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As women in today’s society we strive for the perfect body, because we are constantly told through media that our current body is not “hot”. So we do diets, count our calories, have surgeries done, take diet pills, and etc. Some of us may want that “perfect body” so much that we starve ourselves or make ourselves sick. Well stop and listen, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You may not have a size 2 waist, but you are still you, no one else is you. You are unique. You are special. Instead of trying to be skinny, let’s start being healthy because it will make you feel better on the inside and you will see results.

Some struggles that women have are eating disorders. According to nationaleatingdisorder.org, “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.” As you can see not only are women affected by this urge of wanting to be thin, men are too. Also, you are not alone. There are people out there that can help you. Two of the main eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia. Anorexia is when you stop eating, and starve your body. Doing this will slow down everything in your body in order to conserve energy. Bulimia is when you eat but you make yourself throw it up afterwards. This disorder creates a chemical and electrolyte imbalance in your body. Also, you can ruin your teeth because of the stomach acid which is in your vomit. With these eating disorders you may lose weight fast but is it worth harming your body?

 

Another thing that people do when they are not satisfied with their bodies is plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has many risks, and very expensive. Some of the risks are: 1.) Undergoing anesthesia (there are always risks when going under), 2.) Bleeding and infections 3.) Numbness or change to skin sensitivity. However, if you have the money it will solve your problem fast. If you do decided to get surgery such as liposuction, you will have to change your eating habits as well as exercise because the fat can come back.

 

Exercise is a great thing to do. It helps with losing weight, reducing stress, gives you energy, and combats health conditions and diseases. Exercise is a must in life and is everywhere. Going to the mall and walking from store to store is exercising. Taking the stairs instead of the escalader or elevator is exercise. All it takes is getting up off the couch and moving your body. Also another good incentive for working out is putting that spark back into your sex life. So go out there and move your body. You won’t regret it, I Promise.

 

While getting the body that you want you might as well get the skin you want too.  Clear Essence is a full skin care line scientifically formulated for people of color, whether African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Middle Eastern. A lot of products on the market currently do not address the skin care needs of those with darker complexions such as hard-to-treat dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, blemishes and dry skin tones. Clear Essence also has a Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line which is for all skin types and is made of all natural ingredients. Clear Essence’s Platinum line is the core product of this company. It contains 2% of Hydroquinone which is used to lighten skin and is FDA approved. For more information please go to clearessence.com. And no matter what you do, always remember you are beautiful.

 

 

Moles; they happen to everyone, and I’m not talking about the little rodent tearing up your yard. Moles come in all shapes and sizes and happen to anyone, from anywhere, of any color, and their level of beauty changes drastically from culture to culture. For some cultures, moles are seen as ugly blemishes that taint the beauty of one’s skin, but in the United States, moles are seen as beautiful. Countless celebrities; such as Eva Mendes and Mariah Carey, have beauty marks, and have helped define the beauty of moles in our society today. Regardless of their aspect of beauty, moles are seen by many as random, harmless blemishes on the skin; which is entirely false. Sure, for most, moles are harmless, but more often than you think, moles can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Extreme cases of skin cancer can erupt from a mole that becomes a melanoma (a cancerous mole). In 2012, 232,000 cases of skin cancer spawned from a melanoma, and these cases resulted in 55,000 deaths. These numbers are simply staggering, so in order to protect yourself, it’s important to know how to prevent, check, and spot potentially dangerous moles on the skin, and Clear Essence Cosmetics is here to help.

In order for one to be able to spot potentially harmful moles, one must have a clear understanding of what a standard, run-of-the-mill mole looks like. Normal moles can be described by an acronym called “The ABCDE’s of Moles”. A is for Asymmetry, meaning that the mole looks the same on both sides. B is for Border, meaning that the mole has a clear, clean border that is consistent all around the mole and is not smudgy. C is for Color, meaning that the mole is a similar color to all the other moles on your body, and is free of odd colors such as blue, pink, etc. D is for Diameter: no mole on your body should be any larger in diameter than a standard #2 pencil and should be of similar diameter to all the other moles on your body. And lastly, E is for Evolving, meaning that no mole on your body is changing shape, size, border, or color. If any mole on your body has a characteristic that violates “The ABCDE’s of Moles”, then immediately go to your doctor and request an examination and/or biopsy.

