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Lots of us are starting to work out more to prepare for the Summer months and bikini season. Exercising also provides great benefits for the body and mind. Besides working out, this summer is expected to be a hot one! Sweat may begin to clog pores just while enjoying the outdoors and the warmer weather. To help prevent breakouts or acne during these summer months, check out our skin care tips below.

  • Avoid Makeup

Applying makeup before your workout can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. When you workout and sweat, your pores open up. Open pores are susceptible to dirt and bacteria getting trapped under the skin. You want your skin to breathe while working out so that sweat can fall off the skin instead of being trapped under makeup. If you’re confident in your skin without makeup, try using a lighter coverage or ensure that you cleanse your skin immediately after workout with warm water to reopen pores and flush out bacteria.

  • Cleanse Your Skin

Cleansing your skin daily is important to ensure your pores are free of dirt and bacteria. It is even more critical when you are continuously working out or exposed to outdoor elements such as smog and pollution. During the summer you should wash your face regularly to remove sweat and oils that sit on the skin during the day. Clear Essence has many fruit and natural cleansers that are perfect for the summer due to their natural ingredients such as lemon, olive, carrot seed oil, and papaya. These sweet scented soaps are perfect for the summer season.

  • Use Toners

Still feel oily after cleansing your skin? With the increased summer heat, skin oils reproduce at a much quicker rate leaving skin more susceptible to oils and dirt remaining trapped on the skin. To help close pores and ensure skin is completely clean, try adding a toner during the summer months to reduce oils and balance the complexion. Our Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid helps to regenerate dead skin for a brighter, even tone. Our Sensitive Line Antiseptic Cleanser is perfect for easily-irritated skin types. Use this toner to calm and soothe the skin for a relaxed and refreshed feel.

  • Don’t touch your face

The gym is full of germs and bacteria, especially on gym equipment. Due to this, it is very important to avoid touching your face when working out. Since sweat can also transfer to the face from your hair, ensure that you tie your hair back away from your face. You want to prevent spreading any bacteria to your skin.

  • Products for Men

Chimere Skin Care for Men is designed for the grooming needs of men of color. Though the products are sophisticated, they are easy to use. They treat razor bumps, dark spots, ingrown hairs, Chimere Body Washbreakouts, and acne. Chimere™ Triple-Action Body Wash Formula treats and prevents breakouts. It deeply cleanses the skin to heal and soothe irritations by removing dirt and oil. This pH balanced formula helps tone and invigorate the skin as it cleans. The Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar for Normal to Oily Skin is a moisturizing soap that breaks down pore clogging residue and debris, leaving the skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned. It is specifically formulated to meet the needs of men of color with blemishes, razor bumps, and uneven pigmentation.  It is used for acne treatment and prevention, cleansing deeply to remove dirt, bacteria and oil; and it exfoliates dead skin cells for a radiant blemish-free, clear complexion.

Summer is just around the corner. While you may be starting to diet and exercise to prepare for that summer bikini, consider adding a regimen for your skin to get in summer shape as well. Your skin is the first thing people see when they meet you. Ensure that this summer is free of dark spots, bumps and discolorations!

Cleanse

To start your summer prep, keep your skin nice and clean to avoid acne and blemishes from distracting from your natural beauty. Summer will include lots of makeup free days at the pool and while sweating during those hot days. You’ll want to keep your skin blemish free so you don’t have to worry about a zit or waterproof cover-up. To keep skin smooth and even, try exfoliating at least once or twice a week. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, dirt and oils that clog pores and create breakouts and blackheads. Our most popular natural exfoliating soap bar is the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap. This gentle yet powerful exfoliator contains aloe vera, shea butter and of course olives for a smooth and radiant complexion on the face or body!

Toners

Still feel oily after cleansing your skin? With the increased summer heat, skin oils reproduce at a much quicker rate leaving skin more susceptible to oils and dirt remaining trapped on the skin. To help close pores and ensure skin is completely clean, try adding a toner during the summer months to reduce oils and balance the complexion. Our Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid helps to regenerate dead skin for a brighter, even tone. Our Sensitive Line Antiseptic Cleanser is perfect for easily-irritated skin types. Use this toner to calm and soothe the skin for a relaxed and refreshed feel.

Hyperpigmentation

Worrying about those dark spots or discolorations on the body? You’ve been able to hide all winter underneath your clothing and now its time to show your beautiful skin! Maximize your skin glow with Clear Essence dark spot correctors and toning lotions! Get rid of pesky marks and scars with the NEW Clear Essence Exclusive Medicated Fade Creme! Dark marks on the body such as dark spots on the face and hands, age spots, acne scars and sun damage are gently diminished. Looking to treat larger areas such as elbows, knees, bikini area or heels? Our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk has been the tried and true solution for over 30 years for achieving an even, toned, flawless skin tone. Apply twice a day for 4-6 weeks to notice an improved appearance. That means, start now while there’s still a few weeks till summer!!

