Lately the trend has been to purchase cosmetic and beauty products with only natural ingredients. Many of us end up spending a considerable amount of time in the health and beauty care aisles reading product labels before making a purchase. The biggest supposed offender and ingredient that has gotten a bad reputation in the cosmetic […]
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Lately the trend has been to purchase cosmetic and beauty products with only natural ingredients. Many of us end up spending a considerable amount of time in the health and beauty care aisles reading product labels before making a purchase. The biggest supposed offender and ingredient that has gotten a bad reputation in the cosmetic world is parabens. Parabens supposedly interfere with your hormones. They are associated with health risks such as breast cancer. But have you ever questioned the evidence for these claims? Are paraben-free beauty products really safer?
What are parabens?
Parabens are chemicals that you can find in food and cosmetic/beauty products. Parabens act as preservatives, giving these products a longer shelf life. Variations of this preservative include methylparaben and propylparaben. While they are safe for ingestion, some people are concerned about the adverse effects of applying them topically.
How parabens got a bad name
In 1998, a study published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology found parabens have estrogen-like qualities and can mimic that hormone. Then in 2004, the Journal of Applied Toxicology published a report that found parabens were present in 20 samples of human breast tumors. This, combined with the knowledge that some breast cancer tumors are estrogen-dependent, made people questioned the safety of parabens in our beauty products.
Some truth about parabens
The 2004 study has been criticized by the United States FDA for its small sample size. It did not provide enough evidence that parabens were the cause of the breast tumors. In 2008, a follow-up study found the topical application of beauty products containing parabens may increase the incidence of female breast cancer tissue. It is important to note there is not one study or published report that has definitively proven parabens are the direct cause of breast cancer or any other health problems. Still, some organizations encourage people to buy paraben-free when possible. However, many critics assert that this is another “gimmick” to get consumers to pay higher prices for products that have shorter life spans due to the void of parabens.
Should I buy paraben-free beauty products?
Based on the evidence, avoiding all products with parabens would be unnecessary. If you are still concerned about the potential for cancer or other health risks associated with paraben use, there is no harm in continuing to avoid it when possible. Women who have a history of estrogen-dependent cancers in their family may want to continue using paraben-free beauty products. Paraben-free cosmetics are becoming more popular and you can also find them on our Clear Essence website. See below just a few of Clear Essence products without paraben ingredients:
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 […]
We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Even when shopping here at ClearEssence.com the amount of cleanser options can seem daunting! Luckily we’re going to break down each of our cleansers based on skin type and skin needs to help you choose the cleanser that is right for you! If you’re wondering what your skin type is simply look back to this classic Clear Essence article where we go in depth of finding your skin type and how to begin to identify the appropriate treatments needed for your specific type: https://clresnc.com/WhatsMySkinType
Our only liquid cleanser, the Blemish Control Wash Formula is a powerful salicylic acid treatment for oily and acne prone skin types. This face scrub for acne prone skin also contains peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol for revitalization and pH balance which leaves the skin refreshed and awakened.
- Skin Concern: acne, pimples, oily skin
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically oily and acne prone
The most popular Clear Essence cleanser for those dealing with acne breakouts is the Medicated Cleansing Bar plus Exfoliants, commonly known as the “black soap.” The Medicated Cleansing Bar is a blemish and anti-acne treatment soap for the face and body. Natural ingredients like sulfur and wheat germ are used to prevent pimples on the skin and reduce breakouts while flakes of colloidal oatmeal help exfoliate and improve skin texture. We recommend trying this bar to help clear acne on the chest and back.
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: oily skin
Dull, Uneven skin color and texture
Sometimes our skin just doesn’t look luminous and radiant enough. That’s where our Complexion Soap Bars come in handy to regenerate new skin cells and moisturize the skin for a glowing complexion.
