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In summary:

I will be closing my 2 skin care treatment rooms at 57 West Portal Ave as well as 520 Montgomery St as at Dec 31, 2015, however the online shop will stay open and will expand. Your skin’s favourite products will still be available with free shipping!

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Dangerous ingredients in toothpaste and personal care products that detractors love to sell

I was going to write something of my own about contradictions in the skin care and food industry pertaining to a variety of ingredients…but the article Dangerous Toothpaste speaks volumes!!!! Read it and weep!

It’s all about MONEY – not ethics and sincerity.

It makes me sad. The world is messed up enough without us having to deal with lies and deception in the marketing of food and personal care products. As always, Caveat Emptor rules!

By the by, carrageenan comes from edible red seaweed and is used in skin care products. It is totally natural and organic….so what does that really mean? Yikes, life is not as simple and linear as some people like…no surprises there eh! :-)

Reverse or reduce damage and hyperpigmentation from laser treatments

A laser burns the skin. That’s what it is designed to do. Acute burning and killing of skin cells will stimulate new cell growth. It can help reduce wrinkles. It can help reduce the depth of acne scars. It can help reduce hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage in your youth. BUT it can also INCREASE hyperpigmentation in the skin. It can also leave you with more sensitive skin….

The natural process of the skin is to produce more melanin (your skin colour cells) to cover any inflamed tissue because inflamed tissue is more easily damaged by the sun than non-inflamed tissue. This is particularly important for people with colour in their skin…whether it be Mediterranean, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian or Equatorial African….etc.

If you have an inflamed acne pimple, the chances are you will have a dark spot on your skin when the swelling reduces and the pimple goes away. So too with laser treatments on skin with colour.

Even though you may have very light skin, and have the lightest skin tone in your family, the chances of having dark pigmentation after laser treatments is still a very real threat. Check out and see if previous generations on your mother’s and father’s side had naturally dark skin…you may have inherited those genes, and will scar quite deeply after laser treatments.

Unfortunately, laser technicians (who are supposed to be medical professionals) don’t know who will pigment the most – and besides, they want to make money so won’t be too concerned about your particular genetic inheritance….

For some clients I’ve seen, essentially the pigment is deep seated due to the laser treatment that traumatised the skin and created the pigmented response… It will be impossible to remove deep seated pigmentation, but we can lighten it and maintain it in a lighter form. Sun exposure will cause deep seated hyperpigmentation to get a lot darker.

So, here’s what I suggest (assuming your skin may still have some low level sensitivity as a residual of the laser treatment):

We start with a nightly Vitamin C Serum plus Decircling Serum treatment. I  blogged about how to use it as a solution for the hands – that’s just an example of where this treatment can be used…it is definitely suited to the face and neck etc… if you feel sensitivity, reduce the frequency of application.

You will use it in the same manner on the face/neck, at night, after cleansing the skin using a gentle cleanser (extreme + sensitive cleanser) and only with cool water. Use 2 – 3 pumps of the C + Renew Serum and apply firstly to pigmented areas and then spread out to all other skin on the face. You will need 3 – 4 pumps of the Decircle + Firm Eyes, and apply it over the C + Renew Serum. Do this about 30 – 40 minutes before going to bed, or anytime in the evening after you cleanse. Leave it on over night.

After a few months you will begin using an alpha hydroxy acid like Age Limit at night before the application of the Vitamin C. I don’t rush this step because it’s best not to re-sensitize or traumatize your skin…the glycolic combined with the vitamin c will be instrumental in lightening the darker pigmented areas even more than the above mentioned step. It will still be slow, so be patient.

For now, if you want to even out skin tone during the day, use the TINTED 20% zinc sunscreen for a subtle evening out of skin tone, or the Zinc and Titanium Tinted sunscreen if you prefer a little more definite coverage.

Always remember to keep your face out of hot or warm water. Use cool water only. Only use sensitive skin products.

By the by, all medical treatments are tested on animals, in case you are opposed to painful and torturous experiments on unwilling caged lab animals…

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.

Did your Summer skin look this bad?

Summer is the time most people think about sunscreen, but it should be all the time….whether you are in the tropics or cooler temperate environments.

A friend of mine was at a beach on an equatorial island in February and he looked like this… even though he said he applied sunscreen…

Sunburn Jesse Feb 23_2015

Painful eh! You think that your skin gets over it….but the damage is set and will appear later on in life when the mechanisms in the skin are unable to continue to mask it. The damage will appear for you, and all the world, to see.

And there is also the fact that you may need to deal with America’s #1 cancer – skin cancer. Maybe even have to deal with the deadliest form, Melanoma, like President Carter does? (and this is a great article in the BBC about the president’s cancer and information about melanoma).

The general rule is to stay out of the sun, and reapply your sunscreen often (even under the umbrella or sitting in the shade). If you swim, even water resistant sunscreen will give you less protection. There is no such thing as water proof sunscreen. Sunscreen can never be a sunblock…sunblock is an illegal and incorrect term because it can never block all the sun’s rays. If you sweat and wipe the sweat off, you need to reapply sunscreen, likewise if you dry yourself after swimming.

The most protection will come from inorganic sunscreens (where the active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium DiOxide). Any other type of active ingredient in the active ingredients list….is organic…and that is bad…because it will break down in the presence of ultra violet light from the sun. Yes, there are mineral sunscreens that don’t make you look white/pasty/chalky/ghostly. And they are not thick and greasy to wear. Check out these sunscreens. SPF is a mathematical formula and should not be relied upon as a deciding factor when choosing a sunscreen. Check out this video about sunscreen facts to make sure you know how to make sunscreen decisions.

People complain about ineffective sunscreens, as they did recently about Alba Organics, but if you comply with the suggestions in the previous 2 paragraphs, you have a much better chance of being sun safe, and reducing your potential for skin cancers.

And it is advisable to apply a multi-level antioxidant before the sunscreen. Antioxidants help defend your skin from the infra red spectrum from the sun, while mineral sunscreens help defend your skin from the ultra violet spectrum from the sun. You need to do both, not 1 or the other…

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 best sequence of skin care applications

1. Cleanse first – only at night, and only with cool water. If you wear a lot of makeup, wipe the surface makeup off with a kleenex tissue, and then use an oil based cleanser.

2. Exfoliate – only at night, and only with cool water.  Use an appropriate exfoliator (enzyme or AHA) for your skin type. NO SCRUBS OR BRUSHES – EVER!

3. Leave on products are sequenced based on their viscosity – watery type products go on before gel-like products, then lotions, then creams (they are thicker than lotions).

4. Antioxidants and anti aging serums go on before moisturizer.

5. Sunscreen goes on AFTER moisturizer. Sunscreen should be applied EVERY morning. Only inorganic (mineral) sunscreens must be used.

6. Makeup goes on last.

Check out the video at the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube.