Category Archives: Sensitive Skin

What heart disease and aging skin have in common

Both are related to inflammation, and both are related to what you eat. Both require you to make changes in your life. Both require you to stop listening to the marketing BS from food and skin care corporations.

According to a recent article by a world renowned heart surgeon, Dr Dwight Lundell says heart disease is mainly due to the processed food we consume every day. Genetically inherited heart disease issues do not affect the majority of people who die from heart disease, food and lifestyle do! Processed and ‘unnatural’ food-like-stuff will also increase inflammatory conditions in your skin, and thus speed up the aging process and visible aging of the skin.  Unfortunately, most people are not going to change their lifestyles in order to reduce potential for heart disease…until it is too late. All that marketing BS from food manufacturers and fast-money-making-junk-food-companies is soooooo seductive…why let reason stand in the way of seduction?

Skin care companies do the same thing. They seduce us into believing that their cream has the secret to eternally youthful skin. They may even be so brazen as to label it natural and organic. It is still BS – no matter what the marketers say. There are NO miracle creams that will delete the effects of bad food and poor lifestyle!  When you realise that marketers are just like politicians (people who will tell you the lies that they know you want to hear), then you will start taking less heed of them, and more heed of basic human logic that has been around for eons.

Seeing as the intelligence of ‘the-top-of-the-food-chain’ has degenerated to a maximum of 140 characters at a time, here is what I and Dr Lundell are saying:

Eat 5 real fruit and 5 real vegetables every day. Stop eating processed food (everything made in a factory and sold in a package). No junk food EVER!

Eating correctly will also help your skin. And always treat your skin sensitively. Understand the Best things and Worst things for your skin. Need a refresher on how to do that?

Yes you may need some medical drugs and treatments from time to time due to genetic issues or life threatening disease beyond your control that can help you age more gracefully. And yes you may need some skin care products that will help strengthen the skin and slow down the visible aging process (always start with an inorganic (mineral) sunscreen and work backwards).

It’s always amazing that so many people want to be ‘natural’ with their skin care and yet they consume copious amounts of ‘unnatural’ processed food, and depend on ‘unnatural’ medical drugs to try and cope with how their ‘unnatural’ behaviour is affecting their ‘natural’ skin and body.

If people feel they can ‘stop cancer’ then they can hardly believe in the natural state of things. Cancer is as natural as oxygen and water and bacteria in your digestive system. It’s what we do to ourselves and our environment that worsens the natural balance of all things on this planet and worsens the potential for cancer. Having a foolish belief that we can stop nature in it’s tracks without stopping our foolish beliefs and activities, is just that…foolish. How come the-top-of-the-food-chain is such a foolish animal????

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.

Using Vitamin C and Decircle + Firm to rejuvenate the skin on your hands

Hands show ones age. They have sun and age spots. The skin begins looking thin and transparent. Don’t despair, it is possible to do a renovation job on your hands (and arms and chest and neck etc) using the amazing 17.5% esterized version of Vitamin C as found in C + Renew Serum from Sensitive Skin Clinic plus the peptides and decircling ingredients in Decircle + Firm Eyes from Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Every night before bed, apply 1 pump of C + Renew Serum on the back of each hand and smooth it over the skin. Then apply 2 pumps of Decircle + Firm Eyes and smooth over the vitamin C. The esterized Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) is able to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin and stimulate collagen development, act as an antioxidant, as well as support the reduction of sun spots. In Decircle + Firm Eyes there is the amazing antiaging ingredient ergothioneine from mushrooms, as well as peptides and hydroxysuccinamide that help break down oxidized elements stuck in the skin (age spots), and ‘flush’ them into the lymph system to be ‘trashed’. These two products work so well together. Use the same technique on other areas of the body that look older and ‘weathered’.

After 1 month you will notice the lightening of dark spots on your hands, and after 2 – 3 months you will be amazed at how much ‘younger’ and more attractive they look.

It’s still important to add moisturizer if you have dry skin on your hands, and always apply a mineral sunscreen every day (reapply after washing your hands).

Note that the skin on the hands can be sensitive…they are exposed to sunlight every day and they are frequently washed with water and soap that is way more alkaline than the skin…so they may not be strong and balanced. If you experience any sensitive reactions utilizing this hand care regimen, reduce the application to just 3 nights per week (like Mon/Wed/Fri), and once the hands are stronger and not reactive, increase the nightly application to 5 nights (Sun/Mon, Wed/Thu/Fri), and then increase it to 7 nights a week when you feel comfortable doing so.

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.

How to reduce pore size – REALLY

I received a request for information from the howtobearedhead.com blog site recently, concerning how to minimize pore size – especially for sensitive skin… They stated the deadline was the 27th, but they published their article on the 26th! Oh well, they probably would not have been interested in my scientific approach to the subject any way. I maintain that good skin care cannot be reduced to 5 second soundbites…:-)

The Request: We’re looking for a skin expert to comment on how to 1) naturally minimize pores and/or 2) the best products to minimize pores. We’re looking for the information to be curtailed to those with sensitive skin.