Stretch Marks

Like hyperpigmentation, many of us can be self-conscious when it comes to stretch marks. The first thing we want to say is embrace them! Everyone has them. Stretch marks are simply the growth signs that come with being an adult. However, to help soften and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, we recommend hydrating the skin daily with a repairing body oil. Body oils soften and smooth the skin for a plumped appearance. Using Clear Essence Body Oils also replenishes the skin with natural vitamins and essential plant and fruit extracts for a refined and even complexion. Check out the Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil which contains shea butter and sesame seed oil for a moisturized skin tone. For added vitamins our Specialist Skin Care Body Oil contains Vitamins A & E to repair discolorations and regenerate collagen to the skin.

Sunscreen

Once you’ve achieved your desired skin tone make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen all summer long to prevent tan lines and uneven patches of skin. Damage to your skin tone is also dangerous as it can potentially result in skin cancer at a later stage in life. Clear Essence now offers a two-in-one formula of its Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk w/ SPF 15! This dual formula helps correct discolorations while also protecting the skin from the sun. Coming soon: Clear Essence Exclusive Medicated Fade Creme w/ SPF 15 will correct small dark spots on the face, hands or scars on the body again with added sun protection to prevent redarkening and new discolorations.

Easter is a highly celebrated event for many people around the world whether to worship religiously or to simply celebrate the new Spring season and visit with family and friends. This may be the first time you are seeing some family members since the holidays and the New Year. Make sure your skin is looking its best so you can celebrate this season of rebirth with confidence!

Cleanse w/ Spring Ingredients

Clear Essence offers many fresh, natural cleansers to enhance your skin with spring ingredients such as carrot seed oil, papaya extracts, lemon and other natural botanicals to help skin blossom with the Spring season. These powerful bars help to stimulate skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, dehydrated skin, and repair sun damage. Added Vitamin A and vegetable oil maintain skin tone and elasticity to give your skin a radiance that matches the new spring freshness! These make great Spring Easter Basket stuffers for everyone at your Easter brunch!

Lemon Plus Vitamin C Soap Bar

My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap

My Natural Beauty Carrot Oil Soap

Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Papaya Soap Bar

Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Carrot Seed Oil Soap

Easter Baskets for Kids

We all know the little ones are looking for toys from the Easter Bunny. However, their skin needs plenty of assistance when the weather starts to change and they will thank you for years to come for helping them maintain their soft complexion! Keep your little angel on the right track with our Baby Skin Care Sets. Our Baby Yellow Pack is a complete regimen for baby which includes our Baby Soothing Milk BarBaby Lavender Oil and Baby Lotion w/ Shea and Cocoa Butter. Give your baby sweet, soft and touchable skin just in time for the Spring and Summer weather!

Toners

Spring time also means we get to take in Vitamin D from the sun, but extra heat can mean extra sweat and oils on the skin. Before going into the stuffy church or running outside to play with the kids, try using a toner to help close pores and prevent dirt and bacteria from entering the skin and causing breakouts. A toner helps keep skin fresh and evenly toned. Our Sensitive Skin Cleanser uses natural witch hazel and camphour to calm the skin before or after a day of high activity!

Body Oil

No church outfit would be complete without glowing, hydrated skin! Keep elbows, knees, and heels free of scaly and ashy skin by moisturizing with your Sunday Best Body Oil! Use Clear Essence Body Oils to keep skin moisturized and hydrated and shining bright with the sunshine. Add our body oils to running bath water or apply directly to skin after bathing or during a massage. This will help ensure you’re ready to show off your skin tone at any moment by preventing dryness.

Lemon Skin Care

Enjoy a fresh Lemon scent this Easter Sunday with our botanical spring body cream..NOW BACK IN STOCK!! The Lemon Plus Vitamin A Body Creme is a hydrating dry skin moisturizer. This effective lemon skin treatment aims to assist in the healing process of excessive exposure to the sun and skin aging. Vitamin A is both an anti-oxidant and a booster for the natural production of collagen. In combination with lemon extract and other emollients this cream helps to improve the skin’s firmness, texture and complexion. For even more lemon exfoliation use our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Soap Bar as a first step cleanser! 

