Anti agingly feeding your skin organically – not sensationally addictively marketingly!

How exactly does one do this? Strictly speaking it is impossible to feed the skin – one feeds one’s body and all organs benefit therefrom (the skin is an organ), but lack of accuracy would never get in the way of marketing hype now would it? The mountains of marketing hype from skin care companies is overwhelming, but when you add in the food industry, the overall intensity of marketing hype becomes nauseating. Everything has to be sensationally addictive, or addictively sensational (the most biggest best ever!)…. I’m sure anti-agingly and addictively are not legal adverbs  but that in itself underscores the inaccuracy of marketing speak…and so too, in marketing speak, there is more than one way to decipher exactly what I mean when I title the article ‘feeding your skin organically’ when one determines what ‘organically’ means relative to the inaccurate description of ‘feeding the skin’…. :-)

The simple truth is that whatever you put IN your body will impact your skin! So why not make that impact a positive one rather than a negative one?

The essential approach to good skin care is:

1. Start with a nutritious daily diet.

2. Always treat your skin sensitively – no harsh or aggressive skin care products.

3. Find ways to reduce your stress levels….and count your blessings not your short comings….

So what about this nutrition thing????? It’s hard to get good nutrition facts because of marketing hype, and if we didn’t study nutrition at school, how are we to know? The answer – just be basic and eat like the animal we are! Why the heck did Mother Nature put fruit and vegetables on this planet? To make it look and smell pretty? They are there for us to eat…in their organic raw natural form.

We are organic beings and every fruit and vegetable on this planet is organic. Organic means that you and the plants are carbon based. Carbon is the basis of life on this planet. I always state that eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day is essential for healthy and balanced skin – and such skin will naturally look and act in a more youthful way.

I recently discovered this blog, Authority Nutrition, that deletes the marketing hype and exposes just the scientific facts about food and fads. They claim to have 6 million readers, so the 2 people who read my blog may well know about them already :-)

In their recent blog entry on the 20 nutrition facts that should be common sense, I would start at #20 – Blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make sense… Eating naturally is what we are supposed to do – processed/refined/modified food is not….even if the marketers call it ‘organic’ processed refined modified food (#19). Then #17 – Health claims on packaging should never be trusted, and my favourite, #3 – The mainstream media should never be trusted for nutrition information…. Of note is #9, Feeding your gut bugs, as this has been a topic of some of my blogs recently that discuss how mistreating our skin bacteria can lead to, and enhance, sensitive skin

I also recommend that you check out this video of comedian Tom Naughton delivering a funny (sic!) presentation on how science and marketing skew the facts to prove their point and make us spend money….and in the end it all comes back down to the 20 common sense nutrition facts mentioned above :-)

Once you have happy, healthy, balanced skin, we can look at ways that new anti-aging skin care products may help you look even better :-) And by the by, eating fruit and vegetables is the most cruelty free form of skin care!

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 3

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – following on from Part 1 and 2:

3. Climate. For most of the USA, the winter holiday season brings in cold weather, and in turn we increase the heating in our homes and offices. All around us, dry, artificially heated air is dehydrating our skin. Anyone with any level of sensitive skin will feel this more acutely. The skin feels dry, it may crack and flake, it may get irritated or red, it may even hurt. The dry air in planes will also impact your skin.

Solution: You will need to hydrate the skin with a hyaluronic serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum that also has built in soothing ingredients like biosaccharide-2. Use a less aggressive AHA exfoliator maybe even a light exfoliation each night with the very effective Sensitive Skin Clinic Gentle + Exfoliate Gel. Increase the naturally hydrating aquaporin activity and functionality in every cell by using piptadenia colubrina peel extract (from a tree in the Brazilian rain forest) and found in Cell Youth Actif and Total Age Corrector. Do not use detergent cleansers – only truly gentle and sensitive skin cleansers that contain no detergent ingredients. Glycerin and Yucca extract are great for extremely sensitive skin. Other skin types can try an oil based cleanser like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Deep + Gentle cleanser. Oil cleansers are great for removing makeup and also any level of dirt and debris, but it does not strip your essential natural lipid barrier off the skin. This is critical for any level of sensitive skin. Only use cool water on your face – no hot or warm water. Any level of warmth will make redness and irritation worse. Always soothe, cool and calm red and irritated skin. For a power boost to the skin before any big holiday event, use a soothing mask like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Soothe + Hydrate Mask incorporating the super soothing ingredients of Sea Whip (from a marine plant), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Comfrey extract. Use a richer moisturizer that has shea butter extract in it. Shea butter comes from a tree nut, and though it does not naturally have a fabulous aroma, be sure to avoid the shea butter moisturizers and creams that have added fragrance because fragrance will worsen dry, irritated and red skin. For strong skin reactions, soothing aloe vera will help, and to help skin repair, aloe vera with glyco proteins from yeast will do an amazingly good job – as in aloCell Gel by Dr Gimmelsberger.

