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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’s Story

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!

#NoShaveGang

 Have you ever wondered why that in 2018 there still isn’t a cure for razor bumps? We’ve all read articles where they explain the origin of ingrown hairs and razor bumps including ways to try to prevent them but never an end all solution. That’s because there is no end all solution. As long as you are a black man with curly facial hair, you are susceptible to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots as a result of shaving. But there is a way to prevent them from happening on the regular. One word: Barbershop.

Clean Cut. Clean Face.

Fellas, let’s admit it, barbers play a vital role in our grooming and truly ‘shape’ how the outside world sees us. There’s nothing like that second look at your cut in the rearview mirror boy! Your cut may not be exactly the same every time but the cleanliness is always there and that’s a big part of why we go to the barbershop. Have you ever tried to give yourself a line up with a straight edge razor? Probably not and that’s why we should leave such matters, including shaving, to the masters of men’s grooming, barbers. Shaving at home is like cutting your own hair, there’s bound to be some consequences. Said consequences when it comes to shaving at home are what we call the Migos of Men’s Grooming: ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots.

They’re dressed in all black because they want to sneak into your grooming regimen.

Are we saying that you should never shave at home? Yes, kinda, but we understand that sometimes you must due to work/personal related reasons. We don’t want you walking into a big meeting or date giving off the impression that you do not care about your overall appearance. PRESENTATION. IS. EVERYTHING.

Yes, presentation is everything but ask yourself, would you rather have some straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache or ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots? Remember, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots can last a lifetime whereas the straggler facial hairs and a bushy mustache are gone with a few touches of the clipper from your barber. You choose.

Gift of Creation

Chimére. Pronounced CHI-MER-A is of Nigerian Igbo origin and translates into English as “Gift of Creation” or “God Did It!” We like the first translation because it addresses both Creator and it’s gift to the world, you! And that’s exactly what the CHIMÉRE brand is all about, you!

The process in creating an effective grooming and skin care collection for men of color begin with the thorough understanding of the roots of men of color’s grooming concerns. Once that was understood, we applied our expertise in providing solutions using nature’s bountiful resources. CHIMÉRE became a global venture as our journey to create a treatment for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots led us to Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.

In essence, CHIMÉRE is a celebration of You. Your strength. Your purpose. Your being.

Find your Gift of Creation at www.clearessence.com/chimere.

– CJ Obioha, Brand Marketing Manager, CHIMÉRE

Ace of Fades, Los Angeles, CA

 

Father’s Day is that special day in which we all want to highlight and be thankful for all the wonderful things our fathers/partners have done for us/our children. However, this should be done on a daily basis because every day is a good day to tell someone how much you love them and how appreciative you are for having them in your life. Sometimes it can be stressful because we do not know what to do to make this day very special. Here are five ways that will help make this Father’s Day, a day to remember.

1. Eliminate the Pressure:

What dads most desire is to have a day stress-free. We are sure dads would appreciate having a day with no deadlines, hassles, chores, and not rushing about this particular day. Allow him to relax and enjoy his day.

2. Spend Time Together:

Really focus on spending time together as a family in peaceful harmony. Many times we get caught up on the cooking, running to store, or finishing up a project that we tend to forget the most important part of this day: enjoying each other’s company.

3. Be Romantic:

This one goes for the wifeys out there. Father’s Day is not only a day to celebrate dad as a caregiver or provider for the kids. It is more than that, you can use this day to honor partner as a lover and friend. Tell him how much you love him and how much grateful you are for having him as a partner in life/father or your children.

4. Focus on Him:

This could be a little hard, sometimes, we want to plan everything but might end up giving him something he does not really want. Give him the gift of choice and freedom. Let him make the decision on how and what he wants to do for that special occasion. Accompany him on whatever he chooses to do.

5. Bring on the Praise:

Dads want to feel appreciated. Show him your appreciation by writing a little note or a love letter. Accompany this gesture by giving a little gift that he really wants or needs.

These easy tips will help you achieve a wonderful Father’s Day. Clear Essence wants to make it even easier for you. So we came up with ChiMere for Men: Face & Body Cleansing Set! For the first time we’ve packed ChiMere Triple Action Body Wash and ChiMere Bump Control Cleansing Bar in an affordable gift set just in time for Father’s Day! This combo cleanses and refreshes the skin, eliminating razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Head to our page for more details on this set. For a limited time we’ll also through in a ChiMere for Men T-Shirt and set of Clear Essence golf balls to really give you a complete package to spoil dad. Order soon to have this special gift in time for June 17th!

