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

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

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

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

 

When we look our best, we feel our best. It’s a fact of life that encourages us to take those extra steps to look and feel great when we prepare for our day ahead. For many of us, that includes makeup. But what happens when certain steps in our makeup routine take away from our shine? Learn some essential makeup do’s and don’ts to guarantee that you’ll look your absolute best when you do your makeup!

 

Cleanliness is key! We’ve discussed before how important it is to keep your makeup brushes and applicators clean, but it is also important to keep your makeup and makeup bags sanitary as well. For eye, lip and brow pencils, sharpen your products before each use to ensure a clean tip from your last application. With powders, compacts and palettes, use a cosmetic sanitizer spray or isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle to mist onto your products to kill bacteria and prevent contamination. Clean your makeup bags and containers regularly to avoid germ transfer onto your applicators and products. And, always remember to wash your hands before and after applying makeup.

 

Do not share products. Ran out of eyeliner, or forgot important makeup at home when running to meet with a friend? In any case, do not share makeup, especially eye products. You will be more prone to getting infections, like pink eye, or break outs. This includes using tester products in cosmetic stores.  While it is important to test products like foundation for color matching before you purchase them, it’s possible that hundreds of people have touched the same product and could be spreading germs. Ask if there are any beauty consultants that can assist you and check if they’re using clean or disposable applicators before you try them on your face. If it doesn’t seem safe, don’t risk it.

 

Also, do not forget that makeup products have expiration dates. Just like with our food, even if you don’t use a makeup product, after a certain amount of time the composition of the product can change, making it dry, less effective and more prone to harboring bacteria and dangerous to use on your skin. Pay attention to the expiration labels on your products. As a general rule, you should replace lipstick every one to two years, facial makeup and powders every twelve months, eyeshadow every six to twelve months and mascaras and eyeliners every three months to avoid eye inflammation and eye mites. Also, when using mascara, twist your wand instead of pumping it into your mascara tube to collect product. You can trap air in the tube, drying it out faster and exposing it to bacteria.

 

The biggest do when it comes to makeup is to make sure your skin stays protected and healthy. Healthy skin is the baseline to beautiful makeup that emphasizes your unique beauty. Our My Natural Beauty line is perfect for protecting and emphasizing the natural beauty you already possess. Always stay safe when it comes to your makeup and your skin so you can truly be the best you can be.

 

 

 

 

We’ve talked about how to keep makeup brushes and applicators clean. Now, let’s discuss the act of applying makeup in order to prevent breakouts and keep your face looking just as beautiful underneath. There are many habits we have all been guilty of that we do not think could be affecting our skin.

 

We often apply foundation with our fingers in order to get controlled coverage, but sometimes we forget to wash our hands. You don’t want to miss this step. Along with spreading foundation across your face, you will also be spreading bacteria and oil from your fingertips to your face. Also, when doing your eye makeup, do not rest your hands on your cheeks, or other parts of your face, without washing your hands. You can even put a tissue paper under your fingers, and then rest them on your cheek when applying precise eye makeup.

 

Don’t apply makeup to dry skin! Always moisturize your face, and even your lips, before applying makeup. Moisturized skin makes it easier to apply makeup evenly, giving you a polished look. Exfoliate your face at least once a week in order to keep your face soft and smooth, for a perfect makeup application.

 

Also, when choosing foundations, make sure to choose a brand or a formula that works with your skin type. If your skin is on the oily side for example, look for oil free and matte finish foundations. If you have normal to dry skin, look for moisturizing liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers. They are great for giving the coverage you want while keeping your skin hydrated. If you struggle with acne, use water based, non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t clog your pores.

 

But, the most important makeup tip of all is to keep your skin healthy underneath. Your makeup removal process and skincare between makeup applications is just as important as safe makeup application tips. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse and tone your skin to remove built up dirt and oil from the face, then moisturize your face each night after a day of wearing makeup. Try our Anti-Aging Toner Astringent with AHA to refine pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and gently clarify and tone your skin by removing excess dirt and oil left behind from cleansing. And, for a light-weight moisturizer with SPF 15 protection and a smooth finish, try our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion.

 

Healthy makeup application can be tricky sometimes, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be able to put your best face forward and let the real you shine through!

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

Well what’s really the truth?

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

Pros

Reliability

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

Ease

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

Cons

Every Brand Can’t Have Every Product

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

Lack of Individuality

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

So what products do you choose?

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

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

Before you begin your day, you apply sunscreen and makeup. Then, throughout the day, dirt and oil builds up, and sets in your pores. In order to protect your face over night before your start another day of packing your face with products, you need to start with a clean slate. This why doubling cleansing is an important night-time regime.

Double cleansing is pretty much cleaning your face twice. Simple right? But unfortunately, not everyone does it. Before you go to bed, you need to remove your makeup and clean your face with a cleanser. Removing your makeup will help you clean your skin directly. Your acne products and anti-aging serums will work more effectively when you use them on a clean face.

“Like dissolves like” is a phrase that we learn in basic chemistry. It is important to remove oil-based makeup with oil-based products. Use liquid makeup removers, or more convenient makeup removing wipes. This is the most effective way to ensure that all makeup gets removed from the skin. Then, clean your face with a cleanser of your choice. Try not to have too many nights where you simply remove your makeup with a wipe and knock out before washing your face in the sink. You will miss an important step to ensure the freshest face!

