Category Archives: Moisturizers

The best way to stop oily skin

1. Use a truly gentle cleanser and cleanse at night only, using cool water.
2. Do all your treatments at night – like exfoliation, hydration, repair and anti-aging.
3. Moisturize only at night – and only where you need it….where you naturally produce a lot of oil (your skin’s natural moisturizer, don’t put man-made moisturizer there (even those marketing hyped ones called ‘oil-free’).
4. In the morning splash your face with cool water – no cleansing.
5. Apply sunscreen.

So, stop using detergent cleansers – they will give you ‘squeaky-clean’ skin for about 2 hours and then your skin will naturally produce a whole lot more oil….it’s a totally natural process that detergent cleansers will just exacerbate. Detergent cleansers will be those labeled for ‘oily’ or ‘acne’ skin. See the video on ‘cleansers – do they differ and do they matter‘.

Hot water does the same thing as a detergent cleanser – it will remove the oil on your skin (your skin’s natural moisturizer), making you feel ‘squeaky and oil-free, but within 2 hours you will be oily again.

When you start using the proper types of products for your skin, you may well find that you are not as oily as you thought you were…..your skin will start balancing into it’s more ‘normal’ mode.

Those of us with truly oily skin will benefit greatly from this process. Using as few products during the day as possible will be the best thing (NEVER omit the sunscreen though)! During the day we naturally produce more oil because of a whole bunch of hormonal influences (stress, food related etc), so don’t overdo anything for your skin in the morning. If during the day you feel your skin feels dry, then the next morning add a little moisturizer and see how your skin feels that day….and so on until you find what is optimal for your skin….

Add a little anti aging fat to your face

Being over weight is not good for your health – at any age – even though plump faces naturally show fewer wrinkles than ‘slimmer’ faces….but you can be a healthy weight and add fat back into your face to make it appear more youthful….read the article. It is a medical procedure.

Adding lipids (fats) back into your skin with a well formulated squalane based moisturizer (the squalane lipids come from olives) will always help to keep the skin strong, healthy and more robust as we age. This is especially important for post menopausal women.

Argan or Moroccan Oil is good for the skin?

There is always some hype about ingredients in skin care products, and Argan oil is just one of the many hyped stories out there that will just confuse you. Read the article.

Essentially there are NO anti aging results from using argan oil (also called Moroccan oil in some blended products). It is a light oil and is emollient – like a moisturizer – so it coats the skin and makes it feel soft and smooth. There is no magic associated with it.

As with all moisturizers they should be applied only where needed – it is not a good idea to smother your skin in moisturizer if you are a combination or oily skin type of person. See the video on moisturizers at the SkinCareTV channel.

Home care routine for moderate rosacea or sensitive skin (UPDATED)

Moderate Rosacea or Sensitive Skin:
PM Home Care Routine:


1.  Cleanse with Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser or SSC Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser.
Use about the size of a US quarter/25cent coin (use more than that if you wear makeup – play with different quantities to find the optimal amount that removes the quantity of makeup that you use on your skin). Follow the process as per the video of how to use this cleanser. Do NOT follow the instructions on the Dr Schwab cleanser bottle. ONLY use cool water.

2. Exfoliate with SSC Gentle + Exfoliate Gel.
Apply 1 pump on dry skin (meaning there is no water remaining on the skin after cleansing). It will definitely cause a sensation on the skin – for some it will be a tingle, for some it will be stinging, for some it will be itching. If you can tolerate it for 3 minutes – that is great – or for any length of time you can tolerate up to 3 minutes. Splash off with cool water. Start off using it once a week and then build up to 3x per week (never 3 days in a row – always separate the days out – like Mon – Wed – Fri).  You may be able to progress to stronger exfoliators like Age Limit as your skin strengthens.

3. Relief + Serum
– apply 1 to 2 pumps all over, leave on. NOTE: I will be coming out with another relief serum in the 2nd half of the year.

4. Apply  aloCell Gel. Apply about the size of a large pea. It hydrates the skin and helps it start repairing itself. It will tingle on the skin for 30 seconds and then go cool. This is because the glycoproteins from yeast are activating the skin’s natural repair mechanisms and growth factors. Leave on. Wait 1 minute. An alternative hydration (without the tingling) is the SSC Hydrate + Serum.

5. (OPTIONAL) Tu’el Super Soothe Mask or SSC Soothe + Hydrate Mask. Apply on red/irritated/painful skin. It will calm just about any skin type, and also nourish it with antioxidants. Use a substantial layer of the mask – do not let it disappear from view – it must be visible on the skin at all times. Leave on 10 minutes. Splash off with cool water.

6. Apply medicated solutions if necessary – metrogel/antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor. This is a personal decision on your part…I cannot tell you that you should or should not follow your doctors prescription….

7. Renew + Serum – AntiAging solution for sensitive skin antioxidant and anti aging serum contains soothing sea whip and intensive ester Vitamin C in an olive and sunflower oil base. Apply a small amount around eyes or all over face. Leave on (it is very emollient so you may need less moisturizer than usual).

