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Spring is here! The weather is getting hotter, and sun stays out to play longer! We start planning more adventures to the beach, mountains, around the city, and more. Here are some spring skin essentials to keep your skin smooth and refreshed on your spring break getaway:

For all-over moisture with the added benefit of sun protection, pack our Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 from our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line. It’ll keep your skin soft and moisturized while you relax. Also, it’s not greasy. So it’s perfect for people prone to oily skin!

And when you’re ready to cleanse away the excitement of your spring adventures, use our My Natural Beauty Carrot Oil Soap to enhance your skin with carrot seed oil, which stimulates skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, dehydrated skin, and repair sun damage. The added Vitamin A and Beta Carotene maintain skin tone and elasticity to give your skin a radiance that matches the new season!

Spring time also means we get to take in Vitamin D from the sun, but did you think about revitalizing your skin with natural Vitamin C? Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line offers a blend of Vitamin C, lemon extract, ginseng, aloe, green tea, and more to revive your skin and help achieve an even, cleaner tone. It’s a perfect hydroquinone-free solution for a smoother complexion that will leave you looking and feeling great this spring season!  Try our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Oil as an intensive moisturizer. It will give you silky, smooth skin with added SPF 10 protection!

Nowadays almost every skin care brand offers a three step or multiple product system in order to treat various skin needs and problems. We have often believed that in order to see results all our skin care products must fall under one brand name in order to completely treat the skin.

Well what’s really the truth?

Should you use different products that match your skin care needs regardless of brand or is sticking with one skin care line the best way to ensure quality and skin receptiveness? Let’s check out the pros and cons below:

Pros

Reliability

If you already have one skin care product you love, chances are you’ll probably love another product that brand offers. Brands that pride themselves on having sensitive skin care lines and natural-based skin care products can also encourage brand loyalty, as users want to ensure their skin does not have allergic reactions to new ingredients.

Ease

For those new to skin care, it can be easier to follow and adopt a skin care system that is already created by industry dermatologists and chemists. Many skin care lines’ goal is to remove the headache and confusion that comes with choosing products for your skin type.

Cons

Every Brand Can’t Have Every Product

While brands try to create multiple products for every possible skin issue or texture, it is impossible for a brand to have a solution for 100% of the market.

Lack of Individuality

Products that work for one person’s skin logically cannot work for every person on Earth’s skin. It may take mixing and matching skin care brands to find the perfect combination for your individual skin.

So what products do you choose?

Now, we’re not saying you have to run out and try every skin care brand or mix every last tube, jar, or vial in your medicine cabinet. Know what issues you’re wishing to treat along with your skin type to find products that are specifically meeting your skin care goals. Focus on the ingredients and reputation/reviews of the product from other users with similar skin problems.photo (2)

Also, try to add new products into your routine slowly. Some products take a week or two for your skin to start showing results. Packing on tons of different products at once can make skin irritated. And since your assorted branded products don’t give you an order for mixing and matching, always follow the rule of layering products from lighter to thicker, i.e. a serum should go on the skin before a heavy cream. Your skin cannot tell the difference between brands. Until a company is able to make a miracle all-in-one solution for every possible skin type and texture, we may be resorting to mixing and matching for some time to come!

Finding gifts for men tend to be more difficult than for women. People end up buying the same old buttoned-up t-shirt, watch, cologne, or shoes. However, men are in great need of products that take care of their skin. Unlike women, men typically do not investigate and shop for the best skin care products. They often pick something off of the shelf that will simply do a basic cleanse.

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

We want to help you help take care of men’s skin. Surprise an important man in your life with a Chimere Skin Care product by Clear Essence. It is a gift of ancient times recreated for the modern man!

Hydroquinone has received a poor reputation over the years. Most of the misinformation about this ingredient stems from misuse and a lack of education. People have continued to put the ingredient in a bad light by simply basing opinions on the worst cases of misuse of hydroquinone. Others simply don’t understand what this ingredient does. When trying a new product that has active ingredients in it, it is important to understand what those ingredients treat. Clear Essence’s Platinum and Anti-Aging lines contain small and appropriate concentrations of hydroquinone and we want all of our customers to feel safe and to know what this ingredient does for the skin.

Hydroquinone is one of the few FDA approved skin-lightening ingredients. It can be a great treatment to even one’s skin tone by fading discolored skin such as freckles, age spots, sunspots, and other discolorations created by hormone changes, acne, or injury to the skin. Chemically speaking, hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin. Melanin is the pigment in the skin that gives it its color. Melanin is also a natural UV protectant. Hydroquinone is found in stores in concentrations of 0.5% to 2%. The FDA has regulated that no more than 2% concentration can be purchased over the counter. A doctor must prescribe any product that contains a concentration higher than 2%. A concentration of 12% prevents the production of melanin altogether. When hydroquinone is properly formulated it is not a harmful ingredient and there is no substantial research proving otherwise.

