Have you ever wondered why your ‘black soap’ is your go-to acne cure? Why it has a kind of a strong smell compared to the rest of your soaps? Check out the ingredients one time. You see Sulphur listed below ‘Active Ingredients’? There’s your answer. There’s your acne cure. Sulphur’s Story Sulphur? You may say. […]
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Acne and Acne Scars
Have you ever wondered why your ‘black soap’ is your go-to acne cure? Why it has a kind of a strong smell compared to the rest of your soaps? Check out the ingredients one time. You see Sulphur listed below ‘Active Ingredients’? There’s your answer. There’s your acne cure.
Sulphur? You may say. Yes. We would say. Sulphur has been used since ancient times as an all natural acne cure and can be found in the ingredient list of today’s top skincare brands. It’s natural antibacterial properties eradicate acne-causing bacteria in your pores and prevent future breakouts when used on the daily. (Key word: daily. Don’t just use that Soap or cleanser with sulphur when acne appears, make it a part of your skincare regimen. You will see that the Difference is Clear! 😉 )
Aside from being one of the more milder acne medications, meaning it can be used by most skin types, Sulphur is a vital nutrient for your body, especially your skin. Keratin, which is a sulphur containing protein, is important for healthy nails and hair, and a key structural component of the outer layer of human skin. The Sulphur Institute has created the below chart which shows hows sulphur and your body work together:
Thinking of doing a little sulphur-shopping while on the Clear Essence website? Drop the Medicated Cleansing Bar Plus Exfoliants or CHIMÉRE Bump Control Cleansing Bar inside your cart and tell acne to shhhh!
Few beauty practices are embraced as enthusiastically as exfoliation. Dermatologists have long said that polishing the skin can banish dullness, clean pores and reveal a fresh, glowing complexion due to the removal of dead skin cells. However, it’s easy to get carried away. Buffing too often with abrasive scrubs, sponges and facial brushes can remove healthy oils and enzymes — leading to inflammation, redness, irritation and even hyperpigmentation especially on darker skin tones.
Now, skin-care experts are advocating for gentler measures. Professionals recommend simple cleansers and the next generation of toners that don’t look like exfoliators at all. Toners now pair exfoliating acids with soothing ingredients and are a major shift away from scrub brushes or coarse scrubs. These hybrid liquid formulas sink in easily, don’t require any rubbing and deliver a calming dose of hydration. They bring skin back to a more balanced state and can improve everything from fine lines to acne.
Find the Right Formula
Alpha Hydroxy Acid is derived from fruits and sugars and helps to accelerate skin cell regeneration and remove dead skin cells while keeping the top layer of skin soft and radiant.
Clear Essence Complexion Soap with AHA is an acne cleansing soap bar for the treatment of blemishes and pimples. When used consistently, this soap bar helps to exfoliate uneven pigmentation by removing dead skin cells, leaving a clear, even toned complexion.
Clear Essence Toner Astringent with AHA is a hydrating toner made specifically for oily skin is packed with the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Using the toner after your normal cleansing helps to ensure that all makeup, bacteria and oiliness is completely removed from the skin with a clear and refreshing feel.
Witch Hazel is a natural alcohol derived from twig, bark or leaves of witch hazel. This calming extract gently cleanses without skin irritation.
Clear Essence Sensitive Line Antiseptic Toner fights oil and cleans deep down in pores to treat and prevent acne. This toner is specially formulated for sensitive skin. The toner is made with salicylic acid acne medicine to target existing pimples and prevent new ones from forming.
Similar to Alpha Hydroxy Acid, lacitic acid is one of the first ingredients to be used for light chemical exfoliation and it is now well known for its ability to remove dead skin build ups.
Clear Essence Lemon Multi-Active Toner is formulated with botanical extracts, to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup. This refreshing pH-balanced toner gently refines pores and helps promote an even skin tone. The liquid cleanse is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which remove dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria left on the skin after cleansing.
The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Scrub Soap Bar combines a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C, lemon, and other natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap bar is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner. We should also mention the light lemon scent leaves skin smelling GREAT!
