Monthly Archives: October 2013

Skin Care with vitamins and supplements

A question from a client:
I know you believe in feeding your body the best foods possible and avoiding processed and junk foods (as do I) but do you think it is also beneficial to add any supplements or vitamins in addition to a healthy diet?

Answer from me:
The multivitamin and supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. One of the reasons for their success is because they market fear and hope the same way the skin care industry does (politicians are experts at this too – so this is not an esteemed group to be part of)….. If you were to have 5 fresh fruit and 5 fresh vegetable servings every day, and have no genetic disorders that create deficiencies, then you will have all the minerals and vitamins your body needs.

Supplements can HELP give you good skin. However they are not a skin care treatment. If you don’t eat properly you will NOT have great skin. Supplements do not replace the fruit and vegetables – they are just incremental supplementation to the fresh fruit and vegetables you should be consuming on a daily basis.. Supplements should never be relied upon. Yes they will assist ‘brain-challenged’ people who live on junk food/processed food…..because ANYTHING can only be positive in their nutrition deprived system….

By the by, supplements are extensively tested on caged/trapped animals in laboratories – just because it appears to be natural does not mean it is cruelty free!

For most of us, supplements tend to be a security blanket – because we fear what may happen if we don’t take them. However, try consuming 5 fresh fruit and 5 fresh vegetable servings every day and see if you don’t actually feel better than when you throw all those pills down your throat. Keeping your body well balanced and healthy with the right kinds of food (and zero of the wrong types of food) will result in better skin…

It is important to note that ‘fat-soluble’ vitamins A,D,E,K can be stored in the body – and this is NOT always a good thing….over-dosing is part of our societal norm, but for the body it is a bad thing. Our society thinks that if a little is good, then a whole lot more must be better! The body just needs the amount that it needs – and no more…..because more can be bad! For more info, check out this article on MedicineNet. There are many research articles on the web that clearly show that excess quantities of vitamins and minerals consumed can be really bad for you…

The latest fad is Vitamin K  – check out the article why are people buying Vitamin K supplements? It’s supposed to help with bone development, blood clotting, reducing visible blood vessels and dark circles……(it definitely does not do the latter 2), but it is important to note that excess vitamin K, like anything natural or synthetic, can be dangerous….especially for people with heart conditions.

As stated in the BBC article above, the NHS says people should be able to get all they need by eating a varied and balanced diet, with any not needed immediately stored in the liver for future use. It cites green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, vegetable oils and cereals as good sources of Vitamin K. Small amounts can also be found in meat such as chicken and dairy foods. The NHS also advises that taking too many Vitamin K supplements might be harmful….

And then there are the media hyped articles about how iron and copper will increase collagen and elastin development – so reducing wrinkles……BUT, as usual, too much of a good things creates great potential for bad things to happen in your body….. Check out the blog entry on Wrinkles vs Alzheimers.

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.

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Essential oils for sensitive skin

Question from a client:
I don’t know if you’ve ever written anything about essential oils and the use of them in skin care products but I was wondering what you thought about this subject?  Are they bad or not?

Answer from me:
I haven’t written about essential oils, and have a friend who is an expert on them, so I’ve been trying to get her to write a guest article for my blog….but she has not had the time yet…

Essential oils are often formulated in a base of oils or in alcohol. The alcohol based essential oils are absolutely never to be used on the skin because alcohol will break down the skin’s natural (and vitally important) lipid barrier. The oil based essential oils are better, but it depends on the type and quality of oil the manufacturer uses. As with everything, price and quality normally go together. Some thick oils with natural impurities can be exceptionally bad for many skin types and may even aid in clogging pores and producing pimples. It does not matter how ‘organic’ they say it is, the quality of the oil and the production process matters when you are considering putting it on the skin.

The quantity of the essential oil in the formula can vary from 1 manufacturer to another. Too much of anything is bad for the skin. Anyone can uniquely react to any quantity (but usually higher quantity) of essential oils. The most soothing EO’s will be chamomile and lavender type EO’s (some Sensitive Skin Clinic products contain a small amount of lavender), and the worst for all skin types (and absolutely never to be used on sensitive skin) are the menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, citrus type EO’s. A stinging/active essential oil does not mean ‘it’s working’….it just means ‘it’s irritating the hell out of the skin’…. This all forms part of what I call the 12 Worst Things For Your Skin.

The premise is that EO molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin and therefore deliver important benefits and results….but that is not entirely true. To penetrate the skin, the molecule must be lipid soluble, must be able to pass through the natural lipid barrier of the skin, and must be in the form that is bio-available to the cells. For example, carrot extract may be high in Beta Carotene, and this may be able to be converted into Vit A in the skin, but it is quite a process it goes through to become a form of retinoid that is bio-available to the cell. As with all chemistry, and particularly organic chemistry as it relates to the human body, it is the size, shape, compatibility, and bio availability of a molecule that matters to each cell. The cell will not absorb anything it does not need nor is compatible with it. Your EO could deliver zero results.

There’s no end to the marketing hype about essential oils – and it is all designed to make money for someone rather than deliver results.

Toners for sensitive skin – or any skin type for that matter!

A question from a client:
Was wondering if you have a plant based/essence toner???

Answer from me:
Toners do nothing for the skin. They don’t tone the skin – most are just water with plant extracts and essences in them. If you have any with alcohol in them (like Clinique toners) please throw it away…it is horrific and totally bad for every skin type.

Water does not penetrate the skin because of the skin’s natural lipid barrier. If you really want a cooling spritzer for your face, you can make up one with distilled water and rose petal extract and spritz your face with it. Water on the skin does nothing other than moisten the outside and cool the skin down – and there is no harm in that – but it is a waste of money to pay for something like that. If you want to really hydrate the skin, use a hydration gel like hydrate+serum. It binds water to itself within the skin – and that is where the value of hydration can be realized.

Food that keeps your skin young and healthy

I have mentioned it before, (ad nauseum), that 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day is good for the health and youthfulness of your skin and body. Mother Nature gives you every mineral and vitamin she has to offer in her massive basket of human food related plants. Well, yes we also need protein….but most animal protein is not good for skin conditions like sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, dermatitis….but hey….you can get protein from plants!!!!!

Check out this website article, it’s all about plant proteins, and make a commitment to take care of your skin from the inside not just the outside….and remember, the 8 best things and 12 worst things for the skin are applicable to EVERY SKIN TYPE…

It’s the only skin and body you will ever have….so treat it well, treat it sensitively!