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Beware the UV RAYS

Some may say that hydroquinone causes cancer yet, “hydroquinone happens to be a potent antioxidant and there is even research that shows that workers who handle pure hydroquinone actually have lower incidences of cancer than the population as a whole (Paulaschoice.com).” The only cases in which a patient did develop cancer or an issue of darker colored skin are those who did not use sunscreen in conjunction with the ingredient. Since melanin is our natural UV protectant it is important to realize that one’s skin may become sensitive to the sun after displacing the dark spot or discoloration. Although it is always critical to use sunscreen to prevent damage to the skin, it is even more important when using a product to lighten discolorations.

Research has indicated problematic skin reactions are rare and more often than not, minor. The most startling risk is a skin disorder called ochronosis, which is a bluish tint of the skin. This is caused by long time use of a high concentration of hydroquinone. Again, not using sunscreen will cause the area to re-darken and can sometimes make the area even darker due to the inhibition of our natural UV protection, melanin.

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The correct way to use hydroquinone is by following the instructions on the drug facts label or package. Also, before using it is recommended to do a “test patch” by applying a small amount to a small area of healthy skin (such as inner wrist) to make sure an allergic reaction does not occur.

Clear Essence skin care products that contain hydroquinone always adhere to the FDA regulation of 2% concentration. Some of Clear Essence’s skin lightening products also contain SPF 15 so that an extra layer of sunscreen does not have to be applied! As you can see it is important to know the ingredients you put on your skin and how to properly use the skin care products in your daily regimen. Although it is trendy to say a product is all natural, science can sometimes give us the most effective results to ensure our skin is always flawless! The key is remembering proper use of these ingredients in healthy concentrations!!

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

In today’s social realm, there’s a general assumption that the world of women’s skincare is more complex, diverse, and confusing than men’s skincare, but one glance at the after-shave market will immediately dissipate that notion. With balms, splashes, creams, combinations, and even after-shave/cologne fusions, the average man can often feel lost with the thousands of options that lie in front of him. In order for you to the save time of digging through forums and blogs, we here at Clear Essence Cosmetics are here to give you all the information you need to find the right after-shave for you.

 

The first step in becoming a better consumer of after-shave products is to understand how after-shaves work. When you shave, aside from cutting your hair, the razor cuts off a thin, top-layer of skin, naturally exfoliating the skin and saving you from skin issues. This sounds great, but you can’t just leave a layer of newly exposed skin to fight the elements on its own; susceptible to bacteria, dirt particles, and the weather! So for centuries, men have looked toward after-shaves to tighten, cleanse, disinfect, and moisturize their newly exposed, fresh layer of skin that is revealed after shaving. Luckily for you, after-shave is cheap and readily available, so don’t make the mistake of merely shaving and disregarding the benefits of after-shave! But which after-shave should you purchase?

 

Some after-shaves are splashes that cleanse and tighten the skin. Some are balms that moisturize and soothe the skin. Some have lots of chemicals and are fragrance-free; while some are fusions of after-shave and cologne. By just barely scraping the surface, we’ve seen how many after-shave products there potentially are in the marketplace today, but Clear Essence Cosmetics may have the product you’ve been looking for. The Chimere Bump Control After Shave Gel offered by Clear Essence Cosmetics can easily become a key aspect of your skincare routine. In one use, the Chimere After Shave Gel will calm irritation, prevent razor bumps, and moisturize the skin all while evening out the tone of your skin with subtle skin-lightening agents; like licorice extract. Cleansing and disinfecting your newly exposed skin is crucial, and let Clear Essence Cosmetics be your solution to the chaos of purchasing after-shave products.

 

No matter which way you approach it, learning a language is not easy. You can take classes, buy programs, and try learning from friends, but who really has time to learn a language? So if you can’t find a way to learn a language like Spanish, then how are you supposed to find a way to learn the language of skincare and cosmetics? Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Oxybenzoen, and Benzophenoe are all words which are more complex than most languages, but Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help you learn the meaning behind some of the most popular skincare and cosmetics terms out there!

