Category Archives: Animal Cruelty Free Skin Care

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 🙂

CORRECTED. Promotions and information in the Q1 newsletter

The quarterly newsletter from Blue Turtle Spa and Sensitive Skin Clinic was emailed to all clients at the beginning of February. It can also be accessed via the Blue Turtle Spa FaceBook page as well as the archived copy if you click here. Contents are:

1. Moved: The new Financial District location is 520 Montgomery St, inside V Studios.

2. Get 30% off your next treatment – a gift for you, your Valentine, your friends. Deadline 2/14/15.

3. Free product with purchase at SensitiveSkinClinic.com ONLY. Deadline 2/14/15.

4. Write a Yelp review about Blue Turtle Spa. Win $25 gift certificate. Ongoing.

5. Pre order Ageless + Serum at $75. Regular $85. Deadline 2/14/15.

6. NEW: Video consultations (Skype) with Andrew. Ongoing.

7. Price Increases for facials and body treatments. From February 1, 2015. Ongoing.

8. Interesting and important skin care articles and information you may have missed.

BLUE TURTLE SPA IS A SKIN CARE BOUTIQUE THAT DELIVERS EFFECTIVE SKIN CARE USING, AND SELLING, ONLY CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS. ALL PRODUCTS ARE NATURAL AND VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN COMPLIANT.

Oil Cleansing Method…How to use Deep + Gentle Cleanser

Using a high quality oil based cleanser is the best thing for all skin types, and is the only type of cleanser that really does help to lift blackheads and yet does not strip your skin of it’s natural and vital lipid barrier….remember that ‘squeaky-clean’ is so totally bad, unnatural and unhealthy for all skin….

NOTE: Cleanse at night. Do NOT cleanse in the shower. You need to use cool water to cleanse.

OCM in 6 easy steps.

1. Do not wet face. Do not wet hands.

2. Apply about the size of US 25c coin to dry skin each P.M.

3. Move over skin in gentle circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes.

Concentrate on areas where you have blackheads and more ‘oil’ production.

It does not foam or have any of the tricks associated with all commercial detergent cleansers out there.

4. After 1 – 2 minutes add a little cool water to fingers and add it to the oil cleanser on your skin. Repeat 4x. The cleanser turns ‘milky’ with the addition of water.

At this point you will have the distinct tactile feeling of the skin of your fingers on the skin of your face – meaning there is no cleanser product separating them.

5. Remove all residue of the cleanser by splashing the face with cool water.

Your skin will feel soft, moist, and clean. There will be no unnatural ‘squeaky-clean’ feeling nor a sense of dryness on the vast majority of skin types.

6. Pat the skin dry with a clean soft towel and marvel at the great feeling.

It is important not to over cleanse the skin – only once a day (in the PM) is all your skin needs – unless you are a teenage type 4 acne sufferer who needs to cleanse twice per day – but the vast majority of people will just unbalance their skin by cleansing more than once per day.

To remove makeup like foundation, use more cleanser – you will have to try different amounts based on the type and quantity of makeup you apply to your face.

To remove eye makeup, apply cleanser to some cotton and wipe over eye area. Repeat if needed depending on the type and quantity of eye make up you applied. Do not rub harshly – just use a bit more cleanser. Be gentle with your skin – it does not deserve harsh treatment – after all you put the makeup on the skin – it’s not your skin’s fault – so be gentle with it!

Watch the OCM video at SkinCareTV.

Read the related blog entries on the easiest way to stop oily skin, and how to deal with oily skin in the morning.