When it comes to Summer, not only do we get extreme temperatures, but we also get smog. Ever looked at a nice view and noticed a grayish fog or haze? That is smog. Smog occurs because of pollutants in the atmosphere that may be caused by fuels such as nitrogen oxides (that are found in […]
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When it comes to Summer, not only do we get extreme temperatures, but we also get smog. Ever looked at a nice view and noticed a grayish fog or haze? That is smog. Smog occurs because of pollutants in the atmosphere that may be caused by fuels such as nitrogen oxides (that are found in burning gas, natural gas, coal, and oil), carbon monoxide, and many more. According to the organization, Cleaner and Greener, the major air pollution sources are derived from transportation, electricity, other home fuel uses, and goods and services we buy. Not only does our planet get affected by these fuels, but every living person is also affected, both internally and externally. These pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides damage crops (that we eat), which may cause internal consumption of these chemical. For example, smog and nitrogen oxides creates an effect known as acid rain, so when it rains, the water falling is already polluted, and when it hits the crops, the crops get contaminated, and we eat those contaminated crops. Other internal effects may include lung damage from smog and blood having a more difficult time providing oxygen to cells.
So how does skin care play into air pollution you ask? Well, many of you might be shocked that air pollution externally affects you, by damaging your skin. According to the New York Times, “Ozone, the toxic gas formed when UV light hits mono-nitrogen oxides (basically, combustion exhaust), is suspected by some to be one of the primary causes of pollution-related skin damage.” The Ozone layer located in the stratosphere (one of five atmosphere layers) is our essential protection against skin cancer because it absorbs UV rays. Although the Ozone works as a shield against UV rays above in the sky, down below on the ground level, the Ozone layer may actual cause lung damage. So how exactly does our skin age faster? Our skin contains certain lipids that help keep our skin firm, however the Ozone layer damages those lipids causing skin damage and speeding up aging. The skin gets damaged due to the loss of oxygen your skin cells are receiving. Although this is normal when it comes to aging, air pollutants and UV radiation speed up the process.
Smog and Smoking
Smog is not the only type of fog, and neither is the smoke from other pollutants the only kind—smoking is a pollutant that damages your skin. According to LIVESTRONG, the process of growing tobacco, as well as consuming it, creates so much pollutants, it’s a hazard to the environment. First, the plant itself requires so many pesticides and herbicides, due to its fragility, thus causing the Ozone layer to deplete because of the chemicals these pesticides and herbicides contain. Such chemicals may even end up in ground water, killing wildlife and even poison people because of contaminated water. Now, these are just the chemicals that are used for growing tobacco, but more chemicals are released into the environment during manufacturing cigarettes. Chemicals such as:
- Ethylene glycol
- Hydrochloric acid
- Hydrogen fluoride
- Methyl ethyl ketone
- Nicotine and nicotine salts
- Nitric acid
- Phosphoric acid
- Sulphuric acid
- Let’s also not forget the Carbon Dioxide that gets released while transporting (and consuming) the product, using fossil fuels that damage the atmosphere—just to name a few.
Now imagine all of those chemicals going into your mouth as you inhale and exhale a cigarette. The chemicals listed above are not only released into the atmosphere, create liter (cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the U.S.) but they stay in your body, and may lead to skin cancer. Smoking also causes your skin to wrinkle because it narrows your blood vessels due to lack of oxygen. According to HowStuffWorks, “Smoking also damages elastin and collagen, fibers that give skin its elasticity, which cause skin to wrinkle prematurely.” So next time you pick up a cigarette, ask yourself this—is it really worth it? If smoking is a stress reliever, here are other options to deal with stress, check out this collection of Cat-Stress-Relievers that Buzzfeed has compiled!
Shield Your Skin
It takes a large amount of people, corporations, and politicians to come together and find a solution to defeat air pollution, in the meanwhile, you can learn how to shield your skin from air pollutants!
Wash Your Face
Washing your face should not only be a part of your beauty routine, but learning to wash your face every single day, and if possible, day and night, is going to help you keep your face clean from chemicals and pollutants. By washing your face, you’re preventing your skin from irritation and dryness from pollutants. Here’s a list of possible products to use to not only keep your face clean after washing, but also to help with dryness from pollutants!
The milk not only prevents and heals dryness, but it also helps with hyperpigmentation from dryness in areas such as elbows, knees, knuckles and feet. Use it after cleansing and treating to moisturize the skin.
The crème helps reduce skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and helps brighten and even out your skin. It’s formulated with sunscreen so you won’t have to worry about UV rays!
This soap works to not only help dry skin, but it also helps with aging skin, because of the anti-oxidants such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, and pure Olive Oil. Say goodbye to rough skin and hello to smooth and soft!
This crème has a specially blended formula with antioxidants that help maintain your skin looking young and stay moisturized. Use it with the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap for added hydration and clean looking skin!
Antioxidants to the Rescue!
According to SELF, “When pollution gets into your skin, it creates free radicals, highly unstable molecules that have unpaired electrons. These molecules [try] to steal an electron from a healthy cell, thereby injuring it.” These electrons therefore damage your collagen, which is essential for firm skin, and creates holes in your cells. This can lead to possible hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne from increased inflammation. Apply serums with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, in order to ensure your skin cells have the proper nutrients to prevent free radicals damage. Here are a couple of ways to pack in those antioxidants:
- Eat Foods That Have Antioxidants—eating foods such as wild berries, dark chocolate, pecans, kidney beans, cranberries, blackberries, cilantro, and even green tea, is going to help
- Try the Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line—The Lemon Vitamin C skin care series is made with a natural blend of vitamin c, fruit acids, emollients, and extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea and sea kelp. Our Lemon Vitamin C line is natural skin care from nature, as it is a non-hydroquinone based treatment for excessive pigmentation in people of color. Lemon Plus Vitamin C from Clear Essence has fruit extracts for the gentle treatment of: Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, excessive dryness, and environmental damage. Check out some of our favorites:
The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub is a deep cleansing body scrub for all skin types; a unique blend of botanical ingredients that uses Vitamin C, lemon, and other antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap is formulated with natural exfoliates, which scrub away dead skin cells, causing the skin to feel smoother and cleaner, not to mention, the light lemon sent leaves skin smelling GREAT!
If you have a job that requires to be out in the sun all day, or you know you’ll be out all day, try covering up your skin with long sleeves and a hat in order to protect your skin from being in contact with air pollutants! You can also find out whether your clothes are properly UPF. According to the Skin Cancer Organization, “UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin.” It’s important to know your clothing is protecting sufficiently against air pollutants and UV rays, otherwise you are at a higher chance of skin damage. The Skin Cancer Organization also provides examples of what fabrics to look for depending on the UPF you seek.