Exfoliate Clean Skin, at Night
Regardless of the formula, apply your toner after cleansing, preferably at night, since exfoliating can make your complexion sun-sensitive. Dispense a few drops in your palm or a cotton pad and sweep over your face, steering clear of your eyes.
Watch How Your Skin Reacts
Start by using toners only three times a week to avoid irritation. Then, gradually increase your frequency to once a day. A little tingling is normal. But if you notice redness, peeling or a burning sensation, you’ve probably been aggressive. Give your skin a break for a few days or dilute your toner with a few drops of water to cut the intensity.
Few beauty practices are embraced as enthusiastically as exfoliation. Dermatologists have long said that polishing the skin can banish dullness, clean pores and reveal a fresh, glowing complexion due to the removal of dead skin cells. However, it’s easy to get carried away. Buffing too often with abrasive scrubs, sponges and facial brushes can remove healthy […]
We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Even when shopping here at ClearEssence.com the amount of cleanser options can seem daunting! Luckily we’re going to break down each of our cleansers based on skin type and skin needs to help you choose the cleanser that is right for you! If you’re wondering what your skin type is simply look back to this classic Clear Essence article where we go in depth of finding your skin type and how to begin to identify the appropriate treatments needed for your specific type: https://clresnc.com/WhatsMySkinType
Our only liquid cleanser, the Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. This face scrub for acne prone skin also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin refreshed and awakened.
- Skin Concern: acne, pimples, oily skin
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically oily and acne prone
The most popular Clear Essence cleanser for those dealing with acne breakouts is the Medicated Cleansing Bar plus Exfoliants, commonly known as the “black soap.” The Medicated Cleansing Bar is a blemish and anti-acne treatment soap for the face and body. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to prevent pimples on the skin and reduce breakouts while flakes of colloidal oatmeal help exfoliate and improve skin texture. We recommend trying this bar to help clear acne on the chest and back.
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: oily skin
Dull, Uneven skin color and texture
Sometimes our skin just doesn’t look luminous and radiant enough. That’s where our Complexion Soap Bars come in handy to regenerate new skin cells and moisturize the skin for a glowing complexion.
The Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin is an all-over body complexion bar which can be used as a face wash to remove dirt, oils and bacteria on normal to dry skin. This soap bar is uniquely formulated to maximize the performance of other Clear Essence dark spot correcting products by removing dead skin cells that dull the skin tone.
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
The Maxi-Tone Skin Lightening Soap with Shea Butter is formulated with powerful ingredients that fade dark spots on face and body, blemish scars and freckles. This soap can be used as sun spot corrector because it is great as a dark spot lightener, leaving a clearer and even toned complexion.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
Razor Bumps & Ingrown Hairs
Clear Essence also makes the skin care and grooming products to keep men’s skin bump free and without razor bumps. This dual shower combo helps break down pore clogging residue and debris which block razor blades from cutting hairs without friction. A cleansing wash with this facial exfoliating men’s soap bar and triple action body and hair gel leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned.
- Skin Concern: razor bumps, ingrown hairs, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: oily to normal skin
Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, sometimes it’s nice to use something mild and gentle on the face. Our natural soap bars cleanse and exfoliate using only nature’s finest ingredients:
This Lemon Plus Vitamin C soap bar combines a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C, lemon, and other natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap bar is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner. We should also mention the light lemon scent leaves skin smelling GREAT!
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive skin
The Carrot Seed Oil Soap Bar has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A which help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up and repairing sun-damaged skin. Antiseptic properties also help to reduce breakouts and acne formation.
- Skin Concern: acne, oily skin, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and oily skin
A natural cleansing and moisturizing soap, the Olive Oil Body Soap Bar is a natural solution to radiant skin. For centuries people of the Mediterranean have recognized the benefits of Olive Oil to the skin. Long lasting and made from the purest natural ingredients, it is a superb moisturizer suitable for all skin types. As pure and simple as a soap can be, it is made with all natural olive, aloe, and shea butter.
