Don’t Let The Holidays Stress You Out. Just Practice your ABT’s

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This morning while perusing the ads in the Sunday  News I noticed a few inserts for children’s  toys and realized the holiday  season has begun.  For me, it’s way too soon to be thinking about Christmas shopping, but  for retailers, there  is so much competition for your holiday dollars that every year it seems as though they start a little earlier. How I long for the days when the Christmas season didn’t begin until after Thanksgiving. But it’s now commonplace to see Christmas displays well before Halloween. I suppose some people may see the extended holiday season  as extra time and opportunity to shop, but for many it can mean that much more opportunity for stress.  We like to think of the Holidays as a joyous season, a time to celebrate family, friends, our religious beliefs and a New Year. But with all the shopping, wrapping, baking, the  children’s Christmas concerts, parties, and entertaining, it can end up being more stressful than joyful.

Many of us already have activities we can turn to during these busy times  to help us recharge and restore balance to our lives.  Yoga, meditation, and massage are more popular then ever. Even activities as simple as  taking  a long walk or soaking in a hot bath can help. There are many wonderful ways to escape stress, but honestly during the busiest time of the year, how do you fit it it?  Plus when you’re standing in the longest checkout line you’ve ever seen, and your patience is wearing thin, you can’t duck out for a quick yoga class. So  what can you do to survive the season and keep calm and relaxed. Well, I have a few quick and easy ways to  make this holiday season a little brighter.  And you never have to lose your place in the checkout line.

Here’s a quick review of how stress works:                                                                                        In order to maintain balance within the body, there are two major parts of our nervous system that function in balance with each other. The parasympathetic nervous system which is our “rest and recovery mode” and the sympathetic nervous system, our “flight or fight mode” and one of these two states is always engaged. When we are in a stressful situation, whether it’s trying to meet a deadline (like all that baking for the cookie exchange) or simple impatience (standing in long lines) our bodies shift into sympathetic mode, which raises our blood pressure, and slows down our digestive and immune systems.  When the stress is chronic and never stops, we are more susceptible to disease and illness.  It’s no wonder we’re more likely to get the flu or a cold in the winter.  Our defenses have been compromised by constantly being sympathetic dominant.  So what do you do to flip that switch and engage your rest and recovery mode?  Read on, I have some answers!

QUICK AND EASY STRESS REDUCING TIPS:                                                                          I know it’s an oxymoron, to suggest a “quick fix” for stress  when one of the major contributors is our fast paced lives.  But  these tips are for use  “in the moment”  when you feel your blood pressure rise, your patience becomes exhausted, and you want to yell at the woman holding up the line at Target, searching through her purse for her credit card (because during the 20 minutes she was waiting in line she never realized she needed her card, so why would she bother looking for it until the last minute….grrrr!)

So what are the ABT’s? Aroma, Breath and Touch.  Three simple but powerful tools to help you cruise through the season with barely a blip.

  1. SMELL A FLOWER.  When we inhale an AROMA, we experience emotional changes that cause a measurable physical response. Aromas can relax, calm, uplift and invigorate, and most importantly, create hormonal changes that engage our parasympathetic nervous system and reduce stress.  But be sure you’re using plant based, not synthetic aromas. The molecular structure of an aroma is very complex and is almost impossible to completely recreate.  A synthetic replica of a plant may smell pleasing and our nose might not be able to tell the difference , but our brain and every cell in our body can.  Synthetic aromas do  not have the ability to impact us emotionally or physically the way a real plant can. Plus, often the synthetic aromas we breathe actually create more stress, because they are toxins that our bodies must work to remove.  Aromas should reduce stress, not create more.  Carry a bottle of your favorite aroma with you and when you feel tense, just pull it out and take a big deep breath. One of my favorites is Aveda’s Stress Fix, a blend of lavender, lavandin and clary sage clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress.  The roller ball is perfect for carrying in your purse or pocket.     stress fix
  2. BREATHE!  Breath is an important link in the mind-body relationship. When we feel stressed, our breathing rate and pattern change as part of the ‘fight-or-flight response and we  take short shallow breaths. But by taking just one full deep breath we can engage the parasympathetic nervous system,  calm our mind and begin to return to a more relaxed state.  It’s called diaphragmatic breathing and you may actually have to practice how to take a deep breath in order to do it properly:                                                                                                        Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. As you inhale slowly and fully (nose or mouth) the hand on your abdomen should rise first, and most with only a little movement of the hand on your chest.  Try to imagine that you’re filling your lungs from the bottom up. Then exhale, slowly and completely. It may seem difficult at first, but keep practicing, it’s well worth the effort.  Practice this technique anytime you’re feeling stressed, it really can make a difference.
  3. TOUCH. Another powerful tool for combating stress, touch has the ability to bring calming benefits even when we do self massage. I’m not saying it should replace your massage therapist who is well trained in muscle manipulation and can reach areas you can’t, but for a quick stress buster, it can really work.  Massage can relieve tension headaches, and stress, all too common during the hectic holiday season.  And you really can do this just about anywhere, just keep in mind that intention is important, you have to focus on bringing healing energy to your body and use firm touch. Try massaging the palm of one hand with the thumb of your other hand while waiting in the check out line at the grocery store. Or try  kneading  your forearms or shoulders  while sitting at a traffic light. And if you’re with a friend or loved one,  give each other a quick shoulder rub.  Others may stare, but probably because they’re jealous! Added bonus, massage benefits both the giver and the receiver (one of the many reasons I love my job).  If you would like some hands on tips for self massage, I am offering a limited number of free 15 minute consultations at Elan (717-392-2207) or check out this  article on self massage that can give you some excellent techniques:               http://www.livestrong.com/article/12454-do-selfmassage-/#ixzz2jc9Xwz2E .

