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Have you ever read, “pH balanced” on a product and wondered what it meant? From irritation, dryness, to acne, let’s discuss how pH levels can either resolve or cause further distress to your skin.

Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses and its ability to do so is affected by its pH level. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin’s pH. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic at about 5.5.

Many factors can interfere with the delicate balance of the skin’s acid mantle, both externally and internally. As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyle and our environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution) can contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle, disrupting the skin’s ability to protect itself.

Diet plays an important role in determining our internal and external pH levels. It is important to note that a food’s acid or alkaline formation in the body is not the same as the pH of the food, itself. In an interesting paradox, foods that are considered acidic before digestion (like lemons) become alkaline-forming in the body. Most animal products, which are alkaline prior to digestion, are considered acid-forming in the body. According to dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, “We need our diets to be less acidic than alkaline, otherwise internally, we become too acidic.” This means that an ideal diet consists of consuming an abundance of alkalizing foods such as leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, carrots, and soybeans.

Maintaining the Acid Mantle – Optimal pH Skin Care 
The acid mantle is an effective form of protection, but if your pH level is too alkaline or too acidic, the mantle is disturbed and skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema , and rosacea may result. A skin care product may claim to be pH balanced, but you can verify the actual pH of a product by using an at-home pH testing kit (available at most drug stores). A physician also can determine your skin’s surface pH level and saliva tests will accurately indicate your body’s overall pH level.

Cleansers 
Most cleansers, including bars and detergent soaps, tend to be too alkaline for the skin, as they strip away natural oils causing dryness and irritation.. Skin that is too alkaline can be more susceptible to acne because a certain level of acidity is needed to inhibit bacterial growth on the skin. You may have noticed that many cleansers and shampoos are now avoiding the use of sodium laureth sulfate, which has an approximate alkaline pH level of 10 and can be very drying and irritating to the skin. Choosing mild cleansers and toners, such as our Blemish Control Wash Formula and Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner, that are slightly acidic (close to 5) will benefit all skin types in properly maintaining the acid mantle.

Acids
At the opposite side of the spectrum, skin treated with products that are overly acidic also can be problematic. They too can over-strip natural oils, which can temporarily disrupt the lipid barrier of the skin. Ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, retinoic acid, beta hydroxy acids, and amino fruit acids, if not used properly, can weaken the skin’s natural defenses to bacterial infection and environmental damage. Most over-the-counter products are buffered, making them suitable for everyday use. However, it is still important to pay careful attention to your skin when using any acidic product. If your skin starts to look dry or red, if it becomes more sensitive, or if you notice an increase in breakouts, you may be using a product to strong for your skin, or you may be applying it too often. Clear Essence Alpha Hydroxy Line has a perfect balance that will fight signs of anti-aging and keep skin looking radiant. As stated,  be sure to test products on a patch of skin other than your face to be sure that your skin does not have a reaction to these ingredients.

Choosing Good-for-Your-Skin Oils & Moisturizers 
As we age, the amount of oil or sebum naturally produced by our skin decreases, influencing the acid mantle and its ability to protect the skin. Using effective moisturizers helps rebuild this important barrier. Oils that work particularly well with the skin’s natural oil secretions include jojoba, coconut, argan, and olive oils. Try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap which moisturizes the skin while removing dirt and bacteria. For cold winter days, add Clear Essence Specialist Skincare Body Oil to a bath or directly to the skin for added hydration.

Antioxidants & Sunscreens 
Topical antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and green tea) are important in maintaining the acid mantle in two ways. First, they fortify the cells so they can function optimally, and second, they protect the cells from environmental stresses and oxidation. Vitamin C in the form of l-ascorbic acid is acidic by nature and has a low pH, so while not considered a pH-balancing antioxidant, vitamin C formulations can be used safely and beneficially on the skin as long as they are not used at the same time as other acidic products. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Smoothing Cream is a vitamin C lotion that brightens the skin while preventing future damage. The daily use of sunscreen defends the acid mantle by shielding the skin cells from sun damage and increasing the skin’s ability to protect itself. There is a large variety of sunscreens available for all skin types but it’s important to remember that it should be applied daily, without fail, even if you’re not outdoors. Try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 for a hydrating and protection formula that smells great!