Because the Ozone layer is depleting, we are now more than ever exposed to UV rays. It’s important to apply sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy outside! Try our Clear Essence Platinum Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15, which helps keep your body moisturized and protected from any harmful UVA/UVB rays and still help fade discoloration from previous harsh sun exposure. Protecting yourself from UV rays is not only going to help you keep your skin healthy, but it’s also going to prevent your skin from hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone.
In order to truly create radiant and beautiful skin, you have to know certain aspects of your skin, such as your skin type and your skin tone. It’s important to know these aspects about your skin, not only to find the perfect skin care products, but your skin type and skin tone may react differently to the sun, make up products, and also what hair colors, or jewelry, compliments your skin tone.
So the first thing you want to know is what kind of skin type you have. Your skin type does not stay the same as you age, in fact the younger you are the more “normal your skin type is. There are about 5 major skin types, and may be caused by certain bad habits:
- Normal Skin
Normal skin has little to no blemishes or imperfections, and tends to be glowing. Pores are not as visible, and is rarely sensitive.
Although age may have something to do with normal skin, using the right products may lead to a balanced skin complexion, unless you have really perfect genetics!
Although you may like the way your skin looks, you want to maintain your skin looking flawless. So knowing what kind of products your skin is comfortable with is a plus. Try using the Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap, followed by the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème to keep maintaining a radiant and even toned complexion. We also offer other products for Normal skin, which you may check out here. If you have Normal skin but are worried about preventing wrinkles, you may also want to try the Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). The AHA works to clear dead skin cells and moisturizes skin as it cleanses.
- Combination Skin
For combination skin, your T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) is more likely to be oily, whereas the rest of your face may be dry or normal. Your pores are more than likely to appear larger because they’re more open, and are also more prone to having shiny skin. Combination skin tends to be the most common type of skin.
According to Paula’s Choice, genetics may be the most common reason for combination skin, but you might also want to take a look at the products you’re applying. You want to make sure that the ingredients in the products help balance your skin out.
For Combination skin, you want to look for products that are either good for all skin types or use oily or dry skin products only for those specific areas. We recommend focusing on oily dark spots with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum, while using the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Fade Crème for dry areas. You may also notice that some of our products such as the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk can be used for all skin types in order to help create a radiant complexion by fading dark spots and skin discolorations.
- Dry Skin
Though your pores may not be visible, you might havered patches, and a dull skin complexion. Your skin’s elasticity is very low which can create more visible lines.
According to WebMD, certain factors to consider on why you have dry skin may have to do with aging, heredity, weather such as too much sun exposure, wind, or cold temperatures. Too much tanning may also lead to dry skin damage and certain ingredients in skin care products may lead to such skin conditions.
Using a moisturizer will help bring elasticity back into your skin, and may want to be applied more than twice a day, or whenever you feel your skin dry. Use the Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk in order to prevent and heal cracked and dry skin. Another product to consider is a misting spray with ingredients such as rosewater in order to refresh your skin. For more of our Dry Skin products, check this page out!
- Oily Skin
Your pores appear larger with oily skin, causing shiny or dull complexions. Oily skin is also more prone to blackheads and pimples.
Oily skin can also change depending on the weather, such as dry skin. Some other factors to consider may be stress, heat.
In order to prevent Oily skin, a major factor to consider is tightening up your pores. The more open your pores are, the more bacteria and oils can clogged your pores which may lead to acne. Also, popping a pimple or touching your face may lead to more acne, so don’t touch your face! Try cleansing with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar which is effective in removing excess bacteria, dirt and oils. Follow up with the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum to tighten up pores to prevent future clogged pores, and follow up with a moisturizer. For more oily skin products check our oily skin page.
- Sensitive Skin
Signs of sensitive skin may occur with redness or irritation, or even a burning sensation.
Most of the time, such symptoms are caused by chemical reactions, or ingredients in home care products or skin care products.
Knowing what products are causing irritation is a must. After knowing what works for your skin, use products that have more natural extracts, such as the Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line, or using the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap and the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Body Crème in order to help out with dryness that occurs from sensitive skin. You can check out more of our recommended products for sensitive skin here!
Our skin type helps identify how certain products may affect us, but knowing your skin tone also helps protect and prevent your skin from future damage and of course let’s not forget about fashion and beauty and how certain colors help your natural beauty. According to wikiHow, “Your skin tone is determined by the amount of melanin, or pigment, in your skin and does not change from sun exposure or skin conditions like rosacea or acne.” In other words, your skin tone isn’t based off of your actual skin color, but more about, what’s going on inside of your skin that produces its tone. The darker the skin tone, the higher amount of melanin, which helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. MAKEUP.com provides 5 of the most common skin tone categories which are:
Skin tone may easily be confused with undertone, which is determined by three aspects: cool, neutral, or warm. Undertone is helpful in finding the right beauty products such as foundation, nail polish, colors of clothing that make you stand out more, and even hair. Not sure what your undertone is? POPSUGAR has an easy quiz that’ll help you find out!
Protecting Your Skin
Above all, no matter what your skin type or skin tone is, a basic necessity for your skin to be protected is SPF. By using sunscreen, not only are you preventing excess dryness, and skin damage, but you’re also helping prevent sunspots and discolorations from occurring. Knowing what kind of SPF based off of your skin tones, is going to help you not only determine how strong the SPF should be but how often you should be reapplying. Use the Fitzpatrick skin quiz, provided by the Skin Cancer Organization to help identify how much SPF you need. Now, depending the SPF, you may have to apply sunscreen more than once throughout the day. The smaller the SPF the more often you have to reapply, so if you have a lotion or make up with SPF 15, then you’ll need to reapply every two hours. However, if you have SPF 30 or higher, you can get away with a couple of more hours, but always remember to reapply! Even after getting in the water with “waterproof” sunblock, it never hurts to reapply! According to the Skin Cancer Organization, “To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you need to apply 1 oz – about a shot glass full. Studies show that most people apply only half to a quarter of that amount, which means the actual SPF they have on their body is lower than advertised. During a long day at the beach, one person should use around one half to one quarter of an 8 oz. bottle. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.” Therefore, knowing the proper amount of sunscreen to use is not only going to help your natural beauty, but it’s going to keep it from aging faster!
Determining Your SPF for Every Skin Type
Now that you know what kind of SPF to use, knowing which sunscreen products to look for based off your skin type, is going to help you from preventing blemishes caused by sunscreen products. Sunscreen may cause oily skin to get even more excessive oils, so knowing what ingredients to look for is going to help your skin inside and out!
Normal Skin/All types:
Any sunscreen can be used for normal skin, but if you’re looking for one that will improve your skin’s elasticity, then check for a sunscreen that contains niacinamide, which helps uneven skin tones! Sunscreens that also contain zinc and titanium oxide will help cover you from any UV ray!