So now that you understand what the common mole looks like, and what to look out for, it’s time to learn how to check moles on the body. Start by stripping yourself of your clothing, and finding a large mirror. Check every part of your body, regardless of how odd of a spot it is. Most people think moles can only appear on sun-exposed parts of the body like the arms, face, and neck, but in actuality, moles can appear under your fingernails, the soles of your feet, and the back of your knees; so don’t forget to check your body everywhere possible. If you can’t physically check a part of your body, like your scalp, then ask a family member or friend to assist you; being thorough in checking your body for cancerous moles is crucial. For men, the most common spot for a melanoma to form is the back, and for women it is the lower leg. Be sure to check your body for cancerous moles every 3 months; unless your family has a history of skin cancer or melanomas, then check your body every month.

Clear Essence Cosmetics is proud to serve you the knowledge to check and spot dangerous moles, but did you know that we are also here to help you prevent moles (and darkspots) in the first place? Moles are caused by exposure to UV (ultraviolet light), and the easiest way to protect yourself is through the use of sunscreen. Many sunscreens; though, have terrible odors, dry your skin, and can irritate your skin, so why not try a product that protects your skin from UV exposure, smells great, and moisturizes your skin while preventing and getting rid of dark spots, acne, and any other blemishes on the skin? That product is Clear Essence. Check out any of our lines (the Platinum Line, the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Line, and many more) which contain versions of our products formulated with SPF 15. Look through any of our products online or in-store today, and love the skin you’re in with Clear Essence Cosmetics products today!

 

Ingrown hairs are most common for those with darker skintones; especially within African American men’s skincare. Ingrown hairs appear as small, darken, and sometimes painful bumps on the skin. They occur from shaved hairs growing back into the skin. For this reason, it is most common for those with curly hair to suffer from these painful bumps. Ingrown hairs are most prevalent in shaved areas such as the beard, face, neck, armpits, and pubic region. There are a few steps you can take to prevent ingrown hairs. In a later article we’ll tell you how to treat them once you have one to prevent infection.

 

The first step in preventing ingrown hairs is a change in shaving habits. If you are prone to ingrown hairs it may be best to leave at least half an inch rather than shaving too closely. Close shaves leave hairs with a sharp tip, which allows them to pierce back into the skin. You may also want to switch to an electric razor as they prevent one from cutting underneath the hair follicles, which would create sharp tips under the skin.

 

Never shave dry! Water helps to lubricate the skin. Use Clear Essence Chimere Bump Control Shave Gel to soften the hairs before shaving. Make sure to use hot water as well to insure that the hairs are raised away from the skin. Always shave with the grain. This will mean that you won’t get as close of a shave but as mentioned previously, closer shaves mean more chance for ingrown hairs. Also, clean your blade regularly to eliminate a build up on your razor. After shaving, treat the skin with Chimere Bump Control After Shave to close your pores.

 

Another cause may be a build up of dead skin that blocks the hair follicle. This can cause hair to grown sideways into the skin. The best treatment for this cause of ingrown hairs is exfoliating the skin to remove dead skin cells and debris. Clear Essence’s Complexion Soap with AHA or Medicated Cleansing Bar will equally both aid in removing a build up of dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin.

 

You can also exfoliate the skin using a washcloth, sponge, body brush or soft bristle toothbrush before shaving to dislodge any hairs.

 

Although African American men’s skincare routines involve the care, prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs, there is still hope in eliminating the irritating bumps. Follow these shaving and skin tips and you should be seeing less ingrown hairs soon!

We’ve talked about preventing ingrown hairs by exfoliating the skin and shaving techniques for black skincare to make ingrown hairs less prevalent. But every now and again, you might still encounter a pesky bump or two. Check out the tips below to remove an ingrown hair and get bump-free, smooth skin again.

 

The first step in getting the hair dislodged is running the bump under hot water or using a warm washcloth as a compress. Warm water will soften the hair and bring it to the surface. Once you’re able to see the hair, use a set of tweezers to pull the tip out. Once the hair emerges do not pluck it out completely! Cutting a hair too short or removing it completely can allow for it to grow incorrectly again.

 

If warm water does not bring the hair to the surface, use a scrub to exfoliate the skin gently. You can use home ingredients such as salt or sugar. This will remove any dirt or oil that may be trapped with the hair. It may also force the tip of the hair out. You can also use Clear Essence Complexion Soap with AHA to remove the build up of dead skin cells that many block a hair follicle.

 

You can also try to use an acne treatment to reduce swelling and inflammation of an ingrown hair, as it is similar to a pimple if it contains pus. Try Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula as it contains salicylic acid, which is a powerful ingredient in minimizing acne and blemishes. This may help the hair to grow out rather than in.

