Monthly Archives: May 2013

No Parabens Please – or maybe sometimes?

California has a safe cosmetics act that bans parabens from skin care products – and most of us comply. But what about those
‘medical’ treatments you use? Check out your products that you got from
your dermatologist – yes – lots of parabens are used as preservatives…
If you want to know more about parabens check out my blog article on parabens….

So are parabens and other bad (non-natural/non-organic) ingredients OK when included in skin care products that are sold as ‘medical’ treatments but not OK when used in regular skin care products? With the way that ‘medical’ skin care products can ‘halt the barrier function of the skin’ it means they can force any ingredients into the skin – and that means the parabens too…. Is that cool? Medical skin care solutions will likely have waaaaaaaay more strength than non medical products, so be aware that you may be getting a lot more than you expect….yes they may work well, but often result in more sensitized and unbalanced skin….so you may need to make a choice between what you want and what you believe in…

It is important to find out what your skin care products have in them – as well as whether there is any ethical philosophy the manufacturer has about keeping bad stuff OUT of your skin care products

How to decide if Natural Organic Skin Care is better for you

According to an industry report the growth of the natural and organic skin care segments is growing fast, fueled by media scares and massive marketing hype….and when fear is created, it is easier to get consumers to spend their money in this market segment. Think of marketers and politicians in the same way…fear, uncertainty, doubt are their primary communication focus, and then they over promise and deliver very little…

So is natural organic skin care essential? Seeing as skin is made to be a barrier, and keeps stuff OUT of the body, it is easy to see through the marketing hype around these products. Check out this video of how the skin works. Both sides of the skin care market claim that the skin absorbs their products – which means you should be looking 20 years younger, or you should be dead – depends which side of the fence you are on. Seeing as we do not look 20 years younger (unless we have medical treatments) and we haven’t died, shows that both sides are just using marketing/political tactics to make money.

Think about this:
1. Mushrooms are good for you – but a NATURAL ORGANIC poisonous mushroom will kill you…
2. Peanuts are a great source of energy and protein – but NATURAL ORGANIC peanuts can kill someone with a peanut allergy…
3. If your skin absorbs everything then why would your doctor not suggest that you crush up your medication pills and add them to your moisturizer and slather it all over your face?….
4. Would you crush up your multivitamin pills and add them to your moisturizer instead of swallowing them?…
5. Do you only EAT ORGANIC food? What you put in your body has a direct route to every cell in your body – whereas what you put on your skin has a very small chance of penetrating and getting into the blood stream… If you eat processed/fast/junk food (a lot of which contains GMO ingredients) then how can you possibly justify the hype around Natural/Organic skin care?
6. Do you use highly synthesized medical solutions from your dermatologist like Botox, Restylane, Retin-A, Diferin, Epiduo, Hydroquinone, Obaji systems, Doctor’s brands of skin care products? Is it OK to use medical treatments that are not Natural/Organic while demanding Natural/Organic skin care products? It’s amazing what we can rationalize for ourselves eh?
7. Excessive amounts of any natural extracts can irritate and damage the skin (Eucalyptus, Menthol, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Lemon etc etc etc) no matter how NATURAL?ORGANIC they are…

Companies that claim you can EAT their skin care products make no sense whatsoever…why not put a whole lot of fruit and vegetables in a blender and then smear them all over your skin? Same thing right? Well you will likely just have irritated and smelly skin in the end….and embarrassed that your common sense deserted you and cost you a lot of money…

Most skin care ingredients are plant based – it’s just fashionable now to claim the product is natural (aka the ‘Naturals’ collections)….but all of the ingredients in products are highly processed. There aren’t chunks of coconut or pieces of rose petals in your products are there? If there were they would not do anything in that form anyway. It is specific molecules/ingredients that are needed in skin care products. UNLIKE your body, that will easily break down NATURAL/ORGANIC food and extract the molecules it needs, and discard the rest, skin care products have been highly processed (heated/cooled/mixed/thickened/blended etc) into a format that you can smear all over your face. SO HOW NATURAL and ORGANIC does that make you feel?