By trying any one of these tips, you might actually enjoy the holidays more  then ever, and to really elevate your mood, try combining all three. Amazing!

Resources:

How to Breathe Correctly

LOVE YOUR LIPS

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Like it or not (I don’t) summer is gone and putting on scarves and gloves will soon become part of our daily routine.  And with the onset of cold, dry  weather, we are also putting on more lip balm to soothe dry, chapped and cracked lips.  But be careful of what you’re using because the lip balm that feels so soothing when you put it on could be making your problems worse!

Here’s a few things you should know about your lips:

  • The outermost layer of the skin of the lips is very thin.  Most facial skin has up to 16 cellular layers but the lips have only  3-5 layers.

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  • The lips have no oil or sweat glands, so unlike most of our skin they do not have the usual protection  of sweat and body oils to keep the lip skin moist, inhibit pathogens, and regulate warmth.  Because they are not self lubricating, the lips can quickly become dry and chapped. Lips rely on moisture in the air, the water we drink, saliva and the products you put on them to hydrate and protect from the sun.
  • Lips have no melanin, the pigment that gives skin color and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  The color of our lips comes from blood vessels that are visible through the skin.

So what’s wrong with your lip balm? Well, there could be a number of issues, let’s start with some ingredients found in popular lip balms:

PETROLEUM JELLY (petrolatum, or mineral oil)

  • If you care about the environment, you probably already know that petroleum products are a byproduct of the oil industry and because they are  a nonrenewable resource are not eco-friendly.   And who wants to eat oil every time they lick their lips? Yuck!
  • It’s occlusive, meaning it traps in anything already on the lips (like bacteria) and keeps anything from penetrating (including moisture).
  • Petroleum products have no moisturizing properties. When you use petroleum based lip balms, your lips only feel hydrated, but the truth is, they are still dry.

PHENOL

  •  Does the skin on your lips constantly peel off.  It could be phenol, an ingredient  also found in some facial skin peels. Phenol works by causing the top layer of skin to slough off.  On your lips, that  top protective layer of skin holds moisture, and by causing the skin to peel off, your lips become dry, chapped and cracked.  So, to make them feel better, you apply lip balm, which causes them to peel and dry and crack, so you apply more lip balm because it makes them feel better.  It’s a viscious cycle.  If you think you’re addicted to lip balm, phenol could be the reason. Hmm…do you think the makers of Carmex know this?

CAMPHOR AND MENTHOL

  •   Cosmetic manufacturers add these ingredients to create a “tingling” sensation to make you think they’re “working”.  For many people, camphor and menthol can be extremely irritating and drying.

SYNTHETIC FLAVORINGS, COLORINGS AND FRAGRANCES

  •   All are known to be skin irritants and allergens.

A NOTE TO VEGANS-

  • Beware of products containing lanolin and carmine. Lanolin comes from sheep’s wool and carmine is a coloring made from ground insects.

So what can you do to keep your lips healthy this winter? 

TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIPS

  • Choose an organic or plant based lip balm,  and make sure it has an  SPF of at least 15.
  •  Try applying coconut or olive oil to soothe and hydrate your lips.
  •  Drink plenty of water to add moisture to your lips.
  •  Keep your lips covered with a scarf  in cold weather.
  •  Don’t lick your lips. Although saliva can be a source of lip hydration, it has digestive enzymes that can be irritating for some people, and saliva evaporates quickly which can also cause dryness.
  •  If your lips do peel, don’t pick. It will only make them worse and could lead to infection.
  •   Long lasting lipsticks can be extremely drying so save them for special occasions.
  •  Avoid breathing through your mouth as the air passing over your lips will contribute to dryness.
  •  Check the ingredients in your toothpaste.  Most contain sodium lauryl sulfate which can both irritate and dry your lips.
  •  Use a humidifier in your home to maintain good moisture levels in the air.
  •  Some medications can also contribute to dry lips, especially ones for treating acne.  Check with your doctor.
  • Allergies and illnesses can also contribute to lip problems so again, check with your doctor.

The skin on your lips is fragile, and taking care of them can be challenging.  I hope this information will help you make good choices when it comes to lip care and maybe you’ll get through this winter with happy healthy lips.

Resources:

http://www.examiner.com/article/chapped-lips-could-your-lip-balm-be-making-them-worse                                                                                                                                              http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/lip-care/health

http://www.examiner.com/article/chapped-lips-could-your-lip-balm-be-making-them-worse

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/lip-care/health

Why are Dermatologists still recommending Cetaphil?

So last night on my way home from work I stopped in the drug store where I became involved in a conversation with some young adults  discussing what they were doing to treat their acne.   One young lady was using a prescription medication and was cleansing with Cetaphil at her doctors recommendation.  After 13 years as an Esthetician I have had many  clients tell me the same thing. Doctors have been giving patients this advice for years, and I think they’re wrong.

Here’s the problem: Anyone who has acne knows that a big problem for them is skin redness and irritation, and if they’re using a prescription acne med or strong OTC acne products, it’s most likely dry as well.  The young lady I met yesterday was dealing with both issues and was  very frustrated with how her skin looked and felt.  The breakouts were clearing up, but her face was covered with red spots and was so dry it was uncomfortable.  Because Cetaphil has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) as the main cleansing agent, simply washing her face with it was causing her skin to become overly dry and irritated.  I have a previous post about the problems of using products that over cleanse the skin* , but if you haven’t read it, you should know that S LS is one of the most irritating substance you will find in a facial product, and is such a strong degreaser that it strips the skin of all oil.  Cleansing should not strip the skin, it should wash away the make-up, and dirt that sit on top of a thin layer of protective oil leaving the skin refreshed not irritated.

So why do dermatologists recommend a product that contains such a harsh, drying ingredient?   I have no idea, but if you’re a dermatologist, I would love to hear your answer.

*Here is a link to my previous post https://facetimewithjudy.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/the-best-kept-secret-for-beautiful-skin/

More on Stress

Stressed_3_tns          In a previous post, I addressed my concerns about the use of the word “pamper” to describe the relaxation one experiences during a facial. My argument was based on my belief that anything done to relieve stress and its accompanying ill effects should be viewed as wellness. And unlike pampering, which we feel we have to earn, wellness is a practice we should feel comfortable committing to on an ongoing basis to maintain good health. So after reading that post, I’m certain you are now committed to scheduling a facial with me once month, right?

Still need more convincing?

We all know stress is bad for us. We hear it all the time. But do you really know what that means, how it happens or what it does to our bodies? Maybe a closer look at how your body reacts to stress will help you make the decision to do something about it (and not feel guilty!).

Now I will admit I’m a nerd, but I am not a scientist and probably most of you aren’t either. So even though this is a highly scientific process, I’m not going to talk about the HPA Axis and how messenger molecules tell the hypothalamus to release hormones that tell the pituitary gland to tell the, adrenal glands to release more hormones, blah, blah, blah. Most of you are probably already nodding off, but for those of you who enjoy this much information, I will provide a link at the bottom of this post where you can go to find all those gory details.

SYMPATHETIC vs PARASYMPATHETIC

In order to maintain balance within the body, there are two major parts of our nervous system that function in balance with each other. The parasympathetic nervous system which is our “rest and recovery mode” and the sympathetic nervous system, our “flight or fight mode” and one of these two states is always engaged. Our sympathetic nervous system was particularly useful to primitive man to prepare the body to escape an attacking animal, or fight a neighboring tribe. During times of stress, when the sympathetic nervous system is engaged, the body redirects blood flow from other organs to the brain to help make quick decisions, and more energy to the muscles to flee or attack. Once the danger had passed, the body returns to the parasympathetic state allowing for normal bodily functions.