Spring is right around the corner! The weather is getting hotter, and the 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:

Sunscreen

While you treat discolorations and uneven patches of skin, make sure to add a sunscreen to prevent redarkening and new discolorations. The sun hugs closer to the Earth this time of year so it is even more important to apply sunscreen every single day! For an easy two-in-one formula, use the Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk which corrects dark spots and gives the skin an all-over the body glow with the added benefit of sun protection. It’ll keep your skin soft and moisturized while also brightening and evening the complexion!

Coming Soon! Our Exclusive Line Medicated Fade Creme is now in a whole new look! Sign up for our newsletters to be notified once it returns!

Fruit Cleansers

When you’re ready to cleanse away the excitement of your spring adventures, Clear Essence offers many fresh, natural cleansers to enhance your skin with spring ingredients such as carrot seed oil, papaya extracts, lemon and other natural botanicals. These powerful bars help to stimulate skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, dehydrated skin, and repair sun damage. Added Vitamin A and vegetable oil maintain skin tone and elasticity to give your skin a radiance that matches the new season!

Lemon Plus Vitamin C Soap Bar

My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap

My Natural Beauty Carrot Oil Soap

Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Papaya Soap Bar

Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Carrot Seed Oil Soap

Toners

Spring time also means we get to take in Vitamin D from the sun, but extra heat can mean extra sweat and oils on the skin. To help close pores and prevent dirt and bacteria from causing breakouts, use a toner to keep skin fresh and evenly toned. Our Sensitive Skin Cleanser uses natural witch hazel and camphour to calm the skin after a day of high activity!

Body Oil

To keep skin glowing and shining bright with the sunshine, use Clear Essence Body Oils to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. Be ready to show off your skin tone at any moment by preventing dryness. Add our body oils to running bath water or apply directly to skin after bathing or during a massage.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it is never too soon to start adding proper skin care to your daily regimen, especially if you want smooth, touchable skin just in time for your V-Day date. Here are a few important tips for your skin to keep in mind before your date and as a regular part of your routine.

 

 

Exfoliation

Dull, dead looking skin is never a beauty goal for African American skin care. Exfoliation is a way for us to avoid bumpy, scaly looking skin. Exfoliation allows us to remove the dead cells that sit on the top layer of our skin. Once these dead cells are gone, it allows for our natural glowing complexion to shine through. Use a Clear Essence soap bar to gently exfoliate the skin and remove bumps and rough skin. For soft, hydrated skin try the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap which moisturizes while exfoliating.

 

Hydrating Your Skin

When you hop out the shower does your skin feel extra dry and tight? Add a body oil for instant hydration that absorbs into skin and makes it extra soft! Our Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil not only promotes a healthy skin tone and smoother texture, this essential natural oil also can be used to begin the process of achieving an even-toned glow and brighter complexion. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized. And don’t forget those hard to reach places or easily dried out areas such as hands, feet, knuckles and elbows! You want the entire body to be soft to the touch for your Valentine! The Clear Essence Sensitive Line Texturizing Complexion Lotion is a light textured yet highly effective moisturizer. It is an easy to use lotion that restores the skins natural mechanical barrier, locks in moisture and reduces transepidermal water loss. This full body lotion gives the skin a natural supple feel and reinvigorates the epidermis protecting the skin from harsh weather and reducing the dryness that causes ashy skin. Now on sale for only $5.50!! 

 

Skin Care Sets for Your Love

Ever wonder for the perfect gift for him? Men deserve to have a clear, healthy and beautiful skin as well. Why not pamper your “babe” by providing them with products that will celebrate their masculine strength. ChiMere Skin Care for Men offers healthy and natural men’s skin care products that specialize in men’s grooming & skin care solutions. The ChiMere for Men Grooming Set effectively gives a complete shaving regimen for men of color as it includes two cleansers, a shave gel and after shave treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to your skin one to two products won’t do everything you need. From face, body and treatment products, there’s a few staples that should remain in your cabinet year-round to ensure perfect skin throughout all seasons. Here’s the 5 skin care essentials that should be apart of your daily and weekly skin care routine. Luckily all the items we’re mentioning below are affordable as well! Each item retails under $8 so you can get your flawless skin on a budget! Read on for our tips.

Sunscreen – Apply Daily, reapply every 2-3 hours of direct sunlight

Even in the winter, skin should remain protected from UV rays and sun damage. Clear Essence® My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is an ultra-lightweight, virtually invisible natural sunscreen offering SPF 15 protection. This silky lotion is incredibly comfortable, even for sensitive skin types, this product forms a protective veil to prevent darkening or discolorations from UV rays.

