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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.

Kalahari Melon

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 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.

Pregnancy and skin care

Portrait of pregnant African womanPregnancy is no joke. I’m currently pregnant with my first child, a baby girl and now know this from experience. I only have one more month with the love of my life inside me and get more excited by the day, but watching your body go through so many changes can be stifling; I’m sure any mother would agree.

I was always one of those women who follow a skin care regiment, but during my pregnancy, my skin type changed. I noticed my neck and chest got much darker than my face. I also was very dry, especially my lips, and of course, stretch marks are a given.

My doctor told me a lot of these skin changes were due to the hormones raging inside me and that the dryness and discoloration would most likely go after the baby.  He also told me the stretch marks should become less noticeable after the baby too, but the better I take care of my skin, the lesser chance they have of hanging around post-pregnancy; which brings me to the meat of my rants.

I haven’t really been doing much for my discoloration. I’m very confident that it will go away after the baby. I say this because the discoloration solely a result from hormone imbalance.  If you were pregnant and you still have discoloration caused by the pregnancy, try Skin PhD’s Pigmentation control.  I like this cream because it naturally stops skin cells from overproducing melanin.

Not like discoloration, many doctors will tell you to start taking care of your stretch marks as soon as pregnancy begins, in order to give your skin the care it needs to repair damage.  I know a lot of women that swear by cocoa butter for stretch marks.  Cocoa butter is great for during the pregnancy, but after the baby, I would add Skin PhD’s Scar Away.  It’s made with soy proteins that help repair skin damage and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Most important advice I could give about pregnancy, especially for first time mothers, is even though you’re going through many changes, try to keep doing thing that make you feel beautiful.  Whether it’s getting your nails or hair done, a beauty regiment, or even a girl’s night.  These things will keep you feeling beautiful and sexy, which essentially leads to more happiness you get to share with the little one inside you!

Three ways to keep glowing, radiant skin in the Fall

fall leavesFall is slowly creeping around the  corner. Before you know it, leaves will go from green to gold and pumpkin scented candles will  be in every store you walk into.  Don’t assume that just because it’s not warm, you can’t keep a healthy glow to your skin. The secret to radiant skin is healthy skin.  Here are three ways to keep your skin radiant, even in the Fall.

 

1. Moisturize and hydrate

Moisturizing daily will help prevent your skin from chapping and peeling in cool weather.  It will also give your skin a supple, more soft feel.  The Skin PhD Light Day and Night Cream is made with South African Botanicals  that will improve the appearance of your skin over time, while you reap the immediate benefits of more supple and hydrates skin.

2. Give your skin vitamins and minerals

Just like the body, the skin needs vitamins too! Vitamins A, C and E are well known vitamins that drastically improve the skin’s appearance by controlling sebum production in order to reduce breakouts, increasing collagen production, promoting an even skin tone and increasing moisturization in the skin  Click here to learn about Skin PhD products that are made with these vitamins.

3. Protein, protein and more protein

Protein in your skin comes in  many forms.  Collagen production is often damaged when the sun is over exposed to UVA and UVB rays.  The Fall gives our skin a chance to replenish what was lost over the Summer.  Skin PhD has many products that contain peptides.  Peptides are composed of amino acids. Amino Acids makeup  collagen and other proteins in the skin and throughout the body.  When topically applied, peptides encourage the skin to replicate collagen cells at a faster rate, which lead to more youthful, more firm skin.

With these three skin care tips and products, utilized on a daily basis,  your skin will look like Summer never left!

Seven reasons that will make you want more Zinc in your skincare

zinc1We’re always talking about all the vitamins that are important for skin health. Vitamin C and B3 seem to get all the press, but when it comes to overall skin health, just like the rest of the body, we need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.

Zinc is one mineral that is necessary for retaining a youthful complexion and internal  health.  Think of zinc as the body’s personal construction worker;  it is important to the skin because it helps the body replicate DNA  and RNA.  Without DNA and RNA replication,  cells would not be able to replicate themselves to form new cells.  Zinc is involved in the activity of more than 200 enzymes and plays a fundamental role in every biological component involving growth and development.  Zinc is needed in order for new cells to form. Zinc has been used for centuries in beauty products because it helps collagen synthesis in the skin and it helps wounds heal faster.  Below is a list of seven skin disorders Zinc is known to help treat:

  1. Acne
  2. Dandruff
  3. Diaper rash
  4. Eczema and psoriasis
  5. Burns
  6. Boils
  7. Leg ulcers  

If you want to learn more about skin care that is made with enough Zinc  to have healing properties for the skin, click here.

Summer skin care tips Part I: the top ways to keep your skin flawless this season

summerYour skin, the bodies largest organ is sometimes neglected, especially in the summer. With all the tanning, swimming and fun that comes with the season, it’s important  to remember that healthy skin is  just as important now as it is in the winter. Here are three best ways to keep the skin healthy, youthful and radiant all summer long.

 

Exfoliate and cleanse

It’s important to exfoliate and cleanse because of the foods that traditionally come with the season. Barbecue, ice cream and slushies, are just some of the foods we eat more frequently  in the summer  that can be high in fat, sugar and sodium, which will show up on your face without regular exfoliation and cleansing.

Hydrate

Hydrating  the skin is especially important because hydrated skin will heal faster, and look more radiant than poorly hydrated skin.  This is especially important in the summer because you sweat a lot more, which means the body looses fluid at a faster rate, and sun is more likely tan your skin, which may also cause dryness, peeling and irritation.

Moisturize

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your skin moisturized in  the warm season. Many moisturizers will sit on top of the skin, in the summer due to  excessive perspiration.  Because of this, it’s is best to moisturize at night.  This will give the skin a chance to absorb the moisture without perspiration interference.  Moisturized skin will stay hydrated longer, and will lead to a more even skin tone and less peeling and irritation when tanning.

These things in mind through out the summer is what will give your skin its very best appearance.  With little effort, it can be very easy to take care of skin in warmer seasons.  Click here for Skin PhD products that promote healthy skin in the summer.

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.

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.