Why Renaissance is my favorite candy

candy-imageThere are so many new skincare products made for Black women, that sometimes I feel like I’m in a candy store and want to try everything I see! Since the beginning, Skin PhD had always had the Renaissance line to serve the skin care needs of Black women, and women of color.  The most unique thing about Renaissance is that many of their key ingredient are botanicals traditional to Africa, and have been  used there for generations.

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African Kalahari Melon extract  helps to protect against the appearance of UV and free-radical damage, similar to Vitamin C. It’s also rich in Vitamin B6. The Kalahari Melon extract in Skin PhD Renaissance products is concentrated, which is a good thing!

Marula Oil

Marula+fruit+on+branch+LR1Marula is a small golden fruit, indigenous to South Africa. Archaeological evidence shows the Marula tree is as old as 10,000 years B.C. The oil comes from the kernel inside the fruit; It’s more nutrient rich than argon oil and can be used on the whole body.

Renaissance products are also made with other ingredients we love like black tea and Shea butter. Skin PhD has always made products especially for women of color, which is why in this new “candy store,” this is one you should try.

3 Reasons Why Makeup Causes Breakouts- Even After You Wash

downloadMakeup is a must-have for all women, but it can also be damaging to your skin.  Makeup, especially foundations, are like paint to the face and this paint can clog pores that cause breakouts even after it has been washed away.

1. Makeup does not allow your skin to breathe.  Could you imagine holding your breath eight hours at a time? Eight hours is about how long makeup will stay on your face during the day. With Makeup in the equation, body fluids like sweat combined with the makeup stays on your face clogging your pores.

2. Makeup dulls the appearance of your natural skin.  Have you ever taken your makeup off and felt like you looked worse than you did when you first put it on? That is because wearing makeup every day consistently does not give your skin enough time to regain nutrients it misses during the day.

3. Makeup is not skin care and we need to make sure that makeup remains a beauty accessory- not a necessity.  Makeup is made of ingredients that might not be toxic to apply to the surface of the skin, but all those minerals are being absorbed by your skin from the moment you put it on to the second you take it off.

How to fight makeup breakouts:

Give your skin vitamins and nutrients every chance you get.  This will help keep the skin stay nourished while you’re wearing  makeup throughout the day.  Ingesting vitamins will work for your body, but topically applied vitamins and antioxidants are best for the skin, especially because the body does not allocate nearly as much nutrients to the skin, as it receives when vitamins are applied topically.

Try these: Superoxidant Vitamin A and E serum, and Liposome Vitamin C and E Serum

Exfoliate and cleanse regularly. Once you leave work, school, or where ever you’ve been all day, exfoliating and cleansing helps clear pores and keeps the dead skin, bacteria, and harmful minerals found in makeup, from staying on the surface of your skin.  Without exfoliating, makeup could cause breakouts and ruin the appearance of your skin.  Makeup removing facial washes are great cleansers, but only a deep exfoliating product can thoroughly clear pores.

Try these: Papaya Enzyme Exfoliator and AHA 7 Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator

3 of the best ways for black women to maintain flawless skin

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

Skin maintenance can be the difference between having wonderful skin at any age, and looking like “The Crypt Keeper” in old age.  Special attention to your skin on a daily basis will keep your skin looking bright, breakout-free, and youthful.

 

1: Cleansing

Facial cleansers should do more than get your skin clean. Although clean skin is important, the right cleanser will also promote healthy skin by replenishing the skin with antioxidants and moisture.

2. Toning

Toners are not meant to be full of alcohol, they are meant to even your skin tone.  The right toner for your skin will not only even your skin tone, but will also stop over active skin cells from overproducing skin pigment over time.

3. Moisturizing

Having a good moisturizing will give even greater benefits in the long run.  A good moisturizer will not sit on top of skin, but will be able to reach beyond the surface of your skin in order to bring nutrients directly to skin cells that need the nutrition.  This is something that cocoa butter or petroleum jelly alone cannot do, in fact, regular moisturizers can promote breakouts by clogging your pores.

Skin PhD is formulated with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and minerals indigenous to South Africa. Our skin needs more than just a little soap and water. Let Skin PhD help change the way you think of skin care. To learn more about the best skin care options for black women, click here.

5 Reasons why watermelon will work wonders for your skin!

watermelonWatermelon is more than just a delicious summer treat. When it comes to  this superfruit, most people don’t know its true wonder!

Watermelon is high in carotenoids

Carotenoids (7,481 mcg per cup) are actually what gives the watermelon its beautiful reddish color.  Your body uses carotenoids to make other useful antioxidants. Antioxidants dramatically reduce inflammation and skin cell damage by absorbing free radical oxygen atoms in your body and on your skin (when topically applied).

It is loaded with vitamin C!

To be precise, one cup of watermelon has about 15mg of Vitamin C in it.  Vitamin C will tone the appearance of your skin by its ability to fade aging spots.

High in vitamin  A

Vitamin A (865 IU per cup), another antioxidant, is also used for its skin tightening properties and is fat soluble. This means that it will be able to hydrate your skin  beyond its first layer, which means that over time the use of topical watermelon will visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene (461 mcg per cup) is great for hydrating the skin.  This is especially important for black women because as we get older, dry skin can lead to peeling, discoloration, and even promote the formation of fine lines.