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We’ve all been there. We indulge during the holidays, then resolve to treat our bodies better in the new year. This year, do something for yourself that you’ll actually want to stick with by pampering, protecting, and preparing your skin for the year ahead.

The holidays are a time to let loose and enjoy, but if your skin is flecked with unsightly blemishes after too many sweets, you may be looking for a solution. A great cleanser to help restore the brightness to the skin without drying it out is Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula.

Simply looking to get back that beautiful body? There’s no need to stress when you have products such as Adure Stretch Mark Brightening Cream and Adure Tummy Flattening Gel on your side. Designed to rejuvenate the resilience of your skin while smoothing away cellulite, you can achieve a flawless figure again.

If you’re still worried that you need a little something extra to get your glow going, ditch that regular multivitamin and turn to Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C line. These unique skincare products are comprised of a full dose of healthy vitamins and minerals to make all your skin care resolutions possible.

As your body’s largest organ and its first line of defense, your skin can sometimes reveal a medical condition that’s affecting you. Whether you have red skin that’s hot to the touch, skin bumps that itch, or a skin rash that just looks unusual, changes in your skin are nothing to ignore. What is your skin trying to tell you about your health? When are over the counter products suitable and when should you seek medical attention?

Here are some of the most common skin symptoms and why they might occur.

Skin Symptom No. 1: Red Skin

Here are possible causes of red skin:

  • Rosacea. This skin condition is characterized by redness of the face. It tends to get worse with stress, extreme weather conditions, and physical activity, and after using certain skin products. Rosacea should be treated according to a prescription from your dermatologist.
  • Flushing. Your face can flush from taking certain medications, having a fever, drinking alcohol, or simply eating a really spicy meal or steaming beverage. Strong emotions can also cause you to flush, as can going through menopause or experiencing extreme temperature changes.
  • Dry skin. Skin that is extremely dry can become reddened and may result in dermatitis. Red skin from dryness may also look like a skin rash. To combat dry skin this winter try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15. This all natural lotion will hydrate skin before it becomes cracked and flaky.

Skin Symptom No. 2: Skin Rash

Here are possible causes of a skin rash:

  • Dermatitis. This umbrella term includes many types of skin conditions, including contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis stems from an allergy to something that you’ve touched, including anything from poison ivy to laundry detergent to a furry pet. Eczema, another type of dermatitis, looks like a dry red rash and can appear anywhere on the body. Serve conditions such as eczema and dermatitis should not be treated with over the counter products but rather medicated formulas prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Hives. Also called urticaria, hives are allergic reactions to something you’ve touched or ingested, such as a food or a medication. They appear as raised red areas that are itchy. Allergies can be dangerous and should seek medical attention immediately.
  • An illness or infection. Viral infections such as measles and chickenpox can result in a red skin rash across the body. The rash can blister or just appear as flat red spots that break out throughout the body. Fungal infections, such as jock itch and ringworm, can also cause skin rashes, as can some sexually transmitted infections.

Skin Symptom No. 3: Skin Bumps

Here are possible causes of skin bumps:

  • Keratosis pilaris. This sometimes-itchy skin condition is defined by tiny bumps that give the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The bumps may be red in color or flesh-toned, and they most often occur on the thighs and upper arms.
  • Acne. Excess oil and blocked sebaceous glands in the skin result in these bumps that are often red in color, but may also be white when filled with pus, or the color of your skin. Acne can occur on the face, shoulders, chest, or back. To treat acne and rid the skin of excess dirt, oil and bacteria, use Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula. This minty formula will dry out excess oil and leave the skin clean and ready for treatment.
  • A skin allergy. Many skin allergies can result in skin bumps, including contact dermatitis, eczema, and hives. These bumps can be red, patchy, scaly, swollen, blistering, or itchy, and can appear anywhere on the body.