The Platinum Line Complexion Soap for Normal Skin is an all-over body complexion bar which can be used as a face wash to remove dirt, oils and bacteria on normal to dry skin. This soap bar is uniquely formulated to maximize the performance of other Clear Essence dark spot correcting products by removing dead skin cells that dull the skin tone.
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
The Maxi-Tone Skin Lightening Soap with Shea Butter is formulated with powerful ingredients that fade dark spots on face and body, blemish scars and freckles. This soap can be used as sun spot corrector because it is great as a dark spot lightener, leaving a clearer and even toned complexion.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
Razor Bumps & Ingrown Hairs
Clear Essence also makes the skin care and grooming products to keep men’s skin bump free and without razor bumps. This dual shower combo helps break down pore clogging residue and debris which block razor blades from cutting hairs without friction. A cleansing wash with this facial exfoliating men’s soap bar and triple action body and hair gel leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, comfortable and even-toned.
- Skin Concern: razor bumps, ingrown hairs, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: oily to normal skin
Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, sometimes it’s nice to use something mild and gentle on the face. Our natural soap bars cleanse and exfoliate using only nature’s finest ingredients:
This Lemon Plus Vitamin C soap bar combines a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C, lemon, and other natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap bar is a lemon lightening treatment for dark spots formulated with natural exfoliants which scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner. We should also mention the light lemon scent leaves skin smelling GREAT!
- Skin Concern: acne, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive skin
The Carrot Seed Oil Soap Bar has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A which help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up and repairing sun-damaged skin. Antiseptic properties also help to reduce breakouts and acne formation.
- Skin Concern: acne, oily skin, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and oily skin
A natural cleansing and moisturizing soap, the Olive Oil Body Soap Bar is a natural solution to radiant skin. For centuries people of the Mediterranean have recognized the benefits of Olive Oil to the skin. Long lasting and made from the purest natural ingredients, it is a superb moisturizer suitable for all skin types. As pure and simple as a soap can be, it is made with all natural olive, aloe, and shea butter.
- Skin Concern: acne, dry skin, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types, specifically sensitive and dry skin
The Maxi-Tone Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is blended with papaya enzymes and tropical herbs, a great combination for good anti-aging properties, promoting skin cell rejuvenation. It reduces acne inflammation, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and unclogs pores – leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, and healthier.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
The Maxi-Tone Carrot Seed Oil Skin Whitening Soap has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A to help maintain skin tone and elasticity.
- Skin Concern: acne, dark spots, uneven skin texture
- Recommended Skin Type: all skin types
Our most mild cleanser is not only great for babies but anyone can enjoy this moisturizing and soothing oatmeal soap bar. The Clear Essence Baby Soothing Milk Bar is enriched with a blend of vitamins and natural ingredients to give your baby sweet, soft and touchable skin. Clear Essence Soothing Milk Bar features natural oatmeal to relieve dry, itchy, and irritated skin. This gentle baby soap is enriched with natural milk proteins, nourishing emollients, and Vitamin E to sooth and calm rashes and irritation.
- Skin Concern: dry skin
- Recommended Skin Type: dry to normal
We have all suffered through the pain of choosing a new skin cleanser especially while standing in the middle of the skin care aisle surrounded by tons of different types claiming to make your skin look flawless. Even when shopping here at ClearEssence.com the amount of cleanser options can seem daunting! Luckily we’re going to […]
Lemons, citrus fruit, with thick skin and fragrant acidic juice provide many properties and benefits to the skin. Taking advantage of this powerful fruit, could help achieve results your skin has been looking for. Lemons are an amazing source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and potassium. These are minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of hair, nails, and skin. Following are four benefits of lemon when it comes to skin care:
Lemons help heal acne and remove blackheads
Lemons’ antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make them a great solution to treat acne. Lemon’s natural anti-bacterial cleans out dirt and oils that block pores and cause breakouts on the skin.