Response:
Firstly, we all have the pore size we’re genetically born with. We can’t selectively change pore size by using any medical of cosmetic products.

Secondly, pore size can ‘appear’ larger because sebum and dry skin stuck in the pore makes it appear disgorged and larger. For this, proper cleansing and exfoliation will help reduce clogged pores and make them appear ‘normal’ for that individual.

Thirdly, a loss of elasticity in the skin as we age will ensure that gravity will make pores appear larger.

Solutions for #1 are makeup related. Conceal the skin and your pore size with masses of makeup. I am not a fan of masking the skin – rather treat it properly and gently with good skin care and be proud of the skin you are in. That’s the most natural approach!

Solutions for #2 will be very different from the norm when considered for sensitive skin:
Gentle cleansing with an oil based cleanser. Dirt and debris (including makeup) naturally attaches to oil – it’s just a scientific fact. A good, light, oil cleanser will include small amounts of emulsifiers so that it can be removed from the skin with cool water (the oil turns milky when water is added). Oil cleansers do not strip your natural moisturizer (lipid barrier) off the skin. Squeaky clean is unnatural and bad for the skin.
Use cool water only. Hot or warm water is terribly bad for sensitive skin. Hot and warm water relaxes the skin and makes the pores appear larger.
Cleanse only once per day – most importantly the evening. Cleansing 2x per day is bad for all skin, but especially bad for sensitive skin. Never use detergent cleansers, even so-called ‘natural’ ones.
Do not overstimulate the sebaceous glands and thus create more opportunity for sebum to clog in pores. Over cleansing the skin and using hot or warm water will naturally over stimulate the sebaceous glands.
Gently exfoliate the skin at night using a very mild enzyme or alpha hydroxy acid that is no lower than a 4pH. Most sensitive skins can tolerate these. The alpha hydroxy acid should be no more than 3% in concentration. Because it is a slightly lower pH than the skin, some sensation should be expected. It is not to be feared. The exfoliant should be splashed off the skin after 3 – 5 minutes to neutralize the effect on the skin. Scrubs and brushes should never be used as exfoliators – especially not for sensitive skin. Exfoliation reduces the build up of dry/dead cells in the pores. Exfoliation should be carried out 3 nights a week for sensitive skin, but may be done 5 to 7 nights a week for best effect of maintaining ‘normal’ pore size.
Apply a soothing, simple, hydration gel to the skin after exfoliating. Hydration gels bind water to the skin and help reduce appearance of wrinkles and pore size.
Apply a light or rich lipid based moisturizer over the hydration gel – depending on what your skin needs. Squalane from olives is good. Shea butter is good. Coconut oil is good. The medium chain fatty acids of coconut oil (capric/caprylic triglycerides) are found in most moisturizers.
Other important aspects of treating sensitive skin can be found at Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Solutions for #3 require strengthening the skin collagen and elastin:
Light peptides in a gentle silicone base. This will create a non-irritant formula for sensitive skin. Peptides will strengthen collagen and elastin and reduce the visible effects of aging and gravity.
An esterized Vitamin C will enable the best form of Vitamin C (tetrahexydecyl ascorbate) to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen growth, provided it is in a non irritant oil base and utilizes anti irritant ingredients like sea whip. It can be applied to the skin under a soothing and hydrating mask, left on for 15 minutes and splashed off with cool water. The results on reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pore size is amazing. This can be done 3 to 5 times per week.

Artificial means of temporarily reducing pore size usually entails astringents (like lemon juice or witch hazel) or light inflammatory agents like retinols that induce slight edema (swelling) so visually reducing wrinkles and pore size. This approach is highly contraindicated for people with any level of sensitive skin.

All medical solutions approved by the FDA are tested on animals and I find that to be abhorrent. I prefer skin care products that use vegan or vegetarian compliant ingredients.

Will a cleanse or detox help your skin

The media and the web are full of hype about ‘cleanses’ and ‘detox cleanses’ and crazy idea diets. Will any of them help your skin? NO! and by that I mean NO!

Your skin and your body requires multitudes of nutritional elements, every single day of your life. A cleanse is as stupid to the human body as trying to run your refrigerator on a AAA battery. Give it ALL it needs, not some stupid idea that you can make it as clean and disinfected as some hideous clorox cleaner does to your bath and toilet… Your body is not an inanimate object like a plastic drain pipe, so it does not need to be cleansed and stripped naked like a plastic drain pipe….

The only cleansing you should do is cleanse (aka eliminate) all processed food from your diet. Processed food is toxic for your body – and definitely your skin – and most especially for sensitive, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis etc type skin. To put it really simply…eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and nothing that looks like it came out of a factory. Watch this video….it’s fun and dead-on the mark.

