Monthly Archives: September 2013

Great advances in skin care for anti aging – what’s the cost?

How often does the media inform us of great ‘advances’ that show how science can make us look younger, feel better, cure major illnesses? They excitedly tell us that animal test show how the animal was cured of a disease, or was made to live longer etc. The media fails to inform us that thousands of animals died painful deaths leading up to the final conclusions, and they fail to tell us that the ‘successful’ animal was killed off after the experiment was over.

Why does humanity think it’s ok to test cosmetics and drugs on animals? Is it ok to torture and kill animals in order discover new ways to make us look and feel younger? or to save human lives? or to extend the life span of humans? It’s a real ethical question eh? And when you discover how much these animals know and can experience – would you feel comfortable supporting companies, universities, and all the individuals involved in conducting tests on caged animals stored in laboratory settings? Please read this wonderful WSJ article about the brains of the animal kingdom. To learn more about animal testing, see this video.

By living on this planet, we have to accept the fact that all the natural elements and chemicals around us are designed to kill us off….and maintain a balance. Is ‘balance’ really what humanity is about?

By keeping your skin in balance with soothing, calming skin care products that are not tested on animals, it can be a precursor to developing a balance in our health, our social and business life, our community, our planet, and the care of all life forms that inhabit it with us….

It is a dream that I want to believe in…

By the by, all ‘FDA Approved’ drugs, treatments, medical devices, have all been tested on animals. All anti aging treatments at the MedSpa/Dermatologist Spa/Doctor’s office, have been tested on animals.

New Anti Aging Ingredients in Skin Care

There are 2 new anti aging ingredients for skin care products that can help you slow down the natural aging process in your skin….Astaxanthin and Ergothioneine….

Astaxanthin is derived from micro algae and is considered an essential anti aging antioxidant. It helps protect cell membranes from being damaged by free radicals. In short, accumulative increases in free radical attacks cause aging due to accumulative damage to skin cells. Think of free radicals as teenage kids that cause physical damage to the walls of their bedrooms due to their hyperactive nature

Antioxidants like Astaxanthin and Vitamin C (in the esterized version called Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), have been scientifically shown to be an incredibly powerful force against free radicals.  Astaxanthin has been tested and shown to be stronger at cell membrane protection than Idebenone, Beta Carotene and Vitamin E. It is an orange coloured ingredient – but it is not to be confused with Beta Carotene from Carrots.

This is the reason why the C + Renew Serum has both Astaxanthin and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. It protects and renews….and keeps aging at bay!

Ergothioneine is derived from mushrooms, and has a strategic role to play in keeping the cell active and functioning in a youthful way. It protects the mitochondria – organelles that create all the energy in every cell in our body. Creating all that energy means they suffer damage, and most of that damage is in the form of free radicals. Keeping the mitochondria healthy is strategic to younger looking skin (and bodies). Scientific studies have shown that Ergothioneine is also a superior antioxidant to Idebenone.

Ergothioneine is a strategic ingredient in Cell Youth Actif, and helps reduce potential for age spots/liver spots as we age. Stress Recovery Complex also contains Ergothioneine.

To learn more about antioxidants, see the video. Of course, applying antioxidants to the skin MUST be accompanied by the daily use of a mineral sunscreen….

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 to reduce the potential for Age Spots (aka Liver Spots)

Age spots are those brown spots that will not go away, even after having chemical peels, IPL treatments, and constant use of pigment-lifting alpha hydroxy acid exfoliators….they remain as a dark spot on the skin, and more appear as we age….

Sure, a lot of the dark spots on our skin are from sun damage that we did decades ago. We can get rid of some completely with appropriate AHA Some we will just lighten, but not eliminate, due to the melanin producing cells in our skin being irreparably damaged by decades of sun exposure.

Age spots result from the enzymes in your skin not functioning well. Instead of the Lysosome enzymes killing off the damaged cell (or organelle, particularly the mitochondria) properly, it does a bad job, and leaves a residue of damaged molecules that accumulate into what Dr Murad calls ‘cellular sludge’. The natural process in the skin is known as lipofuscin.

To reduce the potential for these ‘cellular sludge’ build ups, we need to make sure the cells and enzymes are healthier, and less likely to become lipofuscin.

Scientifically it has been shown that ergothioneine, from mushrooms is 1 source, will slow down the aging process caused by lipofuscin. This will reduce the potential for those Age Spots to appear on your skin….and never go away….

Your solution and daily task… to eat mushrooms daily (a few scattered on a pizza dose not count) as in chunky mushroom pie, soup or salad, and to apply ergothioneine rich Cell Youth Actif AM and PM on your skin, before your moisturizer.

AND wear a mineral sunscreen EVERY DAY!

For more information watch the video on Brown Spots/Age Spots/Sun Damage.

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.

