture. Aging skin is beautiful skin, and it needs to be taken care of properly and with care to preserve your natural beauty. Let Clear Essence Cosmetics help you and your skin stay rejuvenated, fresh and youthful for years to come!

 

 

“So, what exactly is this?” It is a question we can all relate to when we’re shopping for skin care products. Sometimes it seems as if there are so many complicated names on the back of our products that it gets confusing to figure out which name does what for your skin. And, especially when considering skin care products that deal with improving your skin’s complexion, we want to make sure all of the active ingredients in our products won’t damage our skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a name that is common in anti-aging skin care, but does it really do? Where does it come from? And, most importantly, is it right for you? Get the real truth about Alpha Hydroxy Acid and anti-aging so you can make the right choice for you and your skin the next time you head down the beauty isle.

 

Chemical Free Skin care is the best…right?

Our skin is our body’s biggest organ. It protects us from harsh things in the atmosphere and it’s our job to take special care with our skin so it can continue to keep our bodies healthy and safe. So naturally, when it comes to researching what skin care products are safe to use on your skin, it’s understandable to look for the most natural and safest skin care systems possible. For a lot of people this means skipping anything that seems like it’s packed with chemicals in search of a more natural approach to handling skin care issues, but there seems to be a misconception about chemicals, skin care and what is ultimately safe for use on your skin.

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A chemical is a substance composed of molecules or ions that cannot be separated by any physical means. From salt to sugar to water, chemicals are naturally occurring and are all around us every single day. Because of this, it is physically impossible to encounter anything (especially in skin care) that’s truly “chemical-free”. And, while there can be valid conversations about the benefits of natural versus synthetic chemicals in products and foods we consume, it is important to note that there are just as many natural chemicals that can do our bodies harm as there are synthetic chemicals that work well with our bodies. The true concern is to research each chemical that you’re unfamiliar with to gauge if it’s effective and safe for human use, and, always make sure that the products that you’re using are tested, safe and approved for use!

 

What is AHA?

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are one of those naturally occurring, organic chemicals that we see is commonly featured in skin care. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are found in many of our natural food sources and when applied on the skin, they work efficiently as an exfoliant to assist in the shedding of dead skin cells and work deep within our skin to improve collagen formation to promote skin firmness. These qualities make AHAs a natural godsend for its anti-aging benefits.

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There are multiple acids that are considered to be Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and they are separated by where they’re derived from. Lactic acid is found in fermented foods and sour milk, like yogurt, cheese and pickled foods. It is extremely effective in fighting off premature wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and restoring youthful skin. Glycolic acid is found in natural sources that are high in sugar like fruits and sugar cane. When used for skin care, glycolic acid is most commonly seen in facial peels and skin creams for its effective ability to penetrate deep within your skin to boost your skin’s ability to shed old skin cells and bring, younger, fresher skin cells to the surface. It is great for encouraging smoother skin and fights against acne and wrinkles. There’s also citric acid that comes from citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, limes, etc.) that are full of natural antioxidants that fight against the effects of free-radicals in your skin which are known to cause signs of premature aging in your skin.

 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are powerful a component of anti-aging skin care that is natural and effective in helping you achieve youthful, radiant skin. They work well to reverse hyperpigmentation damage caused by the sun and from minor physical trauma to the skin as well. For the best possible anti-aging regimen for you, make sure to incorporate more products containing AHAs or look into making renewing, home made recipes!

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care Line with AHA

If you’re looking for safe and effective skin care products that both contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids and is formulated especially with your specific skin care needs in mind, try our Clear Essence Anti-Aging Skin Care Line with AHA. This line has been uniquely formatted for maturing people of color and individuals with a special concern for fighting off visible signs of premature aging. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients that targets and treats specific skin care concerns while giving you the comfort of knowing you’re using healthy, organic skin products.