Modern man is no longer plagued by the same dangers as our ancestors, but we still deal with stress every day, most of it psychological. The type of stress we experience may have changed, but the way our bodies react to it has not. And because for many people the stress is constant, the body has little or no time for recovery and repair. Our bodies are designed to experience stress, and it can help keep us alert and motivated, as well as keep us safe, but the sympathetic nervous system is designed to work on a short term basis, and when we are in a constant state of stress our bodies suffer.

Here’s what happens when the body perceives a stressful event:

  • All the senses go on alert.
  • Heart rate increases.
  • Blood pressure rises.
  • Blood vessels dilate.
  • The digestive system slows down.
  • The liver produces glucose.
  • The immune system slows down.
  • The bodies growth and repair functions stop.

All of these reactions occur because the body is rerouting blood and energy to our muscles and brain which leaves our other organs and systems in a more vulnerable state. If  the stress passes quickly, the body returns to the parasympathetic mode and we are able to continue normal bodily functions. No harm done.

Unfortunately, for many of us our lives are so busy and active and filled with stress, that we rarely give our bodies time to rest and recover. We are in a constant state of chronic stress, causing our energy reserves to be depleted and because our immune system is compromised, we are more susceptible to disease and disorder. There are very few diseases in which stress cannot play an aggravating role, but the following is a list of some of the more common effects of chronic stress:

  • ·Headaches
  •  High blood pressure
  • ·Heart problems
  •  Diabetes
  •  Asthma
  • Arthritis
  •  Depression
  •  Anxiety
  • Intestinal distress
  • Skin disorders

Since I am an Esthetician and this blog is focused on skin care, let’s look more closely at how the skin is affected by chronic stress.

  •  Rosacea can worsen due to the dilation of blood vessels.  Increased vasodilation can weaken the capillary walls increasing the likelihood of broken blood vessels and increased skin redness.
  •  Acne can be impacted by the release of hormones that cause increased activity of the oil glands.  The oil mixes with dead skin cells clogging the pores and trapping bacteria inside, resulting in more breakouts.  An increase in inflammation caused by stress can weaken the walls of the pores, causing them to break.  When this happens, the body responds with redness around the   broken pore, and an influx of pus.
  •  Dry skin, as a result of the depletion of bodily fluids. This can impair skin barrier function allowing more irritants, allergens and infectious agents to penetrate the skin.  The build up of dry skin can also give the skin a dull appearance.
  • Premature aging.  Decreased blood flow means the skin is not receiving the  necessary nutrients it needs and waste is not being removed, which can make  the skin appear older.  Plus dry skin makes lines and wrinkles more visible        and the increased glucose levels can damage collagen causing the skin to sag.
  • Psoriasis, eczema and rashes can all become worse during times of stress as a result of an increase in the amounts of inflammation producing  neuropeptides  in the skin.
  •  Excessive hair growth as a result of  fluctuating hormones.
  •  Autoimmune diseases  like vitiligo (depigmented white spots on the skin) and alopecia (hair loss) can become worse as a consequence of the immune system being compromised.
  • Cold sores can flare up due to a depressed immune system.

Since 43% of adults report experiencing adverse effects of stress and 75-90% of all doctors visits are for stress related ailments and complaints, it’s obvious we need to do something to stop the stress cycle. By taking steps to minimize stress, we can allow our bodies to move toward wellness to help reduce our chances for contracting serious disease with the added bonus of the improvement in the appearnce of the skin. Whether you practice yoga, meditate, take long walks or get a facial, I encourage you to find a path to recovery from stress. You’ll look better, feel better, and you may live a  longer healthier life.

In a future post I’ll offer some ideas for simple ways to incorporate stress reduction techniques into your daily routine.  Stay tuned!

For more information on stress go to:
http://www.stress.org/stress-effects/#sthash.T2RaA68k.dpuf

Not Just for Pina Coladas

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In recent years, coconut oil has been recognized for it’s health benefits when include in our diets, but did you know it’s also good for the skin. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory fatty acids, and has great moisturizing properties, that can help increase skin elasticity. It can also enhance wound healing, and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Research is currently underway to determine it’s potential for treating adult acne.
Try it as a body moisturizer, or as a pre-cleanser to remove makeup.

