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Sun-damage, do we need to wear sunblock inside?

Most of my patients feel like they aged exponentially in 2020.  They feel obligated to smile with their “eyes” while wearing the mask so people don’t think they are unfriendly or mad.  Lots of Botox this year to fight crows feet.  However, that is not the main reason … most people would never suspect the artificial light in their house or office as a culprit for creating sun-damage.  

People spent an extraordinary amount of time inside, in front of their computers, phones, tablets etc. Women said they haven’t put on makeup in almost a year because they rarely leave the house.  

Blue light, the kind emitted from screens, is a type of high energy visible light, or HEV. While blue light is strongest from environmental sources like the sun, electronic screens can have similar effects.  Blue light can increase signs of aging and sun-damage such as hyperpigmentation, collagen breakdown, redness, inflammation, swelling/edema and oxidative stress in the form of free radicals. Sleep-disrupting qualities from watching TV and using our phones at night results in a lack of sleep which causes hormone fluctuations that can flare skin conditions and can accelerate aging.

Even exposure time as short as an hour can cause oxidative stress in skin cells that leads to aging and sun-damage.  

Blue light used as LED therapy to help decrease inflammation and bacteria in acne is a single wave length.  The blue light that we are exposed to in the environment has a broader spectrum. This full range of high-energy visible light is the cause of accelerated photo-aging and skin concerns.  It is more pronounced in sunlight and fluorescent light than in incandescent light.  However, the brilliant white LED bulbs that are so popular are an increased risk for sun-damage.

While it can feel pointless to put on sunscreen for days spent inside staring at computer screens or scrolling through phones, don’t forget to protect your skin from blue light. 

Sunblock vs Sunscreen – Sunscreen does not protect against the UVC rays that are coming from the blue light devices.  To fully protect yourself, use sunblock specifically formulated to block blue light. Physical blocks with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide help reflect light rays to offer broad protection against UV. The newest sunsblocks protect skin without the heavy, white cast of zinc oxide.  They come with a sheer tint which adds another layer of protection as well as making them more cosmetically appealing. 

My favorite sunblocks:



Nerium Review – Scam or Legit? Read This Before Joining…

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Nerium reviews are popping up all the time. Some people swear by Nerium, and others call it the “Nerium Scam.”

Is this Nerium business and Nerium skincare a scam or legit?

They make some pretty bold claims.

Here’s my take on it…

Nerium Reviews – Poisonous Plant Ingredients?!

When an ingredient is listed as a “patented ingredient” and it contains a poisonous plant I am concerned. They won’t disclose exactly how much poison and what else is in there. Their eye cream, touted as a 5 minute miracle does indeed flatten out under eye bags. 

However, at what cost to your skin?

Several eye creams can shrink under eye puffiness by the use of caffeine and even have the ingredient that is a component of super glue (acrylate), that just flattens the puffiness for 6-8 hours. 

The thought of combining super glue and a highly poisonous plant extract is very unappealing to me. 

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Have you ever wondered why they tell you to put the face moisturizer on wet skin? To seal in the moisture with the glue LOL. The premise is the same with any kind of occulusion, there are girls who sleep with scotch tape on the wrinkles between the eyes, their forehead and their crows feet. 

Occlusion gives the appearance of less wrinkles because it is kept moist.

Nerium Oleander Leaf  Extract has been reported to create a chronic low level inflammation within the skin.

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When you think of inflammation, you think of red, scaly, irritated skin. However, it can also be invisible showing no overt physical signs of the inflammation.

Their ‘claims’ of instant age reversal are due to low levels of inflammation in the skin which can create a plumper appearance. They look in the mirror after 2 weeks of using Nerium and thinking “Look! My fine lines ARE gone.”

No, your skin is swollen from inflammation that can certainly make your lines look better.  Have you ever had a bad sunburn and your face got all plump? That is a great example of inflammation.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews – Is it Worth the Money?

The problem with Nerium is that it does not penetrate deep enough to ACTUALLY reverse damage. The effect you see is temporary. As in a procedure with a controlled injury, short term inflammation can be healthy and promote healing. However, long term chronic inflammation can lead to serious side effects.  Even with short term use when the inflammation subsides….well, so do those ‘miraculous’ results.

What I hear from the people who have used it is that NeriumAD doesn’t make enough difference in their skin for the price. People say they see a difference at first, but the improvement doesn’t last long.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews…is their product a scam?