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The Anti-Aging line products even out skin tone, fade discoloration, and add necessary moisture to the skin to help your skin maintain a healthy, supple texture. Aging skin is beautiful skin, and it needs to be taken care of properly and with care to preserve your natural beauty. Let Clear Essence Cosmetics help you and your skin stay rejuvenated, fresh and youthful for years to come!

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Seven Tips to Fight Premature Aging

Aging. It’s an inevitable part of life that we all have to face. As we get older, things in our bodies begin to change, including the way our skin looks and feels. And, as our bodies change, we also have to change the way that we care for ourselves. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of research available with valuable information that can assist you with ways to care for your aging skin. as well as different methods and tricks that can help slow down the aging process. Aging skin is beautiful skin, and knowing the right way to care for it is essential for long-lasting skin health.

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Stress
man-390339__180We can’t stop time, but we can pay attention to different activities we engage in  that are known to “speed up” the aging process and take a toll on your body and  your skin. Stress is a large contributor to premature aging. There is no one  specific definition of stress that is agreed upon, but according to the American Institute of Stress, it is any experience or situation that causes “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension.” We need to let our body to rest and rejuvenate from the daily pressures of life. By allowing our stress levels to run on overdrive, our body will start showing signs of depleting energy. We will notice more bags under our eyes, fine lines, and gray hairs.

 

Stress has a huge effect on our body’s ability to function properly. Your body’s response to stress can manifest in a number of different ways from accelerating your heart rate, inhibiting your body’s ability to digest food and affecting different hormones in your body. When you’re faced with stress, it is important to assess the situation and take necessary steps to alleviate your mind and body from the negative effects of stress for the sake of your overall health. You can do this by engaging in relaxing activities. Try meditation, exercise, or listening to your favorite tunes! And, most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. When you slow down and focus on your body when you’re stressed, you’re actively taking care of your health and caring for your skin!

 

Sun Protection

It feels great to soak in the sun on a warm day, but be careful not to take in too much! Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays is known to cause skin discoloration, wrinkles and can even increase your risk for skin cancer if you do not protect your skin from the sun properly. Too much sun negatively affects the elastin in your skin, which is a protein fiber that is responsible for your skin retaining its shape if it is stretched. When the sun breaks these fibers down, your skin loses its natural elasticity and sags as gravity continues to pull on your skin. Always make sure to use sunscreen with a higher SPF protection whenever you know that you will be out in the sun longer than thirty minutes.

 

Eat Healthy. Fight Free Radicals

render-684129_1920We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” and when it comes to our skin, it is absolutely true. A well-balanced diet will help you maintain healthy, supple skin that will help fight off visible signs of aging in your skin. Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They are great for working against the effects of free radicals on your skin. A free radicals, or oxidants, are atoms or molecules that are missing an electron. They damage our skin cells by attacking normal atoms in our skin in an attempt to steal an electron from other healthy atoms. When an excess amount of free radicals accumulate, it causes damage deep within the skin that makes our skin age faster. The older we get, the harder it is for our body to get rid of excess free radicals. One of the easiest and effective ways to fight off the effects of free radicals in our skin is to search for agents that are loaded with antioxidants.

 

Antioxidants

It is important to work on keeping your skin healthy and youthful early. Collagen and elastin in our skin begin to decline at age twenty-five and the effects of free radicals can speed that up. Antioxidants are molecules that stop other molecules from oxidizing, which is what causes chemical reactions in molecules that lead to the creation of free radicals.

 

Thankfully there are a variety of foods and products that are filled with natural antioxidants that will target free radicals and improve the overall health of your body and your skin. Eat fruits and vegetables like carrots, kale and watermelon that are rich in Beta-carotenes; broccoli, grapefruit and strawberries which have great sources of vitamin C; and avocados, spinach and peppers which contain vitamin E. To get the best benefits, eat your antioxidant rich food raw to not risk losing any nutrients when the food is cooked.