 

Hydroquinone:

For those of you that want to lighten your skin without bleaching your skin or getting too light, Hydroquinone is the answer. Does the name, “Hydroquinone”, scare you? With thousands of articles online and in print attacking Hydroquinone for being detrimental to a person’s health, I wouldn’t be surprised if it scares you; but it shouldn’t, especially when formulated in Clear Essence Cosmetics. Hydroquinone is an active ingredient that reduces the production of melanin in the skin, thus causing the skin to become fairer. Yes, in 2006 the FDA banned the use of Hydroquinone, but that is simply because it wasn’t being used correctly by doctors and companies around the globe. But soon enough the FDA became aware that in a less concentrated state, Hydroquinone is far less dangerous and just as effective. So this is why today, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you our skincare lines with 2% Hydroquinone so you can quickly lighten your skin without worrying about any damaging effects to your body or overall health. Our customer’s safety is a top priority for Clear Essence Cosmetics; which is why we test every batch of our product to insure that it is safe and effective. If you have sensitive skin; though, get a dime-sized drop of our product and rub it on your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any irritations arise. If one does arise, Clear Essence Cosmetics will gladly replace your product with something that is safer for your skin! Feel free to contact us today and we can consult you into having the best skin of your life!

 

Alpha Hydroxy Acid:

If you’re looking for unwrinkled, glowing skin without going through the hassle of visiting a dermatologist, then Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or AHA, is your solution. AHA is an over-the-counter treatment that has been proven countless times throughout history for being extremely effective; all without catching any negative attention like Hydroquinone has in the past. AHA is proven to be safe and does not take much more than some patience to get the results you are looking for. If this sounds enticing to you, then be sure to try Clear Essence Cosmetic’s Alpha Hydroxy Series. This is a skincare line specifically formulated with AHA in order to provide our customer with a cheap, safe, and effective way to combat dry, faded, and wrinkled skin. AHA does cause sensitivity to sunlight; though, so be sure to apply a SPF 10 or SPF 15 sunscreen after use. Be sure to go online and check out our products, or give us a call or email to try a sample of our product today!

 

Glycerin:

For many, Glycerin sounds like a chemical produced at an oil refinery, thus piggybacking a terrible connotation to an ingredient that is extremely safe and effective to use. In a basic definition, Glycerin is a light, organic, non-greasy fatty acid used as a lubricant and moisturizer, but why is it so effective? Glycerin is effective because of two characteristics: it’s highly hygroscopic and it’s a skin-identical ingredient. Being hygroscopic, Glycerin pulls water from the outside (humidity) and from the rest of your body. Pulling water from lower levels of skin up and from the outside air sounds like a good idea, but it ultimately leads to dry skin because if there’s no water below your layer of skin or outside, then you will be left dry, but that is not the case with Glycerin. Because Glycerin is a skin-identical ingredient, meaning it is found naturally in the skin, the body works very effectively with the ingredient and helps to prevent skin from drying-out or scaling. Glycerin is cheap, effective, and available in several of our lines, so go out and try the effects of Glycerin!

 

As we’ve said time and time again, Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to offer you the cheapest, most effective, and safest skincare products on the market. At any time you can contact us for a free skin consultation and we can help you find which of our products will work best for you. If you still feel shaky about our products, we can offer you free samples and any information you may have about our products because we are made in the U.S.A. and are there for every step of the process. Love the skin you’re in and try Clear Essence Cosmetics today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashy skin has been an issue for people; especially people of color, for generations. We’ve all seen and heard jokes about ashy skin on countless television shows, movies, and radio, but it is no laughing matter. Across the globe, there are people who are desperately looking for a solution to rid them of their severely ashy skin so they can finally put on a tank top or pair of shorts again without being scared to expose ashy ankles, elbows, etc. With a few tips and a few Clear Essence Cosmetics products, you will be well on your way to preventing and treating ashy skin today!

 

As you may suspect, ashy skin is a result of excessively dry skin. When your body naturally replaces your dead skin with new, healthier skin, that dead skin may refuse to strip away from your body, and accumulate on your skin to create an “ashy” appearance. With correct hydration, exfoliation, and moisturization; though, this accumulation of dead skin will not occur. Remember that water is your best friend and greatest ally when combating dry skin, so allow yourself to drink 8-9 glasses of water a day and to shower in shorter increments with cooler water. Proper exfoliation once or twice a week is also extremely crucial for removing the build-up of dead skin on your body. Also, don’t forget to moisturize your skin after showering and exfoliation, as well as all day long, in order to prevent and treat dry, ashy skin.

 

Moisturization is vital to preventing and treating ashy skin, but with a sea of products and treatments at your fingertips, which ones do you choose? This is where Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help. It’s a pain to see so many consumers purchasing products that state they “hydrate” the skin, but contain ingredients like alcohol and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which excessively dry-out your skin. Look for products like Clear Essence, containing ingredients such as lactic acid, AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), and butters and oils that can guarantee hydrated by years of research and practice. So head on over to www.clearessence.com (or a store near you that carries Clear Essence Cosmetics) and put our tips to work to help you prevent and treat ashy skin today!