I won’t venture that far, but I do think it is harmful. The other downside is that the reps are annoyingly persistent. After the first one gave me a set to try for a week (even though I was concerned about the elusive ingredients and the fact that the bottles were previously used) I tried it on my lower thigh just above the knee and on my shoulders. 

There was no way was I going to risk putting that on my face. 

I developed a nasty rash. 

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She explained it away as a temporary detox. 

Of course I know better because of my profession, but the average innocent customer might believe it and continue use. 

Also, lets talk about the sampling system. 

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Using a set of full size products to loan to various people is risky. How do they know what the previous prospect did to the product. It could have been left in a hot car, the person could have a contagious disease or infection and contaminated the opening to the dispenser and worse yet they could have injected something to sabotage the product. 

You never know with complete strangers you have prospected off of social media or cornered in a public setting.

The raised, red bumps lasted for approximately 2 years and left scars. Thankfully I own an office full of lasers so it is mostly ok in the end, but I still struggle with the bumps on my shoulders.  Imagine if that had been my face. Imagine a person that was so distraught they sued the distributor and the company. Well, that happens.

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Nerium Reviews – My Experience with a Distributor

Like I said, a lot of their distributors are relentless, it is exactly why MLM’s get a bad name. It reaches a point that people start avoiding them because they are worn out with the pushy, high pressure sales pitch. 

I told the distributor that over 30% of people have a reaction to the products, and that is too high of a risk for me to promote to my loyal clients that trust me. The others that don’t have an outward reaction still have the chronic inflammation that is harmful to their skin and maybe their whole system. 

Who knows what daily application of a poison can do to your immune system long term. 

Aside from the fact that I won’t risk harming anyone intentionally, I don’t believe their product is beneficial long term to anyone. Inspite telling her over and over that I wasn’t interested in a product with a toxic active ingredient that causes cell death and inflammation, she still persisted. 

She stalked the girls who worked for me.  She was determined I could be her “unicorn”. 

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She insisted, “There are 2 different types of oleander, one is toxic, the other is not. We use the non toxic one.”

There isn’t a non-toxic one. 

Poison ivy is also natural but I’m not going to recommend it for your skin. It is sad that some of the distributors blindly trust the company and take everything they are told as the absolute truth. Their “truth” is not relevant, just because you believe the earth is flat doesn’t make it so.  You can believe something with all your heart but it can still be a lie. You don’t have to believe in gravity for it to apply to you.   

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Nerium Reviews – Shady Behavior

They refuse to reveal exactly what concentration of nerium oleander is in their products. The FDA has both types of oleander listed in the Poisonous Plant Database and has denied applications of companies trying to use oleander as herbal and dietary supplements.

The company diligently pushes down true Nerium Skin care reviews with a media team so I feel compelled to share my opinion. As a business owner it is always in my best interest not to stir up controversy. 

I don’t express political opinions, I don’t talk trash about competitors, etc. 

Sometimes you have to do the right thing even if it is not in your best interest.

I do feel a need to protect people from unethical, or dangerous situations. I don’t have a problem with companies that don’t have a study on their product. However, it is because I can check their ingredients and those should have studies. Nor do they need to reveal their specific formula. You can tell the ingredients concentration by the order in which they are listed.

At a training session for Nerium’s multi-level marketers the trainers spell it out: “If people are going on the internet to look up negative stuff on Nerium, our positive stuff is going to get pushed down. We want to dominate the first three pages.” – Source

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Nerium Reviews – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf

The second ingredient on the list is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf. I like aloe it is very hydrating and soothing for the skin. Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that can be used on the skin. It has a slippery feel and creates a tightening feeling on the skin as it dries. It makes the skin look plumper and healthier.

Aloe was used 6000 years ago by the Egyptians.

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It has been used for years topically and orally as a folk and traditional remedy for a variety of ailments including:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Dry skin
  • Dandruff
  • Indigestion and other stomach issues
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Burns
  • Sunburn


It has anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties. It has not classified as an active anti aging ingredient, though.

It may cause irritation in some people. Some people can be allergic to it since it is a plant extract, but that doesn’t make it a bad ingredient. People who are allergic to garlic, onions and tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe.

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Nerium Reviews – Other Ingredients

The third ingredient, Proprietary Protein, is another mystery. Again, I tried to find out the exact protein source and percentages, but no one will say. There are a variety of emollient and humectant ingredients on the list that are good for conditioning and hydrating the skin.