Skin Symptom No. 4: Discolored Skin

Here are possible causes of skin discoloration:

  • Psoriasis. This inflammatory skin condition results in patches of discolored skin anywhere on the body. These patches can be red, silver, white, or pink in color. Psoriasis flare-ups appear as thickened areas of skin that are covered in scales.
  • Vitiligo. This condition causes cells to stop producing pigment, the substance that provides skin with color. As a result, white patches of skin can appear anywhere on the body, but most often are first seen on the face, arms, hands, or feet.
  • Melasma. This condition causes areas of skin to become darker than normal — generally a brown color that spreads across the face, usually on both sides in the same pattern. It often occurs in women who are pregnant or taking medications containing hormones, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement drugs. To fade this discoloration use Clear Essence Medicated Fade Cream which lightens dark patches on the skin. Melasma eventually goes away with Clear Essence’s Fade Cream, the results can be seen in only 4 to 6 weeks!
  • Lentigines. These are small, flat, irregular, darkened areas, often on the face and hands, and are related to sun exposure.

Skin Symptom No. 5: Dry or Scaly Patches

Here are possible reasons for dry patches:

  • Inflammatory skin conditions. These include psoriasis and the various forms of dermatitis mentioned above. These skin conditions often result in patches of skin that appear very dry, cracked, scaly, and red.
  • Dry skin. You may experience dry patches on the skin simply from a lack of moisture. Dry skin patches may start to flake or peel, itch, or crack. For dry skin try Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk which is a hydrating lotion with a silky smooth texture. Also our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 is the perfect thick body cream for drying skin that lacks moisture.
  • Skin cancer. Patches of skin that are dry, red, scaly, and rough — or in any way unusual in color or texture — could actually be skin cancer.

If you spot a suspicious or unusual skin symptom, consult a dermatologist. Whether a minor inconvenience or a condition that needs medical attention, it’s better to be in the know than to risk the health of your skin.

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Healthy skin is visibly soft, supple, and moisturized. But when it loses moisture after skipping frequent application of creams and lotions and drinking plenty of water, skin can become visibly unhealthy by looking dry, and scaly. Severely dry skin can even begin to crack! When your skin is so dry that it forms gaping, painful cracks you need to add moisture, stat.

Dry Skin Solution No. 1: Baths and Soaks

Mere water will strip your skin of its natural, essential oils. But that doesn’t mean that soaks and baths can’t still be soothing for dry, cracked skin — you just have to add back those moisturizing oils your skin craves.

Adding a few drops of a natural oil, like mineral, almond, or avocado oil, will help heal dry, cracked skin.  Add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Oil to hydrate damaged skin during a relaxing soak in the tub. Active ingredients include Mineral Oil, Licorice Extract, Germ Oil, Soybean, and Annatto Oil to replenish the skin with natural substances to rid the sink of dryness. However, it’s important to limit those baths and showers to only a short time, no longer than 5 to 10 minutes with water that is only warm, not hot — hot water will only dry out the skin more.  Adding oatmeal or baking soda to the bath — about one cup for a tub full of water — will also assist in soothing the skin and locking in moisture.

Dry Skin Solution No. 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

As soon as you get out of the bath, gently pat skin dry with a towel — don’t rub or remove all of the water. Next, apply a few drops of a natural oil, such as our Skin Beautifying Oil that can be applied to bath water or directly on the skin, or a rich moisturizing cream all over your body. This will help seal the moisture in. Clear Essence Skincare Collections offer many moisturizing lotions and creams to keep skin feeling silky and smooth all day. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk is an all-over moisturizer which can also be applied to the face to create a flawless skin tone by fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This velvety, creamy formula also hydrates skin leaving it supple. Clear Essence Skincare Solutions also includes the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15. This body lotion is thicker and contains all natural ingredients and adds an abundance of moisture to dry areas. We recommend using the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion to maintain even skin tones that have been achieved using other Clear Essence Skincare Products. Our formula contains SPF 15 to help keep the skin protected from the sun and your complexion even.

For VERY dry, cracked skin, petroleum jelly is also an inexpensive option. Rub in the petroleum jelly and let it saturate the skin; if cracks are on the hands or feet, smear those areas well and cover them with cotton gloves or socks to hold the petroleum jelly in place overnight while you sleep.

Dry Skin Solution No. 3: Pumice With Caution

In general, pumicing or filing dry, cracked skin isn’t a good idea.

