We sometimes forget that our skin composition is considered the largest organ of the human body. Its primary job is to protect our internal organs, muscles, and bones from infection and the elements. It also regulates our body temperature, and produces the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Your skin weighs approximately between six to […]
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We sometimes forget that our skin composition is considered the largest organ of the human body. Its primary job is to protect our internal organs, muscles, and bones from infection and the elements. It also regulates our body temperature, and produces the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.
Your skin weighs approximately between six to nine pounds. The density of your skin also varies across the body; it is thinnest on your eyelids and thickest on the soles of your feet.
Your hair and nails are also considered part of the skin, they are just made a little differently in order to serve other protective purposes. Body hair provides protection to the skin’s outer layer, for example it acts as a filter for the nose and ears. Nails serve to protect and support the tips of your fingers and toes.
Skin Composition: Breaking it down
The skin is made up of 4 main layers: the stratum corneum, the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue.
The stratum corneum.
It is the outermost layer of the epidermis, consisting of dead cells (corneocytes). This layer is composed of 15–20 layers of flattened cells with no nuclei and cell organelles. The Stratum Disjunctum is the layer that we wash away during our skin care routine, it is about 3-4 layers thick. Unfortunately, as we age, it becomes difficult for our skin to get rid of dead skin cells which leaves our skin looking dull and dry. In order to help we can manually exfoliate or utilize Hydroxy Acid products like our Complexion Soap Bar to help slough off dead skin cells. However, if you over exfoliate you risk taking off too many layers of the stratum corneum which serves to protect the epidermis layers of the skin. This will leave you with very raw and sensitive skin that will be more prone to breakouts.
This is the outermost layer of your skin composition. There are three sub-layers within the epidermis: the outer stratum corneum, the middle squamous cell layer, and the bottom basal cell layer.
These layers are made up of the following types of skin cells.
- Melanocytes make melanin, the pigment that provides color to the skin. People with darker skin have melanocytes that produce more melanin. Exposure to sunlight also increases melanin production, causing freckles or a suntan. Melanocytes also cause hyper pigmentation which affects darker skin toned people much more due to the fact that their cells produce more melanin naturally. Our Medicated Fade Creme targets those areas that are uneven or darker than natural to revert them back to their original shade. In order to maintain an even skin tone it is extremely important to use SPF, sun protection, every single day rain or shine to prevent excess melanin production in the skin.
- Langerhans cells are part of the body’s immune system and help fight off infection.
- Basal cells are at the bottom of the epidermis and continually reproduce to form new keratinocytes.
- Keratinocytes or squamous cells are in the middle layer of the epidermis and produce keratin, the protein that forms the protective outer layer. Keratin is also used in the production of hair and nails.
The larger two lower levels of the epidermis, the squamous and basal layers, are responsible for regenerating new skin cells at a rate of about four weeks. As older cells are moved up to the top by the new cells they create the stratum corneum. The cycle continues as the dead cells flake off or are manually removed and new cells take their place. Healthy skin care habits help keep this cycle moving efficiently. Taking care of your skin composition translates to a beautiful outer complexion!
It lives directly underneath the epidermis, the dermis is held together by a protein called collagen. Collagen is what helps give our skin composition structure and keeps it firm. The dermis contains many structures that help keep the outer layers healthy.
- Nerve endings transmit sensory input to the brain. These nerves allow you to sense texture, pressure, heat, and pain through the skin, all part of your overall sense of touch.
- Blood vessels deliver nutrients and oxygen to the epidermis and dermis and get rid of waste products.
- Oil glands keep the skin lubricated and prevent hair follicles from becoming brittle. This is why we shouldn’t wash our hair with harsh shampoos as they get rid of this natural oil and make our hair brittle.
- Sweat glands keep the body’s temperature regulated.
The subcutaneous tissue.
This is a layer of collagen and fat cells at the base of your skin.
Your Hair and Nails
Human hair grows from the root, a bulb that rests in the follicle. Cells multiply and produce the hardened keratin protein, which forms a hair shaft.
Nails grow in a very similar way as hair does, but they begin in deep folds in the skin of the fingers and toes. Just like hair, your fingernails consist of dead cells held together by hardened keratin. As the nail cells at the root accumulate, they push the nail outward. Your hair and nails can tell you a lot about your health and diet! This is why you’ll see small ridges on your nails, they are signs of lacking nutrients.
Now that we have gone over the way your skin functions we can further understand how to take care of it!
Stay tuned for more beauty and skin care tips to help you achieve healthy radiant skin!
Olive Oil isn’t just a great healthy cooking ingredient but also a healthy skin care ingredient.
History of Olive Oil
This “Liquid Gold” dates back to ancient Greece where it was the Holy Grail of products because of its versatility. Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids which are great for both your diet and your skin. Because it’s an all natural ingredient it is perfect for sensitive skin. Our Olive Oil Body Crème and our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap are both made with Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient used in skin care products. It is extremely rich in antioxidants preventing skin aging and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines all while nourishing the skin to protect it from further damage.
The Clear Essence Olive Oil Body Crème offers a variety of skin care solutions for all skin types. The special formula is blended with unique lipid structures (oil molecules) that seep into the skin for instant hydration. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants that keep your skin looking beautiful and extremely soft. It’s anti-aging properties help increase skin’s firmness and elasticity. And lastly olive oil is a natural antibacterial that helps form a protective shield against bacteria and viruses.
Soaps tend to strip skin of natural oils when they are cleansing away dirt and “bad” oils. This leaves your skin feeling tight and dry after a shower. It is important that your body soap not only cleanses the skin but also hydrates. Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap is enriched with natural antioxidants, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and pure Olive Extra Virgin Oil, transforming dry and dehydrated skin into soft radiant skin. It has been clinically shown to improve and be effective against dry and aging skin, as well as hyper pigmentation (acne scars, sun spots). In combination with any of our Platinum Line skin lightening products, the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil soap works to exfoliate to let our creams, gels or lotions better penetrate the skin and fade dark spots and areas affected by hyper pigmentation.