Love is a powerful feeling and it should be celebrated not only on Valentine’s Day but year round. However, we want to make our loved ones feel special on this festivity. As a result, we are always on the search for gifts that can achieve that goal. Ever wonder for the perfect gift for him?  Some women have a hard time trying to figure out what to get for their man. Here is where Clear Essence comes to the rescue. Have you heard of our skin care line for men called ChiMere? If not, you are missing out and we will tell you why.

Men deserve to have a clear, healthy and beautiful skin as well. Why not pamper your “babe” by providing them with products that will celebrate their masculine strength. ChiMere Skin Care for Men offers healthy and natural men’s skin care products that specialize in men’s grooming & skin care solutions. ChiMere means “A Gift of Creation.” ChiMere Skin Care for Men is a gift that feature products for men of color such as shaving cream and after-shave. These black men’s skin care products will create skin free or razor bumps. It is the best skin care products for black males.

Find the Perfect Gift for Him

The ChiMere line offers a Body Wash Triple action, which deeply cleanses the skin to heal and soothe irritations by removing dirt and oil. Our ChiMere Bump Control After-Shave Gel fights razor bumps and shaving irritation. It is the best product for razor bumps and ingrown hairs. It soothes the skin with natural conditioners.  The ChiMere Bump Control Shave Gel is a triple action shaving creme formula that diminishes the appearance of razor bumps. This product softens tough beards for a clean shave, controls mild acne, and evens out blotchiness. Our ChiMere Bump Control Cleansing bar breaks down pore clogging residue and debris leaving skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned. All these products can make your man happy, believe us ?

There you have it, so stop looking because you just found the perfect gift to give your other half on this Valentine’s Day. They, too, deserve be coddle and loved. Always remember to spread, show, and share your love with your special ones not only on Valentine’s Day but lifetime ❤️

Black Men’s Grooming Products

Clear Essence’s Chimere line offers several black men’s grooming products ideal for shaving coarse and unruly hairs. Exfoliating can dislodge ingrown hairs and remove dead skin cells that cause build up. For this reason it is ideal to implement this step either once a week or every 2-3 days depending on one’s skin. This can help to soften the beard and keep hairs from curling back into the skin.

 

There are two types of exfoliation methods: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical is most likely what you think of when mentioning exfoliation. These products come in the form of brushes, loofahs and plastic beaded soaps. Chemical exfoliates are a little gentler on the skin as they are composed of ingredients that remove dead skin cells simply from washing the skin. Popular chemical exfoliating ingredients include salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid.

Exfoliation

The Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar for Normal to Oily Skin by Clear Essence can significantly aid in preparing the beard area for shaving or treatment. It begins by breaking down residue and debris that can clog pores. This leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned.  The soap bar, along with other Chimere products, is specifically formulated to meet the needs of men of color suffering from blemishes, razor bumps and uneven pigmentation. It treats acne by removing dirt, oil and bacteria while exfoliating dead skin cells for a radiant, blemish free, clear complexion. It is the perfect first step in any black man’s grooming routine. Make sure to always follow exfoliation with a moisturizer as the skin can feel a little tight or dry afterwards.

 

Moisturizers

A great line of products for men to help keep skin hydrated is our Clear Essence Sensitive Skin Care Line. These products have neutral scents in powerful products that curb dry heels, knuckles, elbows and knees. Use our Sensitive Skin Beautifying Milk or Sensitive Line Texturizing Body Lotion to help moisturize the skin after exfoliating.

 

Our products for men of color aim to give the skin a lustrous and even complexion void of blemishes, ingrown hairs or razor bumps. These products make the perfect gift for any man that is apprehensive about starting their skin care routine as they are easy to use and have powerful and manly scents to attract those worried about the femininity of a skin care regimen. We hope these simple steps help you start your goals to a better beard area.

Lemon: A Natural Skincare Ingredient

When it comes to skincare, one of the toughest problems many people face are dark spots and correcting them. It seems like there are an endless amount of tips and tricks on how to lighten dark spots on the skin that range from simple to almost questionable. Which ones really work? And, which natural solution is effective and won’t damage your skin? Learn about natural ingredients that promote skin renewal and can help you finally get rid of those troublesome dark spots!

