Monthly Archives: February 2015

Is that a hip cool cosmetic line or just part of a major corporation

Do you like hip and cool, independent, products? Well you have to do a lot of searching… Most of the skin care and cosmetic brands available in stores and online are owned by some big mega international corporation….

I have clients who say they like Kiehls or Body Shop or Aveda or philosophy products because they are independent, natural, organic etc etc etc…well they are just part of some marketing giant that knows how to spin you a story about those brands…. Marketing people are like politicians, they know how to lie and separate you and your money :-0

Your ‘environmentally friendly’ company may be owned by a major polluter who spend money trying to stop politicians regulating what they do! Toms of Maine, Burts Bees and Aveda are on the list of companies owned by the kind of marketing companies you hate… Check to see if your favourite skin care cosmetic brand is independent or mega corporate. You can also check out this Huff Post article.

I was reading an article today about how the junk food chains are trying to mask their names out of some new so-called ‘independent’ ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ restaurants. It’s all a facade of marketing! They are doing this because the hip cool millennials are not so impressed with big brands…but with the millennials having constant access to information via the omnipresent smart phone, one would think there would be more research going on before buying into fake independent hip cool brands…

As the article states “millennials aren’t as impressed by big brands when it comes to food, and instead take pride in discovering and sharing new places and products with friends on social media networks”. Although do you really know which is what?  “The (US Taco Co) shop in Huntington Beach, California caught the attention of Christina Kaoh, a 30-year-old research coordinator who was in the area paddle boarding with friends.”I figured it’s going to be a hip version of tacos,” Kaoh said. She only learned it was owned by Taco Bell after reading an article that mentioned the link in Mother Jones. Kaoh said she wouldn’t go back since she tries to support independent establishments, and didn’t particularly enjoy the food. The ownership of smaller brands by major corporations isn’t a deal breaker, of course.”

It’s hard to be an independent, natural, and cruelty free skin care line when these mega marketing corporations blast their marketing hype over every available communications channel and confusing the hell out of the buying public, because the net of it all is that frequency of message (via money) matters. But for me, the cruelty free vegan and vegetarian compliant products of Sensitive Skin Clinic and Blue Turtle Spa matter more. I’d rather be happy everyday that I’m doing something right for the planet. I blog because I want to put the truth out there…and hopefully it can be found in amoungst all the marketing hype, BS and lies of the mega skin care and cosmetic manufacturers…

Does your favorite big name cosmetic brand test on animals

So many big name brands still test their products on animals…it is heart breaking to think of defenseless animals locked in cages and enduring painful tests (and then killed) in order to let the big name cosmetic brand make their claims about taking care of your skin and beauty. They believe that you feel your skin is more important than the life and suffering of any animal on this planet. And for some people they are quite right!

However, I only focus on people who share my beliefs that we are all part of a planet where every species has a right to exist and be respected. No one’s beauty takes precedence over the life and suffering of any animal (including humans – the most destructive animals on the planet :-().

If you are not aware as to whether your favourite cosmetic brand is testing your products on defenseless animals or not, check out this list at beautypedia. By the by, any medical product (prescription or OTC) WILL be tested on animals….

Sensitive Skin Clinic is an animal cruelty free skin care product line with mainly Vegan products (1 product is vegetarian compliant because of milk solids used in the formula). Blue Turtle Spa only uses and sells animal cruelty free products. To learn more about animal testing (with no graphic images) see the SkinCareTV video.

Acne and antibiotics, or a holistic approach?

Medically, a common approach for anyone complaining about experiencing acne, is to prescribe antibiotics. After all, bacteria play a vital role in the development of acne related pimples right? Yes, but there is waaaaaaay more to acne than just bacteria! And with it being common knowledge that antibiotics create many more problems in the body, why are adults constantly being prescribed antibiotics for a few pimples?

Maybe you read recently about the Dangerous C. Difficile bacteria that infects half a million Americans each year…and how it is enabled by the use of antibiotics? Based on this and other common-knowledge facts, using antibiotics for acne is a stupid solution as far as I’m concerned… Most of the clients I see found out that antibiotic use did not solve their acne problem. So why are so many adults still being prescribed antibiotics for acne? I believe it’s because the medical profession does not take the time to inform you of all the elements that combine to enable acne…..

There’s genetic acne and there’s incidental pimples…but the medical profession, drug manufacturers and acne cosmetics manufacturers prefer to lump it all under the term acne. After all, it’s easier to market products to the general population who have been conditioned to use the term acne to describe all types of pimples. I’ve had clients who have been prescribed antibiotics because they ‘break-out’ after hair removal by waxing, for resulting ingrown hairs, and some take antibiotics for keratosis pilaris… Yikes! There are better, simpler, more realistic, less dangerous solutions for these problems….

