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A minority of people prefer skin care facts to marketing hype

Factual and honest skin care information is never glamourous nor seductive, which is why the majority like glitzy marketing hype from big name cosmetic companies or their eager (but uninformed) proxies 🙂 Are you one of the MINORITY?

This is from the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube – comments on the video The BEST sequence of Applying Skin Care Products :

Sonya Georgieva 1 year ago
‘I can believe that for now you have just a 9 view and this have 700 000 views

Are all peoples are crazy?This girl have nothing to learn me just,i like this i like that…
Here in this chanel i learn so much and i’m so thankfull.This world is wrong.’

SkinCareTV 9 months ago
‘+Sonya Georgieva Thanks for the comment…welcome to the club called ‘Minority’. Unfortunately the majority love glitz, glamour and fluff…they hate facts. I love being a minority… We, the minority, love facts :-)’

Sonya Georgieva 9 months ago
‘Hi ,thank you for your time.Yes i know it is very sad.Kiss from France’


A guide to choosing an esthetician

Choosing an esthetician is like choosing a dentist, nutritionist, music teacher…what criteria should be used in deciding who to go to? You need to find someone who is knowledgeable about skin physiology, skin chemistry, and product chemistry. It’s not about whether they carry a specific line of products and that they regurgitate all the marketing hype of that product line. It’s about how they can help you take care of your skin without making your face look red/swollen/uncomfortable/painful. It’s about keeping your skin strong and balanced…

For all my wonderful clients who will be looking for a new esthetician due to my decision to retire….here is a guide to finding a good skin care specialist/esthetician/facialist:

Make the following requests of your esthetician in terms of how they treat your skin:

For all skin types:
No steam (unless it’s for teenage acne), no hot towels, cool water only
No benzoyl peroxide anything…
No detergent cleansers
No glycolic cleanser (it is detergent based)
No salicylic cleanser (it is detergent based)
No scrub (it does NOT deep clean the pores)
Only inorganic (mineral) sunscreen please…

In addition….

For sensitive skin or any skin with any level of redness in it:
No aggressive AHA or BHA treatments
No retinols or other aggressive anti aging products
No hydrocortisone
No hydroquinone (skin whitening)

For dry skin types:
No clay masks – they will dry the skin out
No Titanium Dioxide sunscreen – it will emphasize dryness on the skin

Ask questions like:
How do you keep the skin balanced? See if the answer is similar to what I say.
How often should I have a facial? It should not be a set period of time – it’s 4-6weeks for oily clogged skin to every 6 months for dry skin.
Does diet, stress, shampoo and conditioner impact the skin? (the answer should be YES).

If the esthetician says any of the following….run away as fast as possible because they ‘know not of what they speak’…ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE FALSE/UNSCIENTIFIC/MISLEADING/MYTHS:

/ they will ‘detox’ your skin
/ natural products are always good for your skin
/ organic skin care is the same as eating organic food
/ your skin absorbs everything you put on it (well they’ll probably say at least 60%)
/ you need to open the pores then close them again
/ all blackheads must be extracted otherwise they become acne
/ your skin will be ‘purging’ toxins after the facial (aka expect a lot of pimples)
/ acne and acne rosacea are the same thing
/ oil causes acne – so they only recommend oil-free products
/ they recommend the use oil absorbing products to eliminate oil from the skin (even when you’re not really oily)
/ they believe that squeaky clean skin is good and that they can ‘deep-clean’ the pores
/ a toner is important to pH balance the skin
/ their products have no ‘chemicals’ in them (everything on the planet is a chemical except light and electricity so it’s impossible to get a chemical free ‘anything’).

Check out the videos about skin care myths as well as how the skin works… all helpful videos can be watched on the SkinCareTV channel.

Remember, I’m just a video call away, so make an appointment and I can help you through any conflicts or concerns as you transition to a new esthetician.

Thank you for letting me help you with the ongoing care of your skin. I appreciated your support over the years as well as your confidence in my ability to treat your skin the way it should/needs be treated.

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In summary:

I will be closing my 2 skin care treatment rooms at 57 West Portal Ave as well as 520 Montgomery St as at Dec 31, 2015, however the online shop will stay open and will expand. Your skin’s favourite products will still be available with free shipping!

There are limited duration promotions and special offers that you can take advantage of at the Blue Turtle Spa online shop.

Your feedback regarding your experience at Blue Turtle Spa is requested and a simple 7 question, anonymous, survey can be completed here.

Thank you for your friendship and support.

Dangerous ingredients in toothpaste and personal care products that detractors love to sell

I was going to write something of my own about contradictions in the skin care and food industry pertaining to a variety of ingredients…but the article Dangerous Toothpaste speaks volumes!!!! Read it and weep!

It’s all about MONEY – not ethics and sincerity.

It makes me sad. The world is messed up enough without us having to deal with lies and deception in the marketing of food and personal care products. As always, Caveat Emptor rules!

By the by, carrageenan comes from edible red seaweed and is used in skin care products. It is totally natural and organic….so what does that really mean? Yikes, life is not as simple and linear as some people like…no surprises there eh! 🙂