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Three reasons why women of color need niacinamide to have healthy skin

10952647_sMany women of color suffer from the hyperpigmentation of  skincells; this is one of the top skin problems that we are faced with, especially since not many of us know how to treat this problem.  Below are three  of the most common skin issues  we are faced with everyday; three things that niacinamide has been clinically tested to improve.

 

 

1. Dark spots caused by the sun that look like freckles

Hyperpigmentation is any dark discoloration in the skin.  Discoloration can be caused by the sun;  sun spots, commonly mistaken for freckles can destroy a perfect complexion over time.

2. Acne scars

Acne scars, which are most common, unfortunately do not go away on there own. OtherA Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works  skin disorder, like eczema an rosacea also cause inflammation in the skin; and in many cases, once the inflammation is gone, dark marks are left behind.

3. Aging skin

Also, aging alone will result in hyperpigmentation because the skin cells gradually begin to loose their ability to protect the skin.

Niacinamide  also known as vitamin B3 has been clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation caused by aging, sun exposure, acne, rosacea and other inflammatory skin disorders.  It also assists in hydrating skin cells which helps the skin retain its ability to protect the skin.  This results in a more youthful appearance.

There are many skincare products that will claim to include niacinamide as an ingredient, but not all contain enough niacinamide to produce the desired results.  Click here to learn more about Skin PhD products that include this wondrous ingredient; and will have you on your way to more beautiful skin!

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.

A Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works

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.  SkinPhD 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.

NiacinamideSkinPhD’s Renaissance Even Tone Day Serum has Niacinamide in it. Niacinamide, in layman’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-inflammatory 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 to get it or ask for it at your favorite Spa, MedSpa, or Physician’s office.

 

Rhodiola Extract has antioxidant properties for the skin 20X more powerful than Vitamin C

Hilary Bell, Health and Beauty Blogger

In today’s world of heightened health awareness, to say that skin care has reached borderline revolutionary proportions would be quite the understatement.  “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” has long since been replaced by “Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate,” and the average bar of soap simply won’t do. 

More often than not, the consumer beings we are fall victim to the marketing promises on the front of our skincare bottles, and with promises like- “Silky Smooth Hair in 10 Days!” and “Look 10 years younger in 2 weeks!” who wouldn’t?  The problem is that those exciting results promised on the front of those bottles tend to result in our neglect in reading the back of the “little jar full of promises.”

Your first look at the back of those bottles can be eye opening.   The first few names on the list of ingredients will either look like a foreign language or the answers to that Chemistry test you forgot to study for in high school.  There may be no grade involved in this scenario, but these unfamiliar words are no less frightening.  Despite what the front of the bottle promises, these ingredients are hardly contributing to healthier skin and are actually toxic in some cases. 

For example, any one of the first few foreign ingredients could very well be a toxic preservative snuck into many skincare products.  On the other hand, that word you recognize from your Chemistry test may be an emulsifier used to create the illusion of smoother, healthier skin.  When it, in fact, it may actually be a irritant that damages the skin’s protein.   Even a word as seemingly innocent as, “fragrance” can mean that wonderful pomegranate smell in your cleanser is made up of thousands of harmful synthetic chemicals.  In other words, just because it smells like an antioxidant rich pomegranate doesn’t necessarily mean it’s full of antioxidants.

This is where Placécol comes in.  With an emphasis on nutrient- dense plant based ingredients, the backs of these bottles contain no toxins disguised as nice smells and instant smoothing results.  Placécol’s Renaissance® range, in particular, contains a wide variety of products made of natural ingredients that nourish your skin.  For example, the Radiance Toner and Restoring Night Cream contain Rhodiola Extract. 

Rhodiola Rosea, or Golden Root, belongs to the Crassulaceae family.   Rhodiola contains an almost unlimited amount of phenolic antioxidants and contains Proanthocyanidins—a phytochemical found in grape seed, cinnamon, cocoa, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, and black teaRecent studies show that this phytochemical’s antioxidant capabilities are 20 times more powerful than that of Vitamin C and 50 times more potent than vitamin E.   While this is indeed an impressive little factoid, what makes Rhodiola unique to The Renaissance® Range is its ability to penetrate skin with more melanin (darker skin tones) extremely effectively.  A note to you beautiful women with darker skin tones, when they tell you that “one size fits all” for skin care—it is simply not true!  Placécol’s products are formulated and manufactured in South Africa and we ARE experts in this area.  To put it simply, the free radicals you’re constantly warned about in today’s commercials are no match for Placécol’s Renaissance® products.   Also, the Proanthocyanidins in Rhodiola suppress the production of endothelin-1, a protein that constricts the blood vessels.  Why is that significant?  Well, the suppression of this protein makes for greater bioavailability, which, in short, means your body is able to absorb and use ALL the benefits from an antioxidant rich plant like Rhodiola.  To put it simply, it’s a win-win for you and your skin.

We use Rhodiola in our Renaissance® range because it is a powerful energizing and protective concentrate that results in healthy and radiant skin.  It protects cells from free radical aggression and recharges cells with energy.  The result is a revitalized, glowing complexion with improved skin tone. 

Renaissance Restoring Night Cream with Rhodiomax

Active Ingredients:

Rhodiola Extract:       Protects cells from free Radical aggression and recharge cells with energy.  Significant stimulation of the skin’s cell respiration.

Mongongo Nut :     This oil is restructuring

Watermelon Extract:   Assists in the protection of DNA

Benefits:   This special blend of active skin care ingredients help to revitalize  the skin, refining its appearance and improving texture and tone.  The result is smooth, soft, velvety skin, with a radiant and translucent glow. 

 Ultimately, Placécol’s Renaissance products for skin health offer you something essential – results from REAL all natural plant based ingredients designed to work with your skin instead of against it.  With ingredients like Rhodiola, the back of the bottle will never again be a scary place to look.  Once you’ve achieved the younger, healthier looking and feeling skin you’ve been searching for in those other products, you’ll realize that Placécol is the one skincare line that keeps all its promises.