- Skin Concern: acne, dry skin, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and dry skin
The Maxi-Tone Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is blended with papaya enzymes and tropical herbs, a great combination for good anti-aging properties, promoting skin cell rejuvenation. It reduces acne inflammation, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and unclogs pores – leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, and healthier.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
The Maxi-Tone Carrot Seed Oil Skin Whitening Soap has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A to help maintain skin tone and elasticity.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
Our most mild cleanser is not only great for babies but anyone can enjoy this moisturizing and soothing oatmeal soap bar. The Clear Essence Baby Soothing Milk Bar is enriched with a blend of vitamins and natural ingredients to give your baby sweet, soft and touchable skin. Clear Essence Soothing Milk Bar features natural oatmeal to relieve dry, itchy, and irritated skin. This gentle baby soap is enriched with natural milk proteins, nourishing emollients, and Vitamin E to sooth and calm rashes and irritation.
- Skin Concern: dry skin
- Recommended Skin Type: dry to normal
We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Even when shopping here at ClearEssence.com the amount of cleanser options can seem daunting! Luckily we’re going to […]
It’s no secret that stress can play a large role in skin health. After all, our skin is our largest organ and an easy indicator for what’s going on within the body.
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.
Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop complications of modern life mean that some people’s alarm systems rarely shut off.
Don’t wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.
To monitor your stress, first identify your triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable?
Some stressors, such as job pressures, relationship problems or financial concerns, are easy to identify. But daily hassles and demands, such as waiting in a long line or being late to a meeting, also contribute to your stress level.
Once you’ve identified your stress triggers, think about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what you can control is a good starting point.
Don’t feel like you have to figure it out on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends, whether you need someone to listen to you, help with child care or give a ride to work when your car’s in the shop.
Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, meditation or being in nature. Set aside time for yourself. Here are our top picks of stress relievers to help you calm the senses:
Get a massage
A massage not only helps relax the body but it also gives your mind a chance to stop thinking and enjoy the peace and quiet. By massaging the muscles, your body releases tension which when left untreated can cause pain or headaches. Using a hydrating and effective body oil or lotion to massage the skin will also give your skin a glowing complexion! Clear Essence Specialist Body Oil is a great moisturizing oil for massage use not only for its sweet scent and aroma but also because it conditions skin cells for a plump, and supple appearance.
Soak in a bubble bath
Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath. Sweet and calming aromas help to relax the mind even further. Try adding 2-3 cap fulls Clear Essence Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil to running water for even more relaxation. We also love the idea of added flowers, fruits, and natural plants to your bath water. Not only does it look pretty but the fruit extracts and flowers have their own natural powers. Try lemon or citrus for skin lightening or chamomile for more aroma and calming effects.
Read a book, dance, listen to music, watch a comedy — whatever helps you relax.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen — television, tablet, computer and phone — and more time relaxing.
Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management needs to be ongoing. But by paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the bad effects of stress, such as acne and breakouts, and increase your ability to cope with challenges.
It’s no secret that stress can play a large role in skin health. After all, our skin is our largest organ and an easy indicator for what’s going on within the body. Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you […]
We have been told that exercising and a healthy diet are ways to go if you want to have a long energetic life. This is absolutely true yet what some people do not know is that these two great habits also help achieve a beautiful healthy skin.
Exercising is very important when it comes to a healthy skin. Why you might ask? Well, the answer is simple; it helps nourish skin cells. Also, it increases blood flow and detoxifies the body by sweating. All activities that make your heart rate go up, produces you to sweat. With that sweat you are getting rid of toxins the body do not need and that is exactly what we want because you are cleansing the skin.
Tips to begin working out
• Start small: whether you are coming back to the routine, or you are completely new to the journey, it is key to start small and build your way up. Please know any movement is better than no movement at all.
• Make one change at a time: you have already decided you are all in for this journey. Well, begin by preparing your clothes the night before. Doing that simple change, will set your mind to your new lifestyle. Being prepared will also help avoid any excuses towards those early morning runs or workout sessions.
• Commitment: this is the most important of all. Promise yourself you will work out 3 times a week and stick to it: this is called commitment to oneself. You cannot let yourself down.
• Find something you enjoy doing: if do not like exercising, you should find some type of activity you actually enjoy and take advantage to burn calories while performing it. It might be a sport, yoga, dancing, or hiking. Whatever the activity is try to take to most out of it.