They are not necessarily active anti aging ingredients but the will make the skin look plumper and moister. 

The last ingredient, Vitamin E, is an active anti aging ingredient, but it is last on the list which tells us there isn’t much in there. Plus, it is the cheaper version which is tocopherol not the tocotrienol.

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Nerium Reviews – Before and After Photos

My pet peeves are Before and After photos that are inaccurate or manipulated. Nerium, the company, doesn’t distribute before and after photos. However, they encourage their Brand Partners to take before and after photos of themselves.

This means zero quality control over the accuracy of these photos.

In the digital age, anyone can use Photoshop, lighting, and makeup to create the effect of fewer wrinkles easily. Nerium reps rely heavily on these dramatic before and after photos to make their sales.

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A real before and after photo has the exact same setting, lighting, camera, angles, pose, facial expression, and focus, with no other treatments or products. Most of the pictures are obviously altered, the resolution is lower so it’s impossible to see if the color change is due to lighting, Photoshop or just a layer of makeup. 

Notice that their eye and lip color is washed out, even their hair is blurred, showing that the photo is washed out, giving the appearance of fewer spots.

Seriously, they insist they pictures are not altered… who has blurry hair and eye balls??

The really crazy ones are the change in grey hair.  In some cases clearly the same person is several years older in the “before” picture than the ‘after’ photo. Nerium doesn’t turn eyebrow hair back to brown, despite the lack of grey hairs in the after photo, “four days later”.

Here is a great article on photo manipulation:

Nerium Reviews – “Brain Pill”

The main active ingredient used in Nerium EHT is a bioactive molecule that has been isolated from coffee using a patented method. Marketing supplements as having the ability to treat, cure, alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent developing diseases is simply not permitted by law. 

But that hasn’t stopped a multitude of Nerium distributors from claiming that its products can treat a host of diseases including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Psoriasis has amassed a database of well over 200 instances of inappropriate health claims.

The other main issue with their ingredients blend is that even if all of these ingredients are safe, the effects that they have demonstrated are not in line with what most consumers expect from a nootropic product. Generally, it is though that a nootropic supplement should be able to raise the baseline mental performance levels of normal, healthy adults.

Preventing cognitive decline is important and will inevitably be beneficial for mental performance years down the line, however there will never be any perceptible boost to the users’ current cognitive capacity. This limits the effectiveness of Nerium EHT as a study aid or work performance enhancer.

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The customer reactions to Nerium EHT were not encouraging. Here is a sample of their responses taken from reviews of Nerium EHT found on third-party distributors’ websites:

“I tried taking it every morning with food, like they say, but then by the afternoon I’d start getting woozy and light-headed. Stopped taking it after passing out in a parking lot walking to my car.”

“Caused a reaction in my thyroid that made me feel like I was choking. Didn’t notice any benefits.”

“I guess I was allergic to it or something. After I took it for a couple days my body started getting really sore and my migraines came back with a vengeance. I quit taking it before I noticed any benefits, but the symptoms went away.

Nerium Reviews – Is Nerium a Scam? 

Not the MLM platform that they use to promote it. There are MLM companies that change their comp plan and don’t pay out what is promised, or the owners keep the money and close the company, as well as so many other scenarios. However, it is not a pyramid scheme, those are illegal and you don’t get anything for your investment. 

Here is Nerium’s hard-to-find, U.S. 2013 Income Declaration Almost no distributor actually makes it to a level of true “financial freedom.”

According to Nerium’s own statement, 43 percent of active “brand partners” earned zero commissions, and when you factor in the required purchases to remain eligible for all commissions and bonus it appears that at least 88 percent of distributors are making little to no money on average. The lawsuits within the company framework should be of concern to the consultants. 

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Will the company make it?

Although I don’t use their products, Mary Kay Ash built an empire on that platform. Not just an empire for her family but she empowered millions of women. Mary Kay Ash believed in the courage of each woman to set a goal and achieve it. At the age of 45, she made a list of everything she thought companies she’d worked for had done well, and everything they’d done badly.

She resolved to do everything on the first list, and nothing on the second. 

Thus Mary Kay cosmetics was born. The notion was that women would buy cosmetics wholesale from the company, then set up parties where they’d encourage their friends to buy products or become representatives for the company themselves (if their friends became salespeople, the recruiter made a percentage off that friend’s sales.) 