And if you still suffer from a few pimples even when you are on antibiotics, then you can be pretty sure that the reason for your pimples is not bacteria! Real acne requires a holistic approach to cover all factors implicated in the medical condition known as acne.

A complete acne program will have to address the following factors:

1. The over stimulation of the sebaceous glands – so creating more sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’)

2. Dry flaky skin that helps clog pores

3. Strong keratin growth that enables pools of sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’) to be caught under the skin

4. An unbalanced level of natural bacteria living on our skin

5. Hormonal influences that impact the sebaceous glands…and that is not just monthly hormonal cycles for women, it definitely includes the stress hormone cortisol, and food related hormones due to the typical bad diet of our modern society…

But then that’s waaaay too much for most people to have to consider – it’s just soooo much easier to just pop antibiotics into ones mouth…right? Or just buy up all the ‘acne’ products in the drug store. Rest assured, the marketing hyped ‘acne’ products will not solve the problem either…they usually have a short term result that makes you believe it’s working, then all the old problems return. The solution is to deal with ALL the aspects of acne as listed above. There are cruelty free approaches to acne. All medical solutions are tested on animals!

Check out the real facts of acne via this 2 part acne video. It’s important to note that teenage acne and adult acne are similar, but different, conditions and require different solutions.

And finally, a few pimples here and there, and infrequently appearing, does not mean you have acne. You have a few pimples because of maybe 1 or 2 of the aspects listed above. Check out the other articles in the acne category. Skin care treatments at Blue Turtle Spa will help you to properly address the factors causing pimples on 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.

Skin care advice well heeded is a good feeling

Recently I met a new client….all the way from New York City…. She was visiting her boyfriend in San Francisco and just ‘had’ to come in for a facial…. Evidently I had provided facial services for her boyfriend a few months back and she had noticed the difference in his skin during a Skype call. He admitted that he’d had a facial, and that he was trying to follow the advice I’d given him on how to care for his skin at home….cool water cleansing, sunscreen, and a healthier diet! He started eating more fruit and vegetables!!!! Anyone who knows me, is aware of my penchant to be very insistent on consuming 5 fresh fruit and 5 fresh vegetable servings every day. It definitely WILL have a positive impact on your skin… He was discovering this simple skin care trick himself…

She is vegan, so was thrilled that he was eating more fruit and vegetables. She had also worked for the Humane Society of the US and thus is totally into cruelty free vegan products only. All Sensitive Skin Clinic products are vegan except for the No Dry Skin + Enzyme Gel (it is vegetarian because of the milk solids required in the formula).

It was wonderful to hear that my advice was being heeded. No matter how dictatorial I may sound, I really care about getting your skin strong, healthy, and balanced, and I generally get the results I’m looking for when my advice is well heeded 🙂

Drinking coffee reduces chances of melanoma – REALLY

Recently the media gushed that coffee may reduce your risk for deadly melanoma skin cancer as if this was a fact and that it will enable you sleep easy at night – especially if you drink as much coffee as possible every day….Nobody can really take this seriously…only unscientific news networks will make a big deal of this.

Yet, as reported in TIME magazine January 19, 2015, Health briefing Page 22, most cancer is out of our control because random DNA changes are usually to blame. Melanoma is just such a cancer.  So how can any epidemiological study about coffee consumption have any relevance to random DNA changes in skin cells? And that’s the problem with epidemiological studies – they show coincidence – not cause. These are not clinical tests. They use existing data, get a super computer to churn the data, and spit out all the coincidences that are present in the data. The epidemiological studies don’t tell you how many of those coffee drinkers also wore sunscreen every day (and it should always be a mineral sunscreen)…nor whether there was a history of cancer in their family. What one also has to look at is who paid for the study and report?  perhaps the coffee industry? perhaps some large international marketing companies who sell instant coffee by the ton through Costco and other mass retailers?

The TIME magazine article quotes the scientific study done at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine….quite a different approach to the coincidence approach of epidemiological studies…and way more believable. Sure there are cancers that are greatly influenced by an individual’s lifestyle choices – like lung cancer and smoking, but the vast majority of cancers are outside of our control…

Skewing facts to suit a marketing message is not new – marketers have been doing it for decades.  You need to be 1 step ahead of them by not allowing yourself to be swayed by any type of epidemiological study. To understand more of how they do this skewing of facts, I really recommend that you watch a funny (yet serious) video by the comedian Tom Naughton. The video is about the food industry, but you can very easily interchange food and cosmetics…