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 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 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.

 

 

 

What Exfoliants for women over 25 MUST have in them!

warped-1368896184512The #1 culprit of premature lines, big-huge visible pores and dry skin, is lack-of-exfoliation. Dead skin can do more damage than you think.  Exfoliating my skin is the one thing that always works for me and is something that I recommend both men and women to add to their morning routine.

What Exfoliating can do for you:
1. Sometimes our skin peels, or may look or feel dry or somewhat scaly; especially in the Summer and Winter seasons.  Exfoliating the skin will virtually stop your skin  from peeling, or feeling dry.

2. Makeup, like foundation and powder settle into the skin and can magnify fine lines, pores and the appearance of dry skin as you wear it throughout the day. Exfoliating will make your makeup application much smoother.

3. Exfoliating minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines.

I could go on forever about why you should exfoliate, but before I start to ramble on, here are a few things that I think are a MUST for women and men over 25, that need to be in the exfoliant you use.

What your exfoliant should have in it if you’re over 25:

1: Your exfoliant should have Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C has anti-aging effects. It is often used to fade age spots, and is great for getting rid of the dead skin on the surface of the skin, which can make fine lines appear, way before their time.

2: Vitamin A is also something that your exfoliant should have. Vitamin also has anti-aging properties and cuts down on inflammation in the skin.

papayaSkin PhD has a papaya extract exfoliator that incorporates different vitamins including C and A. These vitamins are able to reach below the surface of the skin to make your skin appear and feel younger, smoother, and more supple over time.

To learn more about exfoliators and  how to choose one for your skin type, click here.

Black women: nourish our skin, like we nourish our hair

 

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

For us, hair is everything.  I used to perm my hair every four weeks without skipping a beat (of course after it all broke off,and my perm days were over); doobies, hair conditioning treatments, remy weaves, braids and wigs and the list goes on and on.  As Black women, we love our hair and spend thousands of dollars a year on hair products, but when it comes to skin care; many of us only use a few things- soap, shea or cocoa butter and maybe a toner.

I used to make all my skin care from scratch right in my kitchen. For me, the products on the market either irritated my skin, were too expensive, weren’t made for black women, or just didn’t work all together. Just last year I met a woman in the mall; we were both in the cosmetics section of a store, and she wast talking about Skin PhD Renaissance,  a skin care line from South Africa that was tested and created for Black women. I took her advice in trying it and I haven’t  made a homemade facial mask since!

I think that Black women deserve luxury skin care that works.  Shea butter and cocoa butter are  great, but there are so many more products available now that work wonders on our skin. We don’t have to jump from product to product hoping that the next  one might work better than the last; companies  like Skin PhD are creating products that are made for our skin, and that are worth every penny.

To learn more about Skin PhD, skin care from South Africa, click here.

If you want to see what Skin PhD Renaissance has done for my skin, and learn about my favorite products, click here.

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.