Climate change affects your skin. Take the 50% climate change challenge now!

Climate change creates extreme weather all over the world, and this extreme weather will likely worsen skin conditions like sensitive skin, as well as all inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc.

What can you do about climate change? Take the 50% climate change challenge. Reduce negative climate change behaviour by 50% whilst also increasing positive behaviours by 50%. This way you could improve conditions for your skin and health. For example:

  • Reduce animal product intake by 50%. Massive corporate animal farms are hideously bad for climate change. That’s where all those fast foods/junk foods/processed foods are sourced from. These foods are really bad for sensitive and problem (inflamed) skin.
  • Increase fresh, raw fruit and vegetable intake by 50%. Mother Nature provides antioxidants and nutrients that will improve the immune system and health in most people, and slow visible skin aging. They’re good for all skin conditions.
  • Travel 50% more on mass public transit. 1 vehicle transporting lots of people makes more climate sense than 1 vehicle transporting 1 person. Lyft, Uber, Taxis etc do not count as mass public transit.
  • Use your car 50% less. Try walking, bicycling, or riding a more energy efficient motorcycle.
  • Turn off 50% of the lights in your home or office/place of work (unless you’re in an operating room in a hospital)…
  • Use 50% less hot water in your shower. Hot water requires energy to heat it up. Increased energy requirements are feeding climate change. Besides, hot water is hideously bad for your skin and hair.
  • Spend 50% less time in the shower. Find a more energy saving way of relaxing – like getting back into bed :-)
  • Use 50% less antibacterial soaps and cleansers. Triclosan is really bad for increasing algae blooms in fresh water systems (rivers/lakes etc). Climate change increases the chance for polluting and suffocating algae blooms that affect all other water based life forms. Additionally, antibacterial cleansers are really bad for all sensitive skin conditions.
  • Spend 50% less on manufactured consumer goods. You had to buy that new smart phone because your old one wasn’t working? Or you just felt like having the latest gadget? It was manufactured in China – the leading ‘dirty energy’ user and carbon pollution producer on the planet. Your new smart phone has just added to climate change. While you’re at it, buy 50% less clothing, shoes and general ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your ‘Holiday Gift’ buying to the non-consumer-goods category. Give friends and family the gift of a donation to protect rain forests or other environmental treasures, protect wild animals from extinction, safeguard the oceans, help in international disasters and animal rescues, ensure the humane treatment of animals, and support the development of new healthy ways of conducting medicine…there are so many ways you can do something positive for the planet rather than buying more ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your 401K/IRA/Retirement investments to non-dirty-energy stocks. The coal, oil, petroleum and natural gas industries fuel climate change. It’s less lucrative to invest in green energy and non manufacturing sectors, but what’s the point of retiring with a lot of money in a climate changed world that severely impacts your skin, your health and the well being of the planet around you?
  • Buy 50% more locally made products if you absolutely have to buy ‘stuff’. Goods made in other countries means that ‘dirty-energy’ is used to transport them from there to here.

Because this is climate change week – everybody is focusing on it. Politicians and corporate moguls are scoring marketing PR points by mouthing off about it….but of course they don’t really mean to DO anything about it. It all comes down to YOU. You can make a difference! Our addiction to everything related to dirty-energy-based-power is fueling climate change. Maybe you and your friends can monitor each other’s positive climate change actions and so help reduce the addiction we have to negative climate change activities?….

If you have any type of sensitive skin condition (including acne and rosacea), you can help your skin in a severe climate changed world by:

  1. Only ever use cool water for cleansing. NO hot or warm water on red, irritated or inflamed skin conditions – EVER!
  2. Cleanse only once per day – in the evening. Too much cleansing is bad for everyone’s skin. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Use only gentle cleansers with no detergents in them (so that excludes Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and most other commercial cleansers available in super markets, drug stores and department stores).
  3. Apply a light hydration serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum to help keep your skin hydrated morning and night.
  4. Apply a multi level antioxidant defense complex on the skin every morning and make sure you consume lots of antioxidants by eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day.
  5. Always wear a mineral sunscreen like the silky smooth Sensitive Skin Clinic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc. Wear sunscreen every day, all year round. Skin cancers may become even more common in a climate changed world.

If you have health issues and severe conditions, read this report from the Global Health Institute as reported by CBS News. Climate change has a lot of potential negative impacts on your health.

Climate change has happened already. It’s not just a 1 week issue. It’s now a lifetime issue. Do something about it every day for the rest of your life!

There’s coconut oil in many moisturizers, so what’s the hype about?

Coconut oil is magical, miraculous, natural, and over hyped….

It has been used in many household and personal care products for decades. Lauric acid is a long chain fatty acid from coconuts and is used to create detergents…like sodium lauryl sulfate and all the other detergent molecules that contain the word lauryl (and derivatives thereof). These molecules are used in laundry detergents, dish washing liquids, shampoos, skin cleansers, bath cleaners, car engine cleaners etc etc… The easy way to recognise a detergent is how it leaves the surface to which it was applied….that is, it leaves the surface ‘squeaky clean’. By the by, squeaky clean is totally unnatural and unhealthy for the skin and hair – so stop using these detergent products already!!!! Other coconut derived detergents are coco glucosides….but used in small quantities they are used as emulsifiers in other leave on products. Emulsifiers help bind water and oil based ingredients together to form the ‘cream’ format you know and love…

And the medium chain fatty acids of coconut oil are used in moisturizers…. just look for the ingredient ‘caprylic/capric triglycerides‘…that is what that fractionated part of coconut oil is called… The higher up on the list of ingredients means the larger the quantity of this fraction of coconut oil is in your moisturizer. They are called fatty acids. The term oil does not accurately describe this ingredient. These fatty molecules are highly suitable as skin moisturizers.