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When Life Gives You Lemons

“Lemonade! Come get your Lemonade!” is what many of us yelled when we were younger and wanted to earn some money. I bet as a child you didn’t know that those lemons you used to make that lemonade are actually good for your health. Well they are, and they can help you in many other ways as well. They are very helpful for around the house and you can use them as a beauty component. No wonder why people used to give lemons as a gifts to kings.

Lemons have a tart taste to them, but they are very good for you. Since lemons contain Vitamin C, lemons help keeps your immune system stay strong, and lower your blood pressure. Lemons can also boost your metabolism, by helping you regulate your bowel movement. Lemons also carry Vitamin P which helps strengthen your blood vessels. Lemon has also been discovered to have 22 anti-cancer compounds. These include limonene that slows down the growth of cancer tumors and flavonol glycosides that can stop cell division in cancer cells.

After using that lemon juice in your water, you might as well use the rest to freshen up your house. You can use lemons as both an air freshener and a cleaner. You can clean up your sink by using it on the faucet, in the garbage disposal, or on any stains you may have on your sinks with them. You can clean your wooden cutting board by using salt and lemons. As well as your microwave, by using a microwave safe glass bowl, squeeze some lemon juice in water. The lemon water will boil and make those cooked on spots come right off with a towel.

With seeing how helpful lemons are so helpful, it’s no wonder that lemons can be a beauty component. If you ever want to lighten up your hair you can use lemon juice. With olive oil, raw honey, and lemons; you can make a conditioner that is great for dry and damaged hair. If your nails are weak, grab a bowl filled with lemon juice and soak them for 10 minutes, then place them in a mixture of water and vinegar. Lemons also help with removing excess oil from your skin, remove scars, lighten blemishes, and reduce acne.

A company that actually has a whole line dedicated to the extracts of lemons, is Clear Essence. Clear Essence Vitamin C line is made with a blend of Vitamin C, emollients, extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea, and sea kelp. It treats excessive pigmentation due to medication, pregnancy, cosmetics, hormone imbalance, and sun exposure. For more information go to clearessence.com. And remember when life gives you lemons, you are unstoppable.

In almost all complex societies that we’ve seen to date, one factor has been the key to determining the level of “manliness” of a man: hair. Beards have served to exhibit wisdom and strength, chest hair has portrayed the power of a man, and arm pit hair has stood as the threshold between adolescence and adulthood; but things are beginning to change. A clean-shaven man, from head to toe, has previously been seen as a symbol for metrosexuality, homosexuality, and feminism, but as our civilization continues to embody ideals surrounding the drive to become a perfect human,  more men are beginning to indulge in hair removal treatments; whether that is through waxing, sugaring, shaving, trimming, tweezing, etc. Braun, a leader of the men’s shaving industry, has recently found that 62% of men “manscape” (a term used for the hair removal of men) regularly now, and us at Clear Essence are here to help you explore several options to remove unwanted hair on your body today!

 

Waxing/Sugaring

 

It’s clearly obvious that shaving is a major time consumer. In the 10-20 minutes it takes you to shave in the morning, you could be eating your breakfast on a table rather than in your car or catching up on some much needed sleep; so why continue to shave? You shouldn’t. With replacing shaving for waxing or sugaring, you will not only have to remove hair less often, but your hair will also grow exponentially thinner, virtually eliminating the need for hair removal over a long period of time. Waxing and sugaring are able to do this by pulling hair straight from the root, forcing a longer process than usual for hair to grow back. Waxing and sugaring also reduces the chances of ingrown hairs. As the saying goes, “beauty is pain”, so be warned that although waxing and sugaring are extremely effective, they are also very painful, as seen when they rub hot wax or sugar paste on your body, lay a cloth or muslin on top of the wax or paste, and rip the hair out of your follicles with one swift and fluid motion. Being one of the cheapest and most effective forms of hair removal, go ahead and try waxing or sugaring today!

 

 

Electrolysis

 

If waxing and sugaring sound too archaic for yourself, maybe electrolysis is a better fit. By applying a super-thin needle to your hair follicles and zapping the hair at the root, electrolysis severely weakens hair at the root, and can eventually permanently eliminate hair growth in the affected regions. This may sound exciting, but the price tag and duration of this treatment may steer you away fast. Along with that, electrolysis is usually only used for small areas such as the feet, toes, eyebrows, and knuckles because the needle must zap each individual hair follicle; which is extremely time-consuming. Be sure to thoroughly research electrolysis treatments near you before accepting the treatment.

