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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.

Climate change affects your skin. Take the 50% climate change challenge now!

Climate change creates extreme weather all over the world, and this extreme weather will likely worsen skin conditions like sensitive skin, as well as all inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc.

What can you do about climate change? Take the 50% climate change challenge. Reduce negative climate change behaviour by 50% whilst also increasing positive behaviours by 50%. This way you could improve conditions for your skin and health. For example:

  • Reduce animal product intake by 50%. Massive corporate animal farms are hideously bad for climate change. That’s where all those fast foods/junk foods/processed foods are sourced from. These foods are really bad for sensitive and problem (inflamed) skin.
  • Increase fresh, raw fruit and vegetable intake by 50%. Mother Nature provides antioxidants and nutrients that will improve the immune system and health in most people, and slow visible skin aging. They’re good for all skin conditions.
  • Travel 50% more on mass public transit. 1 vehicle transporting lots of people makes more climate sense than 1 vehicle transporting 1 person. Lyft, Uber, Taxis etc do not count as mass public transit.
  • Use your car 50% less. Try walking, bicycling, or riding a more energy efficient motorcycle.
  • Turn off 50% of the lights in your home or office/place of work (unless you’re in an operating room in a hospital)…
  • Use 50% less hot water in your shower. Hot water requires energy to heat it up. Increased energy requirements are feeding climate change. Besides, hot water is hideously bad for your skin and hair.
  • Spend 50% less time in the shower. Find a more energy saving way of relaxing – like getting back into bed 🙂
  • Use 50% less antibacterial soaps and cleansers. Triclosan is really bad for increasing algae blooms in fresh water systems (rivers/lakes etc). Climate change increases the chance for polluting and suffocating algae blooms that affect all other water based life forms. Additionally, antibacterial cleansers are really bad for all sensitive skin conditions.
  • Spend 50% less on manufactured consumer goods. You had to buy that new smart phone because your old one wasn’t working? Or you just felt like having the latest gadget? It was manufactured in China – the leading ‘dirty energy’ user and carbon pollution producer on the planet. Your new smart phone has just added to climate change. While you’re at it, buy 50% less clothing, shoes and general ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your ‘Holiday Gift’ buying to the non-consumer-goods category. Give friends and family the gift of a donation to protect rain forests or other environmental treasures, protect wild animals from extinction, safeguard the oceans, help in international disasters and animal rescues, ensure the humane treatment of animals, and support the development of new healthy ways of conducting medicine…there are so many ways you can do something positive for the planet rather than buying more ‘stuff’.
  • Change 50% of your 401K/IRA/Retirement investments to non-dirty-energy stocks. The coal, oil, petroleum and natural gas industries fuel climate change. It’s less lucrative to invest in green energy and non manufacturing sectors, but what’s the point of retiring with a lot of money in a climate changed world that severely impacts your skin, your health and the well being of the planet around you?
  • Buy 50% more locally made products if you absolutely have to buy ‘stuff’. Goods made in other countries means that ‘dirty-energy’ is used to transport them from there to here.

Because this is climate change week – everybody is focusing on it. Politicians and corporate moguls are scoring marketing PR points by mouthing off about it….but of course they don’t really mean to DO anything about it. It all comes down to YOU. You can make a difference! Our addiction to everything related to dirty-energy-based-power is fueling climate change. Maybe you and your friends can monitor each other’s positive climate change actions and so help reduce the addiction we have to negative climate change activities?….

If you have any type of sensitive skin condition (including acne and rosacea), you can help your skin in a severe climate changed world by:

  1. Only ever use cool water for cleansing. NO hot or warm water on red, irritated or inflamed skin conditions – EVER!
  2. Cleanse only once per day – in the evening. Too much cleansing is bad for everyone’s skin. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Use only gentle cleansers with no detergents in them (so that excludes Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and most other commercial cleansers available in super markets, drug stores and department stores).
  3. Apply a light hydration serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum to help keep your skin hydrated morning and night.
  4. Apply a multi level antioxidant defense complex on the skin every morning and make sure you consume lots of antioxidants by eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day.
  5. Always wear a mineral sunscreen like the silky smooth Sensitive Skin Clinic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc. Wear sunscreen every day, all year round. Skin cancers may become even more common in a climate changed world.

If you have health issues and severe conditions, read this report from the Global Health Institute as reported by CBS News. Climate change has a lot of potential negative impacts on your health.