Limit the use of pumice stones and similar tools when dealing with damaged skin. Also only use these type of treatments on heels and feet. On feet, where there’s repeated trauma, dead skin can build up. That is where pumice stones or files can remove extra layers of dead cells so that the moisturizing cream can fully penetrate the layers of the skin.

Dry Skin Solution No. 4: Super Glue

Dermatologists actually recommend using a dab of Super Glue on cracked skin to promote healing and prevent further drying or splitting. The active ingredient is the same as that of liquid bandages and other medical adhesives used to close cuts and wounds.

First, make sure the skin crack is cleaned. Then, squeezing the edges of the crack together, apply a bit of Super Glue — enough to hold it closed. Hold the edges together until the glue dries to make sure the crack doesn’t open.

The best medicine for dry, cracked skin is prevention. To prevent painfully dry, cracked skin, apply a daily moisturizer, such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk or My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion, all over the body. With daily use, your skin will thank you during the harsh winter season.

No matter how careful we are, accidents happen. Whether it’s a toddler bumping his head on the sharp corner of a coffee table or an adult slipping up with a kitchen knife while slicing vegetables, injuries — and often lingering scars — are bound to happen. Though total scar prevention may be impossible after a cut, there are things you can do to lessen the severity of any lasting marks.

Scar Treatment: The 411 About Scars

The first thing to know is that scar formation is a totally normal part of the healing process. “When the skin is injured, collagen production goes into overdrive to fix the wound as fast as possible,” says Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of the Art of Dermatology LLC in New York City. “This healing tissue doesn’t contain all of the normal parts of skin, so it looks different.”

The appearance of any given scar depends on a number of factors. The shape, size, and depth of the wound contribute to the way a scar looks, as do the amount of blood that can get to the area, your skin color, and your skin thickness.

There are three main types of scars. Normal scars are relatively thin, small, and flat. Hypertrophic scars are red, thick, and raised. Keloid scars are also raised, often dark or red, and, unlike hypertrophic scars, expand beyond the contours of the actual wound. Keloid scars tend to be genetic and can be hard to control or predict, says Dr. Krant. They come from an overproduction of collagen and can be treated by injecting steroid medication into the affected area . Consultation with a medical professional is the best route when dealing with a keloid scar.

Scar Prevention: Dos and Don’ts

There are steps you can take — and mistakes to avoid — to help heal skin with as little residual scarring as possible. “The key to lessening scarring is to decrease the amount of work the body has to do to heal the scar,” Krant says. Here’s how:

  • Get stitches if needed. Cuts that are spread apart or are deep often heal better when they are stitched by a medical professional. Keep in mind that stitches must be sewn as soon as possible, while the injury is fresh. If too much time elapses, the wound may become contaminated with germs or bacteria, and a doctor may not want to stitch it closed because of the threat of infection. Also, the wound may start to partially heal, which can hinder successful suturing. If in doubt about whether stitches are in order, see a doctor in a timely manner and let him decide the best treatment for the wound.
  • Keep the wound moist. Apply petroleum jelly to the wound and cover it with a non-stick bandage. This can speed healing and minimize scarring, says Krant.
  • Massage the wound. Massaging a scar daily with a lightening cream, such as Clear Essence Medicated Fade Cream, can help reduce visibility of existing and new scars. Make sure to really massage the skin in order to improve circulation and blood flow while assisting in healing the affected area.
  • Avoid the sun. Keeping the scar away from sunlight can help minimize discoloration.
  • Let it heal naturally. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide too frequently as it can cause continual irritation and slow the healing process. And don’t pick at scabs. “Scabs are nature’s biologic dressing,” Krant says. “Picking off a scab repeatedly when a wound is trying to heal will slow healing and increase scarring. ”
  • Be patient. Healing takes time — possibly a long time. The first phase of healing takes three months, followed by a second phase that lasts another three months. At one year after the injury, the scar has basically formed, but even then it will still change and appear different a year after that. “The truth is, scars never stop changing and improving unless they are keloid scars, which continually worsen unless treated by a physician,” Krant says.

If you have dry skin, you know that lotions and moisturizers, such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk and My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15, help. But can certain dietary choices combat dry, itchy, scaly skin?