Exfoliating Cleanser – At least once a week

Exfoliating your skin regularly helps to rid the body of dead skin cells that build up and cause the complexion to look dull and discolored. You can increase the number of types you exfoliate for an even brighter, more even tone. The Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin is an all-over body complexion bar which can be used as a face wash for acne on normal to dry skin. This soap bar is uniquely formulated to maximize the performance of other Clear Essence® dark spot correcting products.

Dark Spot Corrector – Twice a day

Once you damage your skin whether from acne breakouts or sun damage, a dark spot can appear on the skin and leave you with discolorations that are hard to get rid of! Our top-rated dark spot corrector, the Exclusive Medicated Fade Creme gradually brightens skin discolorations (such as dark spots on the face and hands, age spots, acne scars and sun damage) with a high-potency formula containing hydroquinone (the gold-standard for skin lightening) which absorbs quickly into the skin and gently diminishes the look of dark spots and brown skin discolorations on the face or the body.

Body Oil – Apply Daily

When you hop out the shower does your skin feel extra dry and tight? Add a body oil for instant hydration that absorbs into skin and makes it extra soft! Our Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil not only promotes a healthy skin tone and smoother texture, this essential natural oil also can be used to begin the process of achieving an even-toned glow and brighter complexion.

Basic Lotion – Apply Daily

Whether you have a flawless complexion that you love or you’re still working on some uneven patches, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. And don’t forget those hard to reach places or easily dried out areas such as hands, feet, knuckles and elbows! The Clear Essence Sensitive Line Texturizing Complexion Lotion is a light textured yet highly effective moisturizer. It is an easy to use lotion that restores the skins natural mechanical barrier, locks in moisture and reduces transepidermal water loss. This full body lotion gives the skin a natural supple feel and reinvigorates the epidermis protecting the skin from harsh weather and reducing the dryness that causes ashy skin. Now on sale for only $5.50!!

Many of us may think in order to get flawless, even skin we need to spend a lot of money on products, treatments and anti-aging regimens. However, there’s lots of easy and AFFORDABLE ways to achieve a perfected skin tone without breaking the bank! Here’s a few ways you’ve been throwing away money when it comes to your skin care routine..

1) You’re Working on the Exterior without Considering the Interior

Our skin is the window to the body. What goes into the body can effect your overall skin complexion. If you’re not supplying yourself with enough water internal organs start to dehydrate and your skin can appear dull, dried out and lifeless. The foods we eat can also cause breakouts and other signs of allergic reaction such as sugary, oily and greasy snacks. Another cause of poor skin is stress; its effects on the body can translate to acne and overall skin disruption. Make sure you’re starting your skin care with proper nutrition, diet and wellness.

2) You’re Focusing on Brand Names Rather than Ingredients and Results

Often times we’ll believe if it’s priced higher and found on all the high-end shelves, it has to be good! That may be true but its more effective to go off of ingredients and proven results over a number of years. Plus, why spend more on something that does the same thing for less??? For example, Clear Essence skin care products have been trusted for over 30 years to correct dark spots and uneven skin discolorations and are affordably priced under $15 USD! We even have a full line of products affordably priced under $5 each, the Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Line, which provide a full regimen of easy to use, effective products. The Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Fade Creme is one of our #1 dark spot correctors for small spots or scars on the face, hands, or body. Use twice a day for 4 to 6 weeks to see improvement. NOW: Clear Essence is offering a special promotion, purchase $50+ of Maxi-Tone Quick Tone Products and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order! Limited Time Only!!

3) You’re Not Sticking to Your Regimen Daily

If you want results, you gotta do the work! Buying all the products in the world will do nothing for your skin if you never apply them! Don’t let your skin care products just collect dust after you’ve purchased; stay consistent and let the products work their magic!!

Winter Landscape

From Summer to Fall Weather

Cold weather can leave you with dull, cracked and dry skin!! There’s simple things you can do to help combat cold weather and leave your skin looking beautiful and radiant!

You may notice that when the air is cold, your skin is more ashy and dry than usual. There are a few factual reasons for this. The first is that cold air is dry and lacks humidity. Dry air pulls the moisture out of the skin, and makes it difficult for the skin to stay properly hydrated. Heavy winds also add to this problem. They strip the skin’s lipids, which help to seal in the skins moisture. Even people who wouldn’t normally have dry skin, can develop a flaky and dull complexion if the skin is exposed to these conditions.

 

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Dead skin appears flaky, dry and weathered. Use any method of exfoliation that works best for you and be consistent, the best results show themselves after some time. Doing away with dead skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin in general, because the build-up clogs pores and causes breakouts. We like to recommend our Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap as it not only exfoliates the skin but soothes dry skin with natural olive oil extract.