 

Another trick is to use the white membrane of an egg! Rub the membrane on the ingrown hair and allow it to dry and shrink on the skin completely. Once it has completely set, peel the layer off the skin and the hair should come out with it!

 

If none of these treatments help remove the ingrown hair or bring it to the surface, you may need to see a medical professional, as the bump may be something else such as staph infection, a boil or keloid. Ingrown hairs are pretty common in black men’s skincare, however, so most likely these tips should aid in removing any painful bumps that you are experiencing. Remember to check out our previous article on prevention so you don’t have to worry about developing ingrown hairs in the future!

Alpha Hydroxy AcidThere is a wide variety of products for the perfect skin care regimen. Many of the products contain ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Collagen, and many more. This is why it is important to know what those ingredients are and what it can potentially do for your skin. Keeping yourself well informed about these ingredients can help you make the decision of whether a product is right for you.

One of the main ingredients added to the products can be alpha hydroxy acid. But what is alpha hydroxy acid? Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids that include citric, glycolic, lactic, and malic acids that work together to shed skin cells from the epidermis. Or in English, alpha hydroxy acids are acids derived from foods such as oranges, sugar cane, and milk that help make your skin look younger. It really is that simple. But how do you know if the use of alpha hydroxy acid is the right choice for you?

Think about the benefits alpha hydroxy acid can provide for you. We have already established that alpha hydroxy acid can be used as an anti-aging agent because of the natural exfoliation it provides (Too Young for an Anti-Aging Regimen?). But what else can this natural ingredient do for your skin?

There has been research proving that alpha hydroxy acid lotions or creams can help improve the condition of acne of the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used when treating acne scars as well as improvement in skin pigmentation. Lastly, alpha hydroxy acid can help increase sunscreen absorption by opening up the skin to allow sunscreens to penetrate more deeply, giving the skin more protection. Of course, this depends on the type of skin that you have. Women with oily skin should opt for using products such as gels containing alpha hydroxy acid while women with dry skin should be on the lookout for creams containing alpha hydroxy acid.

Now that you know the benefits, carefully consider what kind of results you would like for your skin and you can decide if alpha hydroxy acid is right for you. Clear Essence Skincare offers a complete line of products dedicated to anti-aging which consists of products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Clear Essence’s Anti Aging Line has been uniquely formulated for mature people of color. The combination of unique plant proteins and fruit extracts create a powerful complex of ingredients, which targets and treats specific skin care concerns.  The products fade discoloration, even out skin tone, and add moisture to the skin to maintain a healthy supple texture.

discolorationThe Causes of Discoloration

Skin discoloration and dark spots on elbows and knees or any region of the skin is a common problem for African American skin care. Luckily, understanding the causes of skin discoloration can play an important role for prevention.

The main cause of discoloration on the skin is sun exposure. Your skin contains melanin, a factor that gives your skin its natural color. Not protecting your skin from the sun may cause an increase of uneven melanin production, resulting in small dark spots on the skin.

Another factor that may contribute to uneven skin tone is friction. By constantly putting pressure on your elbows and knees, you are making your skin more susceptible to roughness and dryness. Unfortunately, this leads to darkened areas on the skin.

Lastly, poor skin care can also result in skin discoloration. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin making your skin appear darker than usual.

Prevention of Uneven Skin Tone

Now that some of the causing factors are known, what can be done to prevent skin discoloration? First off, and this is something that should be done daily, using a good sun screen protector can help prevent skin discoloration. Anything with an SPF of 15 or higher does the job well. This prevents the formation of too much melanin and thus prevents the appearance of skin discoloration.

Another trick for preventing dark spots on your skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin and therefore prevents any buildup from occurring. Using a brush, loofah, and any other product that may have exfoliating properties is beneficial.

Applying a good moisturizer to your skin after exfoliating can also do wonders. Moisturizing your skin reduces any roughness and dryness on your skin and so reduces the appearance of skin discoloration.

There are also many products out on the store shelves that can help speed up the process of reducing the appearance of uneven skin tones. When shopping for such products, make sure it touches on at least one of these prevention factors. Try products from Clear Essence’s Platinum or Anti-Aging Skin Care Lines. These black skin care products are formulated with a blend of ingredients including sun protection, to effectively treat hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes. With time, you will happily enjoy your natural, even skin tone.

 

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