Dry Skin/Sensitive Skin:
Since dry skin can be prone to sensitivity, opt for a sunscreen that helps hydrate, and moisture, so the creamier/thicker, the better!
Since dry skin needs creamier then, oily skin means the opposite. Opt for gel based sunblocks which tend to be oil-free!
Clear Essence SPF Products
Sunscreen is always a major component to ensure the erasure of dark spots and getting a radiant and even toned-complexion, so we offer some products with an SPF 15 based formula! Here is a list for you to check out!
Although sunscreens create an “ashy look” on darker skin tones, that shouldn’t stop you from applying! According to Glamour, Dr. Zeichner states, “The right formula should be light, easy to spread, and should absorb fully into the skin so you don’t see it.” Another note to add on sunscreens is spray on sunscreens. Though they are effective, the trick is finding out whether you put on the right amount. If you wish to apply spray sunscreen, just remember: be aware of the dangers of accidental inhalation, and make sure to rub in the sunscreen once you spray it on! If you’re not sure about what sunscreen to use because you have sensitive skin, Positive Health Wellness has some great tips for not only using the proper products for sensitive skin, but also ways to create your own sunscreen!
In order to truly create radiant and beautiful skin, you have to know certain aspects of your skin, such as your skin type and your skin tone. It’s important to know these aspects about your skin, not only to find the perfect skin care products, but your skin type and skin tone may react differently to […]
Last week, we mentioned how lifestyles affect your skin such as your sleep cycle, make up, and diet. This week we’re focusing on other lifestyles which may leave you wanting to make a couple of changes to the way you live, starting with your cellphone:
Technology has come a long way. Every two years, we’re told to upgrade to the latest phone, but did you know that even if your phone is waterproof, or has good camera, or whatever good feature may contain, doesn’t stop bacteria from reaching on to your face and potentially causing acne. So now, not only do we have to worry about our “T-zone” (Forehead, nose, chin), but anyone who uses a cellphone (which is practically everyone you can possibly think of), now has to worry about their “Y-zone”, which is cheeks and neck. There are some major skin concerns to be worried about for those who are constantly on their phone:
According to Allure, “Constantly staring down at your cell keyboard for long periods of time can cause ‘techneck’, or wrinkles underneath the chin and around the neck, squinting at the too-small text can also cause crow’s feet around the eyes.” So using your phone all the time, whether on break during work, at home, or before going to bed can lead to wrinkles because of the position we put our head when it comes to checking your phone. Of course you can always try putting your phone in the air, but careful, slippery hands may lead to a phone slap to the head. Although you may not see it happen at a fast pace but staring down at your phone can lead to early signs of wrinkles, which can be prevented! Try using our Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The soap helps regenerate your skin a lot faster by removing dead skin cells and still giving you soft and radiant skin. The soap contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which helps mature normal, oily, or dry skin. Use this to stop “techneck” from creating premature wrinkles!
Have you ever seen your phone after you get off a phone call, and it’s all shiny from your hair and face? Keep in mind that’s only what you’re seeing, fact is, there’s so much more on your phone that you can’t even see. According to Mic, “Our phones are actually dirtier than the bottom of our shoes or a toilet seat. One study found an 80% match between the germs on our fingers and our phones, meaning everything we touch ends up on our screens… and then on our faces when we make a call.” Our phones are as dirty as our shoes and feet…if that doesn’t gross you out then pay no attention to this message—a clean cell, means cleaner skin cells! In order to prevent acne, keep your phone clean—use a sanitary wipe, with little to no alcohol to clean your phone case. POPSUGAR has some helpful and tech-friendly tips on how to clean your actual phone, without damaging any sensitive parts. Now, just because you cleaned your phone, should not give you an excuse to not wash your face, in fact, washing your face should be a daily routine! Use the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar, which helps remove bacteria and oils from your face and body. Use the soap not only to prevent cellphone bacteria from staying on your face, but also by removing dead skin cells for a blemish free complexion. Lastly, HealthCentral recommends using your speaker button, but if you are not into having everyone listen in on your conversation, then use head phones, or a Bluetooth headset—anything that will keep contact from your phone to your face. But, if you are going to put your phone to your face, then try not to apply so much pressure, then you’ll have all those oils and bacteria stuck on your face!
- Undereye Circles
Allure states, “The blue glow emanating from computer, smartphone, and tablet screens can throw off your internal sleep rhythms, meaning it’s harder to fall asleep and you spend less time in REM sleep. Not to mention the incessant notification chimes from social media, emails, and texts.” In other words, everytime you’re on Twitter checking to see what’s trending at 3 A.M. (you’d be surprised) your skin is reacting by creating dark circles near your eyes! So when you go to bed, turn your phone on silent, your beauty sleep is more important then what your friend might have to say—might. Try to put your phone away from your bed or if possible in another room and invest in an old fashioned alarm clock from Amazon. If you are incapable of putting your phone down at night, we recommend using the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum, which helps reduce dark circles in areas such as your eyes. It also helps areas such as hyperpigmentation and dark spots, which again, may be caused by cellphones because of the heat your phone emits and when you talk on the phone for large amounts of time!
Throughout the course of our life, we will always be told to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. But we never really think about how exercising affects our skin positively and negative. We get sidetracked by our muscles and whether we’re meeting our body goals, but do you ever think how our skin reacts to exercise? According to The New York Times, “After age 40, the men and women who exercised frequently had markedly thinner, healthier stratum corneums and thicker dermis layers in their skin. Their skin was much closer in composition to that of the 20- and 30-year-olds than to that of others of their age, even if they were past age 65.” What researchers found was that rather than aging at a normal pace, people who exercise routinely were more likely to reduce wrinkling, and even have skin similar to younger age groups. Therefore, if you wish to stay wrinkle free, exercise should be incorporated in your lifestyle, not only because it makes you look younger, but it’s also a healthy habit that we can all use. Exercising can also help reduce acne as WebMD states, “Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing your blood circulation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries cell waste away.” Therefore, exercising can be beneficial to your skin, but it also requires more supervision of your skin. According to SHAPE, there are a couple of consequences if you’re not properly prepared when it comes to exercising such as:
- Runner’s Face
Just like how more oxygen may help your skin cells, it can also damage it. Too much oxygen may lead to elasticity damage which may ultimately cause wrinkles, or as SHAPE calls it “Runner’s face”
- Premature Sagging Breasts
Although a good workout may just be a quick jog, jogging without proper support may lead to sagging breasts much quicker. Although there are a plethora of sport bra styles to choose from now a days, it can be tricky to find one that actually supports your breasts, so remember comfort comes first!