High in potassium

Potassium (170 mg per cup) helps rejuvenate skin cells, more specifically, the rejuvenation of collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity, and makes your skin tight and youthful.

Renaissance by Skin PhD uses watermelon and other nutrients to naturally make your skin more beautiful over time.  To learn more about Renaissance, click here.

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5 Reasons Why Marula Oil is the Best Product for Dark Skin

marulatree1Not all fruits are created equal. The Marula, related to the mango, is one of the best super fruits for your skin. It has more vitamin C in it than five oranges combined. It kind of looks like a grape sized honey dew melon on the outside, and varies in color from green to yellow. It  grows in South Africa, in regions where there is little rain, high altitudes and a lot of warm sunlight.

South Africans have been using marula oil for centuries because it is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. The harvest and cultivation of marula oil is a part of free trade, so you can buy products made with marula oil with a clear conscious. The fruit itself contains maruline, one of the most powerful antioxidants used in skincare. Maruline is highly absorbent and is able to reach beyond the skin’s surface in order to repair damaged skin cells.

Here are some of the benefits of marula oil:  images

  • it is rich in fatty acids, like omega 9, which  are best for skin hydration.
  • Marula oil is non-greasy and easily absorbed by the skin, which means it won’t clog your pores and cause an oily feel or promote future breakouts.

 

In a nut shell, using Marula oil on a regular basis will:

  1. Help build and protect collagen in the skin
  2. Reduce the appearance of dark spots
  3. Relieve dry skin
  4. Restore firmness and elasticity in the skin
  5. Sooth irritation and inflammation in the skin, even if it’s caused by chronic skin disorders (like eczema or acne)

The Renaissance line, created by Skin PhD, is one of the best product lines created for dark skin women and is also made with marula oil.

Click here to learn more about marula oil and Renaissance SkinPhD skin care.

3 tips to keep your skin healthy in the summer

Sticking to a good skin care regiment can be hard when you’re stuck dealing with hot and sticky summer days, but just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Don’t let your skin suffer because the summer heat is making you lazy.  Here are three way to keep your skin healthy in the summer, without making you uncomfortable in the summer heat.

 

Moisturize at night

Sometimes when you put lotion on in the summer and start to sweat, you sweat the lotion out of your pores, making your skin feel oily and wet at the same time. Moisturizing at night will give your skin the time needed to be able to absorb whatever oils or creams you use. It’s important to give your skin time to absorb moisture that will help keep it healthy. This especially goes for people who have psoriasis, eczema, or any other chronic dry skin disorders.

Tone, but do it with a product that actually works                                                                   

It’s important to use a toner, especially in the summer for our skin. In the summer, as our skin get’s darker, it can cause dry blotches and uneven skin tone to become more of a problem. The right toner will minimize the melanocyte (cell that produces skin color) activity in your skin in order to preserve a more even skin tone that stays the same throughout the seasons. Be careful to make sure the toner you’re using actually says it reduces melanocyte activity, otherwise, it won’t have this effect on your skin.

 

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is something that can be done at night as well. Exfoliating will dramatically help alleviate summer breakouts caused by the increased production of oil and sweat in the skin during the summer season. If you’re not exfoliating, the extra oil and sweat are combining in your pore, and can form small breakouts around your hairline, black/whiteheads around and on your nose, or even huge, full-blown pimples on your face.

Here are all the products you will need to keep your skin healthy in the summer: This is skin care that was created to satisfy the needs of black women.  Try these for your Summer skin care regime:  Renaissance Papaya Exfoliate, Renaissance night cream, and the Renaissance Toner.

 

 

 

A Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works

Let’s make one thing clear, skin toners are supposed to even out your skin tone, meaning; they should help lighten dark spots, so you’re skin looks brighter and more even without makeup.

A Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works

Acne, sun exposure and even scars can cause extreme discoloration on our skin.

Fact: When you get a scar on your face, or when you pop a pimple, and it leaves a mark; for Black women, our skin does not only regenerate cells to heal that scar, but melanocytes ( melanocytes produce melanosomes, which contain melanin) also regenerate, which is why a lot of the times, scars on our body may heal, but a dark spot is left behind.

Problem: Most toners are not created for African American skin, which is why most of us either buy them and stop using them, or don’t bother at all. As a result, instead of evening out our skin, they can irritate our skin, or leave our skin feeling very dry.

Truth: The truth is that in order for a toner to really “tone” African American skin, it must be able to block some melanin production. This is why most toners do not work for Black skin; they don’t  block the melocytes in our skin from producing more melanin, IN ANY WAY!

Solution: We all need and DESERVE a good toner that actually works.  Skin PhD Renaissance is changing the game when it comes to toners for us.  This toner is one of the few that actually works, and that  not only tones our skin tone, but also helps block melanocytes (by 68%) from creating worst dark spots on our faces.

NiacinamideSkin PhD’s Renaissance Even Tone Day Serum has Niacinamide in it. Niacinamide, in laymen’s terms, is  a form of vitamin B3.  It helps stimulate microcirculation underneath the skin’s surface; it’s even used to treat acne.

 

All you need to know about Skin PhD Renaissance toner:

  • It’s alcohol free
  • It has anti-inflamatory properties
  • It’s safe for sensitive skin
  • It’s safe for acne prone skin
  • It’s one of my favorites!

You should try it! Click here to find out where to get it.