Struggling with Hyperpigmentation

Fresh LemonOne natural skin solution for skin discolorations that has been used for decades is lemon. Packed with healthy vitamin C, lemons act as a natural exfoliant known for aiding in skin cell renewal. The citric acid within lemons gives this miracle fruit brightening properties. It’s powerful enough to fade hyperpigmentation but also gentle enough on you skin to use daily. Commonly used as an antibacterial as well as an organic astringent, lemon juice helps control oily skin.  It acts as a natural acne treatment which can prevent breakouts that might lead to acne scars.

Lemon Line

Another tried and true remedy for dark spots is lactic acid. Lactic acid acts as a gentle acid perfect for sensitive skin, commonly found naturally in sour milk products and fruit. It is a gentle exfoliant that assists in shedding dead skin cells and improves collagen formation. It also suppresses melanin formation to prevent more hyperpigmented spots from forming. Try using yogurt, which is rich in lactic acid, as a base for a homemade mask to help treat hyperpigmentation and soften your skin.

 

liquorice rootSweet Skincare

And lastly, when we hear licorice we think about our favorite candy. However, did you know that it is also a great skin care treatment? Licorice in skin care is typically in the form of licorice root extract which is commonly used as an organic alternative to hydroquinone. It reduces the production of melanin by blocking the stimulant that causes skin to darken when exposed to the sun.

These holistic ingredients and many more can be found in our Clear Essence Vitamin C Series which uses these and other natural ingredients for effective treatment of excessive pigmentation due to medication, pregnancy cosmetics and hormone imbalance due to sun exposure. These simple solutions will help you towards a brighter even skin tone and a happier, beautiful you!

Winter Landscape

Dry Skin and chapped lips are some of the things we have in store for us once winter arrives.

Based in Southern California, Clear Essence Cosmetics USA, Inc. headquarters enjoys some of the best weather year round. Bracing for winter here means throwing on a light sweater! However, for those areas with more than one season, your skin may need some help combating the elements. During winter Humid rain dropsthe air becomes much dryer, winds increase, and there’s regular chances of rain, snow, etc. Think of what that does to our skin. You may start to experience increased dryness in your skin during this time of the year. The weather can cause our skin to become so dry that it cracks and becomes sore. Some of the places on our bodies that seem to dry out the most are elbows, knees and knuckles. However, there are ways to prevent, avoid, and cure dry skin and a lot of the solutions are very simple and easy to do.

The Why and How?

Before talking about how to solve these issues for good, let’s answer the question: How does the weather affect my skin? Well, in harsh dry weather water is pulled out of the skin and into the dehumidified wind. Rapidly changing temperatures can also irritate the skin such as leaving the warm house to go out into the snow. Try avoiding taking hot showers during the winter as it dries the skin. And although a heater keeps you toasty it can dry the air in your room which again translates to dry skin.

As mentioned, the areas you may find drier than others are your elbows, knees, and knuckles. This is because the skin is always bending and stretching and needs special care. When it comes to knuckles, our skin can be very sensitive to many household products. Ingredients in cleaning supplies can remove our natural oils from our skin. If you have dry or cracked skin on your hands it is important to use gloves when cleaning around the house to not cause further harm to the healing wounds. Also, the material of sweaters and long sleeve shirts can rub against the elbow causing irritation to already dry skin. Make sure to moisturize completely before putting on clothing to prevent chafing.

Tips and Tricks

So what are some ways you can prevent these horrors caused when winter comes around? You can stay hydrated, drink water regularly. Change your face wash to something that is mild and gentle on your skin. You want something that can seal in moisture. You can switch your moisturizer from light too thick because summer is over and your skin will need extra emollients. And in order to make sure your skin is getting the moisture it needs, you can purchase a humidifier so thatOlive Oil Creme you can still use your heater without over drying your room.

Products that Work!

Clear Essence Cosmetics has dry skin care products that will work great for your skin in the winter such as their Skin Beautifying Milk from their Platinum Line, and their Olive Oil Crème from their My Natural Beauty Skin Line. The Skin Beautifying Milk will even out your skin tone while keeping it hydrated and soft. This is a great addition to your regimen to prepare for the skin bearing summer! The Olive Oil Crème is completely natural and helps increase skin’s firmness and elasticity. Clear Essences wants the real you to shine through. If you have any questions please visit our website at clearessence.com. And always remember the difference is clear.

Skin Aging ProcessWoman exercising to help with skin aging

With so many anti-aging products out on the market today, it becomes quite confusing as to which one to choose, how much to spend, and when it is the right time to use them. Many African American women however, try to think of simple ways to reduce the skin aging process without the use of “magic potions” that are so popular nowadays. It turns out that there can be a solution to slow down that aging process. You can begin your own African American anti-aging regimen in the comfort of your own home at no cost whatsoever!