Have you heard that saying “you are what you eat”? Having a healthy diet is key to maintain a fit body, however, the benefits do not stop there. The food you eat highly impacts your skin and complexion. According to Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist, “food gets digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin.” For instance, if your diet does not include enough protein, you are depriving your body from amino acids, which produce collagen and elastic tissue. Collagen makes the skin stronger and elastic tissue makes the skin supple. It is important to treat skin from within to maximize results.
Tips for eating healthier
• Avoid sugar: when we consume sugar, it travels fast to the bloodstream, making insulin levels to increase rapidly, which could aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
• Colorful vegetables: if you want a beautiful complexion, you must include red, yellow, and green vegetables. Vegetables from these three colors have a lot of nutrients that will contribute to a healthy skin
• Fatty acids and Omega-3: add food that contain fatty acids and Omega-3 such as chia seeds, flax-seed, and walnut because they boost collagen production.
• Hydration: water plays a big role because hydration helps flush out toxins from your body.
Although what goes inside helps us look good on the outside, you should also use products that are going to add that extra protection or treat specific issues your skin might be experiencing. Head to our Clear Essence best sellers page to get your favorite products! One thing that will always serve your skin right is sunscreen application daily. Adding this simple but easy step is an effective way to prevent wrinkles, sun discolorations and darkening to the skin! Our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is suitable for all skin types and daily application. Don’t forget a beautiful complexion is a combination of treating your skin inside and out!
We have been told that exercising and a healthy diet are ways to go if you want to have a long energetic life. This is absolutely true yet what some people do not know is that these two great habits also help achieve a beautiful healthy skin. Exercise Exercising is very important when it comes […]
An anti-aging regimen is something we don’t even think twice about as a kid. As children, we never really appreciated the soft and clear skin we had with until we finally hit puberty. According to Carole Aponte, MD Dermatoligist, “Children’s skin is loaded with healthy collagen and elastin fibers, the proteins that give skin its strength and flexibility.” Youthful skin also has plenty of hyaluronic acid, a substance that fills in the spaces between cells and keeps skin hydrated.
It doesn’t stop there though! Once we get past that stage we start to worry about our skin aging. There are two types of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging occurs in everyone. Aponte explains that it’s characterized by dryness and thinning of the skin as you get older. This leads to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. “This type of aging develops gradually and at a fairly steady rate so it’s generally not visibly evident until adulthood.
Men and Women Age at Different Rates
Men and women also age at different rates. Read up on the differences in our skin here. Extrinsic aging is caused by external factors, most notably UV radiation from over exposure to the sun. This can lead to premature aging in both men and women. This accounts for up to 90% of what we think of as “normal” skin aging. One of the main reasons that babies’ skin looks so great is that it hasn’t had time to develop significant sun damage. “Almost all of the roughness, deeper wrinkles, discoloration, and age spots we associate with aging is caused by sun damage,” explains Aponte.
The good news is that it is preventable by lathering on sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to the sun’s harsh rays, that includes cloudy days as UVB rays are still present. UVA rays are equally strong year round. It means you need to be wearing a broad spectrum SFP 15 or greater every day.
Come Summer, Practicing other Sun-Safe Behaviors
Wear hats and sunglasses (your eyes can suffer from sun damage as well!). Protective clothing is very important. Also, seeking shade, and limiting time in direct sunlight between 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Sunscreen is non-negotiable; there are a few other practices that will help ensure you hit adulthood with a high level of your baby-soft skin intact.
Three ways to Embrace and Maintain Youthful Complexion
If you’re a pre-teen:
There are three main ways to embrace and maintain your youthful complexion. First, you should apply sunscreen regularly to all sun-exposed skin. Secondly, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating contains essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental damage. Finally, wash your face twice a day to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, or other chemicals that build up before they can irritate or damage your skin in the long run.