Lemons lightening black spot and blemishes
Lemons’ acidic juice offers to lighten dark spots and even your skin tone gradually. Another great way to help combat this issue is using products that contain this amazing fruit. For instance, our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Perfecting Serum (now back in stock!) contains plant and fruit extracts, which lighten facial dark spots and blemishes. It is formulated with botanical extracts to treat stubborn or hard to fade skin discoloration.
Lemons help reduce oily skin
If you want to remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria left from your makeup, we invite you to try our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner formulated with botanical extracts. This refreshing pH-balanced toner gently refines pores and helps promote an even skin tone.
Lemons soothe chapped lips
Another overnight beauty treatment that works well. It only requires slicing open a lemon. This will work as an exfoliant for chapped lips. Rub the lemon onto your pucker then, once again, wash off the next morning. The lemon juice properties will remove any dead skin cells so that your lipstick goes on super smooth.
Lemons Cleanse face and body
We also recommend our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub to cleanse away impurities. This bar is a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C and natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone the skin. It helps as an exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells and cause the skin to feel smoother and cleaner.
You have learned all the benefits this acidic fruit has to offer, do not stop there go check out our complete list of our Lemon Line products in our Clear Essence page. You will love them!
Lemons, citrus fruit, with thick skin and fragrant acidic juice provide many properties and benefits to the skin. Taking advantage of this powerful fruit, could help achieve results your skin has been looking for. Lemons are an amazing source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and potassium. These are minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance […]
Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange, even though purple, red, black, yellow, and white carrots exist as well. Besides their delicious flavor, carrots contain high amounts of beta-carotene and other health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer multiple health benefits and are beneficial for organs such as the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth.
This crunchy vegetable is low in calories and rich in nutrients gives you high doses of vitamin A and other antioxidants when consumed or applied topically. Some benefits of carrots for the skin are as follow
Benefits of Carrots for skin
The benefits of carrot for the skin are evident because the vegetable contains big amounts of vitamin A and other antioxidants that protect again various skin issues and help in keeping a healthy skin complexion.
Carrots for Glowing Skin
Consuming carrots helps maintain your skin and keep it looking healthy and radiant due to their huge amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants—they are substances that may protect cells in your body from free radical damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and normal metabolism.
Carrots Help with Treatment of Scars and Blemishes
An effective way to reduce scars/blemishes is drinking carrot juice because it is full of skin-healing beta carotene—a skin-friendly nutrient that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. Moreover, you can apply carrot pulp on the areas you want to treat to clear the blemishes away.
Carrots are loaded with vitamin C that aids the collagen production in the body. Collagen is fundamental for the maintenance of the skin elasticity. This type of protein helps in the prevention of wrinkles and slows down the process of aging. Similarly, vitamin A, as an antioxidant, attacks free radicals to prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Carrots Protects Against Sun
Beta-carotene helps in repairing the skin tissues and provide protection against the sun’s harsh rays. The antioxidants and carotenoids protect and regenerate the skin to help heal sunburns.
Carrots for Dry Skin
When there is a deficiency of potassium, dry skin might occur. Carrots, however, are rich in potassium. As a result, carrot consumption can prevent dry skin to happen, keeping it hydrated.
As you can read, the benefits of carrots are tremendous, so include the vegetable in your diet. Nonetheless, you can also include it in skincare products to enhance results. If you were wondering where can you find them, we’d love to introduce you to our Clear Essence Maxi-Tone Carrot Seed Oil Skin Whitening Soap which has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth aimed to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged and dehydrated skin. Carrot Seed Oil contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A to help maintain skin tone and elasticity.
Do not be afraid to live your best life, start by taking care of your skin. So you can take on the world!!
Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange, even though purple, red, black, yellow, and white carrots exist as well. Besides their delicious flavor, carrots contain high amounts of beta-carotene and other health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer multiple health benefits and are beneficial for organs such as the eyes, skin, […]
Papaya skin care products have long been revered for their natural ingredients yet powerful abilities to clear skin infections and hyperpigmentation. When we think about our skin, we often stress about knowing what is good and what is bad for us especially if one struggles with active skin issues. They say appearance is not everything, and that is most certainly true but we as humans tend to obsess over skin imperfections and it is hard to get ours mind off of it, often times feeling self-conscious and embarrassed, not letting us live our best life. Many times we resort to chemically composed products to help fight our skin impurities, anywhere from acne to wrinkles to even sun spots and although many of these products are beneficial for us, sometimes they can worsen our issues if we are not using the proper medication. If you are one of many people who are concerned about what your soap contains you can never go wrong with trying out something organic.
Papaya is one of the many fruits that offer amazing benefits to ones skin and while being great in taste, it is also great for your skin. There are good reasons why it is often referred to as the “Fruit of Angels”; because it delivers miracle-like results to our face and body. Papaya skin care is known for its skin lightening properties which help clear hyper-pigmentation that is left behind after a pesky pimple. The fruit is also enriched with alpha-hydroxy acid, a powerful exfoliator that assists in skin cell turnover and anti-aging agents like beta-carotene prevent free radical damage which delays the aging process. It is rich in vitamin A, E, B and C which help heal injuries and fight infections, creating an improved skin condition, who doesn’t like glowing skin? All benefits that have been listed are what one needs in order to clear up any current acne and maintain healthy skin. Papaya fights acne and hydrates the skin, two of the most important factors we need in our life!
If you were wondering about where to find papaya skin care products, we’d like to introduce our Clear Essence Maxi Tone Line Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap which helps cleanse and brighten the skin. The Maxi-Tone Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is blended with papaya enzymes and tropical herbs, a great combination for good anti-aging properties, promoting skin cell rejuvenation. It reduces acne inflammation, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and unclogs pores – leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, and healthier. Using this soap daily helps to even out the complexion for a flawless, even toned glow.
If we want to feel great, our skin is where it starts, it is what presents us to the world. It is time to stop letting your skin impurities have a hold on your life and take charge, do not be afraid to live your best life!
If you’re looking for an at home mask to try out with this sweet fruit take a look at one of the most favorable DIY receipt below. Use a mask weekly to add a bit of relaxation to your beauty routine!
Honey, Milk & Papaya DIY Face Mask
Puree 1/2 papaya
2 teaspoons of whole milk
1 tablespoon of honey
-Mix together until paste is created
-Apply mask to clean face
-Let sit for 15 minutes
-Remove mask with water
Papaya skin care products have long been revered for their natural ingredients yet powerful abilities to clear skin infections and hyperpigmentation. When we think about our skin, we often stress about knowing what is good and what is bad for us especially if one struggles with active skin issues. They say appearance is not everything, […]
It’s no secret that stress can play a large role in skin health. After all, our skin is our largest organ and an easy indicator for what’s going on within the body.
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.
Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop complications of modern life mean that some people’s alarm systems rarely shut off.
Don’t wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.
To monitor your stress, first identify your triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable?
Some stressors, such as job pressures, relationship problems or financial concerns, are easy to identify. But daily hassles and demands, such as waiting in a long line or being late to a meeting, also contribute to your stress level.
Once you’ve identified your stress triggers, think about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what you can control is a good starting point.
Don’t feel like you have to figure it out on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends, whether you need someone to listen to you, help with child care or give a ride to work when your car’s in the shop.
Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, meditation or being in nature. Set aside time for yourself. Here are our top picks of stress relievers to help you calm the senses:
Get a massage
A massage not only helps relax the body but it also gives your mind a chance to stop thinking and enjoy the peace and quiet. By massaging the muscles, your body releases tension which when left untreated can cause pain or headaches. Using a hydrating and effective body oil or lotion to massage the skin will also give your skin a glowing complexion! Clear Essence Specialist Body Oil is a great moisturizing oil for massage use not only for its sweet scent and aroma but also because it conditions skin cells for a plump, and supple appearance.