So here is my advice:
1. Put marketing hype and BS in the same trash can as the political hype and BS…
2. Check out what the skin care company does NOT put in their product formulas (see No Bad Stuff as an example)…
3. Keep your body and skin healthy and strong by consuming NATURAL/ORGANIC fruit and vegetables (and animal products if you’re not vegetarian)…
4. Treat your skin gently and sensitively and only use cool water on your skin (hot water is highly NATURAL but highly DAMAGING for the skin)…

Real skin care is waaaaaaaaaay more important than marketing hype….so do what is right for your skin rather than what makes marketers a lot of money…

Home Care routine for Severe Rosacea and Sensitive Skin (UPDATED)

PM Home Care Routine:

1.  Cleanse with Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser or Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser. Use about the size of a US quarter/25cent coin (use more than that if you wear makeup – play with different quantities to find the optimal amount that removes the quantity of makeup that you use on your skin). Follow the process as per the video of how to use this cleanser. I am VERY serious about the process and the fact that you add small amounts of water each time – do not try and take a short cut and use large amounts of water – it will not produce the same result! Do NOT follow the instructions on the cleanser bottle. ONLY use cool water.

2. Hydrate + Serum. It hydrates the skin which then helps it start repairing itself. Apply 1 to 2 pumps all over, leave on.

3. Tu’el Super Soothe Mask or SSC Soothe + Hydrate Mask Apply on red/irritated/painful skin. It will calm just about any skin type, and also nourish it with antioxidants. Use a substantial layer of the mask – do not let it disappear from view – it must be visible on the skin at all times. Leave on 10 minutes. Splash off with cool water.

4. Apply medicated solutions if necessary – metrogel/antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor. This is a personal decision on your part…I cannot tell you that you should or should not follow your doctors prescription….

5. Skin Renu Rosacea Defense or SSC Light + Calm Lotion (if you have very dry skin you may prefer the SSC Rich + Calm Cream) – moisturize all over. This is a great light moisturizer to help add valuable lipids back into rosacea or damaged/sensitive skin – a critical element for the skin to regain strength and so reduce the visible aspects of rosacea or skin sensitivity.

AM Home Care Routine

1. Splash the face with cool water – do not cleanse. Over-cleansing is bad for all skin types but especially bad for rosacea and sensitive skin.

2. SSC Hydrate + Serum. It hydrates the skin which then helps it start repairing itself. Apply 1 to 2 pumps all over, leave on.

3. Tu’el Super Soothe Mask or SSC Soothe + Hydrate Mask. Apply on red/irritated/painful skin. It will calm just about any skin type, and also nourish it with antioxidants. It must be a substantial layer of the mask – do not let it disappear from view – it must be visible on the skin at all times. Leave on 10 minutes. Splash off with cool water.

4. Apply medicated solutions if necessary – metrogel/antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor. This is a personal decision on your part…I cannot tell you that you should or should not follow your doctors prescription….

5. Skin Renu Rosacea Defense – moisturize only where needed during the daytime – not all over if there are areas where you are naturally ‘oily’ – i.e. where you produce a lot of your own natural moisturizer…see the video on whether to moisturize or not. You don’t want to have too much moisturizer on during the day as your skin will often produce more of it’s own due to stress hormones and other hormonal activity.

6. Apply a mineral sunscreen like ‘Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40‘ (with a tint), or ‘Mineral Sunscreen SPF 35‘ (without tint). Only mineral sunscreens should be used on extremely sensitive skin. Apply a sunscreen EVERY DAY!

NOTE: Do not try and exfoliate severe rosacea and sensitive skin. Your skin will have to strengthen to a more moderate level of rosacea and sensitivity before you do that. See the blog entry for a home care routine for moderate rosacea and sensitivity.

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NOTE: 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.…

Truth in skin care: Marketing Machines vs Your Critical/Intelligent Mind

It is a pleasure to introduce you to the weblog Brightest Bulb In The Box. A client of mine came across this blog site and introduced me to them. This blog takes a scientific and critical approach to the marketing hype and seduction that the ‘skin care industry’ bombards us with every day. Like me, they will call these companies out for their lies (don’t forget that these company’s lies are manufactured by PEOPLE who work for/contract to the Company). Yes our fellow human beings are responsible for the BS in the skin care industry…. So be smarter than them – read the blogs of people who know something about science – enough to help you set realistic expectations for your skin. And you can also check out my video on ‘how the skin works‘ and other topics at the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube. They will help you determine the facts vs the marketing BS/hype/lies of skin care product manufacturers (large and small alike).