If you’re a teen:
Continue the basic skincare habits listed above and be sure to get enough sleep. We’re here to set the record straight: There really is some truth in that whole beauty rest theory. It’s during sleep that the body performs many essential maintenance and repair processes. It also clears away much of the potentially harmful chemicals that build up from daily environmental damage. Got spring break coming up? Beware of sunbathing or hitting up an indoor tanning bed. Make sure to use a sunscreen daily especially when in direct sunlight (pretty much all the time). Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Lotion with SPF 15 is a natural sun protectant formulated with natural ingredients including aloe, shea butter and glycerin. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours of direct sun exposure to prevent damage to skin cells. If you’re being treated for acne, sun protection is especially important, as many acne treatments can make skin more susceptible to sunburn and irritation.
If you’re in your twenties:
Upgrade your daily moisturizer, adding a product supercharged with antioxidants and that hyaluronic acid we told you about. Before late nights in the office (or out on the town!) start taking a toll on those under eyes of yours, invest in a hydrating and caffeine-packed eye cream, gel, or roll-on serum. Clear Essence’s Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum helps to lighten those dark under eye circles while promoting a healthy glow to the skin tone.
And if your skin is already showing signs of early aging from sun-soaking during your younger years or those all-nighters you pulled during undergrad, adding a topical antioxidant like a vitamin C or E may help reverse some early signs of damage. Check out the Clear Essence Vitamin C Line which is packed with lemon and licorice extracts for an even tone and plumped complexion.
In those with oily or acne-prone skin, an over-the-counter product that exfoliates dead skin cells such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or exfoliating soap bars may also help treat damage and even prevent any skin-thinning caused by intrinsic aging. Clear Essence’s Anti-Aging Line is formulated with alpha hydroxy acid ingredients to help renew damaged skin and regenerate healthy skin cells. The Complexion Soap with AHA is one of our most popular face washes as it naturally exfoliates the skin bringing out a more radiant tone. To add a quick step to your current regimen, our Toner Astringent with AHA is also a great cleanser for second step removal of any dirt or bacteria left behind from a first step wash. Regularly exfoliating the skin and removing dried, dehydrated skin cells will help to keep skin even toned and bright.
An anti-aging regimen is something we don’t even think twice about as a kid. As children, we never really appreciated the soft and clear skin we had with until we finally hit puberty. According to Carole Aponte, MD Dermatoligist, “Children’s skin is loaded with healthy collagen and elastin fibers, the proteins that give skin its […]
Melanin, according to an article from the University of Murcia in Spain, comes from the Greek melanos, meaning dark pigmentation. General speaking, we can define melanin as a pigment that melanocytes cells produce. The pigmentation comes in various shades depending on the genetic makeup of each individual. So far, we have defined what melanin is. Now we will discuss how this pigment works.
Factors Affecting Melanin (Dark Pigmentation)
Individuals have the same number of these cells (melanocytes). However, there are different factors affecting the production of melanin.
Exposure to UV radiation:
Melanin is produced to protect the skin from the UV rays. People who are exposed more to the sun produce more melanin as a result.
Due to inheritance, different ethnicity are genetically predispose to produce different shades of melanin.
Size of Melanocytes:
Each individual is different and so are the size of their melanocytes. This could leading to a difference in the amount of melanin production
There are some diseases that can affect the production of melanin such as albinism and vitiligo, reducing the production of melanin.
The absence or abundance of the production of melanin can significantly affect an individual’s skin. The production of melanin is key for the prevention of skin cancers such as melanoma. This means the skin becomes darker and darker when exposure to the sun increases. This occurs for the majority of individuals, yet no all of them. It is critical for us to educate our beloved customers on this subject. So they can take precautions to protect themselves. This matter is of importance to us since Clear Essence Cosmetics specializes in the treatment of dark spots, discoloration, and hyper-pigmentation. In the majority of the cases, this result from the variation of the production of melanin. The company offers different products for all skin types. Our main objective is to correct skin problems unique to people of color.
Melanin, according to an article from the University of Murcia in Spain, comes from the Greek melanos, meaning dark pigmentation. General speaking, we can define melanin as a pigment that melanocytes cells produce. The pigmentation comes in various shades depending on the genetic makeup of each individual. So far, we have defined what melanin is. […]
What is Lactic Acid?