- Sun Damage
Not wearing sufficient sunblock can lead to dry and damage skin cells which we should all know by now is bad, not just because it creates dryness and redness, but because sun damaged skin may lead to skin cancer! Always apply sunblock before and after a workout, and if you know you’re going to be exercising in the sun for a long period of time, try to wear a hat. Sun damage may also lead to dark spots which again, may occur if you don’t apply sunscreen, but we’re here to help you with that! Try our Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Fade Crème with Sunscreen! The crème works to help reduce dark spots and also prevent them by having a base of SPF 15. While protecting your skin, it also helps even out skin tone by fading discolorations.
Chafing occurs when your skin rubs against each other causing a painful irritation, and even redness. By staying dry with body deodorants or dressing so that your inner thighs or your arms don’t rub against each other, you can prevent chafing.
You can find out more about ways to keep your skin clean while working out and tips at our blog entry under “Skin Care and Sports.”
For those who seek adventure through travel, your skin takes a couple of setbacks when it comes to sitting in an airplane ride with recycled air. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Dr. Bruce E. Katz states, “the pressurized environment of a plane is totally unnatural and completely sucks moisture out of the skin, leaving it looking dehydrated and dull.” Now just imagine—athletes from around the world are competing to Rio, and a flight to Rio from the U.S. is about 16 hours from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro. Can you imagine how your skin must feel after all that traveling? Of course you’re going to want to take some selfies wherever it is you travel so here are a couple of tips in helping your skin survive traveling:
- Moisturize—night before, day of, in route, after—moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
The night before you’re going to basically prevent dehydration by applying a mask that will nourish and moisturize, so that when you get on the plane, your skin will be prepped for the plane environment. We recommend the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Beautifying Milk which helps even out skin tones from skin discolorations, as well as moisturize dry and cracked skin.
- Minimize Makeup—focus more on your skin routine
We all want to look like Kim Kardashian when she walks out of an airport, but make up should be the least of your concerns when you’re heading out on your flight. Focus more on bringing essentials such as a travel size misting spray, and oil blotting papers. Also remember to pack in your suitcase your basic necessities for cleaning your face when you get to your destination—cleansers, toners, treatments, and moisturizer.
According to Carmina from Huffington Post, “UV rays are stronger at high altitudes and pass through airplane windows. So I apply loads of sunscreen, or SPF moisturizer.” So next time you want to look out the airplane window, remember to apply not only sunscreen, but a stylish pair of shades wouldn’t hurt anyone! SPF is not only important for on flight, but if you know your destination is known for its hot weather, then packing sunscreen is essential, because your skin has higher possibilities of sun damage because of the flights as well.
Lastly, drinking water from the night before the flight, all the way to the end of the trip is going to help your skin not only stay hydrated, but it’s also going to help you stay energized and have tons of more fun while out exploring the world!
Last week, we mentioned how lifestyles affect your skin such as your sleep cycle, make up, and diet. This week we’re focusing on other lifestyles which may leave you wanting to make a couple of changes to the way you live, starting with your cellphone: Cellphones Technology has come a long way. Every two years, […]
We all live our lives differently, which means that depending on our schedules, some of us may have more time for our skin care than others. Depending the way we live affects the way our skin reacts to certain situations, such as sleep deprivation, or too much junk food, and so on. Knowing what causes your skin to get blemishes or dark spots is important to not only prevent further blemishes, but it helps knowing how it affects your skin, but your body as well. By knowing the consequences of certain lifestyles or daily routines, you’ll be able to speed up the process in achieving clearer skin.
There’s nothing like having a good night’s rest that will not only make you feel more relaxed the next day, but also having your skin rejuvenate. According to EverydayHealth, “A good night’s sleep can mean good skin health because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality.” In other words, staying up and doing “all nighters” or simply not sleeping comfortably may produce more cortisol which causes more stress, and what does stress lead to? Acne. While you’re dreaming, your body is basically rehydrating itself, from your skin all the way down to your internal organs, so if you don’t get enough sleep, then your body becomes inmbalance. You could possibly lose that radiant glow on your face and giving you puffy eye bags, paleness, dark circles, and even wrinkles. And even if you use our Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum for your dark circles, you won’t be able to see results unless you make changes to your sleep schedule! Cosmopolitan even emphasizes the need for sleep as not only a nourishment for your face and body, but for your brain as well. Cardellino states, “Sleep is food for your brain, body, and skin, and if you don’t get enough, you deprive each of its nourishment. ‘During a good night’s rest, your body works to remove dead blood cells and dead brain cells, and clears the pathways for new synapses to take place so that new blood and brain cells can replace old ones,’ says sleep expert Rebecca S. Robbins, M.D., Ph.D., researcher at Cornell University, and author of Sleep for Success!. ‘Your brain also gets rid of 60 percent more toxins when you get the proper amount of sleep,’ she adds. Overall, this helps you feel more refreshed when you get up, able to think more clearly, and gives your skin that I-woke-up-like-this #glowing look.” Cardellino continues to go down the list and even mentions that your cellphone also is not only a distraction for getting your proper beauty sleep, but even on low light, your cellphone is damaging your skin, stating that the light that gives off, reenergizes your skin and eyes, because it’s the same light that comes from the sun and EverydayHealth also offers these tips in helping you get the proper sleep you deserve:
- Don’t eat a big meal too late in the day.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night.
- Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark, quiet room.
- Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
- Use breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly, so they don’t collect dust mites and bacteria.
- Use laundry detergents that don’t have strong fragrances, which can be irritating to skin.