We have numerous cleansers that can fit your skincare needs. Our Platinum Line Blemish Control Wash Formula for Acne deeply cleanses and revitalizes the face by restoring the pH balance. We also have more gentle cleansers, such as the Olive Oil Soap and the Anti-Aging Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Soaps are usually harsh on the skin, especially the face, but these products leave the skin feeling fresh and supple. Start double cleansing tonight, and wake up with rejuvenated skin!

January Article 3We all come across a time in our life when we need a specialist to treat our skin. We need something more than just a skin clearing face wash or a lotion that evens skin tone. We seek out something more effective, instead, like a facial or medical treatment. Searching for a spa or a specialist to handle our more demanding skin care needs may be tricky. However, with the right research, you can treat the more delicate issues that your skin faces.

When it comes to medical treatments for skin care, it is not always necessary to seek out a dermatologist. If you have a concerning mole, for example, your general practitioner will remove and examine it right when you go in for a check-up. They can often prescribe treatments for eczema and other skin-related problems, as well. If a general practitioner needs a specialist to examine an issue, he or she will refer you to a dermatologist.

If you seek an esthetician for beauty related needs, consult sites like Yelp to see which services may be right for you. Yelp is a great tool to see which spa or esthetician is of high quality. Smaller spas may have poor practices and service, but may also pamper you more if you are a loyal client. Bigger franchises often have good standards, and follow a set of rules to offer the best service.

Last, but not least, be an informed client. If you are getting a pedicure, for example, you need to know how to protect yourself from infections. If you shave your legs the day of, and have an open wound, you are at risk of contracting bacterial infections when you get your feet scrubbed. Also, be aware of whether or not the person handling your care is using proper hygiene. Make sure they wash their hands, or wear gloves if needed. Check to see if they are using brand new tools, or reusing old ones. Being an informed, aware client is essential to receive proper skin care.

Having a good skin care routine, such as washing daily and moisturizing consistently, is important all year round. But it is also crucial to feed your skin. How you look on the outside is highly reflective of what you put on the inside. Consuming the right foods and drinks will give you that youthful, fresh skin that you are seeking.

Although there is not much research as to whether or not the consumption of water improves the skin, there are clear benefits to staying hydrated. According Women’s Health Magazine, Rachel Nazarian, M.D., states that “water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.” Hydration leaves the skin supple. Make sure to drink plenty of water after drinking caffeine, which further dehydrates the body. If you would rather not sip on water consistently, you can even hydrate yourself with fruits and vegetables that are packed with water.

Fruits and vegetables not only hydrate the skin, but contain nutrients that benefit the skin by keeping it youthful and radiant. Vitamin A is a nutrient that not only protects the health of your eyes, but the health of your skin, as well. According to Elle Magazine, it “regulates cell turnover in much the same way that a topical retinol-A does, albeit gentler.” Vitamin A is found in papaya, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, collard greens, and much more. Some fruits and vegetables also contain a nutrient called anthocyanins, which controls the formation of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This is found in blueberries and red cabbages.

There are many more of benefits of fruits and vegetables for your overall health and appearance. It is important to take care of your skin from the inside as well as on the outside. Make it a goal to incorporate at least one fruit or vegetable with a meal daily. Your habits today will shape how you will look and feel in the future!

 

635850197284573487-484381917_Setting-Goals-for-2016January marks the beginning of a brand new year – a fresh start, a new chapter, however you look at it! People start setting goals that they would like to achieve, or continue to improve on goals made in the past. One common resolution is to be healthy. People start working out more, eating better, and taking care of their overall mental and physical health. The main objective of these goals is to look and feel your best. Proper skin care is also a goal for many. Skin care not only helps the look of your skin now, but it sets you up for youthful, radiant skin for years to come.

There are some easy ways to maintain good skin. The key is to be consistent with your skincare routine. Make sure you wash off all makeup and dirt from your face before bed. Also, do not forget to moisturize after washing your face. For people with oily skin, use a toner before you moisturize. For everyone, no matter what skin type, make sure to use SPF lotion or sunscreen before going outside. Constantly reapply sunblock if you know you will be outdoors for an extended period of time. Sun damage comes in all forms, from sunspots, to premature wrinkles, and worse, cancerous moles. So make sure you are constantly protecting your skin!

There are some common skincare mistakes that people make. For people with oily skin, do not wash your face with a cleanser in the morning. Simply wash your face with warm water. Washing your face with a cleanser in the morning throws off the pH balance in your face and strips away natural oils, which causes your face to produce excess oil. So sometimes using less products is better than using more! Also, it is important to read the ingredients of skincare products, especially if you have specific allergies.

Along with mistakes, people have habits they know are wrong, but do them anyways. One common bad habit is not washing off one’s makeup before bed, and even before the gym. Sweating causes pores to open up, so dirt and oil will build up if there is makeup on top of your skin. It is better to work out with a clean face – the makeup will be ruined anyways if you’re working out hard enough! A final common bad habit to rid yourself of this New Year is picking or touching your face. Even resting your hand on your cheek can be transferring bacteria and dirt onto your skin! A lot of us do it out of habit and without even thinking about it, but it is something to be conscious of in order to prevent future breakouts.

A new year brings lots of excitement and the possibility to redefine yourself, however you may see fit. If skin care is one of your biggest concerns, we invite you to continue following our weekly skin care tip articles and try Clear Essence skin care products. Clear Essence is a leader in ethnic skin care and has delivered effective and results driven skin care products for over 20 years. We hope our weekly advice columns help you learn more about our products and how to best achieve your skin care goals!

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

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

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

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

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

Important to wear Sunscreen

Beware the UV RAYS

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

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

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

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

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Anti-Aging Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

Clear Essence Platinum Line

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