Fermented or sour milk contains a special chemical compound called Lactic Acid (LA). It is the gentler cousin to the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliant. Both help improve our skin’s texture for soft and blemish free skin.
The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was one of the first to use this skin care holy grail ingredient. She would bathe in fermented milk to keep her beautiful skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.
According to WebMD.com, LA is mainly produced by red blood cells and muscles inside of the human body. Our bodies generate this chemical compound when we are exercising for long periods of time. It serves as the fuel reserve to help prolong the work out and delay muscle fatigue.
How does it work?
Apart from its internal function, lactic acid works as an exfoliant when used externally on the skin. It gently strips off the dead cells on our skin, revealing the soft new skin beneath. It promotes collagen growth to help slow down the skin’s aging process and properly moisturizes for soft hydrated skin.
Of course, the application of any lactic acid treatment should be in moderation according to one’s skin sensitivity because too much of it can cause irritation. Your skin should see minimal sun exposure during a lactic acid regimen as fresh new skin is more vulnerable to UV rays.
When looking for dark skin care products that exfoliate, moisturize and help cell and collagen regrowth for younger looking skin, it is important to choose products with AHA because AHA contains lactic acid properties that do just that.
Where can I get it?
By using products that contain lactic acid properties African American skin care can be complete and highly effective. It just takes some knowledge on the specific properties to help achieve what your skin needs to be at its full potential.
What is Lactic Acid? Fermented or sour milk contains a special chemical compound called Lactic Acid (LA). It is the gentler cousin to the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliant. Both help improve our skin’s texture for soft and blemish free skin. The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was one of the first to use this skin care […]
Causes of Acne on Darker Skin Tones
In Black skin care, acne is a nuisance that we contribute to the food we eat and hormones. There may however, be another factor that you have never considered before. The soft pillow that you lay your head on every night may be causing some of your breakouts.
Your pillowcases, like your clothing, hold dirt and oil from your skin. However, many of us do not wash our pillowcases as often as our clothing. This allows for a build up of oil and dirt that distributes back onto your skin as you sleep at night.
Preventing Bacteria Transfer to Your Face
To prevent the build up of dirt and oil, pillowcases should be washed about once a week. If washing your pillowcase this often is not possible, placing a clean towel on top of your pillowcase may be a better option. When washing your pillowcases, try to avoid liquid detergent and dryer sheets as they cause a waxy build up that may clog pores further.
A second way to prevent the build up of dirt and oil on your pillowcases, is to wash your face before you go to sleep. Washing your face before you go to sleep removes the dirt and oil that has accumulated during the day. Less oil and dirt on your face before you go to sleep means that there will be less dirt and oil deposited onto your pillowcase.
A dirty pillowcase is not the only cause of acne on black skin but it can definitely contribute. Having a clean pillowcase ensures that dirt and oil will not be redistributed onto your skin causing further breakouts.
For some of us acne, is already affecting our skin. Our Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. The antiseptic wash clears bacteria and oil build up while reducing inflammation and irritation. This helps control acne on the face and along the hairline and dries up oil to reduce future acne formation. Also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin fresh and awakened.
For back and chest, we recommend our Medicated Cleansing Bar made with sulfur and exfoliating oatmeal extracts. This black soap is a blemish and acne treatment soap for the face and body that is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. The soap deep cleanses to remove dirt, bacteria and oil. This medicated cleansing bar also exfoliates dead skin cells for a radiant blemish free complexion. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to heal problematic skin and reduce breakouts.
If you’re often left with dark spots and left over acne scars, try the Skin Lightening Serum to target individual dark marks on oily and acne prone skin types. It 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.
Causes of Acne on Darker Skin Tones In Black skin care, acne is a nuisance that we contribute to the food we eat and hormones. There may however, be another factor that you have never considered before. The soft pillow that you lay your head on every night may be causing some of your breakouts. […]
So now that you have a basic idea of what your skin type and skin tone is, now is the perfect time to find the right beauty routine for your skin. Not only is knowing your skin type going to help your skin but customizing your routine to your skin tone and age will help you maintain radiant skin for a very long time!