 

Moisturize

Moisture is an overlooked key to keeping your skin soft, supple and healthy. When your skin doesn’t get the moisture that it needs, it will dry out and cause premature wrinkles, rashes, itching and flaking. The same way a grape can turn into a raisin, you skin can also change dramatically if you do not moisturize correctly.

 

Getting the moisture that you need can be done in a number of ways, but the easiest is to consume enough water or water-rich foods, and to make sure that you are using a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin. A great drops-of-water-578897_1920moisturizing tip is to use your lotions and crèmes right after a warm shower when your skin is still slightly damp. This method will help trap the moisture on your skin while your pores are open from the warmth of the water to maximize your skin’s hydration. And, for those extra dry trouble spots, follow with a natural body oil of your choice to promote smooth skin and moisture retention.

 

Also, pay attention to your diet! Moisturizing your skin on the inside is just as important as moisturizing it on the outside. The next time you go to the grocery store, make sure to pick up more moisturizing foods and leave behind the dehydrating ones. Try fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, kiwi and tomatoes to give your body a hydrated glow. And, try to limit your alcohol and coffee intake. Alcohol and coffee are both natural diuretics, and when consumed in large quantities, they will deplete your body’s water resources without replenishing it.

 

Boost Your Skin Routine

When you think about your skin care routine, we tend to just think about our skin care products. But, that’s just half the picture. What we do with our skin care products in our routine is just as important as the products themselves. Creating a comprehensive care routine can help break any skin goal plateaus and get your skin feeling brand new in no time.

A good, comprehensive skin care routine, especially one for anti-aging, is typically a multi-step system that works to counteract the different signs of visible aging. To start building your personal anti-aging skin routine, use these steps as guidelines:

  1. Use a skin cleanser that is water-soluble and removes dirt, oil and bacteria from the face and body. Cleansing your skin gives you a clean, healthy slate to work with when continuing with the next steps in your anti-aging skin routine. Follow with a toner to refine and tighten your pores and clarify the skin.
  2. After cleansing, use a product the directly targets your specific skin issue. For anti-aging, look for treatment serums and crèmes with antioxidants and essential vitamins that will enhance your skin’s regeneration to keep you looking young and healthy. And if possible, select treatment products that also protect against UVA and UVB rays for added anti-aging skin protection.
  3. Moisturized skin is healthy skin and moisturizing regularly will help keep your skin youthful in appearance. Cleansing and using targeted treatments on your skin can strip your skin of its natural oils, making it sensitive and more prone to dryness and wrinkles. Replenish your skin’s natural moisture by using a moisturizer that will silken your skin.

 

Healthy Cleansing + AHA

Last, but certainly not least, the way you physically treat your skin can make a big impact in avoiding premature aging. The best anti-aging treat you can give your skin when cleansing and moisturizing is to use products containing AHA. AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, is a powerful exfoliant that works hard to shed dead skin cells and increase your skin’s cell turnover to bring out brighter, younger skin. It is naturally found in many foods we enjoy including pineapple, tomatoes and yogurt. AHA washes, lotions and masks are applied topically to directly penetrate your problem areas to remove old, damaged skin cells and reveal refreshed, smooth skin.

 

And when handling your skin, especially delicate, aging skin, apply your products with care. Aging skin is more sensitive to pulling and tugging, so when using a cleanser or a crème try to use upward, circular motions on your face and body. The circular, massaging motion helps stimulate the skin, increasing blood circulation which in turn will feed newer skin cells while they form.  The upward motion helps to counteract the downward pull gravity has on your skin to prevent extra wrinkles from forming. Combining skin massages with AHA skincare is a dynamic duo for fighting against premature aging and will give you the fresh skin you’re looking for.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Line

The Anti-Aging skin care treatment consists of products that feature Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Lactic Acid), which addresses the skin care concerns of maturing people of color.  Some these concerns include hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines.  Our anti-aging skin care products accelerate skin cell regeneration and remove dead skin cells while keeping the top layer of skin soft and radiant.