Treating sensitive skin with the right ingredients

I have long been an advocate for treating all skin sensitively, in particular sensitive/red/irritated/inflamed skin, and a recent article in the August 2013 DaySpa magazine (P46 – 52) by Tracy Morin, is finally focusing on the fact that sensitive skin needs different ingredients and different treatment.

According to Amos Levian of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals, ‘nine out of 10 women employ this descriptor (sensitive skin) for their skin’. I know this is true because most women (and a lot of men) whom I treat in my skin care locations, will say they have sensitive skin. Of course the term means different things to different people, and based on my experience with clients, I established the 3 levels of sensitivity approach to enable clients to rate their sensitivity.

The article points out that facial scrubs, many cosmetic products, sun exposure and medications are some of the major irritants of sensitive skin. Anna Sforza, an esthetician and educator at Somme Institute says that ‘overuse of at-home rotary brushes…the resulting loss of the barrier can cause the skin to become very sensitive’… Those that know me are aware of my opposition to brushes (like Clarisonic etc) at all times….no skin should be scrubbed or brushed!

Essentially sensitive skin cannot accommodate many of the ingredients in so many skin care products (even those falsely marketed as for sensitive skin). See the 12 worst things for sensitive skin.

The article highlights some typical soothing ingredients for sensitive skin like Chamomile, Lavender, Aloe, and Oatmeal. Another highly prized anti-inflammatory ingredient is Sea Whip, an extract from a sea plant that was discovered by the Scripps Institute in San Diego. But it is not just a matter of having those ingredients listed in the marketing material, it is essential that the product is formulated, in it’s entirety, for sensitive skin. If antiaging Vitamin C products are to be used for sensitive skin, make sure it is the esterized version of Vitamin C, not the water soluble form used in most Vitamin C products. And of course, use only cool water on your skin – never hot nor warm water….

Naturally, anyone can be uniquely reactive to any ingredients (I had a client recently that reacts to aloe vera), and many people are reactive to preservatives used in products. Preservatives are necessary to make products safe to use by preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi in the product, and many ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products will claim to not use preservatives, but they do – they use high quantities of essential oils to act as the preservative. High quantities of essential oils will invariably irritate sensitive skin.

Sunscreens can also be irritating for sensitive skin, and many erroneously classify the irritants as ‘chemical sunscreen ingredients’. That is marketing hype and incorrect terminology because everything on this planet is a chemical, except light and electricity. They make out as if the minerals Zinc and Titanium are not chemicals….well they are chemicals, but they are excellent chemicals for sensitive skin sunscreens. The active ingredients on your sunscreen should only list either or both Zinc Oxide and Titanium DiOxide. Anything else in the active ingredients list will probably be an irritating sunscreen ingredient for sensitive 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.

Safeguard your bacteria for skin and body health

It has been postulated, and semi-proven, that bacteria can make us very healthy….the right bacteria that is.

In this news article, they are looking at how the wrong bacteria in your digestive system can actually lead to obesity, whereas the right bacteria will keep you lean….. Simple right!

Well it can be simple if we encourage the right bacteria by eating the right kind of food in the first place! Processed food and junk food (both of which are the majority in the American diet) will definitely feed and encourage the bad bacteria. So bad diet = bad bacteria = bad health! Bad health often leads to bad skin. Bad skin could mean Acne, or Rosacea, or overall Sensitive Skin.

Fighting bacteria all the time leads to a weakened system,
and people who use antibiotics and antibiotic creams on their skin will
not have a long term solution to their skin problems
. So many clients
are put on antibiotics and antibiotic creams by medical professionals
only to find out that the results were exceptionally short lived and the
bacteria became resistant to the drugs. Sound familiar?

I prefer to treat the skin gently and sensitively, and address all the factors that impact a skin disorder like acne. See the 2 part video for more information on how to deal with acne.

I believe that eating properly will also help deal with acne by improving conditions for your good bacteria. See my previous article on safeguarding your microbiome – because we are all just one big mass of bacterial cells…and not many human cells at all…

You can read the article here learn more about using bacteria to resolve some health issues. I am absolutely against using defenseless animals in tests like the one described in this article. If you don’t have willing humans to test on, then don’t do it. Test results on animals seldom translate into humans (a fact admitted by the FDA), so is it just about making money/raising money/getting fame and glory that these scientists conduct this type of inhumane treatment of animals?

And of course they want to turn this research into a ‘pill’ – one that big Pharma will sell and make millions on… However, simply eating properly costs a lot less – but it appears to never be talked about… probably because simply eating real fruit and vegetables does not make any money for big Pharma…the usual story in American society!

Fruit and vegetables will encourage the good bacteria. Simple! But our society does not believe in simple…it prefers to allow marketing companies to warp our minds with ‘quick and easy’, ‘saving you time’ processed food that basically lies about it’s health benefits…. It appears that lies are tasty!

I really recommend that you review a great documentary Forks Over Knives to help make more informed decisions about how you want to live your life.

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.