Let’s face it, after coming home from a fun night, or from work we’re sometimes too tired to do anything, even removing our make up before bed. But, if you’re able to brush your teeth, then you’re able to remove your make up. According to ELLE, “One of the biggest mistakes women make is not properly cleansing and removing makeup at night. This clogs oil glands and impacts your makeup into your pores, which makes them appear larger. When your collagen levels decline as you get older, your pores will not snap back after becoming enlarged. Additionally, leftover makeup can lead to inflammation, which can generate free radicals and lead to breakouts.” It’s also recommended to invest in makeup remover wipes, not just to use before you cleanse, but if you don’t have time to wash your face, then at least use a wipe so you won’t sleep with loads of make up on. Try using the Clear Essence Platinum Line Medicated Cleansing Bar, which not only helps clean your face from bacteria and oils from clogging up, but it’s a simple routine to use daily and is good for all skin types. It’s so simple to use, that you’ll never go to bed with makeup again! Another note to add is that the application of makeup may also affect your skin’s pores and blemish control. For starters, you want to make sure that you are applying the thinnest products first and then work your way to the thicker products. By doing so, you’re letting your make up set right and this tip also goes for your beauty regime, so that pores won’t stay clogged. In order to prevent dryness and uneven skin tone, you must apply sunscreen before your make up—always. In fact, even if you don’t wear makeup, you should still be wearing sunscreen regardless. You also want to make sure that using beauty products that are old should be thrown out. This can be tricky since makeup industries never seem to have clear expiration dates on their products, but here’s a guide by MAKEUP.com which perfectly sums up how long we should be using certain products:
- Mascara—3 Months
- Liquid liners—6 Months
- Foundation—6 Months
- Lipgloss—1 Year
- Concealer—1 Year
- Nail Polish—2 Years
- Lipstick—2 Years
- Powders—2 Years
- Eye Shadow/ Bronzer/ Blush—2 years
If you wish to seek clearer and healthier skin then
step away from the junk food! Like sleep deprivation and makeup, excessive junk foo
d may lead to acne prone skin to react to the toxins by breaking out even more! Mayo Clinic states, “A diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes skin aging.” Try adding more foods that are healthy for your skin which not only will give you a nice glow, but it also helps support your skin in protecting and fighting off bacteria from entering into your body when you get cuts or blemishes. Eating healthy can also help support your skin during the summer where not only is sunscreen even more required, but high temperatures, means dry skin, so eat food that will reduce dryness and prevent aging. If you already have dry skin, then not only will changing your diet help, but using our Clear Essence Platinum Line Beautifying Milk will help not only with dryness, but even out your skin tone, leaving you with an even toned glow! But clear skin starts from the inside out, so knowing what your skin relies heavily on should help you get started on how to protect your skin—with water. Our skin is mostly made up of water, so the more water you drink, the more hydrated your skin stays, plus it helps flush away any toxins, so drink up! Another basic necessity that should be in your diet is fruit and vegetables. Though there may be a lot to choose from, certain fruits and veggies help your skin differently. Healthy Ambition offers a list on the specifics of what certain foods help your skin such as:
- Get Glowing Skin with Chocolate
Cocoa not only gives you a nice glow, but eating dark chocolate has a high level of antioxidants, where if you were to apply it on your face, it temporarily reduces puffiness.
- Yogurt Prevents Wrinkles
To be specific, Greek yogurt helps skin stay firm which helps prevent lines on the face.
- Protect Your Face with Pomegranate
Pomegranate has polyphenol antioxidants which help regulate blood flow in the skin giving it that natural blush. You can also use this fruit as a moisturizer and helps focus on reducing wrinkles.
- Get Soft Skin with Walnuts
Walnuts help even out skin texture and helps produce more collagen production.
Not only can you use bell peppers, but specifically green and yellow veggies help prevent wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Eating these types of veggies also help sensitive skin with sun exposure.
- Eat Sunflower Seeds for a Brighter Complexion
Sunflower seed help you protect your skin from the sun because of the Vitamin E the seeds contain.
- Eat Kidney Beans to Fade Blemishes
Kidney beans have a high amount of zinc, which helps prevent blemishes. Zinc contain sources that help heal skin.
- Get Even Skin Tone with Soy
Soy contains protein that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, so substitute your cup of milk with soy milk or eat edamame!
- Stay Young with Oatmeal
Oatmeal requires less processing which means most of the vitamins stay in the oatmeal and go into your body, which helps keep blood sugar stable. Keeping your blood sugar stable helps prevent the creation of excess hormones which can lead to wrinkles.
- Use Green Tea to Reduce Redness
Green tea has antioxidants that not only help reduce redness, but you can also apply it to your face to calm eye puffiness.
Although this list is quite extensive, there’s tons more of foods that not only help your skin stay energized but they help your mind stay sharp too! Cosmopolitan compiled another list of foods that help benefit your skin which you can check out, but you get the idea—the options are endless and the benefits are not only beneficial for your skin but your body and mind as well!
When it comes to taking care of your skin, your skin reacts to certain lifestyle choices. Of course there will be days where you fall asleep late because of studying exams, sometimes it has to be done. But know that not only doing “all nighters” on a daily basis harmful to your skin, but it can also throw off your body physically and mentally. Moderation is the key to not only perfect skin but a lifestyle that will help stay glowing physically and internally. If you do stay up late, don’t forget to wash your face! Remember, leaving make up overnight will instantly be regretted later when your pores clog up and blemishes appear! Just like how you brush your teeth at night, you should be washing your face. Lastly, you are in control of what you eat, so if you want to stop seeing blemishes, start with what you eat! Your body is a temple and should be taken care of, start with the inside and work your way out! These lifestyles not only affect your energy, but your energy also affects your confidence within your own temple. Take charge of your body and let the real you shine through! The difference will be clear.
We all live our lives differently, which means that depending on our schedules, some of us may have more time for our skin care than others. Depending the way we live affects the way our skin reacts to certain situations, such as sleep deprivation, or too much junk food, and so on. Knowing what causes […]
Acne and dark spots may not always be an issue for everyone. We all have different skin types and our skin reacts differently to certain ingredients in our skin care products or to every day routines in general. Overall, many people face skin discolorations on their face and body. Healthline states, “Discolored skin patches are irregular areas where there are changes in skin color. They are a common problem with a wide array of potential causes.” So whenever you see an area that may be lighter than your natural skin tone, this could be a sign of discoloration. Though discolorations may be harmless, like dark spots and hyperpigmentation, discolorations is a sign of excess melanin levels, which helps even out skin tone. So if the skin has unbalanced and excess melanin levels, it creates an uneven skin tone. Not all discolorations will come out with an “even” amount of skin discolorations, meaning that one area may be more complicated to even out skin tone, because of the imbalanced melanin levels. Not all skin discolorations will be the same also because they can be birthmarks that are either in sensitive areas or are simply incapable of going away without laser treatments. There are however ways to preventing future discolorations and treating them in order to achieve an even skin tone.
When we get sick, we always try to trace back what we did wrong in order to find the reason why our body is not in a healthy state. Our bodies react to certain bacteria and infections differently, so when we have a cold, we have a runny nose. But when our skin encounters with bacteria, it reacts differently by producing oils or producing excess melanin levels. According to Dermalogica, there are three major causes for skin discolorations. Of the three, one can be prevented by every single person, because it affects us all—sun exposure:
- Sun Exposure/Dryness
Being exposed to the sun on a daily basis, such as working in the sun, or kids playing out in the sun, may lead to skin damage because of the UVA and UVB rays. When we are overly exposed to the sun, melanin begins to produce excessively in order to protect our skin, so not only do we get a tan, but our melanin becomes imbalanced, thus causing discolorations in certain areas. When sunburns heal, our skin not only cracks, and dries up, but it leaves new skin tissue exposed to the sun, which may be harmful if sunscreen is not properly applied. Furthermore applying sunscreen incompletely may lead to tanned patches which may lead to uneven skin tone. Lastly, even using certain products may make your skin more sensitive to the sun which again leads to sunburns. Even dehydrated skin such as dry knees or elbows, may cause skin discolorations because of over exposed sunlight which again leads to dehydration.