The best thing about both of our Olive Oil products is that it will never leave your skin feeling greasy or oily, just soft and supple as your skin soaks up the olive oil deep into your skin.
Olive Oil Tips
Here are a few extra tips on how to utilize our products!
- Add some sea salt to the body crème and use it on damp skin to exfoliate your legs before hair removal. It scrubs off all the dead skin while leaving behind moisturized healthy skin. You’ll notice a huge difference in how soft your skin feels even after hair removal.
- Use a small amount of the body crème underneath your eyes right before bed. It will act as a heavy duty eye crème to help rejuvenate the sensitive skin throughout the night.
- You can also use the crème as a light cuticle treatment! The extra virgin oil alleviates dry nails and cuticles. Simply rub a small amount around the cuticle area and around the nail. Cuticles stay plump and moist, and nails respond with a natural shine.
- Use both the Soap Bar and Body Crème together! They are the perfect combo to fight dryness and anti-aging signs!
This “Liquid Gold” dates back to ancient Greece where it was the Holy Grail products because of its versatility. Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids which great for both your diet and your skin.
Let’s talk makeup removal. We know it’s probably the least looked forward to part of the day for all of us. All we want to do is slip into something comfortable and relax. Who cares if we wake up looking like a raccoon, right?! -Wrong!
Makeup removal is an extremely important aspect of maintaining healthy, glowing skin. While you sleep your skin renews itself, drawing on what is sitting on the surface in order to replenish itself. However, if all your skin has is the day old makeup you forgot to wash off then you’ll be waking up to clogged pores and dehydrated skin. Here’s a tip to prevent that from happening!
Skin Care Oil– Sounds a little weird, we know. But the beauty industry has been obsessed with face and body oils lately. The objective is to break down makeup without stripping your skin of its moisture. This is particularly great for people with acne prone and sensitive skin. Acne prone people are told to stay away from anything with “Oil” in its name because it’s thought to cause breakouts. However, skin care oils don’t clog our pores because it doesn’t sit on our skin. We wash it away along with the day’s makeup, dirt, and grime. This is also great for people with sensitive skin because it removes makeup and dirt from the skin without introducing harsh cleansers.
Using oil also eliminates having to scrub and tug at your skin in order to get your makeup off. Our Specialist Skincare Body Oil would be a great alternative for people with more mature skin. The lightweight oil melts away your makeup with little to no effort. Just soft circular motions and rinse! Followed by a quick cleanse using our Complexion Soap and you’re done!
We offer an entire line of different skin regimens catered to all types of skin tones and skin types so head over to ClearEssence.com or find us at your local Wal-Mart! Use our store locator to find the one nearest you.
Did you know that having a great skin care routine is the foundation for smooth makeup application and clear and healthy skin?
We’ve all had those days when our makeup won’t settle right, leaving our face looking dull and tired. This is usually due to a missing link in our skin care routine.
We’ve compiled 5 of our favorite ways to achieve and maintain clear and healthy skin.
#1. Choosing the right cleanser for your skin
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. Unfortunately, not all cleansers are created equal. Sometimes they leave your skin dry and irritated or can even make the problem worse! This is usually due to an imbalance in your skins Ph levels. If the cleanser increases your pH levels, making it alkaline, it can create a optimal living conditions for bacteria, causing major breakouts on your skin. Here is a mini crash course of the effects of unbalanced pH levels provided by Audrey Kunin MD:
According to Audrey Kunin MD via Dr. Oz:
“The epidermis is protected by an external layer of tightly knit cells arranged like shingles on a roof. Any disruption to the acid mantle, elevating overall skin pH, interferes with this protective barrier, wrenching cells away from each other and results in dehydration, roughness, irritation and noticeable flaking. Skin is left defenseless and susceptible to further environmental damage.
As cells pull apart, minute breaks become exposed, leaving skin more vulnerable to bacterial invasion. Under normal circumstances, bacteria not only have a difficult time penetrating through the shield-like structure of the skin and the acid mantle also creates a hostile environment for bacteria which prefer an alkaline environment to flourish. A rise in pH plays mayhem with our natural infection prevention, further increasing the risk of infection. Once the pH exceeds 6.5, bacterial invasion increases dramatically, a loss of normal skin integrity results and a variety of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and irritant contact dermatitis flare.”
Clear Essence offers two great cleansers from our Platinum skin care line; our Extra Strength Medicated Cleansing Bar, and our Blemish Control Wash. Both cleanse the skin of dirt and bacteria without upsetting the skins pH levels, successfully fighting away bacteria causing acne.
#2. Exfoliate for clean and healthy skin!
An overabundance of dead skin cells is a huge culprit in why our makeup doesn’t sit properly on our skin. Exfoliating gets rid of all the buildup of dead skin cells sitting on top of your live healthy skin. You’ll notice that after having exfoliated, you’re skin will look much brighter and feel 10x smoother. We recommend any of our face and body soap bars. Each is tailored to specific skin problems; such as acne, sensitivity, dry and oily skin. Our best seller, the Medicated Cleansing Bar is great for people who suffer from acne and oily skin.
#3 Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
We cannot stress this step enough! Moisturizing is an extremely important part of healthy glowing skin. Our skin dehydrates throughout the day leaving it looking dull and lusterless. Dehydrated skin can also lead to premature signs of aging, clogged pores, cell damage, and loss of beneficial nutrients. Even if you suffer from oily skin you shouldn’t skip this step. Your skin cells still need fluid between each other; this is what creates an even skin tone and improves elasticity. There are tons of different types of products that will properly hydrate your skin; crèmes, oils, and serums are the most popular. We carry all three in two of our most popular skin care lines, the Platinum Series and Vitamin C Series. Oils penetrate much deeper than crèmes allowing it to help balance out natural oil production of the skin. So even if you have oily skin, don’t be afraid to try it out! Crèmes should be made of natural ingredients since this will be sitting closer to the top of the skin and it is what your skin feeds off when it is feeling thirsty. This especially happens at night while the skin is repairing itself from the days activities. Serums are great for sensitive skin and help with specific skin problems such as pimples, wrinkles, dark spots or to prevent the signs of aging. Serums are extremely effective because they also penetrate deep into the skin but light enough so that you are still able to (and should) apply a crème moisturizer over it.