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She claimed that, “Our company was begun with only one objective: that of giving women the chance to succeed, an opportunity that simply did not exist in the early ’60s… I just couldn’t believe that a woman’s brain was worth 50 cents on the dollar. With all my heart I wanted to change that.”

Nerium Lawsuits

While Nerium has only been in business since 2011, it’s already been involved in at least 20 lawsuits, and in many of those lawsuits Nerium CEO Jeff Olsen is also a party. The allegations in the 20 cases range from product liability, defamation, employment discrimination, trademark infringement to fraud allegations. 

Olsen’s business partner of more than 25 years brought a $21 million lawsuite against Olsen and Nerium alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, and fraud, among other things.

In 2016, a user of Nerium AD, which is marketed as an age-defying night cream, brought a product liability suite against Nerium alleging that the night cream was unsafe, unreasonably dangerous and/or defective.

The lawsuit claims that Nerium should have provided adequate warnings of the possible health consequences of the cream and instructed users to spot test the product before applying it to their face and neck. The case is currently pending in Missouri federal court.

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Nerium Ingredients

Proprietary Protein (Collagen, Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans)- Collagen and Elastin are derived animal tissue frequently bovine sources. It is not shown to have an effect on producing or building collagen or elastin within skin when applied topically. The protein molecules are too big to penetrate the skin but are good water binders. Nerium International will not tell you the source of their protein.

Here are the Nerium Skin Care Ingredients:

  • Glycosaminoglycans are mucopolysaccharides that are unable to penetrate the stratum corneum when topically applied. Hyaluronic acid is part of this ingredient group. Used as moisturizers.
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil – Rice oil- An emollient
  • Stearic Acid – A commonly used emollient that occurs naturally in butter acids, cascarilla bark, and other animal fats and oils.
  • Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol – Fatty Alcohols used as emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners and carruing agents. Made synthecically or can be naturally derived as in coconut fatty alcohol.
  • Glycerin – A humectant, it draws water to the skin.
  • C14-22 Alcohol and C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside – Long chain alcohol emollients.
  • Glyceryl Stearate – A  widely used emulsifying ingredient.
  • Ricinus Communis Seed Oil – Castor oil.
  • Cetyl Alcohol – An emulsifier and emollient.
  • Olus Oil – A vegetable oil.
  • Chondrus Crispus Powder – Carrageenan. A red algae. Used as a thickener.
  • Sodium Borate – A pH adjuster. Can be irritating.
  • Dicaprylyl Ether – An emollient.
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa – A protein. Binds moisture to the skin. It is a film forming agent.
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate – Emulsifier
  • Dimethicone – Silicone. Great as a primer to fill in wrinkles.
  • Sodium PCA – A water binding agent.
  • Proprietary Blend (Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioning agent, Glycerin– a humectant,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate – Wetting, fatting, moisturizing agent,
  • Phenylpropanol – Solvent
  • Parfum – Fragrance
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – A preservative
  • Tocopherol – Vitamin E


How I Operate

I don’t pressure clients to buy anything, procedures or products. My clients know if I recommend products, it is based on their wants and needs, not because I have a minimum sales quota I’m desperately trying to reach.

It’s not about the money for true professionals, it’s about client comfort, satisfaction, and results. If I need to recommend a home remedy because a client isn’t able to purchase their ideal skin care regimen, I will.

If they can only afford drug store products I help them find the best that is available for the money. I’ve also recommended specific products from lines I don’t sell if that specific product will work better than something I have on the shelf.

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Nerium Reviews – Conclusion

Some people swear by Nerium, and others have really bad reactions to the Nerium skin care products. Some distributors do well and make money, but most make nothing or close to it.

And with all the lawsuits the company has been up against in such a short amount of time, it’s more than enough to make you think…hmmm.

Mix all of this with adding poisonous ingredients into the stuff, and you can see where I stand with Nerium.

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Does it Really Matter What Kind of Facial Cleanser We Use?

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What is the real role a cleanser plays in our beauty routines—as in, exactly how much can you expect from a product that stays on your skin for approximately 30 -90 seconds?

The whole point of a cleanser is to gently remove dirt, makeup, and sweat, without stripping the natural oils from your skin.

It should be:

  • Relatively simple
  • Straightforward
  • Something that never stings or burns

What’s inside your cleanser is often less important than what’s not.

Look for something that’s fragrance free, and stay away from:

  • Alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Alpha hydroxy acids

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Cleanser Misconceptions

We’ve been brought up to think that ‘squeaky clean’ is good, but in order to do that you have to use so much soap, and really, that’s not great for your skin. Those prone to breakouts should also avoid harsh cleansers.