These wonderful medium chain fatty acids of coconut oil can also be used in oil based cleansers - like the fabulous Deep + Gentle Cleanser (oil) from Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Yes, you can use coconut oil as a moisturizer and hair conditioner…no problem! Most coconut oil products you can purchase have been processed to eliminate the unsaturated fats (unsaturated fats increase the potential for coconut oil to become rancid). The processed coconut oil is usually aroma ‘neutral’ meaning it does not smell like coconut, because it is RBD oil (refined, bleached and deodorized). Virgin coconut oil will smell like coconuts. Virgin coconut oil often contains contaminants and thus is seldom used for cooking or any skin and hair application…..and these contaminants in virgin coconut oil can cause skin irritation and worsen the clogging of pores. Virgin coconut oil is definitely not recommended for sensitive skin!

So look for the high quality, non pore clogging, non waxy, non greasy, non irritating ingredient caprylic/capric triglycerides in your search to follow the crowds into the world of coconut oil hype….. As I’ve said before, I definitely don’t have a problem with anyone using high quality coconut oil on their skin or hair.

As for the health benefits of eating it….well I’m not knowledgeable enough in matters of nutrition to say very much, other than some people will need to check with their doctors if high quantities of saturated fats in their diet is bad for any heart/blood condition they may have. Coconut oil is very high in saturated fats.

Here are seven uses for coconut oil (with no scientific facts to support them)and the list was compiled by someone who just wants to be part of the hype machine…..and they leave it up to you to research whether there is any truth in what they say….in other words the typical ‘beauty editor’ approach in all ‘glamour’ magazines :-)

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

You have way more sun damage than you think, and it just gets worse

You’re young, you’re tanned, your skin looks great – healthy – gorgeous – impenetrable… ????

THINK AGAIN!

Your skin has aged by the time you get into your teens, by the time you’re 20 the sun damage is set for future aging to show on your skin as you move past 35….brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, maybe some white (no-colour) spots, and then further sun damage to DNA in some skin cells could eventually accumulate to turn the cell cancerous (carcinomas and melanomas).

On this planet, everything will age because of the sun, and our skin ages the fastest because of all our sun exposure during our lifetime. So wear a mineral sunscreen everyday already!!!!

Check out this video to see (and be shocked) at how the damage is in your skin – even though you cannot see it with the visible eye…. and then see how sunscreen on the skin helps protect it from too much sun (note, they are sunscreens not sun blocks – because nothing but a cardboard box can block some of the sun’s rays from penetrating your skin.

Yes, there are many sunscreen myths out there… but there are undeniable facts about how the sun damages the skin…. and that is why so many people (especially white/pink/brown skin tones) have to deal with sun spots/brown spots/age spots as they move past age 35… and…even very dark skin tones (equatorial region) have a great potential for age spots as they get into their 60’s and 70’s…and even they can end up with skin cancers…NOBODY is immune from the damaging effects of the sun while they reside on planet Earth!

Oh, and the sun will always increase the level of sensitivity you experience in your skin…not just from sun burn, but from damage to the immune cells in your skin, to the weakening of the skin barrier function, to increased vaso-dilation and advancement of serious skin conditions like rosacea…

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Adult acne is very different from teenage acne, so the solutions should differ too.

Acne is a pretty complex medical condition, (it is not right to refer to a few pimples on your face as acne)….and adult (or mid-life) acne is a very different condition than teenage acne… especially for women.

The big difference in the prevalence of acne today versus a few decades ago is the level and type of stress that women are under these days… Topical acne skin care solutions will help, but a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, will be the best solution.

Here is a really good article on adult acne written by Dr Christiane Northrup. It is comprehensive and well worth the read – if you are interested in knowing more about your skin condition. Be warned though, it is longer than any article the average ADD person can handle!

Of course, being a doctor she goes through all the medical types of solutions, but later on in the article she also talks about lifestyle, food/diet, and holistic approaches….(it is so gratifying to see medical people step outside their pharmaceutical dominated world)….

My tried-and-true approach to adult acne is described in this article, and if you want to learn more about acne (teenage and adult) then watch this SkinCareTV video.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Acne products increase your chance of allergic reactions

Most people who know me, know that I am absolutely opposed to the marketing hyped acne skin care solutions prevalent today…you get bombarded with the marketing spin and hype on TV and magazines, even doctors offices and medical magazines….hey, some of the worst acne products are marketed under a Doctor’s name….that’s because we are all programmed to believe that marketing hype from a doctor is akin to being the truth….but NOT SO!!!!

Check out this really interesting WebMD article about these high profile acne skin care solutions….see if your well known brand is amongst those that the FDA registers as being potential agents for allergic skin reactions….

If you want to know my approach to Acne, which delivers great results (though in a more natural, wholesome, non-medical/aggressive manner) then check out my recommended products and home care regimen in this blog article.

To learn more about acne, see the 2 part Acne: New Strategies video at the SkinCareTV channel.