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Make-up Removal Tip

A frequent concern of my clients is that the cleanser they’re using is not removing all their make-up.  Which is no surprise, make-up is designed to stay on the skin, so it makes sense that it would be hard to remove. Try this tip: pre-cleanse your skin with oil. Yes, even if you have oily skin.  Make-up breaks down more easily with oil than it does with cleanser, meaning no make-up residue to clog your pores. Just massage a few drops into moistened skin to dissolve the make-up and then follow with your favorite cleanser to wash away the oil and make-up. Gently remove with a wet, soft wash cloth.
My go to oil is Aveda’s Beautifying Composition with the wonderful aroma of lavender, rosemary and bergamot.  Or try a little bit of olive oil, a common ingredient in skin care products.  Added benefit-softer skin.
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Think the FDA is protecting you? Think again!

Did you know that cosmetics do not require FDA approval before being brought to the market? That means the cosmetic industry is testing its products on you, without your consent. According to a recent report, the average woman applies 515 chemicals to her body every day. And many have not been tested, so no one knows what their cumulative affects might be. Choose your products carefully, opting for those containing mostly natural or organic ingredients. For more information follow this link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/beauty/article-1229275/Revealed–515-chemicals-women-bodies-day.html

In my Facial Room “Pamper” is a Dirty Word…..

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Why?  Because when do we pamper ourselves?  When we feel like we’ve done something to deserve it, and want to reward ourselves.  Even clients who receive a facial as a gift will save it for a special occasion or until they feel they have a good excuse  to use it. I hear it all the time when I ask my new clients what brought them in for a facial.  They tell me things like they’re celebrating the kids going back to school after summer vacation, a promotion, or they just finished their thesis. The list goes on, but too often it sounds like they feel they must justify what they are doing.  Look up the word “pamper” in the dictionary and here’s what you’ll find:

  • From dictionary.com-Pamper:(verb)  to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence.
  • Merriam-Webster: To treat with extreme or excessive care and attention.
  • thesaurus.com: Coddle, overindulge, spoil.                                                                             

 You see where I’m going with this?  If you view getting a facial as excessive indulgence, you will feel guilty  every time you have one. You’ll think of it as a “guilty pleasure” that you must justify.  This belief could not be more wrong, and here’s why:

Most people know that a facial in a spa is an extremely relaxing experience.  We play soft music, dim the lights, use relaxing aromas and massage techniques that are soothing and nurturing.  To the uninformed, this might seem like “pampering” , but the fact is, all of these techniques are used in an effort to improve the skin by helping our guests escape and recover from stress.  We know stress damages every organ in the body, and the skin being the largest of the organs it suffers as well.  And because it’s on the outside of the body, the skin is often the last organ to receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.  

According to Dr. Ellen Marmur in her book “Simple Skin Beauty” a 2004 study found that the white blood cells of women under high psychological stress aged more rapidly than those in a control group who were not under stress (page46).  Stress can also exacerbate a number of skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, acne, psoriasis and alopecia. 

An article I recently read on webmd (http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/effects-of-stress-on-your-skin) explores the theory that  the mind and skin are intimately intertwined and many skin disorder may be rooted in our psyche. There is even a new  field of study experts are calling “Psychodermatogy” that addresses the impact of an individual’s emotion as it relates to the skin, which combines traditional medicine with complimentary medicine and relaxation techniques.  The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has conducted studies showing  that test subjects mood and activity levels improved, as did all measures of their skin condition including redness and itching, after receiving massage. 

The beauty of understanding the mind/body component of stress is that the effects of all the relaxation experienced during a facial helps improve the skin as well as all the organs of your body.  I don’t call that pampering, I call it wellness, and one should never feel guilty about scheduling a wellness appointment (at least once a month)….and please, no dirty words!!

The Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Skin

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My secret skin care weapon :
No it’s not sunscreen, that’s not a secret and hopefully everyone is protecting their skin from the sun every day, year round.
And no, it’s not quit smoking and drinking.  Again I think everyone knows the damage alcohol and tobacco can do to the skin.
My #1 best tip and the one thing I hope all my clients take away from a facial with me, is to use the right facial cleanser. That’s it! Simple, right?  Well, maybe not because unfortunately, the cosmetic industry has convinced us that our skin is sooo dirty that we have to use deep cleansing, oil reducing, scrubbly, bubbly facial cleansers to strip every last bit of dirt and grime off our face.  And they couldn’t be more wrong.  Many of these cleansers are so harsh, they strip the skin of every last bit of life, leaving it dull, dry and irritated.