What is toning? Toner is a product that helps close your pores after having opened them in the last steps. After having applied your products we don’t want to leave our pores open, this allows for dirt and bacteria to enter freshly opened pores and causing breakouts. Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner is perfect for closing them up after cleaning them out! It also balances out the pH levels of your skin while taking off the last of the impurities on your face. The Vitamin C also helps even out your skin tone leaving fresh clean and healthy skin!
Protecting our skin is a step most of us tend to forget. Sunscreen is extremely important even if the sun isn’t out shinning bright. Harmful UV rays are always hitting our skin, just some days they are more or less prominent than others. Sun damage can lead to dark spots, premature signs of aging, and even skin cancer. By providing your skin with protection against harmful UV rays you prevent all of these things, plus it helps reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness, giving you an all around even skin tone. We know that adding a whole other step to our skin care and makeup routine is the last thing we want to do, so that is why we offer SPF in a few of our products! One of our best sellers is the Medicated Fade Crème which offers SPF 15 protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This works wonders on treating previous sun damage while also protecting it against future dark spots, all while providing your skin with the moisture and hydration it needs to look its very best.
If you follow these five simple steps you will be on your way to radiant, clean and healthy skin in no time!
We’ve all had those days when our makeup won’t settle right, leaving our face looking dull and tired. This is usually due to a missing link in our skin care routine.
We’ve compiled 5 of our favorite ways to achieve and maintain healthy clear looking skin.
While obsessing over some of our more common staple oils such as Coconut, Almond or Olive oil, often times many of us tend to gloss over some of the more underrated essential oils in the group. Of the most highly rated and beneficial oils, Carrot Oil ranks high on my list of go-to’s. This golden-yellow, and subtly earthy oil has immense health benefits, and is particularly popular in beauty products aimed at anti-aging. Its healing antiseptic properties also make it an excellent source for curing skin irritations, such as eczema, rashes, and in some cases acne. So, you may be wondering then, what exactly is carrot oil skin care, and how can you implement it into your own routine? Luckily, you came to the right place.
How carrot oil skin care is made:
Both carrot oil and carrot seed oil are derived from wild carrots, otherwise known as Daucus Carota, which are rich in nutrients and vitamins, specifically vitamins A, C, and E, as well as beta-carotene, and a multitude of other antioxidants. The oil is commonly extracted from the vegetable through steam distillation of the seeds, although the entire vegetable is viable for yielding oil.
Like the benefits of a physical carrot, carrot oil carries a virtually endless amount of benefits for the body both inside and out, which again, puts the oil high on our list of must haves. For starters, carrot oil is an antioxidant. This means, that it helps to keep your skin looking refreshingly young by retaining your youth thanks to its ability to repair the damages done to your tissues from oxidants, or what are more commonly known as, free radicals. The antioxidants function to protect your skin from wrinkles, and can keep your joints from stiffening, your muscles from weakening, and can keep your eyesight from declining, sounds amazing right? Antioxidants can work other miracles too; they can protect you from weak digestion, improve blood circulation, and prevent some forms of cancer particularly those in the mouth, throat, stomach, prostrate, and kidney.
Carrot oil also functions as a healing detoxifier; helping to clean our body’s tissues, muscles and internal organs from toxins which can hinder our health. As a detoxifier, carrot oil works to neutralize excess bile, which in turn helps to cure common infections just as jaundice, and its elimination of toxins helps to cure conditions such as arthritis, edema, gout and rheumatism. It’s also been proven to have a beneficial effect on ailments such as bronchitis and influenza.
Finally, this magnificent oil has been known to bring immense benefits to hair and skin health. Due to its beta-carotene and Vitamin E properties, carrot oil has been used for many years in many products to promote hair health by strengthening the hair shaft, as well as to encourage new hair growth. In addition to this, its been known to be highly effective in nourishing the scalp and maintaining shiny and soft locks, as well as preventing dandruff. These same nourishing properties are also present when applied to the skin, as carrot oil is a common treatment for dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and cracked or chapped skin. These skin repairing abilities make it a common oil for application before sun exposure (in combination with your sun screen of course), or after sun exposure to repair damage done by ultraviolet rays on the skin surface.
The benefits of carrot oil skin care do not end here, but seeing as there are so many of these benefits, how can we make sure we are receiving all of them? This Is simple. Anytime you want to receive the benefits of carrot oil, simply incorporate it into your life by adding it to your most used products! Carrot oil is extremely versatile and can be added to any of your favorite moisturizers, creams, body washes, conditioners, shampoos and more. As for inner benefits, feel free to shop for carrot oil in your local food markets and use it as an alternative to canola or vegetable oils in your meals! We at Clear Essence also highly value the benefits of carrot oil, and to make it easier on our customers have developed two special soaps just for this purpose! Our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Carrot Oil Soap and Maxi-Tone Carrot Soap have formative effects in stimulating skin cell growth aimed at rejuvenating wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. Their anti-oxidant features help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up, while protecting and repairing sun-damaged skin, and theirs antiseptic properties help to cure infections on the skin and protect from new infections! You can find both of these products online at clearessence.com or in stores. Thanks for stopping by!
While obsessing over some of our more common staple oils such as Coconut, Almond or Olive oil, often times many of us tend to gloss over some of the more underrated essential oils in the group. Of the most highly rated and beneficial oils, Carrot Oil ranks high on my list of go-to’s. This golden-yellow, […]
Before I begin I urge you all to remember that stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of, however if you do want to find ways to diminish stretch marks on your skin, please continue to read.