The Basic Foundations to a Beauty Routine
First thing’s first, you’re going to want to nail down the basics of your beauty routine. If you read our previous article on Skin Types & Skin Tones, you should already know some information on how your skin reacts to your environment, and how to prevent it from causing irritation, wrinkles or discolorations. But how are you going to keep maintaining your flawless skin if you don’t have the basics down? Clear Essence has three basic steps to go by:
Simple, right? You’re probably wondering “What about my acne treatments, and serums, and masks, etc.!?” We’ll get to that in a moment, but for now, when you start a beauty routine, these are the essential steps you need. When you go shopping, you need to get these products and base it off your skin type. If you have acne/oily skin, then for treatments you would use an acne treatment, or a serum such as the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum. For dry skin, a treatment to use would be the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème, which helps fade dark spots. So you see, getting to know your skin before you go out shopping is a necessity in order to ensure you get the proper results you want to see, and also choosing the right product. YouTube Beauty Guru, Michelle Phan states, “Read labels so that you don’t end up with a cleanser containing a drying ingredient like isopropyl alcohol for already dry skin, or adding excessive oil to oily skin, etc. The products out there can be overwhelming, so start with daily cleansers and moisturizers, and work your way to products that address specific concerns when needed.” In other words, when you start your routine, try going for generic products, and then focus on the specifics after you find the right products for the basics. The basics will include a daily routine, and once you have that down, then focus on your weekly routines, which may be treatments that may be required once or twice a week.
Beauty Basics Set, Now Work in the Details
Although there is no Fountain of Youth, there are many ways to look young—at a high expense. If you wish to prevent wrinkles or signs of aging, it really starts with your beauty regimen. As we age, not only do we see change in our body and life, but we also see changes in our skin requirements. Take the time to learn about what you should incorporate into your beauty regimen, based by your age.
Although you may still be young, at this age is the time you should be preventing wrinkles by applying certain habits and lifestyles:
- Don’t Stress Over Stress—Sleep it Off
According to Refinery29, Lack of sleep “can cause stress that’s reflected on the skin via acne flare-ups. A lot of consistent stress can even lead to a general worsening of your overall skin health. Not getting enough sleep causes the adrenal glands to overproduce cortisol, a steroid, which makes sebaceous glands produce more oil.” So although you may have more energy to stay up late or even pull “all-nighters” remember that your body needs rest, otherwise it begins to react, by creating acne, or even dark circles.
- Look Into Anti-Aging Products, But Don’t Overdo It
Using Anti-Aging products at this age may be helpful in preventing lines on your face, but Refinery29 has a fair warning: certain anti-aging products may carry ingredients such as retinol, which may cause irritation of certain skin types, such as oily or combination. The irritation occurs due to the fact that retinol works as a method to sustain and keep collagen in the body, which in your 20s you technically don’t really have to worry about, since your skin is still active.
- Rain or Shine, Sunscreen Is a Must
So if you’re not interested in using Anti-Aging products, or you’re not sure what to use, always start with sunscreen. Using sunscreen is not only going to help you from sunburns, but it can prevent sun damage to your skin such as dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, from the excess melanin that is attempting to protect your skin from the harsh UVA/UVB rays.
- Treat Your Dark Spots NOW, not Later
Haven’t been using sunscreen? It’s okay, now you know that sunscreen is needed to prevent skin damage. If you do have dark spots, treat them now by using the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15. Not only is this going to help you fade dark spots from the sun, but it’s going to leave you with an even toned skin complexion (not to mention it has an SPF 15 built formula). Correcting your dark spots now rather than later is going to help your skin heal a lot faster because later on, your skin’s “metabolism” slows down, making it more difficult to treat your skin.
- FOOD—Eat Foods That Will Help Your Skin
Certain foods cause your skin to react by breaking out, so remember what POPSUGAR says, “The A in antiaging stands for antioxidants.” In other words, eat foods or snacks that will help your skin grab the anti-oxidants it needs such as berries, dark chocolate, and pay close attention to find out what makes you break out.
Your skin isn’t as “active” as it was in your 20s, so at this age, your routine should start incorporating products that will help you get rid of dead skin cells. Use an exfoliant that’s going to help you get rid of dead skin cells not only from the outer layer from your skin, but from deep within it too!