“The most important part of the skin barrier is lipids, including phospholipids, free fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides,” says Amy Newburger, MD, an attending physician in the Dermatology Department at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center. “Skin without enough fat in it has a protein predominance and is kind of like a mess made just of twigs with no glue between them.” Water easily escapes through a barrier without lipids, allowing skin to become dehydrated.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids are necessary for the production of intercellular lipids — the “glue” between the “twigs” in the stratum corneum, or surface of the skin. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect on irritated skin. Two types of fatty acids that are “essential” — that is, they must be obtained through the diet — are omega-3s, and omega-6s.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines, as well as flaxseed oil, some types of eggs, and grass-fed beef. Evening primrose oil and borage seed oil, which are high in omega-6s, help hydrate the skin and prevent water from evaporating, says Leslie Baumann, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. “If you don’t like fish or are pregnant and can’t eat it, omega-3 supplements are a good option.” Most Americans get enough omega-6s through their diet because they’re contained in corn and safflower oils.

 

Vitamins and Minerals for Dry Skin

“Vitamin C is necessary for the function of the enzyme that causes collagen to form,” says Dr. Newburger, “and collagen acts as a sponge for moisture.” Clear Essence uses this natural vitamin within its Lemon Plus Vitamin C line. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Smoothing Creme is a thick and velvety cream that can target dry patches and leave a smooth and hydrated complexion.

Newburger adds that copper and zinc are also necessary. Together, vitamin C, zinc, and copper keep collagen denser, which in turn allows for plump, hydrated skin. “Any good multivitamin with trace minerals in it contains zinc and copper,” says Newburger. Zinc has also been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, which is vital for maintaining smooth skin.

Caffeine, Alcohol, and Dry Skin

While consuming caffeine is unlikely to dehydrate you, it does make the blood vessels constrict, which is why it’s used in eye creams (to reduce puffiness). “Long term, this means a reduced amount of blood flow and nutrients though the tissues,” warns Newburger. “And if you don’t have healthy circulation, you won’t have age-appropriate cell turnover.”

In the case of alcohol, Michele Murphy, a registered dietitian at NewYork Presbyterian–Weill Cornell Medical Center, explains that although it’s a diuretic, you’d need to be severely dehydrated to experience any noticeable changes. “The average person having a glass of wine with dinner every night and maintaining adequate fluid intake is unlikely to see any real difference,” she says. 

Don’t Overdo It

If you’re already eating a balanced diet with sufficient fats, adding more fats or taking supplements is not necessarily a quick fix for dry skin. “If you’re deficient in fat or certain vitamins, it does have the potential to affect the look or feel of your skin,” says Murphy. “But supplementing beyond what the body needs has not been shown to improve skin.”

 

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Feel that chill in the air? Winter is well on its way. And while many of us look forward to sweater weather with relish, you wouldn’t know it by looking at our skin. Between the icy outdoor air and the desiccating indoor heat, it’s no surprise that the biggest beauty gripe of the season is dry skin. However, what most see as a minor inconvenience could hold serious consequences for your complexion years down the road. In the fight against premature aging, winter hydration is just as important as summer sun protection.

While the cold alone isn’t enough to signal a four-star beauty alarm, the drop in humidity compounded with around-the-clock heating are solid clues that its time to step up your skin care regimen. To keep your home cool in the summer and toasty in the winter, your air conditioner dehumidifies the air to control the climate. While this saves you from constantly bundling up when it’s cold outside, it also throws your skin into a state of panic.

Like a sponge, your skin absorbs moisture from the environment to keep its cells healthy and functioning. It also creates a lipid (fatty) barrier to maintain optimal moisture levels even when the humidity fluctuates, like during the winter. Between this lipid barrier and sebum—natural oils secreted by the sebaceous glands—the skin helps combat trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL. If these natural defenses are compromised, the skin’s cells can quickly lose vital moisture, dry out and die. Over time, dead cells can build up, creating a dull appearance and blocking topical ingredients from reaching the healthy cells below.

