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.

Combat uneven skin with this three step cocktail, sworn to leave you with flawless skin!

10952647_sAn uneven skin tone is enough to  kill your  vibe on any day.  Sometimes,  dark patches seem to appear out of no where, even when you think you’ve done everything right!.  Normally,  when get dark spots, it’s because I popped a pimple and it left a mark,  but you can also get dark spots from scars  that aren’t healing properly, and even from the sun     (normally dark spots from the sun tend to look like freckles).  You’ve probably read many different articles, and tried a few products to make your  dark spots go away;  many of which probably haven’t helped you.  If you’re still up for the challenge, then keep reading,  because I have a triple threat, skincare cocktail that will finally give you the results you want!

pap_enzyDark spots are caused by  an accumulation of dead skin cells caused by damage; it could be from a scar,  the sun, etc.  In order to jump start the fading process,  you need an exfoliant that is safe enough to use everyday without irritation, and one that effectively rids your skin of dead skin cells.  My favorite exfoliator is the Papaya Enzymatic Exfoliator.  If you want to learn why I love this one, click here to read all about it!

Next,  in order to fade dark spots and even your skin tone,  you’ll need a skin toner.  Thereren_even_tone are many different toners to choose from,   but for people with dark skin,  you’ll need a toner that slows the reproduction of melanocytes in your skin.   This is because, after we exfoliate, new skin cells are going to come to the skin’s surface, and since we’re trying to fade dark spots and even the skin tone,   it helps to slow melanocytes down,  at least until the dark spots disappear.  My favorite toner is the Even Tone Day Serum. To learn more about this product, click here.

 

ren_repl_night_creamFinally,  after all that toning and exfoliating,  a good moisturizer will make sure your skin stays supple and radiant until you’ve achieved the results you’ve been looking for.  My favorite moisturizer is the The replenishing night cream.  In addition to shea butter,  it’s enriched with  African botanicals and vitamins that your skin needs to stay healthy.

Try my even skin tone cocktail and let me know how it goes! If it goes really well, don’t forget to drop a selfie!

Five little known benefits of black tea for your skin

xylitum-black-tea-ferment-enlargedBlack tea is one  of the most popular beverages world wide. It comes from the a small shrub scientifically known as Camellia sinensis.  Black, white, and green tea all come from the same plant, but black tea leaves are aged longer than white and green tea leaves, which gives it  a stronger flavor and rich color.

I could ramble on the taste of tea long enough to write a novel,  but what’s more interesting is what this tasty leaf can do for your skin.  When black tea ferments, it’s normally referred to as kombucha.  Kombucha is known to  have many benefits for the skin when applied topically.

1. Kombucha is packed with ingredients that promote healthy skin!

Kombucha  is made of many acids and vitamins that are vital in in order for the skin to stay youthful,  like: gluconic acid, glycuronic acid, lactic acid,  vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 and C, and folic acid.

2. Kombucha helps reduce acne breakouts.

During the fermentation process, Lactic and gluconic acids are produced.  These acids help rid the skin of dirt, oil, and dead skin that is trapped deep inside the pores.

3. It is packed with B vitamins.

The B vitamins are essential for  healthy skin.  They help the skin retain a more youthful appearance by boosting the energy of skin cells.  Click here to learn more about the B vitamins!

4. Kombucha helps reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Some of us are born with freckles, but sometimes, little dark spots form over time.  The Citric acid in kombucha helps slow the production of melanocytes, and helps fade existing dark marks.

5. Kombucha helps restore the natural ph balance in the skin.

Sometimes our diets and environmental pollution can increase the ph in skin, which might result in breakouts.  The acids in kombucha help cleanse the skin and restore its natural ph levels.

Even though Kombucha is a super food for our skin, not all products with kombucha are created equal. Skin PhD Renaissance Toner is made with the best Kombucha.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

Why night time is the best time to care for our skin

full_mon_skyI’ve heard some skin care experts say that the time of day you choose to do your skin care regiment is insignificant, it makes no difference.  I HIGHLY disagree  with this, partly from research, but mostly from personal experience.  Let me share with you a little bit about my skin type.  I have had eczema ever since I can remember. When I was a child it was terrible, but now I usually  only get small breakouts at the beginning of the season’s change.  I also have very sensitive skin, and for a long time I couldn’t use many store brand soaps, and I could never wear perfume.  So I started caring for my skin at night out of convenience at first, but over time I really began to see a difference in my skin’s health by doing my beauty regiment at night, versus during the day.

sleeping-378x379Night time, or right before you go to sleep is the best time to do your skin care regiment for many reasons. In the morning you’re sweating, you’re wearing makeup, you’re moving around, you may even be around smoke, or having a cigarette yourself.  All these factors take away from your skins ability to replenish itself during the day.

Night is a much better time to moisturize and exfoliate because it is more likely that things like pollution, sweat, and makeup won’t be effecting your skin at this time and it will really have time to rest. Your skin will have an opportunity to take full advantages of the products your using.  Here are some great products to invest in for your night time regiment:

SkinPhD’s Night time replenishing cream with marula oil, shea butter and jojoba.