- Are You Still Applying Sunscreen?
You should continue applying sunscreen Every. Single. Day. Even if it’s raining, you never know when the sun might just peek out to say hi. Also, since your skin cells are slowing down, you want to make sure your skin doesn’t get dark spots at this age, because it becomes more complicated to help them fade away, but, it can be done (it just takes more time)!
- Make Anti-Aging Products Your Best Friends
If you weren’t already doing so, start using anti-aging products such as The Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA. The Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) helps accelerate skin regeneration and helps to clear dead skin cells quicker. Use eye creams that help the skin under your eyes, which is a thin and sensitive skin layer. According to Refinery29, “Apply eye cream with the ring finger, the weakest finger, morning and evening to the orbital bone around the eyes. Use gentle patting motions and make sure to avoid rubbing and tugging. It is also important not to apply eye cream too close to the lash line as the product can travel into your eyes and be picked up by your eyelashes, causing irritation or unnecessary puffiness.” Lastly, begin using night creams that are different from day creams that help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
- Drink Water—Like Right Now
Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized means not only using creams, but also drinking plenty of water. Your skin’s elasticity relies heavily on water, so keeping yourself hydrated, will help you prevent wrinkles!
You might notice a pattern here for certain tips (sunscreen), but in your 40s, things get a bit more interesting with your skin, and though it may be frustrating, just remember that caring for your skin is not only to look radiant, but to help your body stay protected from bacteria.
- Fuzzy Hairs—EVERYWHERE
You may have noticed that your skin has developed more facial hair, but not to worry. According to Refinery29, “With hormonal changes in the 40s, many will find their faces getting fuzzier. Most people don’t appreciate this extra hair and turn to waxing, dermaplaning, or threading services to keep visible hair less noticeable.” Though hormone changings are causing facial hair to come out, know that the facial hair is meant to protect your skin, but you can get it removed. Just remember that if your skin is sensitive, you might want to research which hair removal method will accommodate your skin type.
- Treat Your Neck
If you applied sunscreen correctly in your 20s and 30s, you’ll notice that your neck may have stayed firm. Your neck often times gets ignored however, that area most often exposed to the sun, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen!
- Use an Acne Treatment, NOT an Acne Beauty Routine
Around this time, your skin may break out occasionally because of hormones or cystic acne. But rather than switching your entire routine, opt for a dark spot treatment or acne treatment that’s going to help you with the problematic areas. Switching to an acne routine, may cause your skin to dry which makes it more difficult for anti-aging goals.
- Products With Retinol Should Be Your Best Friend
Renee Rouleau from Refinery29 states “Retinol is a key ingredient in repairing, refining, and smoothing the skin. A product with retinol can address concerns such as sun damage, skin texture and tone, wrinkles, and large pores, as well as other signs of aging.” In other words, Retinol is basically a superhero, but you also want to watch out for “villainous” ingredients. You want to read every label for every product your skin touches, because certain products may either cause irritation, or simply do not help your skin at all.
- Keep Your Routine Minimal
At this point in time, your skin may start having more hormonal reactions because of menopause, so keep your routine basic, such as the one AARP.org offers: Cleanse, Protect, Smooth. Try cleansing with the Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA, or use a natural product such as the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap Continue
to use AHA products, that help remove dead skin cells. But still continue to protect your skin with sunscreen. Around this time you may start noticing moles will appear because of long term sun damage, so don’t be afraid to see a dermatologist if you’re unsure about a mole’s appearance.
Continue to eat foods that carry antioxidants or use antioxidant serums that will help your skin absorb the vitamins it needs to maintain its hydrated glow.
- Avoid Fragrances
Your skin becomes more sensitive as you age, so try to avoid scented products that may cause irritation or an allergic reaction.
- Embrace It
No matter how many products you use, or how many wrinkles you see—embrace it. Let the real you shine through and don’t be afraid to smile because of wrinkles!
So now that you have a basic idea of what your skin type and skin tone is, now is the perfect time to find the right beauty routine for your skin. Not only is knowing your skin type going to help your skin but customizing your routine to your skin tone and age will […]