Stretch marks are completely natural effects on the skin, mostly caused by an increase in cortisone in the skin, or skin tearing often caused by rapid changes in the body, such as by hormones, pregnancy, body building, hormone replacement treatments, weight gain and so on. They often make their appearance on the skin as off-hue stripes, and can vary in size and color, as well as time spent on the skin. While stretch marks are not permanent, if not treated well, they may leave scarring, so it’s important that while you not only try to treat stretch marks while they are present on your skin, it’s also very important that you try to prevent them from appearing on the skin in the first place. Doing this mainly entails that you keep your skin moisturized, and hydrated as much as possible, especially during pregnancy where 90% of women experience stretch marks especially during their last trimesters. There are many ways for you to accomplish preventing stretch marks, as well as many ways for treating them, check out our three favorite ways to do this below:
While many of us may take a daily vitamin, there are also a large number of us who do not. Vitamins are an excellent way to prevent health issues, anywhere from defeating the common cold to helping with acne. This is because vitamins are typically encased with a melody of necessary oils, minerals and other resources that we can’t always get from our daily meals, drinks and so on. So think of them as diet fillers; they fill in what you don’t! Vitamins function this way for stretch marks as well, especially supplemental vitamins covering the oil categories of health such as biotin, vitamin e, fish oil, etc. This is because in the same way that oil on the outside of our skin keeps our skin feeling moisturized, oil INSIDE of our skin does the same, making it more thoroughly moisturized than with just simple lotions and butters. This is because it helps to improve skin elasticity from the inside of your body. Vitamins work as an excellent preventative measure for stretch marks, but they are also an excellent option in treating stretch marks. Luckily most vitamins are fairly affordable, and you can find them virtually anywhere! So no excuses, start taking your vitamins!
I know I know, you hear this a lot and it’s almost like a broken record, but water is the most essential element in preventing skin dryness and maintaining skin elasticity. Like vitamins, the consumption of water works from the inside of your body to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, and not only that, it benefits with a number of other regulatory systems in your body as well. It’s literally the most vital natural resource we can get, and many of us don’t even take much advantage of it, and as a result many of us suffer from dehydration without even realizing it! So fun fact, when you feel thirsty, that’s an indication that your body is already low on water, and when you feel dryness on your lips, a.k.a when you have to search high and low to locate your favorite chap-stick, it also means that your body is low on water. These are 2 daily sensations we experience every day, but we shouldn’t. It’s simple, carry a water bottle with you at all times, and make sure that you drink it all, and refill it at least once every day. While you might have to get up to use the restroom every 15 minutes, it’s well worth it, and not only your skin, but your entire body will thank you!
L.O.C. help diminish stretch marks
My personal favorite thing to ignore, but also my favorite thing to apply. I always tend to skip the lotion segment after my showers, just because it takes an additional 5 minutes that I never want to give up just to put it on. But as the weather becomes colder, I can see the effects this has on my skin more and more, and I have quickly readjusted to a lotion-oil-cream regimen to prevent my skin from getting any worse. This being said, while lotions can be ignored in the warmer months (specifically late June to mid-October) because the air carries moisture during these months, thus making it least likely for us to experience dryness, it’s extremely non-recommended to skip the moisture process in the colder months (specifically November-May), this is because the air is frigid, thus carrying no moisture and often times irritating your skin with bouts of dryness. So it’s important to keep lotions, creams, and oils on deck, especially after taking hot showers in these cold months, because as we do this, we also allow whatever moisture we have in our skin to leave by opening our pores in the steam. This isn’t wrong to do, but in order to replace the moisture that is lost, we must apply the nourishment our skin needs to its surface. Not doing so, can in effect cause tearing in the dermis, and then more stretch marks. So I employ the process of moisturizing called the L.O.C method, and if you haven’t already guessed, it stands for lotions, oils, and creams. This is a method I use because my skin is extremely prone to dryness. So to prevent this, I mix an essential oil (read this post below) with my daily lotion for application after I take my nightly showers, and when I wake up I apply a heavy cream to wear throughout my day. This prevents my skin from feeling flaky or irritated in the cold-windy air throughout my day, and as also keeps my skin extremely soft. In addition, it also helps me to prevent any stretch marks.
So here are my three cardinal rules to taking care of your skin and treating or preventing stretch marks. While many sources reveal that stretch marks are genetic, and if you feel that as a result of this you are more prone to them, I challenge you to try the above methods to at least take preventative measures for your skins appearance. While no one should feel ashamed of having stretch marks; they are something all of us have (whether people care to admit it or not), many of us experience a higher level of confidence when we feel we are able to keep them to a minimum. So it’s important to take care of our skin the best ways we can! Here at Clear Essence we offer body oils, as well as lotions and creams that can help with your skins moisture-retainment. Our personal favorites are the Olive Oil Body Creme and the Specialist Skincare Body Oil. Our cream is extra thick and lush, and it penetrates the skin immediately, leaving it feeling ten times more soothed and softened than before its application. Our body oil is amazing for helping add shine and moisture to the skin. Its lightweight and non-messy, making it one of our top favorite oils to use daily, plus its mixed with 3 different essential oils helping to keep our skins soft and supple to the touch! Please feel free to explore our website, and find the moisturizing products that you feel are right for you.
Before I begin I urge you all to remember that stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of, however if you do want to find ways to diminish stretch marks on your skin, please continue to read. Stretch marks are completely natural effects on the skin, mostly caused by an increase in cortisone in the skin, […]
As the temperatures begin to drop, what is your favorite product to use to preserve your skins moisture? What about to repair your skin from damage due to environmental stresses, age, or uncaring daily skincare routines? What if there was one product you could use to not only moisturize, but preserve your skins health, and still do more? After enduring one of the most brutal summers in the 21st century history, it’s with almost unquestionable joy that I welcome the legitimacy of the colder months- but not at the cost of my skin. So I went ahead and did a little research, and figured out that it’s time to implement the holy grail of all multi-functional essential oils; olive oil skin care.