Being gentle to the skin will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

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.

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 2

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – part 2 following on from part 1:

2. Food. Change of food and diet will often unbalance your digestive system and also can create more potential skin issues. An increase in consumption of complex carbohydrates, dairy, meat, and any reduction in fruit and vegetable consumption will dramatically alter the activity of inflammatory hormones like insulin and prostaglandin 2. And if alcohol consumption increases (especially if you have inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and eczema) you will see a flare up of the condition with increased redness and discomfort.

Solution: Yes, it is difficult, but you need to try and control your diet – resist all the candy and processed foods of the season. Reduce alcohol intake. Your body needs healthy antioxidants, but your skin may need it even more. Use the multi-level topical Antioxidant Defense Complex every morning before moisturizer. It contains 18 different antioxidants in 1 topical solution. Use it IN ADDITION TO consuming 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day!

Being gentle to the skin and treating it sensitively, will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

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.

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 1

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy….but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here are a few major reasons – this is part 1 of 3:

  1. Stress. The usual holiday stress of buying gifts, planning the family holiday dinner, preparing for friends and relatives who will visit during the holidays, or maybe having to be on your own during the holidays, and all this while continuing to deal with stress at work and at home. Yes, you think you’re dealing with it just fine, but if your skin starts acting weirdly, then you definitely are not dealing well with the ‘holiday’ stress. Cortisol is the stress hormone we express in our body whenever we are under ‘low-level’ stress. It is not like adrenaline – the ‘fight-or-flight’ kind of stress hormone. Increased cortisol causes increased break-out for acne sufferers, or flare ups for rosacea, eczema and dermatitis sufferers. People with generally healthy and strong skin often find they get a few pimples appearing on the face, chest or back as stress builds.

Solution:  An extract from an everlasting plant plus peptides and soothing ingredients work in a synergistic way to reduce the expression of Cortisol in the skin. Look for ingredients like helichrysum italicum extract, teprenone, acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester, and sea whip (pseudopterogorgia elizabethae) extract. These can be found in Stress Recovery Complex and other gentle and soothing products. At all times, treat your stressed skin sensitively.

Being gentle to the skin will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

What you eat affects Climate Change AND your skin condition

What we do and what we eat affects climate change. What we do and what we eat affects our skin. If you suffer from any level of sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc, you should be VERY concerned about what you eat AND what climate change means for your skin condition…. Each individual’s carbon footprint on this planet is HUGE. We can’t blame others for climate change. It’s all about what WE do INDIVIDUALLY. As an added benefit, your eating habits can also reduce the amount of animal cruelty on this planet.

In this Yahoo News article, studies are showing that eating animal products is contributing more to climate change than driving your car! Nope – that does not mean that all is forgiven and you can drive your car guilt-free again!

There is also a definite link between Acne and diet – I see it all the time in my treatment rooms – and you can read the blog article here. There is research showing the link between the two. Eating red meat and consuming dairy is bad for acne sufferers. Consuming dairy products is bad for EVERYONE with any kind of sensitive skin condition that produces red, itchy, inflamed, uncomfortable skin with red bumps, pustules and pimples. Read a well researched book (The Clear Skin Diet) about the diet you need to help clear up your skin condition.

And what can you do about climate change? Well, there is a lot…and it’s simple.. Start by taking the 50% climate change challenge.

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.

Eating less (or zero) animal products plus using only plant based skin care products that are not tested on animals, will further increase your positive impact on the planet. For more information about animal testing of skin care products, watch this SkinCareTV video at YouTube (there are NO graphic images in the 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.