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 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

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.