Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dry skin has 2 meanings

Classifying skin as ‘dry’ can be confusing because there are 2 levels of ‘dryness’ that you can experience with your skin.

Firstly, dryness relates to the amount of ‘oil’ your skin produces. The sebaceous gland produces this ‘oil’ and it is supposed to come out of the pores and cover the skin as your natural moisturizer. This stuff is good – and absolutely critical to the way your skin functions as a protective barrier for the rest of the body. If you skin produces little ‘oil’ you can be classified as having a ‘dry’ skin and you may experience more ‘tightness’ and also see a level of ‘crepey’ fine lines appear on the skin. You definitely will need to add moisturizer in order to make the skin appear more supple, hydrated and youthful. An ‘oily’ skin produces a lot of it’s own natural moisturizer and usually looks more supple and hydrated and thus does not require much in the way of man-made moisturizer to be slathered over it.

Secondly, the upper layer of the skin is naturally dry – made up of dead (keratinized) cells. It is also a way the skin is designed to protect the body. Too much keratin growth leaves your skin looking scaley and rough, and is also classified as dry. Using an effective Alpha Hydroxy Acid at a % and pH suitable for your skin’s strength will enable the removal of most of these scaley dead skin cells.

Oily skin can have dry scaley skin cells under the oil, so confusing people as to what type of skin they have….so the best way to deal with it is to exfoliate with an appropriate exfoliator and only apply moisturizer where needed.

Dry skin with dry scaley skin cells definitely needs to be exfoliated and moisturized.

How you can check for skin cancer

You are the best person to check for skin cancer – and checking on a regular basis – say once a week – will enable you to spot changes that are taking place. Not all brown spots or moles or pinky/light toned bumps are skin cancer, but if you do the ABCDE check, you will be able to better understand what is happening on your skin. If you see something strange, ask your doctor/dermatologist if it should be biopsied.

Sure it is more critical to check as we age, all our past sun exposure will usually come out as we creep past 35 years of age, but skin cancers like melanoma are known to affect younger skin as well…. It is also not just a case of a family history of skin cancer – I am the only one in my family who has had melanoma….

Generally skin cancers evolve slowly from initial sun damage through continual DNA damage due to ongoing sun exposure. If your body does not constantly correct the DNA damage brought on by sun exposure, eventually there is a possibility of that DNA damage mutating the cell and spreading, enabling the growth of a cancer tumor.

The best advice for everyone is to wear a mineral sunscreen everyday – not just sunny days in Summer when you will be out in the sun – EVERYDAY! UVA affects us from the time it is light in the morning until it gets dark at night. UVA comes through fog, clouds, windows – in other words, unless you never see the light of day (which is a very unhealthy existence for most of us), you are receiving rays into your skin that may enable skin cancers. It happens everywhere on this planet, so we just have to deal with it. Which sunscreens are good? The ones with high mineral content. SPF only relates to UVB – not UVA – so don’t be fooled by marketing hype of sunscreen manufacturers who sell you on the high SPF number. A bare minimum daily SPF is 30 – and that only relates to everyday activities, not extended exposure to direct sunlight (like sports or gardening etc. Check out the online store for recommended mineral sunscreens.

Read the article and learn about the ABCDE steps to checking your skin.

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.

Tanning culture will enable more skin cancer in young and old people

The impact of UV rays on the skin definitely enables more skin cancers – from the less extreme carcinomas to the most dangerous melanomas. Willful tanning, whether outdoor or indoor, is not a good idea. Try to just love the skin you’re in…..because 1 American dies of melanoma every hour, so trying to change the way you are made is not a good idea.

The sun is an everyday fact on this planet – and UVA rays impact our skin from the time it gets light in the morning until the time it gets dark at night. It does not take a bright sunny summer’s day to enable the development of skin cancers…UVA comes through clouds, fog and windows…..but we have no other planet to live on so let’s learn to deal with what we have….IN OTHER WORDS, WEAR A MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY!

For great mineral based sunscreen see the online store.

Read the article from CNBC about how skin cancers are the #1 cancer in the USA affecting both young and old…..

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.

How AHA’s work – explains why they are critical exfoliators for skin care

We have always known that AHA’s (like glycolic or lactic acids) are a critical factor in helping maintain more youthful looking skin, now scientists have found the exact chemical pathway in the skin that means these naturally derived exfoliators are the most effective exfoliation mechanism. Read the article.

Glycolic is a smaller molecular size than the other AHA’s so it has the most pronounced effect but that also means it also creates the greatest sensation when applied on the skin. Some people refer to it as ‘burning’ but that expression is highly unlikely in reality….it may sting, or tingle, or itch, but all of this depends on the amount (%) of AHA in the formula and just how low the pH is. An effective AHA will be a lower pH than your skin, so I always look at the pH range 3.0 up to 4.0 (the higher the number the less acidic it is – so the less sensational it will be when applied to the skin).

Exfoliators are important in treating aging, sun damaged skin, as well as acne or dry and dull skin. AHA’s need to be applied frequently – at least 3 nights a week – but it may be necessary to go up to 7 nights a week to manage some tough skin conditions. It is best to use them at night, not in the morning. AHA peels are generally limited in effectiveness – the stronger Jessner or TCA peels will create a more effective upper skin layer peel.

Remember that ‘stronger’ is NOT better – causing major irritation in the skin is not part of the goal of achieving stronger and more youthful acting skin. Please do not adhere to the marketing BS that claims ‘no pain no gain’…your skin does not work the way marketers hype does…

For effective exfoliators, check them out at the online store.

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.