Often referred to as “liquid gold” in ancient times, the uses for this oil are absolutely endless, yet absolutely necessary. Let’s check them out:
Many of us are all too familiar with the pain of removing our makeup at the end of the day from our faces. Whether we use makeup wipes, clothes, or liquids, the roughness we apply to our skin, in tandem with the harsh makeup removing chemicals tend to take a toll on our skins surface. When we do this every day, our skin can really be affected. Often this manifests through irritation such as breakouts, red skin, sometimes even burning in some areas of our face.Luckily it doesn’t have to be this way, and makeup removal can actually be an easy and irritation free process! To avoid irritations, one can actually use olive oil to remove any makeup, pain-free. This is especially recommended for those of us who do wear makeup every day. This is because using Olive oil as a remover will ensure that your skin doesn’t lose its moisture from the alcohols and sulfates often contained within makeup removers. Its gentle quality will also not irritate your skin, which means there’s a less likely chance of red spots, burning or breakouts following your removal process. Using olive oil to remove makeup is especially beneficial in sensitive areas such as the eyes, who are susceptible to dryness and irritation due to its thin skin than anywhere else on the face. Just make sure that once you use this method of removal, you always wash your face afterwards to ensure no excess oils remain on your skin and cause breakouts.
This is a really cool use for olive oil as it performs 2 tasks at a time! By
substituting your shaving cream with olive oil, you get both a shaving cream and an aftershave at the same time. This is because, the heat of the water opens your follicles while the olive oil penetrates, producing a very smooth and moisturized result afterwards. Using essential oil for shaving is an excellent option if you have sensitive skin, or if you just want to avoid using the drying and irritating chemicals contained in many shaving creams and gels. Olive oil can be used on its own, or applied under your shaving cream. The oil will help the razor glide along your skin more easily, while also softening and moisturizing your skin; preventing irritation. This method does give a very close shave, so be careful, but enjoy the results!
You’ve probably heard of people talking about the craze of olive oil as conditioners, and pre- shampoos, and even If you haven’t, I’m here to tell you it’s completely true and it works. Using an olive oil treatment before washing your hair will help to prevent dryness after your wash, resulting in nourished and shined follicles, and an overall healthier appearance of the hair shaft. When used as a pre-shampoo, the oil contents will not weigh down on the hair, and instead produces a healthy shine to the hair rather than a greasy look. This works best for those who have straighter hair, as the hair shaft tends not to take well to heavier oils on the hair. For those with hair that feels dry, have flaky scalps, or even just simply curlier hair, we recommend adding olive oil to your conditioners. This will give your hair a deeper moisturizing, which is needed for these hair types due to the delicateness of the hair shaft as well as the tendency for frizz. Adding to conditioner rather than a pre-shampoo allows the hair to retain the oil for a longer period, helping it feel nourished and producing a better appearance of the hair afterwards. These moisturizing qualities also apply to the skin. By adding olive oil to your lotions and creams, especially in drier or colder months, it helps the skin to receive a deeper penetration and nourishment for softer and smoother skin. Make sure you also apply this mixture on elbows and knees and other drier areas for the ultimate moisture treatment. Olive oil suits all skin types, so we encourage anyone from any skin type variety to try adding olive oil to their lotions and creams this season.
It sucks seeing our cuticles get dried out over the course of time. Even after putting ample amounts of lotion they still seem to run dry and produce hang-nails, broken nails and other unsightly appearances on our nails. Facts have shown, that daily application of olive oil to nails and cuticles actually can improve nail health and appearance. Say good-bye to dry cuticles and brittle nail shafts!
As we only mentioned a few of the benefits of olive oil, the many conveniences of “liquid gold” are truly endless. From preventing wrinkles and stretch marks, to even aiding in cholesterol and diabetes, olive oil really works to aid the body in numerous ways. While we always encourage you guys to get creative and find ways to let olive oil into your lives in your own ways, we also offer olive oil products here at Clear Essence! Our favorite and most popular is the Olive Oil Soap Bar, which has been clinically proven to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of unwanted blemishes and dryness. Recently we also added our newest Olive Oil Body Cream, which helps to give the skin instant moisture for smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin. Please feel free to check both of the products out at clearessence.com, and tell us the ways you like to infuse olive oil into your daily life!
As the temperatures begin to drop, what is your favorite product to use to preserve your skins moisture? What about to repair your skin from damage due to environmental stresses, age, or uncaring daily skincare routines? What if there was one product you could use to not only moisturize, but preserve your skins health, and […]
When it comes to Summer, not only do we get extreme temperatures, but we also get smog. Smog occurs because of pollutants in the atmosphere that may be caused by fuels such as nitrogen oxides (that are found in burning gas, natural gas, coal, and oil), carbon monoxide, and many more. Major air pollution sources are derived from transportation, electricity, other home fuel uses, and goods and services we buy. Unfortunately anti-pollution skin care is a reality for most everyone in the world due to these toxics affecting our air quality. Not only does our planet get affected by these fuels, but every living person is also affected, both internally and externally. These pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides damage crops (that we eat), which may cause internal consumption of these chemical. For example, smog and nitrogen oxides creates an effect known as acid rain, so when it rains, the water falling is already polluted, and when it hits the crops, the crops get contaminated, and we eat those contaminated crops. Other internal effects may include lung damage from smog and blood having a more difficult time providing oxygen to cells.
So how does skin care play into air pollution you ask? Well, many of you might be shocked that air pollution externally affects you, by damaging your skin. According to the New York Times, “Ozone, the toxic gas formed when UV light hits mono-nitrogen oxides (basically, combustion exhaust), is suspected by some to be one of the primary causes of pollution-related skin damage.” The Ozone layer located in the stratosphere (one of five atmosphere layers) is our essential protection against skin cancer because it absorbs UV rays. Although the Ozone works as a shield against UV rays above in the sky, down below on the ground level, the Ozone layer may actual cause lung damage. So how exactly does our skin age faster? Our skin contains certain lipids that help keep our skin firm, however the Ozone layer damages those lipids causing skin damage and speeding up aging. The skin gets damaged due to the loss of oxygen your skin cells are receiving. Although this is normal when it comes to aging, air pollutants and UV radiation speed up the process.
Smog and Smoking
Smog is not the only type of fog, and neither is the smoke from other pollutants the only kind—smoking is a pollutant that damages your skin. According to LIVESTRONG, the process of growing tobacco, as well as consuming it, creates so much pollutants, it’s a hazard to the environment. First, the plant itself requires so many pesticides and herbicides, due to its fragility, thus causing the Ozone layer to deplete because of the chemicals these pesticides and herbicides contain. Such chemicals may even end up in ground water, killing wildlife and even poison people because of contaminated water. Now, these are just the chemicals that are used for growing tobacco, but more chemicals are released into the environment during manufacturing cigarettes. Chemicals such as:
- Ethylene glycol
- Hydrochloric acid
- Hydrogen fluoride
- Methyl ethyl ketone
- Nicotine and nicotine salts
- Nitric acid
- Phosphoric acid
- Sulphuric acid
- Let’s also not forget the Carbon Dioxide that gets released while transporting (and consuming) the product, using fossil fuels that damage the atmosphere—just to name a few.
Now imagine all of those chemicals going into your mouth as you inhale and exhale a cigarette. The chemicals listed above are not only released into the atmosphere, create liter (cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the U.S.) but they stay in your body, and may lead to skin cancer. Smoking also causes your skin to wrinkle because it narrows your blood vessels due to lack of oxygen. According to HowStuffWorks, “Smoking also damages elastin and collagen, fibers that give skin its elasticity, which cause skin to wrinkle prematurely.” So next time you pick up a cigarette, ask yourself this—is it really worth it? If smoking is a stress reliever, here are other options to deal with stress, check out this collection of Cat-Stress-Relievers that Buzzfeed has compiled!
Anti-Pollution Skin Care: Shield Your Skin
It takes a large amount of people, corporations, and politicians to come together and find a solution to defeat air pollution, in the meanwhile, you can learn how to shield your skin from air pollutants!
Wash Your Face
Washing your face should not only be a part of your anti-pollution skin care routine, but learning to wash your face every single day, and if possible, day and night, is going to help you keep your face clean from chemicals and pollutants. By washing your face, you’re preventing your skin from irritation and dryness from pollutants. Here’s a list of possible products to use to not only keep your face clean after washing, but also to help with dryness from pollutants!
The milk not only prevents and heals dryness, but it also helps with hyperpigmentation from dryness in areas such as elbows, knees, knuckles and feet. Use it after cleansing and treating to moisturize the skin.
The crème helps reduce skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and helps brighten and even out your skin. It’s formulated with sunscreen so you won’t have to worry about UV rays!
This soap works to not only help dry skin, but it also helps with aging skin, because of the anti-oxidants such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, and pure Olive Oil. Say goodbye to rough skin and hello to smooth and soft!
This crème has a specially blended formula with antioxidants that help maintain your skin looking young and stay moisturized. Use it with the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Olive Oil Soap for added hydration and clean looking skin!
Antioxidants to the Rescue!
According to SELF, “When pollution gets into your skin, it creates free radicals, highly unstable molecules that have unpaired electrons. These molecules [try] to steal an electron from a healthy cell, thereby injuring it.” These electrons therefore damage your collagen, which is essential for firm skin, and creates holes in your cells. This can lead to possible hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne from increased inflammation. Apply serums with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, in order to ensure your skin cells have the proper nutrients to prevent free radicals damage. Here are a couple of ways to pack in those antioxidants:
- Eat Foods That Have Antioxidants—eating foods such as wild berries, dark chocolate, pecans, kidney beans, cranberries, blackberries, cilantro, and even green tea, is going to help
- Try the Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line—The Lemon Vitamin C skin care series is made with a natural blend of vitamin c, fruit acids, emollients, and extracts of lemon, licorice, ginseng, gentian, aloe, green tea and sea kelp. Our Lemon Vitamin C line is natural skin care from nature, as it is a non-hydroquinone based treatment for excessive pigmentation in people of color. Lemon Plus Vitamin C from Clear Essence has fruit extracts for the gentle treatment of: Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, excessive dryness, and environmental damage. Check out some of our favorites:
The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub is a deep cleansing body scrub for all skin types; a unique blend of botanical ingredients that uses Vitamin C, lemon, and other antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. The soap is formulated with natural exfoliates, which scrub away dead skin cells, causing the skin to feel smoother and cleaner, not to mention, the light lemon sent leaves skin smelling GREAT!
If you have a job that requires to be out in the sun all day, or you know you’ll be out all day, try covering up your skin with long sleeves and a hat in order to protect your skin from being in contact with air pollutants! You can also find out whether your clothes are properly UPF. According to the Skin Cancer Organization, “UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin.” It’s important to know your clothing is protecting sufficiently against air pollutants and UV rays, otherwise you are at a higher chance of skin damage. The Skin Cancer Organization also provides examples of what fabrics to look for depending on the UPF you seek.
Because the Ozone layer is depleting, we are now more than ever exposed to UV rays. It’s important to apply sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy outside! Try our Clear Essence Platinum Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15, which helps keep your body moisturized and protected from any harmful UVA/UVB rays and still help fade discoloration from previous harsh sun exposure. Protecting yourself from UV rays is not only going to help you keep your skin healthy, but it’s also going to prevent your skin from hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone.
When it comes to Summer, not only do we get extreme temperatures, but we also get smog. Smog occurs because of pollutants in the atmosphere that may be caused by fuels such as nitrogen oxides (that are found in burning gas, natural gas, coal, and oil), carbon monoxide, and many more. Major air pollution sources […]
Having a baby means having to bring life and love into the world. However, as wonderful and beautiful babies are, having a baby means caring for someone else—changing the baby’s diaper, feeding the baby, but also taking care of the baby’s health—including your baby’s skin. The minute they’re born, babies require special attention in regards to their health. Babies require special skin care attention in order to ensure it not only builds up to protect from sun damage, but to also fight off any possible infections.
Unlike adults, newborn babies don’t have to worry about going to work, cleaning, or working up a sweat for that matter. Because of the small amount of activity babies conduct, they hardly need to shower every day. In fact, WebMD states that the less baths the better. Try to give them a bath less than three times a week.
