Lots of us are starting to work out more to prepare for the Summer months and bikini season. Exercising also provides great benefits for the body and mind. Besides working out, this summer is expected to be a hot one! Sweat may begin to clog pores just while enjoying the outdoors and the warmer weather. […]
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Acne and Acne Scars
Lots of us are starting to work out more to prepare for the Summer months and bikini season. Exercising also provides great benefits for the body and mind. Besides working out, this summer is expected to be a hot one! Sweat may begin to clog pores just while enjoying the outdoors and the warmer weather. To help prevent breakouts or acne during these summer months, check out our skin care tips below.
Applying makeup before your workout can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. When you workout and sweat, your pores open up. Open pores are susceptible to dirt and bacteria getting trapped under the skin. You want your skin to breathe while working out so that sweat can fall off the skin instead of being trapped under makeup. If you’re confident in your skin without makeup, try using a lighter coverage or ensure that you cleanse your skin immediately after workout with warm water to reopen pores and flush out bacteria.
Cleanse Your Skin
Cleansing your skin daily is important to ensure your pores are free of dirt and bacteria. It is even more critical when you are continuously working out or exposed to outdoor elements such as smog and pollution. During the summer you should wash your face regularly to remove sweat and oils that sit on the skin during the day. Clear Essence has many fruit and natural cleansers that are perfect for the summer due to their natural ingredients such as lemon, olive, carrot seed oil, and papaya. These sweet scented soaps are perfect for the summer season.
Still feel oily after cleansing your skin? With the increased summer heat, skin oils reproduce at a much quicker rate leaving skin more susceptible to oils and dirt remaining trapped on the skin. To help close pores and ensure skin is completely clean, try adding a toner during the summer months to reduce oils and balance the complexion. Our Toner Astringent with Alpha Hydroxy Acid helps to regenerate dead skin for a brighter, even tone. Our Sensitive Line Antiseptic Cleanser is perfect for easily-irritated skin types. Use this toner to calm and soothe the skin for a relaxed and refreshed feel.
Don’t touch your face
The gym is full of germs and bacteria, especially on gym equipment. Due to this, it is very important to avoid touching your face when working out. Since sweat can also transfer to the face from your hair, ensure that you tie your hair back away from your face. You want to prevent spreading any bacteria to your skin.
Products for Men
Chimere Skin Care for Men is designed for the grooming needs of men of color. Though the products are sophisticated, they are easy to use. They treat razor bumps, dark spots, ingrown hairs, 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.
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 is the process of removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Dead skin appears flaky, dry and weathered. Use any method of exfoliation that works best for you and be consistent, the best results show themselves after some time. Doing away with dead skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin in general, because the build-up clogs pores and causes breakouts. We like to recommend our Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap as it not only exfoliates the skin but soothes dry skin with natural olive oil extract.
Moisturizing Dry Skin:
Now that we are working with fresh skin, the next step is to begin adding and retaining moisture. Try to use African American skin care products that work towards hydrating dry skin. Clear Essence Sensitive Line Skin Beautifying Milk helps repair skin that has been damaged by over exposure to environmental elements and also includes natural ingredients to help calm irritation.
Adding an oil to your regimen helps lock in moisture and keeps it from being stripped by winds and other harsh elements. Apply an oil directly to the skin after bathing to help water soak into the skin or add directly to bath water to fully hydrate your body. This will act as a barrier between the environment and your skin, and can be especially helpful if your skin becomes chapped easily. Clear Essence Sensitive Moisturizing Body Oil is a unique oil that contains natural shea butter and sesame seed oil for added skin health. Adding a small amount of this oil to your regimen is sure way to put that healthy glow back into your skin.
These steps are simple, but can completely transform your skin. Always remember to use sunscreen for protection against sunrays, and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
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 […]
If you haven’t already noticed, its Movember, and that means moustaches are in! Big, small, thin, or thick, it doesn’t matter because they’re all for a good cause.
Bring It ‘Stache
“Where’d all the moustaches go?” Australian friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery asked this question back in 2003 and from there it began. Organizing 30 of their friends to “Grow a Mo” to raise funds for men’s health and prostate cancer. In 2004, the group officially formed the Movember Foundation, with funds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. (Fun Fact: At the time, that first Movember check was the largest single donation the PCFA had ever received) Since then, the Movember Foundation has made over $500 million worldwide, with campaigns in 21 countries.
Recently, Movember has also begun to raise awareness on men’s mental health and suicide. These are big ones as mental health issues has become front page news unfortunately due to the recent senseless killings (i.e. Pittsburg, Thousand Oaks). #ENOUGH
To read the complete history of Movember, click here.
Want to celebrate Movember the Clear Essence way? Our CHIMÉRE for Men products are 15% all month long in support of Movember. Click below to Shop now!
If you haven’t already noticed, its Movember, and that means moustaches are in! Big, small, thin, or thick, it doesn’t matter because they’re all for a good cause. Bring It ‘Stache “Where’d all the moustaches go?” Australian friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery asked this question back in 2003 and from there it began. Organizing […]
It may be called Thee Latest Barbershop but it opened it’s doors to the Inland Empire almost 24 years ago and counting. Today it is a new home for CHIMÉRE for Men of Color. #CleanCutCleanShave
Thee Latest & Thee Greatest
Step inside Thee Latest Barbershop and the first thing that you notice is the design. A mix of the old and new. NYC subway tiled walls with flat screen tvs. An aisle of barber and stylist booths with their Instagram handles on the mirrors. A full service bar which dabbles in both the old and new, depending on your choice of drink. We don’t want to give away too much but trust us, you’ve probably never seen anything like Thee Latest Barbershop.
CHIMÉRE for Men of Color also too mixes the old with new, using our rich history in the ethnic skincare market to provide new and improved skincare for men. Skincare made specifically for men of color so it only seem right to give it a home at Thee Latest Barbershop, a fellow local black owned business. Owners Tymm and Terrell have created a space for all people but also for those serious about their craft. Whether it’s dreads or black mask facial, TLB has got you covered and all at a fair price. Stop by today and pick up your favorite CHIMÉRE for Men of Color product and receive a free #CleanCutCleanShave tee.
Thee Latest Barbershop – 9024 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 – 909.368.9022
It may be called Thee Latest Barbershop but it opened it’s doors to the Inland Empire almost 24 years ago and counting. Today it is a new home for CHIMÉRE for Men of Color. #CleanCutCleanShave Thee Latest & Thee Greatest Step inside Thee Latest Barbershop and the first thing that you notice is the design. […]
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!
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. […]
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.
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
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 ❤️
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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
One 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.
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.
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!
Learn about natural ingredients that promote skin renewal and can help you finally get rid of those troublesome dark spots!