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Clear Essence’s Anti-Aging line has been uniquely formulated for mature people of color. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients, which targets and treats specific skin care concerns.  The products fade discoloration, even out skin tone, and add moisture to the skin to maintain a healthy supple texture. Let our Anti-Aging Skin Care line help you bring out the natural beauty of aging skin and let the real you shine through!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

My Natural Beauty LineThe 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!

The results that vitamins have on your body can be seen from the inside out and from the outside in. Consuming vitamins replenish your skin from the inside, while applying vitamins restore your skin from the outside. Daily, the skin is affected by many factors including natural aging, sun exposure, and pollution and chemicals in the environment. Your skin needs a variety of vitamins, taken in a variety of ways to keep it supple and healthy against natural wear over time.

Let’s start with vitamin A, also known as retinol. This vitamin has many anti-aging benefits, and works as an antioxidant. As free radicals enter the skin through toxins, which accelerates aging, vitamin A works actively to protect against damage.

Vitamin C is another anti-aging fighter, but works differently than vitamin A. It shields the skin from UV rays that sunscreen tends to miss. It also aids in collagen synthesis. Applying vitamin C to the skin immediately provides smooth and firm skin, as well. You can find various skin care products with vitamin C in our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line.

To ease dry skin, and get extra UV protection, vitamin E is the way to go. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant, which helps the skin stay youthful and vibrant. It absorbs harmful UV rays, which works well with the shielding effects of Vitamin C. Vitamin E can be found in our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème. This crème is specifically blended with Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which transforms the skin.

Don’t forget about vitamin D! Vitamin D is essential for a healthy body. It seeps into the skin from sun exposure, and helps your bones absorb calcium more efficiently. However, limit your sun exposure to 10-15 minutes per day. If you go over that amount, make sure you apply sunscreen or have other protective measures against damaging rays. Just enough sun is beneficial for the body, but too much sun is destructive to the skin.

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!

Nowadays almost every skin care brand offers a three step or multiple product system in order to treat various skin needs and problems. We have often believed that in order to see results all our skin care products must fall under one brand name in order to completely treat the skin.

Well what’s really the truth?

Should you use different products that match your skin care needs regardless of brand or is sticking with one skin care line the best way to ensure quality and skin receptiveness? Let’s check out the pros and cons below:

Pros

Reliability

If you already have one skin care product you love, chances are you’ll probably love another product that brand offers. Brands that pride themselves on having sensitive skin care lines and natural-based skin care products can also encourage brand loyalty, as users want to ensure their skin does not have allergic reactions to new ingredients.

Ease

For those new to skin care, it can be easier to follow and adopt a skin care system that is already created by industry dermatologists and chemists. Many skin care lines’ goal is to remove the headache and confusion that comes with choosing products for your skin type.

Cons

Every Brand Can’t Have Every Product

While brands try to create multiple products for every possible skin issue or texture, it is impossible for a brand to have a solution for 100% of the market.

Lack of Individuality

Products that work for one person’s skin logically cannot work for every person on Earth’s skin. It may take mixing and matching skin care brands to find the perfect combination for your individual skin.

So what products do you choose?

Now, we’re not saying you have to run out and try every skin care brand or mix every last tube, jar, or vial in your medicine cabinet. Know what issues you’re wishing to treat along with your skin type to find products that are specifically meeting your skin care goals. Focus on the ingredients and reputation/reviews of the product from other users with similar skin problems.photo (2)

Also, try to add new products into your routine slowly. Some products take a week or two for your skin to start showing results. Packing on tons of different products at once can make skin irritated. And since your assorted branded products don’t give you an order for mixing and matching, always follow the rule of layering products from lighter to thicker, i.e. a serum should go on the skin before a heavy cream. Your skin cannot tell the difference between brands. Until a company is able to make a miracle all-in-one solution for every possible skin type and texture, we may be resorting to mixing and matching for some time to come!

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