Baby Products and Labels
You may be well aware now that because of the baby’s delicate skin, it requires certain procedures or ingredients to keep an eye on. According to Baby Center, there are a couple basics to ensuring your baby and their skin is out of harm’s way from chemical reactions or rashes. Ingredients are always listed in descending order according to concentration, so those listed first will be present in the largest amounts.” So if you ever wonder how much of olive oil or shea butter skin care companies use, just remember that the higher the amount, the higher up on the ingredient list. This also goes for using the right kind of laundry detergent when it comes to baby’s clothes. According to WebMD, “Use only baby laundry detergents that are fragrance- and dye-free. Wash baby clothes, bedding, and blankets separately from the family’s laundry.” Doing so is going to add extra protection for your baby’s delicate skin from ever getting a rash from any sort of chemical that your normal detergent may have, but also washing them before they wear it is going to prevent any possible irritations. Let’s also not forget that our clothes are more likely to be dirtier than an infant’s, so mixing in our clothes with a baby’s is not a good idea.
Not every baby will have the same reaction to a diaper rash, just as most babies don’t like the cold weather, while others prefer warmer temperatures. Whatever season your baby enjoys, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind for Summer and Winter that Parents goes by.
Baby’s Skin in the Summer
- Use a sunscreen higher that SPF 15 and reapply every 40 minutes if out in the pool. Research which sunscreen product will not only protect your baby’s skin from the sun, but also a product that will not cause irritation to your baby’s skin. You want to avoid ingredients such as para-aminobenzoic (PABA) cinnamates, benzophenones, and anthranilates.
- Minor sunburns can cause a lot of damage to baby’s skin because of their delicateness. Keep an eye out for redness, and protect your baby with sun essentials such as a hat or umbrella.
Baby’s Skin in the Winter
- Sunscreen even on cloudy days is necessary because UV rays never stop from emitting onto the skin
- Don’t overdo it with the jackets and coats. Although your child may be cold, just remember—babies can also get heat rashes because of clogged sweat glands.
- Chapped lips are common in babies because they’re always licking or drooling, so make sure to have lip balm at hand!
- After a long day out in the cold, your baby may experience redness in the face or areas of chafing. Keep their skin moisturized before and after out in the cold weather in order to prevent redness.
Clear Essence Baby Products
Clear Essence offers skin care products for your little bundles of joy! Our Clear Essence Baby Skin Care Line which focuses on organic baby skin care products for babies of color! Our baby’s skin care product line-up features baby soaps, oils, and lotions that cleanse, soothe & calm, and moisturize & protect to make your baby’s skin even more touchable, huggable, and healthy. The blends soft scents offer a more complete regimen for your baby from the top of their curls to the tiniest little toe! We currently offer a couple of products with ingredients such as shea butter, milk & honey, and a vaporizing soap, which helps your baby during colds!
The Clear Essence Baby Massage Lotion with Shea & Cocoa Butter soothes, moisturizes and softens baby’s delicate skin. This creamy lotion blends natural shea and cocoa butter to hydrate baby’s skin and leave a glowing, soft texture.
The Clear Essence Baby Lotion with Milk and Honey gives your baby cuddly and soft skin. This sweet smelling baby lotion is enriched with a blend of vitamins, skin softening milk nutrients and soothing honey for smooth and huggable skin. Supply your baby with all the nourishment their skin needs to look and feel angelic by using this rich and creamy lotion daily.
The Clear Essence Baby Oil with Lavender is specially made to hydrate dry skin and leave your baby’s skin with a soft and supple texture. The fast absorbing formula with the natural scent of lavender helps soothe and relax your baby. It helps seal-in vital moisture, keeping your baby’s skin feeling soft, smooth, and silky all day long.
Having a baby means having to bring life and love into the world. However, as wonderful and beautiful babies are, having a baby means caring for someone else—changing the baby’s diaper, feeding the baby, but also taking care of the baby’s health—including your baby’s skin. The minute they’re born, babies require special attention in regards […]
So now that you have a basic idea of what your skin type and skin tone is, now is the perfect time to find the right beauty routine for your skin. Not only is knowing your skin type going to help your skin but customizing your routine to your skin tone and age will help you maintain radiant skin for a very long time!
The Basic Foundations to a Beauty Routine
First thing’s first, you’re going to want to nail down the basics of your beauty routine. If you read our previous article on Skin Types & Skin Tones, you should already know some information on how your skin reacts to your environment, and how to prevent it from causing irritation, wrinkles or discolorations. But how are you going to keep maintaining your flawless skin if you don’t have the basics down? Clear Essence has three basic steps to go by:
Simple, right? You’re probably wondering “What about my acne treatments, and serums, and masks, etc.!?” We’ll get to that in a moment, but for now, when you start a beauty routine, these are the essential steps you need. When you go shopping, you need to get these products and base it off your skin type. If you have acne/oily skin, then for treatments you would use an acne treatment, or a serum such as the Clear Essence Platinum Line Skin Lightening Serum. For dry skin, a treatment to use would be the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème, which helps fade dark spots. So you see, getting to know your skin before you go out shopping is a necessity in order to ensure you get the proper results you want to see, and also choosing the right product. YouTube Beauty Guru, Michelle Phan states, “Read labels so that you don’t end up with a cleanser containing a drying ingredient like isopropyl alcohol for already dry skin, or adding excessive oil to oily skin, etc. The products out there can be overwhelming, so start with daily cleansers and moisturizers, and work your way to products that address specific concerns when needed.” In other words, when you start your routine, try going for generic products, and then focus on the specifics after you find the right products for the basics. The basics will include a daily routine, and once you have that down, then focus on your weekly routines, which may be treatments that may be required once or twice a week.
Beauty Basics Set, Now Work in the Details
Although there is no Fountain of Youth, there are many ways to look young—at a high expense. If you wish to prevent wrinkles or signs of aging, it really starts with your beauty regimen. As we age, not only do we see change in our body and life, but we also see changes in our skin requirements. Take the time to learn about what you should incorporate into your beauty regimen, based by your age.
Although you may still be young, at this age is the time you should be preventing wrinkles by applying certain habits and lifestyles:
- Don’t Stress Over Stress—Sleep it Off
According to Refinery29, Lack of sleep “can cause stress that’s reflected on the skin via acne flare-ups. A lot of consistent stress can even lead to a general worsening of your overall skin health. Not getting enough sleep causes the adrenal glands to overproduce cortisol, a steroid, which makes sebaceous glands produce more oil.” So although you may have more energy to stay up late or even pull “all-nighters” remember that your body needs rest, otherwise it begins to react, by creating acne, or even dark circles.