Soak in a bubble bath
Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath. Sweet and calming aromas help to relax the mind even further. Try adding 2-3 cap fulls Clear Essence Sensitive Line Moisturizing Body Oil to running water for even more relaxation. We also love the idea of added flowers, fruits, and natural plants to your bath water. Not only does it look pretty but the fruit extracts and flowers have their own natural powers. Try lemon or citrus for skin lightening or chamomile for more aroma and calming effects.
Read a book, dance, listen to music, watch a comedy — whatever helps you relax.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen — television, tablet, computer and phone — and more time relaxing.
Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management needs to be ongoing. But by paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the bad effects of stress, such as acne and breakouts, and increase your ability to cope with challenges.
It’s no secret that stress can play a large role in skin health. After all, our skin is our largest organ and an easy indicator for what’s going on within the body. Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you […]
We have been told that exercising and a healthy diet are ways to go if you want to have a long energetic life. This is absolutely true yet what some people do not know is that these two great habits also help achieve a beautiful healthy skin.
Exercising is very important when it comes to a healthy skin. Why you might ask? Well, the answer is simple; it helps nourish skin cells. Also, it increases blood flow and detoxifies the body by sweating. All activities that make your heart rate go up, produces you to sweat. With that sweat you are getting rid of toxins the body do not need and that is exactly what we want because you are cleansing the skin.
Tips to begin working out
• Start small: whether you are coming back to the routine, or you are completely new to the journey, it is key to start small and build your way up. Please know any movement is better than no movement at all.
• Make one change at a time: you have already decided you are all in for this journey. Well, begin by preparing your clothes the night before. Doing that simple change, will set your mind to your new lifestyle. Being prepared will also help avoid any excuses towards those early morning runs or workout sessions.
• Commitment: this is the most important of all. Promise yourself you will work out 3 times a week and stick to it: this is called commitment to oneself. You cannot let yourself down.
• Find something you enjoy doing: if do not like exercising, you should find some type of activity you actually enjoy and take advantage to burn calories while performing it. It might be a sport, yoga, dancing, or hiking. Whatever the activity is try to take to most out of it.
Have you heard that saying “you are what you eat”? Having a healthy diet is key to maintain a fit body, however, the benefits do not stop there. The food you eat highly impacts your skin and complexion. According to Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist, “food gets digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin.” For instance, if your diet does not include enough protein, you are depriving your body from amino acids, which produce collagen and elastic tissue. Collagen makes the skin stronger and elastic tissue makes the skin supple. It is important to treat skin from within to maximize results.
Tips for eating healthier
• Avoid sugar: when we consume sugar, it travels fast to the bloodstream, making insulin levels to increase rapidly, which could aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
• Colorful vegetables: if you want a beautiful complexion, you must include red, yellow, and green vegetables. Vegetables from these three colors have a lot of nutrients that will contribute to a healthy skin
• Fatty acids and Omega-3: add food that contain fatty acids and Omega-3 such as chia seeds, flax-seed, and walnut because they boost collagen production.
• Hydration: water plays a big role because hydration helps flush out toxins from your body.
Although what goes inside helps us look good on the outside, you should also use products that are going to add that extra protection or treat specific issues your skin might be experiencing. Head to our Clear Essence best sellers page to get your favorite products! One thing that will always serve your skin right is sunscreen application daily. Adding this simple but easy step is an effective way to prevent wrinkles, sun discolorations and darkening to the skin! Our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 is suitable for all skin types and daily application. Don’t forget a beautiful complexion is a combination of treating your skin inside and out!