Moisturizing Dry Skin:

Now that we are working with fresh skin, the next step is to begin adding and retaining moisture. Try to use African American skin care products that work towards hydrating dry skin. Clear Essence Sensitive Line Skin Beautifying Milk helps repair skin that has been damaged by over exposure to environmental elements and also includes natural ingredients to help calm irritation.

Retain Moisture:

Adding an oil to your regimen helps lock in moisture and keeps it from being stripped by winds and other harsh elements. Apply an oil directly to the skin after bathing to help water soak into the skin or add directly to bath water to fully hydrate your body. This will act as a barrier between the environment and your skin, and can be especially helpful if your skin becomes chapped easily. Clear Essence Sensitive Moisturizing Body Oil is a unique oil that contains natural shea butter and sesame seed oil for added skin health. Adding a small amount of this oil to your regimen is sure way to put that healthy glow back into your skin.

These steps are simple, but can completely transform your skin. Always remember to use sunscreen for protection against sunrays, and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Clear Essence TonersA Clean Face is the First Step to An Even Skin Tone!
If you feel like your first step isn’t doing the job, try adding a second cleansing step to completely remove dirt and oils.

Introducing Clear Essence Toners

Blackheads are pores that are filled with dirt and oils on the skin. You may look at the tip of your nose and find a few right now! The best way to get rid of enlarged pores and dirt getting trapped under the skin is PREVENTION! Here’s a few tips to ensure your skin stays squeaky clean without little black pores showing up throughout the day.

1. Clean with your regular cleanser

However you currently cleanse your skin is perfectly fine. Remember that your skin must be clean to use a toner as you want your skin to be clean before you close pores. Use warm water and one of Clear Essence’s first step cleansers such as the Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar or Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin to remove the bulk of dirt, bacteria and oils on the complexion.

2. Apply Toner using a cotton ball

After cleansing use a cotton ball and one of our Clear Essence Toners to close pores and keep skin clean for longer! If you have oily skin this also helps ensure that there are no remnants of dirt and oil still left on the skin after your first cleansing step. Clear Essence Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid has the added exfoliating AHA ingredient which helps to also even out the complexion and give a smoother texture. Exfoliating regularly will also help clear out pores and remove dead skin cells trapped on the skin. Our Sensitive Line Antiseptic Cleanser is great for sensitive skin types to soothe the skin after cleansing with natural witch hazel and ginseng ingredients.

3. Moisturize

Double cleansing can dry out the skin. If your skin feels tight after cleansing that’s a good thing! Your pores are shrinked and closed so no environmental toxins can enter the pores and the skin. To eliminate overly drying the skin however, you may add a light moisturizer to rehydrate the skin and add a luminous glow. We recommend a very light layer of our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk to help eliminate dark spots and give the skin an even glow or our Sensitive Line Texturizing Lotion to hydrate without lightening the skin tone.

4 Apply Sun Protection

Exfoliating the skin can cause sensitivity to the sun. To prevent redarkening or new dark spots from forming on the skin and to maintain the effects of your skin care regimen, apply SPF daily. Clear Essence SPF 15 products are two in one formulas great for creating an even skin tone while also protecting from the sun.

 

People tend to experience changes in their skin when the weather changes. Cold, windy weather often results in dry skin and chapped lips. Warmer temperatures, especially with added humidity, usually  makes the skin oily. When this occurs, it’s important to switch up your  skin care routine!

If you have problems with dry skin in the winter seasons, do not use harsh products on your skin. Our products from the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line and Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line are gentle, yet work effectively to treat dry skin. It’s best to limit exfoliating products during dry seasons as over cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils. Use face washes that have creamier textures to keep your skin hydrated. Also, moisturize consistently with oils or lotions! Our Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Oil and Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 work wonders on dry skin. These products help make the skin soft and smooth, while protecting it from harsh weather.
When the weather gets warmer, our skin often gets oilier. Pores open up when you sweat, causing dirt and bacteria to get trapped in the skin. It is important to exfoliate often to get rid of the excess build-up. Our Platinum Line Blemish Control Wash is effective in removing excess dirt and oil from the skin. Make sure to moisturize after, and apply SPF! If you’re looking for an SPF lotion that does not leave the skin feeling greasy like most sunscreens, try the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion w/ SPF 15. It protects the skin as it softens and hydrates.

No matter what the weather may be, always wear sunscreen. We cannot stress this enough. Rain or shine, UV rays will always be emitted into our atmosphere. Clouds often trap more UV rays than on a clear day. If you live in snowy conditions, note that UV rays bounce off of the snow. No matter what season, time, or location you may be in, always protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Use these tips to make sure that you’re protecting and taking care of your skin in any kind of weather. In any season, it’s up to you to make sure that your best skin radiates through!

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