Women are more likely than men to experience melasma which is a skin disorder that cause uneven skin discolorations. Melasma may also be due to sun exposure but also in birth control or pregnancy. This can also be referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” because of the hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, creates changes in the body such as skin color.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH is caused by discoloration on a person’s face or body. The condition is also caused by the excess melanin level which kicks into overdrive in cases such as injury or an inflammatory reaction to the skin. Although it may happen to anyone, PIH occurs more often on darker skin tones, because darker skin tones have higher melanin levels, so by increasing melanin levels higher, discolorations occur more often on darker skin tones.
When it comes to darker skin, skin is more likely to receive “trauma” because of acne. This “trauma” occurs by creating dark spots or hyperpigmentation in the acne area. So whenever you get a pimple, it is likely for hyperpigmentation to occur if you pop the pimple because of the fact that popping pimples means breaking the skin, which means damage, and that damage leads to uneven skin tone.
Our skin is our largest part of the body, and we use it to keep infections and bacteria from ever getting inside our body. By preventing discolorations, not only are you working towards an even skin tone, but you could potentially lower your risks of skin cancer, melasma, or even acne. Here are just a few things that you can do in order to start protecting your skin even more:
Drink eight glasses of water everyday will not only keep you energized, but it helps your skin stay hydrated, after all, our skin is made up about 64% of water, according to Teen Vogue.
- Apply Sunscreen Daily
Here at Clear Essence we highly stress the importance of applying sunscreen, not only after using our products, but every time you know that you will be out in the sun for a long period of time. Although it may be a hassle, sunscreen needs to be used in order to prevent future skin damage as well as prevent current skin discolorations from getting worse. It’s also recommended to apply sunscreen even if you’re driving or are in the office because of the fluorescent lights.
- Don’t Touch Your Face!
Touching your acne, or popping a pimple prematurely can lead to dark spots which also affect skin tones. The more you pop, the more dark spots, and the more dark spots, the more likely it is for skin discolorations to occur because the skin is essentially injured from popping the pimple. So don’t touch your face! Remember, your hands touch a lot of things throughout the day which is filled with bacteria, so you may also injury your face with infections that damage your skin, so don’t touch!
Therefore, keep cool during the heat and drink plenty of water, and stand in the shade. The sun may bring beautiful weather in the summer, but remember that the sun also brings UVA/UVB rays that create skin damage. Skin care should be apart of your daily routine, and if you’re using treatments for discoloration, then remember—sunscreen is a part of your beauty routine. Unless you want more dark spots, then remember to keep sunblock in your bag and apply some before you head out the door. Drinking water is also going to keep you hydrated and keep your skin naturally glowing. Apart from the fact that you need water in order to keep cool in the summer, your skin is also made up of water, so less water, means dryer skin. Also, stop touching your face! Your hand comes in contact with millions of germs! According to Huffington Post, touching your face with your hands, may “trigger” acne-prone skin to develop more acne! If you do touch your face, remember about all the things you’ve touched today, and then go wash your hands!
Skin discolorations are harmless, however depending on the cause, they can be cured. Achieving even skin tone is easy when using our Clear Essence products. Like dark spots, skin discolorations can be treated with products such as:
This moisturizing lotion not only helps dry spots, but it also helps even out skin tone by preventing dry spots by creating an even toned glow. This best seller focuses on locking in moisture so that not only can dark spots be prevented, but it helps out with dryness and discoloration using hydroquinone and botanical extracts. Use this product after cleansing and applying your treatment.
This is a medicated treatment which helps hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration and acne scars for normal to dry skin. The crème helps even out skin tone and fade dark spots with the formula that contains hydroquinone. Plus it contains UVA/UVB SPF 15, so not only will you be fighting against your dark spots, but the formula also helps prevent future discolorations! Use this product after cleansing your face and then use a moisturizer.
Clear Essence Skin Lightening Serum treats hyper-pigmentation, fades skin discolorations, and lightens dark spots on all skin types and skin tones. This skin lightening serum contains Hydroquinone and botanical extracts which go to work to fade problem areas. This product is especially popular for being safe and delicate enough for sensitive areas such as around the eyes and on oily, acne prone skin. Use as an all over toner or spot treatment.
Hydroquinone and Skin Discoloration
Though there are myths and questions in regards to hydroquinone, the FDA states, “Hydroquinone is a skin bleaching ingredient used to lighten areas of darkened skin. In 1982, we published a rule to propose that OTC skin bleaching drug products containing 1.5 to 2 percent hydroquinone be generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE).” Clear Essence does carry products that contain 2% hydroquinone. The reason hydroquinone is used not only in our products but in other company products is, by lightening problematic areas, such as discoloration, dark spots, or sunspots, it helps even out skin tone. The ingredient is meant to even out skin tone and therefore, when achieving results, continue to use sunscreen in order to prevent future discolorations. According to The New York Times, a strength of 4 percent or higher, it is prescribed for short-term use to lighten skin blemishes like sun spots. Over-the-counter versions like Fair & White contain 1.9 percent hydroquinone, but bootleg versions are being sold with 4 percent to 5 percent, said Dominique Tinkler, the manager of product development for Fair & White’s American distributor, the Mitchell Group.” Therefore, misusing hydroquinone may lead to worse skin conditions than uneven skin tone. Clear Essence strives in helping achieve results, but doing so the right way—products that help clear skin. Misusing these products may lead to sensitive skin, which may cause dark spots or acne. Not only should you use products with hydroquinone properly, but look out for counterfeits! As mentioned above, counterfeits may carry higher percentages of hydroquinone which again may damage your skin if you’re not using it properly. Always look for our authentic labels that are located on the Clear Essence packaging!
Dark spots, Hyperpigmentation, Skin discoloration, and other conditions should not keep you from flaunting your skin! It’s important to be informed however of what’s happening to your skin and how you can prevent your skin from being damaged even further. We may not be able to stop every pimple, but we can try! Most importantly, don’t forget that letting the real you shine through is what matters! If you feel that discoloration is blocking you from shining through, then take these tips into your hands and get ready to glow! You have the power to control how your skin works, and you have the power to achieve radiant and beautiful skin!