SkinPhD AHA Amidroxy exfoliator made from the natural fruit acids.   This was also featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

SkinPhD  Liposome Vitamin C and E serum.

Three ways to keep your skin from having a Fall meltdown!

Fall is actually my favorite season:the best clothes the best colors, and the best weather, but sometimes  the dry air and cool temperatures can really dry out your skin.  Here are three ways for us to combat the fall dry-out.

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1. Use thick moisturizers at night. Doing this will allow your skin to soak up as much moisture as possible with out interruption from things like the sun, sweat, smoke, and any of the other elements that may cause harm to our skin.  Pay special attention to parts of your skin that feel extra dry, or that are already peeling.  Skin PhD replenishing night cream is made with shea butter and marula oil, and is great for our skin no matter the season.

2. Exfoliate, 2-3 times a week. For some, this number could even be reduced to  1-2 times a week.  excessive exfoliating could cause your skin to peel from lack of moisture; on the flip side, not exfoliating enough could cause breakouts and make it hard to hydrate healthy skin.  Start with twice a week and see how your skin reacts. If you feel too dry, then lower your exfoliating to once a week. If you feel oily, or if your skin starts to look scaly, the up to thee times a week.  Skin PhD has a lot of great exfoliators for our skin; my favorite is the papaya exfoliator.

3. Don’t use hard soaps on your skin, especially your face.  Hard soaps, filled with perfume and sulfurs are always harsh on skin, but they become even more detrimental once the seasons change and cool weather starts to take its toll.  Use moisturizing soaps instead.  You will see a drastic difference in the tightness of your skin after cleansing.  My favorite is the foaming facial wash with marula oil; I have extremely sensitive skin, and this  cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated with no irritation.

3 Signs of Aging Skin in African American Women

Acne-scar-fade-creams-for-black-women1: Discoloration For black women, discoloration can occur in two ways.  Sometimes little spots on the face that to look like freckles are really age spots that occur because of sun damage on our skin.  Another form of discoloration is pigmentation that seems to be concentrated in specific areas of the skin. For example, the area around the eyes,  mouth or neck might suddenly become darker than the rest of you face.

2. Dryness Sometimes as we age, the skin can inherit a seemingly permanent dry feeling. No matter how moisturized the skin is, it still doesn’t seem as bright and soft as it might have been at a younger age.

3: Peeling Peeling is a great indicator of dryness as well, but it is also a sign of irritated skin or skin that has suffered from inflammation, adult breakouts, and sun damage. As African American women, we have been led to believe that environmental elements like the sun cause no damage, but actually, the sun plays a great role in aging our skin as well.

Here’s how to fight it:

Cleansing-for-black-skin1: Exfoliate Exfoliating at least three to four times a week will get rid of the dead skin, dirt and bacteria that stick around even after washing with soap and water.  Exfoliating regularly allows the healthier, more beautiful skin a chance to come to the surface and be seen.  It will leave your skin soft, radiant, and free from peeling and age spots.

The best exfoliator for us:  AHA 7 Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator, selected best anti-aging product on the Dr. Oz show.

2: Tone No, i don’t mean grab those weights sitting on the floor in your living room. When it comes to your skin, toning refers to the process of keeping the skin on your face as close to the same color as possible.  It can be a challenge to keep the two-tone effect from happening to our skin and not all toners are created for African American women’s needs.  The secret is to find a toner that fights the production of overactive melanocytes in order to stop the formation of age spots and discoloration around the neck, eyes and mouth.

The best toner for us: Radiance toner and Even Tone Day Serum

3: Give your skin a vitamin Unfortunately, moisturizers do not get the job done all on their own.  As we age, the skin needs help replenishing vitamins and nutrients that it cannot receive from the body as easily.  Serums are highly potent forms of vitamins and nutrients that the skin can easily absorb and benefit from.  Serums are not moisturizers, so they are not shiny or oily, but they do make the skin look and feel better.

The best Serum for us: Liposome  Vitamin C and E Serum

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.

Top three reasons why body soaps can be DETRIMENTAL to the skin on your face

10952647_sI know  a lot of women (I being one of them), who use one washing cloth for the face, and another for the body.  In good hygiene this makes sense, but why don’t we use two different cleansers: one for our face and one for our body as well?  Whatever body wash you use, I’m sure makes your body feel clean, but here are three real reasons why you need a different cleanser for you face.

1. Body cleansers contain water softeners that irritate skin and leave the face feeling and looking dry.

2. The skin on the face is not as rough as the skin on the body. The surfactants in regular body soaps are too harsh, and strip the skin on your face of much needed natural moisturizers.

3. Body soaps often contain added coloring and perfume that might not irritate the skin on your body, but are especially irritating to the skin on the face.  Even people with skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis are recommended not to use these types of soaps.

SkinPhDrenfacialwashYour face needs a cleanser that is mild, that doesn’t strip the skin of it’s natural oils, and that can help the skin on your face look better over time.The Skin PhD Renaissance cleanser, especially made for Black women is a foaming wash that won’t leave our skin feeling dry, and is made with fruit botanicals from Africa, vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin, and lipids (fats) that leave our skin looking more supple and bright with every use.

Learn more about the Renaissance Foaming Facial Wash by clicking here.

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.