Climate change has happened already. It’s not just a 1 week issue. It’s now a lifetime issue. Do something about it every day for the rest of your life!

You have way more sun damage than you think, and it just gets worse

You’re young, you’re tanned, your skin looks great – healthy – gorgeous – impenetrable… ????

THINK AGAIN!

Your skin has aged by the time you get into your teens, by the time you’re 20 the sun damage is set for future aging to show on your skin as you move past 35….brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, maybe some white (no-colour) spots, and then further sun damage to DNA in some skin cells could eventually accumulate to turn the cell cancerous (carcinomas and melanomas).

On this planet, everything will age because of the sun, and our skin ages the fastest because of all our sun exposure during our lifetime. So wear a mineral sunscreen everyday already!!!!

Check out this video to see (and be shocked) at how the damage is in your skin – even though you cannot see it with the visible eye…. and then see how sunscreen on the skin helps protect it from too much sun (note, they are sunscreens not sun blocks – because nothing but a cardboard box can block some of the sun’s rays from penetrating your skin.

Yes, there are many sunscreen myths out there… but there are undeniable facts about how the sun damages the skin…. and that is why so many people (especially white/pink/brown skin tones) have to deal with sun spots/brown spots/age spots as they move past age 35… and…even very dark skin tones (equatorial region) have a great potential for age spots as they get into their 60’s and 70’s…and even they can end up with skin cancers…NOBODY is immune from the damaging effects of the sun while they reside on planet Earth!

Oh, and the sun will always increase the level of sensitivity you experience in your skin…not just from sun burn, but from damage to the immune cells in your skin, to the weakening of the skin barrier function, to increased vaso-dilation and advancement of serious skin conditions like rosacea…

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.

Are you likely to get melanoma or other skin cancer?

I’m not trying to scare anyone, but skin cancer is the #1 cancer in the USA….and sure, one does not want to live a life in fear….but you can certainly do your best to reduce your potential to be one of the statistics….

1. Wear a mineral sunscreen every single day…rain or shine…

2. No tanning salons/tanning booths – EVER!

Deadly melanoma has increased 200% since 1973…that’s a much bigger risk of you getting it… 9000 people die every year from this form of skin cancer…. Read this article to really understand the story… Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas are no joke either…

Yes, I’ve had melanoma removed from my face – twice – so I truly understand the meaning of being part of the statistic. Get yourself checked out. If you need to have some skin cancer cut out of you, here are my recommendations as to how you can help your skin heal and repair well

Will acne skin care products help prevent acne – even if you don’t have any acne right now?

Question from a client:

Will acne skin care products help prevent acne – even if you don’t have any acne right now?

Answer:
NO! 
It’s like take cholesterol medication incase you get high cholesterol….or taking pain killers incase you get a headache….or putting your leg in a cast incase you break it….or taking antibiotics incase you have a breakout….

No drugs nor skin care products can be classified as an insurance policy….and it is not a precautionary measure because there is no way to prevent something from happening….well not on this planet anyway….

I dislike most acne products on the market because they are aggressive and usually bad for the skin. Using them as a precautionary measure will just unbalance the skin and create other problems like redness, dryness, flakiness, sensitivity…. For example, use Clear-it ONLY on the pimple and rub it in. Never smear Clear-it all over the face hoping the antibacterial nature of the sulfur will prevent future potential pimples.

I believe that most acne should be treated gently – not aggressively (there are a few exceptions to my general rule)…. Following the following rules will work for most acne conditions….

Always just use a truly gentle cleanser, utilising cool water, and only once per day (unless you are a type 4 teenage acne sufferer).  Cleanse at night, not in the morning. Never cleanse in the shower. Cleanse with cool water before of after showering. Keep your face out of the hot shower water. Hot water is bad for your skin all over your body – and your hair….sorry…but this is true!

Use the appropriate exfoliator for your skin type – at least 3 nights per week, but maybe 5 or 7 x per week if your skin needs it or can accommodate it.

Help your skin repair by retaining hydration levels with Hydrate + Serum or aloCell Gel.

Apply moisturizer only where needed, not where you naturally produce your own moisturizer (aka ‘oil’).

Always use a mineral sunscreen every day (rain or shine) to reduce the potential of dark spots after the acne pimple has gone away…

Eat a HEALTHY diet of 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day. Eliminate Dairy and processed Foof from your diet. NEVER EAT JUNK/FAST FOOD!


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.