8. Skin Renu Rosacea Defense or SSC Light + Calm Lotion (for dryer skin you may prefer the SSC Rich + Calm Cream) – moisturize all over. This is a great light moisturizer to help add valuable lipids back into rosacea or damaged/sensitive skin – a critical element for the skin to regain strength and so reduce the visible aspects of rosacea or skin sensitivity.

AM Home Care Routine

1. Splash the face with cool water – do not cleanse. Over-cleansing is bad for all skin types but especially bad for rosacea and sensitive skin.

2. Relief + Serum – apply 1 to 2 pumps all over, leave on.

3. Apply aloCell Gel. Apply about the size of a large pea. It hydrates the skin and helps it start repairing itself. It will tingle on the skin for 30 seconds and then go cool. This is because the glycoproteins from yeast are activating the skin’s natural repair mechanisms and growth factors. Leave on. Wait 1 minute. An alternative hydration (without the tingling) is the SSC Hydrate + Serum.

4. OPTIONAL. Tu’el Super Soothe Mask or SSC Soothe + Hydrate Mask. Apply on red/irritated/painful skin. It will calm just about any skin type, and also nourish it with antioxidants. It must be a substantial layer of the mask – do not let it disappear from view – it must be visible on the skin at all times. Leave on 10 minutes. Splash off with cool water.

5. Apply medicated solutions if necessary – metrogel/antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor. This is a personal decision on your part…I cannot tell you that you should or should not follow your doctors prescription….

6. Skin Renu Rosacea Defense or SSC Light + Calm Lotion (For dryer skin you may prefer SSC Rich + Calm Cream) – moisturize only where needed during the daytime – not all over if there are areas where you are naturally ‘oily’ – i.e. where you produce a lot of your own natural moisturizer…see the video on whether to moisturize or not. You don’t want to have too much moisturizer on during the day as your skin will often produce more of it’s own due to stress hormones and other hormonal activity.

7. Apply a mineral sunscreen like ‘Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40‘ (with a tint), or ‘Mineral Sunscreen SPF 35‘ (without tint). Only mineral sunscreens should be used on extremely sensitive skin. Apply a sunscreen EVERY DAY!

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NOTE: 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.

Help me understand Natural Skin Care claims

This is a request from  someone in Australia about a product line only sold in Australia and New Zealand called Natural Instinct. The analysis is relevant to so many of these types of companies selling over the internet…..so BUYER BEWARE! Maybe I should have titled this blog entry ‘Natural skin care products – trick or treat? truth or dare?’

My Response:
‘Only too happy to help. By the by I only look at ingredients – I ignore the marketing hype…and this company (like most others) is full of it. 
 
First off, the skin is a barrier – it does not absorb very much…so scare tactics about ‘absorbing toxins’ are as bad as seductive marketing about looking ’20 years younger’….the skin keeps most things out…otherwise the medical world could make everything in a crème format and forget about getting people to swallow pills etc etc etc…though some medical solutions do allow absorption through the skin if liposomaly encapsulated or where the skin’s barrier function can be stopped….but if larger or controlled doses are to get into the body…it has to be digested (and then the liver filters out a lot of it so once again it can be a crap-shoot as to how much actually gets absorbed by the cells in any particular organ)… check out the following video on how the skin ACTUALLY works….

And as for their marketing hype about being pH balanced…they don’t even tell you what the pH of the product is…even if anyone out there even understood what the hell pH means…or how every organ in the body has it’s own pH range that it must work within otherwise problems ensue… I wonder if their marketing department even knows what pH means?
 
Most skin care products are derived from botanical sources…so it is just a marketing moniker as far as this company is concerned. As for them saying they don’t have chemicals in their products, well guess what…EVERYTHING on this planet is a chemical except light and electricity.  Check out video one, video two, and video three.
 
I hope you are using the cream cleanser and not the foaming cleanser (the latter is a detergent based cleanser, the former is more of a hydrophilic oil based cleanser). Check out the video on cleansers. To get the best out of the cream cleanser I highly recommend you follow the technique I suggest rather than whatever they suggest…check it out at this video.
 
The scrub sounds horrific and should not be used. Please check out this important information about exfoliators.
 
The toner is a waste of time and money…just marketing BS based on decades worth of cosmetic industry psycho-conditioning.
 
Moisturizer is fine…most moisturizers are exactly the same basic formulation…the extra ‘stuff’ they hype in their marketing is irrelevant to you and your skin. Check out this video on moisturizer.
 
Sunscreen is essential and I only recommend inorganic sunscreens…as with their one…it is 20% zinc oxide. Hopefully it is micronised and coated so that you don’t end up looking like a geisha girl. The big challenge is that their sunscreen is a moisturizer as well…and for the vast majority of people it is not correct. Sunscreen must go everywhere and moisturizer only where needed….so how do you do that when these bloody companies seem to believe that moisturizer is essential to everyones’ life on this planet? Anyway, to learn more about sun and sunscreens check out this video and this video.
 
Their preservative systems are either not fully disclosed (coz it will go counter to their marketing hyped brand positioning) or they have inadequate preservatives in their products (preservatives are essential for all carbon-rich cosmetics unless you are happy to keep them in a fridge or dispose of them in a month or 2). For more info on preservatives check out the video.
 
Hope that helps….. Unfortunately nothing is as simple as it seems…’