Facial cleansers often contain harsh synthetic cleansing ingredients that can irritate the skin and strip away it’s natural protective coating. The culprit is mainly Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a cleansing agent found not only in facial cleansers, but in shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap and the soap used at the car wash.  Not something I want on my face.   It works, but in my opinion it works too well, removing the skin’s natural protective coating and setting the skin up for a multitude of problems. Your skin is not the kitchen floor with ground in dirt and grime, and we only need to cleanse away the daily dirt and makeup that accumulates on top of its protective coating. The oil our skin produces is not dirty, it’s there for a reason.

Here’s what can happen when you over cleanse the skin:

  • Dry skin becomes even drier: Healthy, youthful looking skin is moist and glowing.  Using  harsh, oil stripping cleansers, causes the skin to become so dry it can begin to appear dull and lifeless. Fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable, and the skin begins to look older. Think of the difference between a raisin and a grape.  To appear more youthful, the skin needs to be plump and moist. This is particularly crucial as we age because over time our skin loses it’s ability to retain moisture, and our natural oil production slows.
  •  Oily skin can become oilier: If you have oil rich skin you probably have larger pores that continually deposit lots of oil onto your face. You might think removing that oil will help, but by stripping away too much oil, we trigger our oil glands to increase production to replace what  your cleanser removed.  Anyone with oil rich skin will tell you the last thing they want is overactive oil glands. If you find that your face becomes shinier throughout the day, it could be your oil glands have finally caught up.  Using a more moisturizing cleanser may help normalize your oil production .  And you should know, oil rich skin ages more slowly than dry skin, so don’t fight it!
  • Increased breakouts for oily and dry skin: We all know that one of the main components of a blemish is bacteria, which can contribute to breakouts for anyone with acne prone skin.  And we know that the acne bacteria flourish in an oily environment, so by stimulating the oil glands we  create a bacteria friendly environment, increasing the likelihood of even more blemishes.  But, lack of moisture can also contribute to blemishes, because the natural oils in our skin, in the right amount, actually act as a barrier to protect the skin from bacteria. If you have dry skin, but still get breakouts, dryness could be the reason.  It’s all about achieving the right balance.
  •  Irritation:  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a known irritant, and works so quickly that in laboratory testing, when chemists need a fast acting irritant they use SLS.  There are several reasons to avoid using irritating products on the skin.  For anyone with rosacea, harsh chemicals can further inflame the skin resulting in stinging, blotchiness , and even acne like pustules.  As we age, our capillaries become fragile,  and when overstimulated they can break, leaving spider web marks on the face.  We would all like to have skin with a rosy glow, but when it occurs as a reaction to chemicals, the result can be problematic and not attractive.

What can you do?
My best recommendation is to use products that are plant-based, preferably organic, because organic products should not contain any synthetic ingredients.  And be careful, the term “contains organic ingredients” could mean the product has as few as one or two organic ingredients with the rest being synthetic. I highly recommend Aveda, the plant based line of products, I use for all my facial services. They make a number of excellent facial cleansers for all skin types, and any of them would work well. My favorite for most of my clients (and myself) is the Aveda “All-Sensitive Cleanser”.  This gentle, creamy cleanser will work to dissolve make-up, and impurities, leaving the skin soft and smooth.

So, whether your issue is dryness, oiliness, breakouts or sensitivity, try changing your cleanser. You might be surprised at how good your skin looks and feels.

If you would like further information about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, follow this link:
http://www.natural-health-information-centre.com/sodium-lauryl-

Welcome to my Skin Care Blog

My career as a licensed esthetician began in 2000 and since then many women (and a few men) have passed through my doors. Their questions, experiences and skin care issues are as unique as they are, and what I learn from them is as valuable to me as anything I try to teach them. But the most important lesson I hope to pass on is, be the best you can with what you have. There are many products treatments and procedures available, that are capable of making drastic changes in your appearance, but in my opinion they often come with a price.  The long term effects from over exfoliation with harsh scrubs and peels can actually cause damage to the skin resulting in accelerated aging. And many medical procedures and treatments have not been tested over a long period of time, so no one really knows what will happen to your skin in 10, 20, 30 or more years. Women today are being used as guinea pigs to create profit for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. So for anyone interested in maintaining healthy, beautiful skin without compromising your skins integrity, I invite you to follow this blog. I will offer tips and advice about how to best take care of your skin, to keep it looking beautiful not just for today, but for the rest of your life. My approach is focused on using products that are from nature, and treatments that are effective, but not aggressive. I encourage you to enjoy, share, comment, or ask questions about the information presented here. You can follow me by clicking on the link on the right side of this page and entering your email address. I promise I will never share or sell your email address to anyone.

Here’s to Happy, Healthy Skin………..Judy

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