 

Laser Treatment

 

The effects of electrolysis sound and look amazing, but the lack or area it can treat may be disappointing. So if you’d like these same effects; while covering a larger area, try hair removal laser treatments today! The heavy price tag may make some cringe, but the effects are astounding. By totally killing your hair follicles, effected regions will most likely never grow hair again. Be sure to ask your doctor if you make a good candidate; though, because most candidates should have fair skin and darker hair; lighter hair doesn’t absorb the laser energy very well. Being tan or darker than most also immediately eliminates you as a candidate, as these skin conditions could lead to blistering and permanent skin discoloration after the laser treatment.

 

Aside from the options laid out before you, there are countless hair removal treatments out there; it’s just a matter as to what works best for you. Always talk with professionals and experts in order to find the right solution for you to save time, money, and disheartening experiences from ineffective products or treatments. Never rule out classic hair removal methods like shaving, creams, trimming, threading, and tweezing as options, as those may be the best treatments for you. Always remember to moisturize before and after hair removal treatments with Clear Essence products in order to increase the ease and effectiveness of your treatment, and to avoid ingrown hairs and cuts from shaving. Now get out there, and shave your body clean!

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To go through life without ever getting scars would be just short of a miracle, so instead of being unconfident because of the look of your scars, make a change in your life and use Clear Essence products today in order to treat and prevent scars. Scars happen to everyone: celebrities, politicians, me, and even you. Scars happen for several reasons-acne, wounds, abrasions, burns, etc.

 

 

 

Acne Breakouts

One of the easiest ways to scar your skin is by popping a pimple. We’ve all been told by countless people in our lives to just leave the pimple alone, but when your skin becomes red and irritated at the beginning of a growth of a pimple, it feels almost impossible to not try to pop your pimple. So if the cause of us popping our pimples is redness and irritation, then how do we prevent those symptoms? The answer to your question is Clear Essence’s Platinum Series. Within the Platinum Series lies our Medicated Cleansing Bar which contains Sulfur, a natural, active ingredient that diminishes the pimple and it’s symptoms before you can even think about popping it. Sulfur also helps general problem skin issues; such as rashes. Coupling Sulfur with other active ingredients like Lavender Extract and natural oils, the Clear Essence’s Platinum Series works hard to prevent and treat acne and other skin problems that can cause, and have caused, scaring in the skin to insure you that you will earn back your beautiful, healthy skin that you had before!

 

Acne Scars

If you previously didn’t know how to prevent yourself from popping pimples, then you’ve probably popped a fair share of pimples in your day; but how do you treat or prevent scarring now that you’ve actually popped your pimple? The answer is simple and always right in front of your eyes: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! You can never be told enough to exfoliate, and hopefully you learn to accept this advice. Proper exfoliation will help to rejuvenate and renew your skin, causing your skin to turnover and replace your old, acne-scarred skin, with beautiful, healthy skin. Exfoliating with gentle ingredients such as Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Citric Acid speeds up the process or skin cell turnover process and treats and prevents deep skin depressions left over from damage of the skin. Luckily for you, almost all the products on Clear Essence’s website (www.clearessence.com) contain Lactic Acid, and several products also contain the Glycolic and Citric Acids mentioned above.

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Also try Clear Essence’s Alpha Hydroxy Line which contains Alpha Hydorxy Acid (AHA); which works just like the acids mentioned above to treat and repair damaged and scarred skin. A popular product from this line is our Complexion Soap with AHA which is suited for all skin types to cleanse away dead skin cells that hold hyperpigmentation and help reveal naturally radiant skin.

 

 

After exfoliating its important to use a product containing a lightening ingredient such as hydroquinone, lemon extract or licorice. Clear Essence has affordably priced effective skin care solutions to treat hyperpigmentation and acne scars quickly. For treatment in only 4 to 6 weeks use our Platinum Line Products. These products contain hydroquinone, the only FDA approved skin lightening ingredient, and help smooth and brighten skin for a flawless complexion.

If you have sensitive skin but still would like the same benefits as these fast acting products we suggest our Lemon Plus Vitamin C line or Sensitive Skin Care line. These products work in 6-8 weeks but still provide the same great results. Regardless of which line you choose we suggest cleansers and serums for oily skin types and lotions and creams for hydrating dry skin types. Remember this important distinction will help prevent overly drying dry skin or clogging pores on oily skin.

Love the skin you’re in, and embrace the affordable, effective treatments that Clear Essence has today to treat and repair damaged, scarred skin, so that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to pay for expensive laser treatments, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. You don’t have to live with the scars on your skin, so try Clear Essence products today in-store or online!

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