What threatens the skin’s natural defenses? Anything that strips its lipid and sebum barrier leaves skin vulnerable to dehydration. Talc-based cosmetics, common cleanser detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and topical irritants, like alcohol and benzoyl peroxide, that can cause inflammation all pose a threat to skin’s delicate moisture balance. Chronic barrier abuse can lead to cracked, broken skin, contributing to signs of premature aging. With skin immunity and repair function in jeopardy, lines and wrinkles can easily follow.

Fortunately, you can prevent the type of winter damage that can lead to premature aging with topical ingredients that work with the skin’s barrier to minimize moisture loss. In addition to natural emollients like shea butter, moisture-enhancing ingredients like pilewort extract, liquid crystals and heavy water can work wonders on both seasonal and persistent dry skin.

Pilewort extract comes from the pilewort plant, found throughout the southwestern Europe, Asia and North America. Pilewort extract is used for its soothing, calming and antiseptic properties. Also, it aids in healing and repairing the skin. Combined with other key moisturizers in a formula like Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, this highly prized emollient encourages healthy hydration, especially in skin stripped of its own natural oils. Other important moisturizing ingredients include Glycerine (a light, organic, non-greasy fatty acid used as a lubricant), Dimethicone (an organic silicone used as a skin protector and moisturizer), and Camphor (extracted from the bark 50-year-old trees and used as a cooling and antiseptic agent. Also promotes firming and toning of the skin).

By targeting moisture loss from outside and within, multi-active hydrating products like those in Clear Essence Cosmetics’ clincally correct skin care line can help eliminate winter dryness and prevent the aging effects that build with time. Used in conjunction with a skin care regimen customized to your skin’s needs, corrective hydrators can help you give dry skin the cold shoulder this season and every season.

 

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What are your options?

  • Use lotions such as the Skin Beautifying Milk Maxi-Tone; it can relieve dryness and flaking. Alternatively, add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Body Oil to bath water to help seal in moisture. We also have our Specialist Skin Care Body Oil and both can be applied directly to the skin. Look for products in our Anti-Aging Line with alpha hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells which will allow more water and moisture into healthy skin.
  • Avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps, which can be harsh and drying. Instead, use a gentle cleanser, such as Clear Essence Olive Oil soap or Carrot Oil soap.
  • Don’t take extremely hot baths or showers. Do not soak in the tub for more than 10 minutes. Doing so breaks down your skin’s natural protective oils, which keep it soft and smooth.
  • Use a humidifier during the winter. Central heating and space heaters can dry out the air in your home.
  • Choose natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton and silk, for your bedding and innermost layer of clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to keep skin hydrated from the inside out. Omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans and broccoli) can also help keep skin supple.

When should you worry?
See a dermatologist if dryness and itching keep you awake at night, if Clear Essence Skincare lotions aren’t working, if you have open sores or large areas of scaling or peeling skin, or if you develop an infection from scratching. You could have a more serious condition such as
eczema, psoriasis or another skin disorder.

Did you know?

  • Although everyone’s skin changes with age, a man’s skin tends to stay moist longer. That’s because a woman’s skin becomes much drier after menopause.
  • The best time to apply Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk is immediately after a shower or bath, when skin is still damp.
  • Since dry skin is extra-sensitive, it is important protect it from the sun, especially if it is snowing (snow can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays). Apply Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 or My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 every day to your face, neck and ears. 

Natural skincare for African Americans

As winter begins to creep in, we at Clear Essence Cosmetics USA, Inc. want to make sure that no changes occur in your ethnic skin care regimes, the only change that should occur is the temperature, not your healthy looking skin.

It is easy to think that just because it is cold that you do not need as much lotion as your whole body will be covered from head to toe. This is not true. Actually, as temperatures drop and the sun is no longer a factor, dryness of skin increases daily. Here are some quick tips that will keep your darker complexion skin care consistent.

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to ensure moisture to the skin. Along with that, apply Clear Essence’s My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion every morning and evening before going out to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
  • See your local dermatologist to receive a full check-up and diagnostics of your skin type. Knowing the status of your skin before applying any skin care products is extremely important.
  • If you are use to taking hot showers, make sure to use a body soap that is made to moisturize your skin 24 hours a day. Clear Essence’s My Natural Beauty Skin Tone  Olive Oil Soap will help you fight drying and aging skin.

 

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