So instead of forcing your body to experience the equivalent of  flash flooding or high voltage shocks, just eat a regular healthy diet every day. Here is an example of a healthy diet… This will get your body and skin in a balanced and strong mode within a very short period of time – give it a week to a month and you’ll see the difference. And if you like to be titillated by those ‘top 10’ kind of lists, well then check out the 50 best foods on the planet

And as for crazy ideas that non-scientists have about detoxing the skin…well they simply don’t understand skin physiology, or they choose to ignore it in their desire to make money out of you. The only way you detox is through your liver and your kidneys. And anyone claiming that you detox your skin when you sweat is crazy and just plain ignorant of anything to do with physiology. Sweat is just water, electrolytes and salt. Now which of those would some idiot like to call a toxin? Maybe they need to firstly look up the definition of the word toxin. Please run a mile away from idiots who espouse the detox theories – both skin and body. To learn more about how the skin works, watch this video.

By the by, processed = pastry, bread, ice cream, snacks/chips, soda, soft drinks made with so-called real fruit, and anything that comes from a factory. The term ‘whole fruit and vegetables’ means the real things – not a sauce made from them that is wrapped in a processed covering or pastry…

A vegan diet is pretty easy because it is all about fruit and vegetables – except you should still eat nothing processed. If you’re vegetarian then consume whole eggs and whole milk (non factory farm stuff). If you have problem skin, stay away from dairy products completely…by that I mean zero… If you’re a carnivore, eat grass fed beef (because cows don’t naturally eat corn) and non factory farmed meat. Factory farms treat animals cruelly and are just plain disgusting and inhumane. All junk food/fast food/processed food comes from factory farms….

Your skin care products should be simple, natural, and non aggressive. Treat your skin sensitively at all times, even if you feel you don’t have sensitive skin. It’s the only skin you’ll ever have so keep it strong and balanced and it will do a damn fine job of protecting your body. A vegan diet and using vegan skin care products is the most cruelty free skin care approach on the planet.

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.

How to fall in love with your sensitive skin, and make it your Valentine

As in any relationship, love is a 2 way street. If you give more love and understanding, you’ll get more in return. So too with your sensitive skin.

What you need to DO in order to make your sensitive skin love you:

1.  Use cool water. Sensitive and red skin = irritated and unbalanced skin. Red skin = heat. So go ‘blue’ – that means cooling and soothing.
2.  Cleanse once per day preferably at night, using cool water. Not in your hot steamy shower. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Do not cleanse twice per day unless you are a teenage type 4 acne sufferer.
3.  Use non detergent cleansers with ingredients like plant based yucca, glycerin, or hydrophilic oil based cleansers (high quality emulsified olive and coconut oil for example).
4.  Use soothing, anti-redness, anti-irritant ingredients like sea whip, lichocalcone from the licorice plant, green tea, aloe vera.
5.  Utilize skin barrier rebuilding lipids like squalane from olives, coconut and soy based lipids, phospholipids, ceramides, shea butter (a West African tree nut extract)
6.  Mineral sunscreens that only utilize the inorganic (non carbon based) active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are not likely to break down and irritate the skin like the organic (carbon based) active sunscreen ingredients of avobenzone (parsol 1789), octinoxate, octicrylene, PABA. etc. The latest technology of micronized zinc that is coated goes clear on skin. Alternatively titanium dioxide + iron oxides that include a slight tint results in no white sheen.
7.  Rinse off your shampoo and conditioner well. Shampoo + conditioner residue is usually bad for the skin. Try a baby shampoo with shea butter in it. Not the commercial baby shampoos – they’re just detergents in a baby formula. I like the Shea Touch baby shampoo.
8.  Eat a healthy diet – lots of organic fruit and vegetables. Mother natures provides masses of soothing/anti inflammatory antioxidants in all her fruit + vegetables. They’re not there just to make the planet look and smell pretty! Aloe vera juice is very soothing for the digestive system. Junk food/fast food should be zero – it is not healthy and not part of a balanced diet and NOT good for the skin – especially not sensitive skin.

The NO=NO’s are critically important for your relationship with your sensitive skin…no hot water, no steam, no saunas, no squeaky-clean detergent cleansers – you may love them but your skin hates them.

Your skin stays with you for the rest of your life, you cannot buy a new one, so treat it properly. Treat it sensitively.

Sensitive Skin Clinic is intelligent skin care that you and your skin deserve. Sensitive Skin Clinic products that will suit sensitive skin are:
Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser 4oz $21.
Relief + Serum 1.7oz to relieve red skin $58 or Hydrate + Serum 1.7oz $49.
Light + Calm Lotion 1.7oz $49 or Rich + Calm Cream 1.7oz $50
Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc (by TiZO) 3.5oz $41

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.