Acne and dark spots may not always be an issue for everyone. We all have different skin types and our skin reacts differently to certain ingredients in our skin care products or to every day routines in general. Overall, many people face skin discolorations on their face and body. Healthline states, “Discolored skin patches are […]
When it comes to acne, we tend to focus on getting the blemish to disappear and how it only happens in adolescents. Some of us are guilty of popping their own pimples, or get pimples still in their late 20s-30s. After popping the pimple, then you realize that it’s taking even longer, and now, you’ll have a darkspot there for a long time to remind you of the consequences for being impatient over a pimple. Dark spots occur when the area that they appear has been damaged, which causes those areas to create melanin. According to News Medical, “Melanin is responsible for determining skin and hair color and is present in the skin to varying degrees, depending on how much a population has been exposed to the sun historically.” So the more melanin you have, the darker your skin tone, which means that if your skin already has high melanin levels, dark spots on dark skin tones create even more excessive melanin levels, which may cause hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation however is different, in which rather than spots, the excess melanin levels create patches of darker skin, which again is caused by skin damage. There are three basic types of hyperpigmentation, which is essential in knowing so that not only can you treat them properly, but you can learn what causes them, and how to prevent it. According to wikiHow these are the three most common forms of hyperpigmentation:
These are dark spots caused by exposure to UV rays from the sun. 90 percent of people over the age of 60 have them, but many much younger men and women have sun-related dark spots as well. The spots appear scattered in no particular pattern.
This type of dark spots are caused by hormonal fluctuations. Women might see darker splotches appear on their cheeks during times when their hormones are in flux, like during pregnancy or menopause. It’s also a side effect of birth control pills and hormone therapy treatments. Melasma can also occur as a result of thyroid dysfunction .
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
These are dark spots that occur as a result of trauma to the skin, which can be caused by psoriasis, burns, acne, and certain skin care treatments that are hard on the skin.
There are many known causes of dark spots, such as picking at your face, or the ones slightly mentioned above by wikiHow such as sun exposure, hormones, skin trauma. Knowing what causes dark spots is important in order to not only help you stop them, but it also helps prevent them by making changes to your lifestyle. Some of the causes provided by Cosmopolitan may shock you because they involve our daily routines:
- Your Computer
That’s right, your computer, laptop, TV screen, or even your cellphone can cause dark spots to occur. Sitting in front of these types of screens for a long amount of time may cause dark spots because of the uncovered fluorescent lights.
- Birth Control
Hormone changes can cause issues such as acne and melanin levels to up and down. The higher the hormone levels in your birth control, the higher the chance of dark spots to occur.
- Not Wearing Enough Sunscreen—Even in the Winter
Even if it’s 60 degrees outside, we should all be wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen is required even on cloudy days because UVA/UVB rays continue to shine down on us. So if you don’t wear sunscreen, sunburns and sun damage ultimately affects our skin which again may lead to skin damage, such as hyperpigmentation, or worse, skin cancer.
- Your Diet
Your diet should include a dose of folic acid, which are supplements which not only help our skin out, but according to the University of Maryland Medical System “folic acid is crucial for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health.” So not only can lack of folic acid in our diet can cause hyperpigmentation and dark spots, but it can also affect the body’s functions.
- Facial Hair Removal
Certain hair removal creams or waxing can cause skin discoloration and dark spots because of the chemicals included in the process.
- Citrus Products
When using facial washes or products such as our Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Perfecting Fade Serum it’s very important to not only apply sunscreen after use, but to wait at least 15 minutes after applying sunscreen to go outside. The reason being is that citrus fruits have high toxic levels, so if you go outside while the sun is out, there is a possibility of your skin having a toxic reaction which may lead to severe hyperpigmentation.
Now before you close your computer screen shut, know that there are ways to prevent dark spots and hyperpigmentation. And yes limiting computer screen time is one of them, though we all know that’s a tough one. Preventing dark spots is not only necessary, but it also helps keep melanin levels balanced so that there is less possibilities of your skin having dark spots. Another way to prevent dark spots is to help lower possibilities of break outs and acne in the first place. Here are a good couple of tips:
- Eat Healthy
Cosmopolitan mentioned earlier that in order to have clear skin, you have to eat properly. That being said, Clear Essence’s article on Summer Skin Care: Dos and Don’ts includes a list of some key ingredients that not only would go great with any salad but with most dishes as well such as broccoli, asparagus, avocado, strawberries, and many more. BBCgoodfood also includes of some of the main vitamins your skin needs and more specifically what foods to avoid that can cause acne. Eating healthy is not only said to help the body internally, but externally as well. Eating the right amount of vitamins can help benefit your skin from dark spots occurring, but it also helps strengthen your skin from sun damage and any other possible dangers such as infections.
- Choose the Right Routine for Your Skin
We all have different skin types and skin tones, so knowing what your skin type falls under, may help you find the right the product for breakouts and overall help your skin stay fresh and clean. Not sure what your skin type is? Check out Renee Rouleau’s skin type quiz which gives you details of not only what your main skin care is, but details on what occurs to your skin and ways to prevent it. It’s important to adopt a skin routine because our face can be at risk of bacteria and infections, so having a daily beauty routine both day and night not only achieves fresh and clean skin, but it helps prevent bacteria from building up and leading to acne or infections.
- Sunscreen, Sunblock, Sun Protection
Sunscreen should be included in everyone’s beauty regime—period. Although darker skin tones have SPF built in their skin, it’s not enough to protect your skin from the sun. Look at it this way—our body is protected by our skin which is like a “body guard” but sunscreen guards our skin from damage. So, protected skin means stronger skin cells, and stronger skin cells means stronger protection for our body. So if you know you’re going to be out and it’s partly cloudy or a nice sunny day, wear sunscreen and if possible a hat, or an umbrella. You can never have too much protection for your skin! Hawaiian Tropic helps explain what is the minimal SPF someone should use based off their skin type, and the effects of too much sun exposure, and how often you should reapply sunscreen. If you’re worried about sunscreen making your skin oily or dry, The Times of India has some helpful tips on what kind of product to look for based off your skin type. It’s important to use sunscreen, not only because of potential dark spots, but sun damage can lead to skin cancer, so use sunscreen daily!
Confidence should be a part of anyone’s beauty regime, so whether you’re comfortable with your dark spots or not, strive for comfort. If you’re not comfortable with your dark spots, know that there are affordable products that help fade away dark spots. Clear Essence strives to let the real you shine through, which means having confidence by achieving radiant and beautiful skin. Clear Essence offers products that not only help fade away dark spots, but also help protect skin from the sun, and help with acne.
This cleansing bar is used for not only for the face but areas of the body that are affected by acne and blemishes. The soap cleanses out bacteria, dirt, and oils and is good for all skin types and skin tones. The bar has natural ingredients such as sulfur and wheat germ that works to clean out dead skin cells and help create radiant skin. Use this to cleansing bar to cleanse and clean the face, and then apply treatment, and of course don’t forget to moisturize! Prevent dark spots from ever happening by keeping your face clean!
