Monthly Archives: June 2012

Add a little anti aging fat to your face

Being over weight is not good for your health – at any age – even though plump faces naturally show fewer wrinkles than ‘slimmer’ faces….but you can be a healthy weight and add fat back into your face to make it appear more youthful….read the article. It is a medical procedure.

Adding lipids (fats) back into your skin with a well formulated squalane based moisturizer (the squalane lipids come from olives) will always help to keep the skin strong, healthy and more robust as we age. This is especially important for post menopausal women.

Argan or Moroccan Oil is good for the skin?

There is always some hype about ingredients in skin care products, and Argan oil is just one of the many hyped stories out there that will just confuse you. Read the article.

Essentially there are NO anti aging results from using argan oil (also called Moroccan oil in some blended products). It is a light oil and is emollient – like a moisturizer – so it coats the skin and makes it feel soft and smooth. There is no magic associated with it.

As with all moisturizers they should be applied only where needed – it is not a good idea to smother your skin in moisturizer if you are a combination or oily skin type of person. See the video on moisturizers at the SkinCareTV channel.

Antibiotic or Benzoyl Peroxide for acne?

Both antibiotics and benzoyl peroxides are given out freely by medical professionals as soon as a patient complains about blemishes (and not all blemishes are as a result of the skin condition called Acne). Antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide are both anti-bacterial, so they will have an impact on the blemish causing bacteria that live naturally on our skin. Overuse of antibiotics has led the resistant strains of bacteria throughout the body and all around the world. However benzoyl peroxide is way more irritating and drying to the skin than antibiotics…so what to do?

This article about a study (paid for by the manufacturer of the one product…so objectivity is naturally suspect) discusses 2 opposing medicated solutions for acne….both incorporate prescription only levels of Vit A (tretinoin in the 1 and adapalene in the other), but it is interesting to note that benzoyl peroxide increases skin irritation primarily by causing greater damage to the barrier function of the skin (a damaged barrier will lose more water into the atmosphere than a strong and healthy skin barrier). Water is an essential element in every cell in the body in order for it to repair and regenerate – so losing water is a bad thing when dealing with acne and acne scarring.

The important aspect of benzoyl peroxide is that it is dose-dependent…the original scientific studies showed it to be effective in a concentration of 2.5% (as used in this medical solution), but so many over the counter products use excessive amounts like 5% and 10% which just cause even more irritation…more is NOT better when you are dealing with the health and strength of your skin… Read the article.

I don’t like benzoyl peroxide on the skin at all. I don’t like the reliance on antibiotics. I prefer using a gentle cleanser, exfoliating with a alpha or beta hydroxy or a combination of the two acids (depending on whether it is teen or adult acne), using a sulphur and clay mask to deal with oily skin or problems of sebaceous cysts, hydrating and helping the skin repair itself to reduce the potential for pitting and scarring, using moisturizer only where you don’t naturally produce your own (aka that stuff we call oil is actually our natural moisturizer and is good for the skin), and wearing a mineral sunscreen every day (not a sunscreen/moisturizer combination).

For those of you who are impatient and want to use harsh medical solutions…then understand the potential consequences of what they will do to your skin. I will never support harsh treatment of your skin – it’s the only one you will ever have so treat it gently at all times….work with it rather than against it….the long term health of your skin is most important.

For more information on acne see the 2 part video at SkinCareTV.

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.

Anti Aging Stem Cells or Retinols (Vit A)?

The media hype machines of cosmetic marketing companies will constantly pump out re-hyped/re-hashed stories to try and make a confusing consumer even more confused. Stem cells were the big thing last week, now the media hype is that Retinols (Vit A derivatives) are the big thing again. Read the article.

Prescription strength (Retin-A/Renova/Diferin etc) are always going to be skin irritants even though they are highly effective because they are made to penetrate the skin. Over the counter Retinols are still more hype than certainty and are still irritating to the skin. Depending on how the product is formulated, many of them have no way of delivering the Vit A into the skin because your skin barrier will naturally keep them out. I deal with a lot of clients who have irritated skin from ‘trying out’ the ‘miracle anti aging’ solutions containing retinols. Sensitive and irritated skin, as well as skin disorders like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, should NOT USE RETINOLS.

I find the new technology of stem cell activation is a more effective manner of stimulating a more youthful appearance of the skin and is generally non-irritating. As mentioned in a previous article, adding plant stem cells to the human skin is stupid, activating your own human skin stem cells is smart…. That’s why I like Cell Youth Actif.

As I always say, eating your Vit A is the best way of getting it to the skin…eat organic vegetables every day for a healthy body and thus skin…