We have been told that exercising and a healthy diet are ways to go if you want to have a long energetic life. This is absolutely true yet what some people do not know is that these two great habits also help achieve a beautiful healthy skin. Exercise Exercising is very important when it comes […]
An anti-aging regimen is something we don’t even think twice about as a kid. As children, we never really appreciated the soft and clear skin we had with until we finally hit puberty. According to Carole Aponte, MD Dermatoligist, “Children’s skin is loaded with healthy collagen and elastin fibers, the proteins that give skin its strength and flexibility.” Youthful skin also has plenty of hyaluronic acid, a substance that fills in the spaces between cells and keeps skin hydrated.
It doesn’t stop there though! Once we get past that stage we start to worry about our skin aging. There are two types of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging occurs in everyone. Aponte explains that it’s characterized by dryness and thinning of the skin as you get older. This leads to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. “This type of aging develops gradually and at a fairly steady rate so it’s generally not visibly evident until adulthood.
Men and Women Age at Different Rates
Men and women also age at different rates. Read up on the differences in our skin here. Extrinsic aging is caused by external factors, most notably UV radiation from over exposure to the sun. This can lead to premature aging in both men and women. This accounts for up to 90% of what we think of as “normal” skin aging. One of the main reasons that babies’ skin looks so great is that it hasn’t had time to develop significant sun damage. “Almost all of the roughness, deeper wrinkles, discoloration, and age spots we associate with aging is caused by sun damage,” explains Aponte.
The good news is that it is preventable by lathering on sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to the sun’s harsh rays, that includes cloudy days as UVB rays are still present. UVA rays are equally strong year round. It means you need to be wearing a broad spectrum SFP 15 or greater every day.
Come Summer, Practicing other Sun-Safe Behaviors
Wear hats and sunglasses (your eyes can suffer from sun damage as well!). Protective clothing is very important. Also, seeking shade, and limiting time in direct sunlight between 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Sunscreen is non-negotiable; there are a few other practices that will help ensure you hit adulthood with a high level of your baby-soft skin intact.
Three ways to Embrace and Maintain Youthful Complexion
If you’re a pre-teen:
There are three main ways to embrace and maintain your youthful complexion. First, you should apply sunscreen regularly to all sun-exposed skin. Secondly, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating contains essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental damage. Finally, wash your face twice a day to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, or other chemicals that build up before they can irritate or damage your skin in the long run.
If you’re a teen:
Continue the basic skincare habits listed above and be sure to get enough sleep. We’re here to set the record straight: There really is some truth in that whole beauty rest theory. It’s during sleep that the body performs many essential maintenance and repair processes. It also clears away much of the potentially harmful chemicals that build up from daily environmental damage. Got spring break coming up? Beware of sunbathing or hitting up an indoor tanning bed. Make sure to use a sunscreen daily especially when in direct sunlight (pretty much all the time). Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Lotion with SPF 15 is a natural sun protectant formulated with natural ingredients including aloe, shea butter and glycerin. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours of direct sun exposure to prevent damage to skin cells. If you’re being treated for acne, sun protection is especially important, as many acne treatments can make skin more susceptible to sunburn and irritation.
If you’re in your twenties:
Upgrade your daily moisturizer, adding a product supercharged with antioxidants and that hyaluronic acid we told you about. Before late nights in the office (or out on the town!) start taking a toll on those under eyes of yours, invest in a hydrating and caffeine-packed eye cream, gel, or roll-on serum. Clear Essence’s Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum helps to lighten those dark under eye circles while promoting a healthy glow to the skin tone.
And if your skin is already showing signs of early aging from sun-soaking during your younger years or those all-nighters you pulled during undergrad, adding a topical antioxidant like a vitamin C or E may help reverse some early signs of damage. Check out the Clear Essence Vitamin C Line which is packed with lemon and licorice extracts for an even tone and plumped complexion.