- Look Into Anti-Aging Products, But Don’t Overdo It
Using Anti-Aging products at this age may be helpful in preventing lines on your face, but Refinery29 has a fair warning: certain anti-aging products may carry ingredients such as retinol, which may cause irritation of certain skin types, such as oily or combination. The irritation occurs due to the fact that retinol works as a method to sustain and keep collagen in the body, which in your 20s you technically don’t really have to worry about, since your skin is still active.
- Rain or Shine, Sunscreen Is a Must
So if you’re not interested in using Anti-Aging products, or you’re not sure what to use, always start with sunscreen. Using sunscreen is not only going to help you from sunburns, but it can prevent sun damage to your skin such as dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, from the excess melanin that is attempting to protect your skin from the harsh UVA/UVB rays.
- Treat Your Dark Spots NOW, not Later
Haven’t been using sunscreen? It’s okay, now you know that sunscreen is needed to prevent skin damage. If you do have dark spots, treat them now by using the Clear Essence Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15. Not only is this going to help you fade dark spots from the sun, but it’s going to leave you with an even toned skin complexion (not to mention it has an SPF 15 built formula). Correcting your dark spots now rather than later is going to help your skin heal a lot faster because later on, your skin’s “metabolism” slows down, making it more difficult to treat your skin.
- FOOD—Eat Foods That Will Help Your Skin
Certain foods cause your skin to react by breaking out, so remember what POPSUGAR says, “The A in antiaging stands for antioxidants.” In other words, eat foods or snacks that will help your skin grab the anti-oxidants it needs such as berries, dark chocolate, and pay close attention to find out what makes you break out.
Your skin isn’t as “active” as it was in your 20s, so at this age, your routine should start incorporating products that will help you get rid of dead skin cells. Use an exfoliant that’s going to help you get rid of dead skin cells not only from the outer layer from your skin, but from deep within it too!
- Are You Still Applying Sunscreen?
You should continue applying sunscreen Every. Single. Day. Even if it’s raining, you never know when the sun might just peek out to say hi. Also, since your skin cells are slowing down, you want to make sure your skin doesn’t get dark spots at this age, because it becomes more complicated to help them fade away, but, it can be done (it just takes more time)!
- Make Anti-Aging Products Your Best Friends
If you weren’t already doing so, start using anti-aging products such as The Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA. The Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) helps accelerate skin regeneration and helps to clear dead skin cells quicker. Use eye creams that help the skin under your eyes, which is a thin and sensitive skin layer. According to Refinery29, “Apply eye cream with the ring finger, the weakest finger, morning and evening to the orbital bone around the eyes. Use gentle patting motions and make sure to avoid rubbing and tugging. It is also important not to apply eye cream too close to the lash line as the product can travel into your eyes and be picked up by your eyelashes, causing irritation or unnecessary puffiness.” Lastly, begin using night creams that are different from day creams that help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
- Drink Water—Like Right Now
Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized means not only using creams, but also drinking plenty of water. Your skin’s elasticity relies heavily on water, so keeping yourself hydrated, will help you prevent wrinkles!
You might notice a pattern here for certain tips (sunscreen), but in your 40s, things get a bit more interesting with your skin, and though it may be frustrating, just remember that caring for your skin is not only to look radiant, but to help your body stay protected from bacteria.
- Fuzzy Hairs—EVERYWHERE
You may have noticed that your skin has developed more facial hair, but not to worry. According to Refinery29, “With hormonal changes in the 40s, many will find their faces getting fuzzier. Most people don’t appreciate this extra hair and turn to waxing, dermaplaning, or threading services to keep visible hair less noticeable.” Though hormone changings are causing facial hair to come out, know that the facial hair is meant to protect your skin, but you can get it removed. Just remember that if your skin is sensitive, you might want to research which hair removal method will accommodate your skin type.
- Treat Your Neck
If you applied sunscreen correctly in your 20s and 30s, you’ll notice that your neck may have stayed firm. Your neck often times gets ignored however, that area most often exposed to the sun, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen!
- Use an Acne Treatment, NOT an Acne Beauty Routine
Around this time, your skin may break out occasionally because of hormones or cystic acne. But rather than switching your entire routine, opt for a dark spot treatment or acne treatment that’s going to help you with the problematic areas. Switching to an acne routine, may cause your skin to dry which makes it more difficult for anti-aging goals.
- Products With Retinol Should Be Your Best Friend
Renee Rouleau from Refinery29 states “Retinol is a key ingredient in repairing, refining, and smoothing the skin. A product with retinol can address concerns such as sun damage, skin texture and tone, wrinkles, and large pores, as well as other signs of aging.” In other words, Retinol is basically a superhero, but you also want to watch out for “villainous” ingredients. You want to read every label for every product your skin touches, because certain products may either cause irritation, or simply do not help your skin at all.
- Keep Your Routine Minimal
At this point in time, your skin may start having more hormonal reactions because of menopause, so keep your routine basic, such as the one AARP.org offers: Cleanse, Protect, Smooth. Try cleansing with the Clear Essence Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with AHA, or use a natural product such as the My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap Continue
to use AHA products, that help remove dead skin cells. But still continue to protect your skin with sunscreen. Around this time you may start noticing moles will appear because of long term sun damage, so don’t be afraid to see a dermatologist if you’re unsure about a mole’s appearance.
Continue to eat foods that carry antioxidants or use antioxidant serums that will help your skin absorb the vitamins it needs to maintain its hydrated glow.
- Avoid Fragrances
Your skin becomes more sensitive as you age, so try to avoid scented products that may cause irritation or an allergic reaction.
- Embrace It
No matter how many products you use, or how many wrinkles you see—embrace it. Let the real you shine through and don’t be afraid to smile because of wrinkles!
So now that you have a basic idea of what your skin type and skin tone is, now is the perfect time to find the right beauty routine for your skin. Not only is knowing your skin type going to help your skin but customizing your routine to your skin tone and age will […]