What is this secret? Exercise. That’s right! Exercise! It turns out that exercising at least once or twice a week may reverse the process of skin aging. Two studies have been composed to support this hypothesis for black skin care routines.

The Studies

The first study was focused only on the effects of exercise on mice. Researchers divided two groups of

mice into two groups: one with access to exercise wheels, and the other without. In time, these closely monitored mice showed distinctive characteristics within their respective groups. The mice that did not have access to their exercise wheel became weak, bald, and ill. The mice with access to their exercise wheel however showed the exact opposite: healthy hearts, muscles, and kept their fur longer. These results concluded with the hypothesis that exercise does play a role in mice aging. But the researchers began to wonder if this same argument can be applied to humans and help prevent skin aging.

A second study was conducted to see how exercise may affect humans. This study was conducted and presented at The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. It consisted of 29 male and female volunteers between the ages 20 and 84. Like the mice, the individuals were divided into groups where one group would be sedentary while the other was more active. The results? For individuals above 40 years of age who have been active had younger looking skin, comparable to an individual who is between 20 and 30 years of age.

Exercising can prevent skin aging

This of course does not guarantee younger, healthy looking African American skin but it is definitely a good start. So lace up those running shoes, buy some comfy clothes, and start running! Your health (and now your skin) will thank you in the end.

Winter Landscape

From Summer to Fall Weather

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

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

 

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Dead skin appears flaky, dry and weathered. Use any method of exfoliation that works best for you and be consistent, the best results show themselves after some time. Doing away with dead skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin in general, because the build-up clogs pores and causes breakouts.

Moisturizing Dry Skin:

Now that we are working with fresh skin, the next step is to begin adding and retaining moisture. Try to use African American skin care products that work towards hydrating dry skin. Clear Essence’s My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is perfect for this. Its main goal is to repair skin that has been damaged by over exposure to environmental elements.

Retain Moisture:

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

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

With summer just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to start planning the perfect summer getaway! We all need a break from time to time to get away from our busy urban lifestyles. Vacations are a chance to pamper yourself, relax, and discover new places.

Visit Clear Essence Spa For Your Summer Getaway!!

If you’re planning a destination vacation for your summer getaway escape take a look at the Clear Essence California Spa & Wellness Resort, located in the heart of Ikoyi, on Lagos Island in Nigeria. It is surrounded by beautiful waters,  lush greenery, and a welcoming ambiance. Perfect for refreshing, renewing and restoring the mind and body. They offer an array of amenities to ensure that your stay is magical.

The Clear Essence Spa specializes in 14 different spa rituals; we’ve listed 3 of our favorite!

 

Monterey Marina Mist

Inspired by the deep blue revitalizing waves of the sea that renews and balances your energy. The fresh bouquet of geranium and cypress combined with lavender oil blend to create the Malibu Marina Mist experience, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Malibu Deep Blue Sea-Mint

This treatment provides the body with a deep cleanse and purge of toxins.  Their specialist have created a unique combination of the sea’s healing minerals enhanced with the relaxing yet powerful astringent of mint. This ritual will leave you feeling fresh, renewed and restored.

 

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Wrap your body in the bounty of mother nature with this rich and creamy treatment that is fit for a queen. Inspired by Cleopatra’s anti-aging secret, we combined milk, avocado and cocoa butter for an intense moisturizing treatment. The ingredients are packed with vitamin A & C and are rich in antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin for a beautiful glow fit for a Queen!

You can also enjoy 17 different spa treatments including:

Facials & Skincare

A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that provides a healthy boost for your skin. A facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion and can help your skin look younger.

Body Glow Scrubs & Wraps

Body glow scrubs exfoliate and hydrate your skin by using a mixture of either salt or sugar and a moisturizing oil, leaving your skin smooth and soft. It is a great pre-treatment before getting a body wrap or mud treatment as it opens up the pores allowing your skin to soak up all of the oils and nutrients.

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage consists of a mixture of smooth heated stones and a classic Swedish massage. Warmed stones are placed along the back and any other places where muscles are tense. The heat from the stones relaxes tense muscles making it easier to unwind during the massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissues massages are great for those suffering from extremely tense muscles.  Deep finger pressure is used in slow, firm strokes, to get into those knots. Deep-tissue massages also help ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. You’ll leave relaxed and tension free!

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