This is a medicated treatment which helps hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration and acne scars for normal to dry skin. The crème helps even out skin tone and fade dark spots with the formula that contains hydroquinone. Oh yeah, did we mention that it contains UVA/UVB SPF 15? So not only will you be fighting against your dark spots, but the formula also helps prevent future dark spots! Use this product after cleansing your face and then use a moisturizer.
This moisturizing lotion not only helps dry spots, but it also helps even out skin tone by preventing dry spots by creating an even toned glow. This best seller focuses on locking in moisture so that not only can dark spots be prevented, but it helps out with dryness and discoloration using hydroquinone and botanical extracts. Use this product after cleansing and applying your treatment.
It is important to love the skin you’re in, and have your confidence show every time you walk into a room. Not only should we be concerned about our skin, but most importantly, how our skin reacts helps identify how our health overall is. As mentioned earlier, having a good diet not only helps skin, but it helps our bodies prevent from eating foods that affect us not only physically but mentally as well. You don’t want to worry about a dark spot happening right? So limit computer time, eat your fruits and veggies, wear sunscreen, and find the right beauty regime for your skin type and skin tone. Most importantly, don’t let a pimple or dark spot stress you out and affect your vibes. Stay positive, and you too can achieve confidence and glow like a firework.
When it comes to acne, we tend to focus on getting the blemish to disappear and how it only happens in adolescents. Some of us are guilty of popping their own pimples, or get pimples still in their late 20s-30s. After popping the pimple, then you realize that it’s taking even longer, and now, you’ll […]
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.
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.
- Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.
- It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
- 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:
“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.
- 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.
- 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,’ she 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, dermatologist 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:
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.
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.
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 […]
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, dry, and uneven skin tones. 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. For example, you wouldn’t wear shorts when it’s raining or snowing as you would be too cold. Similarly, our skin needs to adapt to weather as well, and sometimes our skin needs extra care in order to fully maintain its healthy glow. In winter, we need to protect our skin from being dry, while in the summer, we need to keep our skin hydrated. What’s the difference? Well, during winter, our skin is protected by clothing in order to prevent dry, irritated, and chapping. In the summer, our skin is more exposed due to the heat and humidity, for some people this can lead to oily skin. Whereas in winter skin can become dry and chapped. When it comes to the season of summer, we begin to experience certain symptoms of too much sun, such as dehydrated skin, sun burns, red patches. Although our skin is our defense against the sun, when our skin is not properly ready to defend against sun exposure, our skin’s melanin (the component in skin that gives UV protection and pigment) comes in to protect our skin, hence we get a tan. Therefore, if we do not protect our skin, not only do we damage our skin but also, lack of protection can lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin, and in worse cases, 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 according to InStyle, helps lower body temperature and closes 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 dry skin. Those that wear make up might also want to control their pores with cold showers in order to prevent runny make up. Thus, taking a cold shower helps close pores and makes it harder for bacteria to get caught in the skin. However, moderation should be kept in mind, because we want to ensure our pores are clean before rinsing with cold water. Try Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Medicated Cleansing Bar Plus Exfoliants which helps remove dirt, bacteria, and oil.
- 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. 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. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Although those with thick hair have less to worry about — the hair acts as a barrier to the sun and protects the scalp — those with balding or thinning hair are more susceptible to developing skin cancer.” 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!
- DON’T let the heat control what you eat
Let’s face it, when it’s hot out, it becomes harder to cook home meals so we opt for fast food or store bought. We should focus more on eating SPF(Sun Protection Factor??) salads—that’s right SPF salads. SPF salads include ingredients, which have a high amount of vitamin C and vitamin E which is a good source for dry skin and skin wrinkling and is also used in sunscreen, hence we have SPF salads. Our skin is our bodyguard against outside source of infections, so in order to keep it strong, we have to eat SPF salads to protect the body from damage. We recommends salads such as the perfect summer fruit salad, spinach avocado salad, glowing skin salad, or you can make your own, using some of the ingredients listed below, which have a high source of vitamin E and C:
- Swiss Chard
- Mustard Greens
- Hazel Nuts
- Olive Oil
- Yellow Bell Peppers
- 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, according to Wikihow. 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 Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15 helps reduce dark spots and can brighten areas from hyperpigmentation.
- 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, as the skin cancer organization states. 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 Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Carrot Oil Soap helps dehydrated skin from sun damage or irritation.
- 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. According to Women’s Health, 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 lose its damaged cells, which is why we see our skin crack and shed. There are ways to also help with the process of getting rid of your sunburn, such as getting out of the sun and into shade immediately. It’s important to make sure your skin is away from further damage, so by getting out of the sun, not only is your skin beginning to heal, but also you’re protecting yourself from increasing the severity of your sunburn. Also, taking that cold shower and drinking plenty of water helps put hydration back into the body, which helps since sunburns cause the body to lose water. If your skin does suffer from hyperpigmentation from being out in the sun too much, our Clear Essence Platinum Line Extra Strength Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15 may be used in order to help even out dark spots from sun exposure.
- DO try going make up free
Although Alicia Keys started a movement on this style, 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 mascara; because let’s face it, no one wants to be a hot mess! Aside from runny mascara, you won’t have to worry about a “cakey” look, which not only includes foundation that slides right off, but also creates oily skin which may lead to 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. Let your skin breathe and also feel liberated from all the morning routines that you have to take the time out of the day to do! Apart from letting your skin breathe, you’re also more prone to protect your beautiful face, since you won’t be hiding underneath makeup. Because you’re not wearing make up, you will be able to protect with a better SPF sunscreen rather than rely on the SPF found in make up. Leslie Baumann, MD states, “Makeup does not provide enough coverage. You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. No one does this.” So you see, not only does Baumann imply that you would need excessive amounts of foundation, but too much can lead to “cakey” make up and possibly running out of makeup a lot faster! So go ahead, try being make up free! 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!
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, dry, and uneven skin tones. We may have certain skin […]
“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.
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.
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.
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!
Finding gifts for men tend to be more difficult than for women. People end up buying the same old buttoned-up t-shirt, watch, cologne, or shoes. However, men are in great need of products that take care of their skin. Unlike women, men typically do not investigate and shop for the best skin care products. They often pick something off of the shelf that will simply do a basic cleanse.
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, breakouts, 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.
We want to help you help take care of men’s skin. Surprise an important man in your life with a Chimere Skin Care product by Clear Essence. It is a gift of ancient times recreated for the modern man!
Finding gifts for men tend to be more difficult than for women. People end up buying the same old buttoned-up t-shirt, watch, cologne, or shoes. However, men are in great need of products that take care of their skin. Unlike women, men typically do not investigate and shop for the best skin care products. They […]