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The best sequence of skin care applications

1. Cleanse first – only at night, and only with cool water. If you wear a lot of makeup, wipe the surface makeup off with a kleenex tissue, and then use an oil based cleanser.

2. Exfoliate – only at night, and only with cool water.  Use an appropriate exfoliator (enzyme or AHA) for your skin type. NO SCRUBS OR BRUSHES – EVER!

3. Leave on products are sequenced based on their viscosity – watery type products go on before gel-like products, then lotions, then creams (they are thicker than lotions).

4. Antioxidants and anti aging serums go on before moisturizer.

5. Sunscreen goes on AFTER moisturizer. Sunscreen should be applied EVERY morning. Only inorganic (mineral) sunscreens must be used.

6. Makeup goes on last.

Check out the video at the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube.

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.

Q2 newsletter with promotional offers

The Q2 newsletter from Blue Turtle Spa contains:

1. 15% off a gift certificate for a 75 minute facial – a great gft for Mom, Dad…and You!

2. A super anti-aging hand treatment offer from Sensitive Skin Clinic and Blue Turtle Spa.

3. Up to 30% off with service providers at 520 Montgomery St – Hair styling, Reiki, Massage, Eyebrow and Facial Threading.

4. Online video consultations (via Skype) are available if you want to talk about your skin condition and skin care regimen, or any other skin related topic of interest.

Enjoy!

Shocking info about the Microbiome diet and skin care

The microbiome is an important area of health research, and marketers are jumping in to take advantage ($$$) of the hype. The microbiome refers to all the natural bacteria that make up the human body, especially the digestive tract. The marketing hype usually has something to sell…and makes it all sound so sensible – but it is just hype and unscientific profiteering. Buyer Beware!!

The frustration around this marketing hype is so well expressed by Jonathan Eisen, professor and biologist at UC Davis, and author of the blog Tree of Life, in the following article that I have reproduced from his blog article:

Well this article by Dr. Raphael Kellman has just lots of overstatements about the microbiome: Why The Microbiome Is Your Key To Glowing Skin & Healthy Weight

For example, he writes:

Have you and your boyfriend or girlfriend ever gone out for a feast of delightfully unhealthy proportions only to then find yourselves picking fights with one another once you’re back home and digesting?  Fueling your body with unhealthy bacteria, and then feeding it with more unhealthy bacteria, is a sure-fire way to destabilize your mind-body connection. Instead, focus on supporting the positive bacteria in your belly with fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir and watch your spirits soar.

This implies that somehow the microbiome has some role in such situations and in mediating the relationships between two people.  And it implies that that can be fixed with fermented foods.  And this is without any shred of evidence …

Then there is a discussion that makes the microbome sound like the master controller of all that is human:

Our bodies are cohesive entities, yes, but within each there are several languages spoken.

The microbiome works like a translator for all of these systems, deciphering and decoding so that one process can communicate with the other for more efficiency and effectiveness (helping our systems to work as a team instead of independently alongside one another).

And then there is evidence free claims about fatigue and the microbiome:

I’ve found that this kind of unexplained fatigue is often linked to a lack of diversity in the microbiome and can be remedied, despite what conventional medicine says

Whenever someone critiques “conventional” medicine and then presents no evidence for their claims, one should be wary, very wary.

And it ends with
Your inner ecology, your microbiome, is influential on your physical health, and that shows through glowing skin, a balanced weight and a youthful essence.  

So – if you want to be youthful and glowing and have good sex and relationships and get rid of your fatigue and fix your automimmune disorders and obesity and connect all of your systems together, all you have to do is fix your microbiome.  Simple.  Oh and how do you do that?  Why funny you asked, because I am selling this new book on the Microbiome Diet to solve all your problems.  Ridiculous.  And dangerous.

And thus I am giving out an Overselling the Microbiome award to Dr. Kellman.

I have referred to skin bacteria and digestive bacteria in previous blog entries of mine, and, by the way, being a bacteria-phobe is not smart on any level of body and skin health. And of course, I continue to promote a healthy diet of 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day, because it will naturally fortify the way your body is supposed to work. A healthy and balanced body will result in a healthier and more balanced skin (baring genetic and acquired serious skin conditions). Simple!

Apart from treating your body right by way of a healthy diet, you should also treat your skin sensitively.

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.