In those with oily or acne-prone skin, an over-the-counter product that exfoliates dead skin cells such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or exfoliating soap bars may also help treat damage and even prevent any skin-thinning caused by intrinsic aging. Clear Essence’s Anti-Aging Line is formulated with alpha hydroxy acid ingredients to help renew damaged skin and regenerate healthy skin cells. The Complexion Soap with AHA is one of our most popular face washes as it naturally exfoliates the skin bringing out a more radiant tone. To add a quick step to your current regimen, our Toner Astringent with AHA is also a great cleanser for second step removal of any dirt or bacteria left behind from a first step wash. Regularly exfoliating the skin and removing dried, dehydrated skin cells will help to keep skin even toned and bright.
An anti-aging regimen is something we don’t even think twice about as a kid. As children, we never really appreciated the soft and clear skin we had with until we finally hit puberty. According to Carole Aponte, MD Dermatoligist, “Children’s skin is loaded with healthy collagen and elastin fibers, the proteins that give skin its […]
Moisturizers are incredibly important for the skin care because they promote hydration and health in general. It helps to rebuild a barrier that protects the skin after you cleanse it. However, sometimes, it can become difficult to choose just the right moisturizer for your skin type. Choosing the ideal moisturizer for your skin type is crucial to obtain all the benefits your skin needs. We want you to be informed and understand that you might be using the incorrect moisturizers. Keep reading you will find five signs you are doing it wrong.
Oil Based Formulas (Oily skin)
The main purpose of moisturizers is to keep your skin hydrated. On the contrary, of your current moisturizer is giving you that extra shine or makes you look like a greasy pan ready to pour your cake mix. Well, it is time to QUIT it. So, if you have oily skin, you must avoid oil-based formulas. Look for products that contain these ingredients glycerine, dimethicone, and niacinaide such as our My Natural Beauty Lotion with SPF, which is an ultra-lightweight, virtually invisible natural sunscreen offering SPF 15 protection.
Ingredients that Clog Pores (Acne)
Moisturizers that make you breakout need to leave your life immediately. Usually thick, cream-based formulas increase oil and sebum to the skin, causing acne. We suggest our Skin Lightening Serum for oily skin types as this light weight gel products sits on top of the skin rather than soaking into pores. Avoid comedogenic ingredients because they might clog pores and look for ingredients that reduce acne instead such as salicylic acid and retinol. If you want to know a little bit more about this matter, this article may help you.
More Moisturization (Dry Patches)
If you are using moisturizers daily and you still have dry areas, you need to change your game and ditch that moisturizer right away. During the cold months, people with dry skin get drier when they are not prepared with a good moisturizer. Look for moisturizers that are rich and help to lock in your body’s natural oils. Look for ingredients such as isopropyl palmitate, which reduces skin dryness and flaking, and cetyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol used for its lubricating and moisturizing properties. You can find those ingredients in our Skin Beautifying Milk, a moisturizing body lotion that eliminates dry skin and dark spots to reveal an even skin tone.
Redness or Irritation
This is the most obvious sign if your moisturizers is giving you irritation, please stop use immediately. People with sensitive skin are the one most exposed and affected by this issue. If this is your case, we recommend you to test new product first in other area of your body such as your elbow to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Clear Essence offers a sensitive line for people with sensitive skin which includes Clear Essence Sensitive Line Skin Beautifying Milk. It is used for a full body even skin tone and moisturized glow.
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Sun Spots and Discoloration
Moisturizers have nothing to do with sun spots and discoloration. These issues are caused by sun damage. If you begin to notice these matters in your skin, it might be time for you to upgrade to a skin care routine to better serve your complexion. There are moisturizers that can help firm and brighten the skin. With Clear Essence you can’t go wrong, our Skin Beautifying Milk is a moisturizer that eliminates dark spots and tones the skin.
When using a moisturizer, it is key to acknowledge the signs your skin is giving you to continue use or change. Do not ignore them because it’d only worsen the issues you might have.
Moisturizers are incredibly important for the skin care because they promote hydration and health in general. It helps to rebuild a barrier that protects the skin after you cleanse it. However, sometimes, it can become difficult to choose just the right moisturizer for your skin type. Choosing the ideal moisturizer for your skin type is […]