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Antibacterial soap, Multivitamins, Colds and Flu, Dairy Issues – do you believe it?

We all grew up with certain beliefs – mostly imposed by mom or dad or others in our community….these are known as ‘common beliefs’.

So, how well substantiated are common beliefs? Answer….not very well…

Check out this article about the common beliefs regarding multivitamins, how you get colds and flu, dairy issues etc. I recently wrote about the multivitamin myth regards to skin care in this blog entry. As we move beyond 35 years of age, it is often beneficial to the skin to apply vitamins as antioxidants (like C + Renew or Triple C + E Complex) but they are not replacements for the antioxidants in the fruit and vegetables you should be consuming…

The one item in the ‘common beliefs’ list I can attest to is that dairy consumed while you have flu or a cold will definitely increase the thickness of mucus you produce….but it is not responsible for mucus production…that comes naturally with the cold and flu reaction your body creates. Try not having any dairy (aka ZERO) while you have a cold or flu and you will find your mucus is thinner – and not as congestive as usual….

However, for skin care, if you have problem skin like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, sensitive skin, dairy is totally going to worsen the condition. As adults, we do NOT need dairy – despite the claims from the multi-billion $ dairy industry that you will ‘die-unless-you-drink-milk’…. marketing hype is a way of life in our society but it should be ignored most of the time! For more information on dairy and acne, check out the Clear Skin Diet by Logan and Treloar.

A ‘common’ or ‘logical’approach to skin care and health is to just eat a healthy diet (5 fruit and 5 vegetables servings every day, no processed or junk food), exercise, and be gentle with your skin…treat it sensitively and understand the BEST things and WORST things to do for your skin…. Basically, I would like EVERYONE to believe that they have sensitive skin, because that way you won’t be tempted to damage it or unbalance it with all those marketing hyped natural/antiaging/magical products…

And please STOP using antibacterial soaps – they are BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT and they WILL MESS UP YOUR SKIN… Bacteria are essential for life on this planet…so stop being a bacteria-phobe…learning more about bacteria and their positive effect upon our lives is a very interesting focus of attention for medical research. There is a new documentary called Resistance being made about this topic…check out the trailer here

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.

Sensitive Skin Clinic is not sexy

This is just one of the comments I have received from people who have been to my website Sensitive Skin Clinic

“Your not sexy and interesting, just boring science stuff. I aint buying boring stuff”

Yes, I am about science and real skin care….and if that equates to being unsexy…then so be it! Too often, in my treatment room, I see sensitive skin that got messed up with sexy hyped up marketing based products – so I believe that information about real skin care is the power we all need to defend our skin against the barrage of marketing hyped ‘lies’ so-called ‘skin care’ companies use. As I always say:

Red skin = Unhappy Skin

Red skin = Unbalanced Skin

Unbalanced skin = Weak Skin

Weak skin = Sensitive Skin

So I wish your skin a wonderful exciting life with boring, science based ingredients in your skin care products that will make it strong, balanced and happy!

Sensitive Skin Clinic has a stupid environmental and cruelty free message!

Another interesting message I received from a visitor to my Sensitive Skin Clinic website:

“When I’m looking for products that will solve my problem of severly sensitive skin I’m not interested in limiting myself by worrying about how my use of products will impact the environment. I also think that your thoughts on animal testing are misguided. They are well cared for and if they help us find a way to having less sensitive and younger skin then its OK. Theyre just animals – it’s not like they are humans”.

Well, I will continue to worry about global warming, environmental hazards, and the welfare of all God’s creatures. When you check out the under cover investigations by PETA, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and many other sites online, I think the humanity of ‘humans’ can be called into question.

There are many skin care companies that will test on animals in order to create products that make them a lot of money…but I will not join in with them… The pain and suffering lab animals endure for the sake of human vanity is totally unethical.

My environmental and cruelty free message is sincere – and it’s here to stay!

Sensitive Skin Clinic products 25% off coupon code

Save 25% on all orders of Sensitive Skin Clinic (SSC) products at the shop or at Enter the promotion code ’25off’ in the coupon code box at the bottom of your shopping cart, click ‘apply’, before you complete checkout at the online store. This offer is valid through Thursday October 31st 2013. This promotion offer can be used multiple times through October 31st 2013. Always Free Shipping.

Please Note: This discount ONLY applies to the Sensitive Skin Clinic products (also denoted as SSC), and does NOT apply to other products in the Blue Turtle Spa shop.

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.