You’re  just drying out the surface, irritating the cells, and making more blemishes.

In recent years, cleansing oils have developed a cult following for their ability to remove makeup and dirt while leaving skin dewy and hydrated.  For anti-aging benefits it’s unrealistic to expect them from washing alone. I think it’s better to use a gentle cleanser, followed by a treatment or serum that really penetrates.

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A key requirement to a healthier, younger-looking appearance is clean skin. When dirt and environmental contaminants are stripped away, the skin surface is prepared for nourishment. 

Boosting Cleanser

There’s a new cleanser on the block that uses an extract from the Noni plant to dilate your pores. It thoroughly cleans your face without stripping the natural oils and prepares the skin to accept the serum. 

The Cleanser helps to clean and open your skin to an infusion of rich vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that help prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. 

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How to use:

  • Apply a pearl-sized drop of the Cleanser to remove make up, wet your finger tips and massage gently.
  • Use a clean, warm , wet wash cloth to remove cleanser and make up.
  • Pat dry and apply another pro five to drop of cleanser massage into dry skin.
  • Wet your finger tips with warm water continue to massage in for two minutes or if you have a Clarisonic use it now.
  • Rinse using a clean, warm, wet wash cloth. Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

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Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

Contents: 90 ml

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What About Toners?

A question I hear a lot is why we don’t have toner. They say “we need toner to close our pores”. Actually toner is a rip off from companies, because they say it closes your pores.

Your skin closes its own pores.  

Your skin is a barrier function so that’s what it does every day all day. Plus it would be pointless to open your pores with the cleanser and then close them with a toner so that nothing else can get in.

So you open them with the cleanser, then you let the good ingredients in.

After you’re  through applying serum and cream, your skin balances its own pH.

All toner does is strip the natural moisture from your face. All outstanding skincare lines, that are really good for you, never have toner.

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That is part of bargain lines and lower end lines. If you will notice most medical lines do not include toner. To me it is unethical, and they take advantage of unsuspecting buyers.

Technically pores don’t have muscles so they don’t open or close. It’s a term used to help people understand  the process of emptying them so they appear smaller but having a great product to penetrate to keep them tight.

Ingredients: The “Core 4”

The key ingredients of the Skin Care System are natural botanicals extracted from the stem cells of a rare Swiss apple.

These extracts, combined with some of the same ingredients found in the company’s incredibly popular nutritional products—including blueberry, Noni, and Vitamin E Tocotrienols—act as nutritional building blocks for the skin’s own regenerative process, and leave the user with softer, brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Four products make up the Skin Care System:

  • Boosting Cleanser
  • Serum
  • Day Crème
  • Night Crème

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Each product, designed to work for any skin type, acts to hydrate and nourish the skin to prevent and reduce the visible signs of aging.

While speaking to Distributors in Ft. Worth, Kyäni Founder and Chairman, Kirk Hansen, shared the following:

“We’ve had other products proposed to us,” Hansen explained, “Even products developed. But we didn’t go with them because they just weren’t impactful enough.” Kirk goes on to say, “We had to wait for two things to be just right. The quality of the new products—and the science behind them—had to match up with the products we already have. Today the timing is right, and the products are unequaled.”

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Fillers and Botox: What’s the Difference?

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Skincare for Men

Men’s facial skin is typically thicker than women’s and less likely to be sensitive to ingredients in facial cleansers and moisturizers. Skincare is also usually a simpler routine since men typically don’t wear makeup.

However, shaving is another story. For men with heavy beards or curly or kinky hair, irritation and razor bumps can be a big problem. With proper face care, though, those hazards can be made a thing of the past and a clean, smooth face can become a welcome daily occurrence.

Bar soap tends to dry skin out more than liquid cleansers. If your skin feels tight or a little itchy after you wash your face, try switching to a liquid cleanser.

You may experience problems with acne if you have very oily skin. Acne is caused by excess oil production that clogs pores, causing inflammation.

Look for soaps or liquid cleansers that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzyl peroxide. All three of these exfoliating agents remove the upper layers of dead skin and allow for deeper cleaning of pores. They also have antibacterial properties.

Lots of facial moisturizers promise to keep your face young, but not all of them deliver.  A lot of products these days tout the fact that they contain antioxidants,  Prescription-strength products with retinol (Retin-A) do smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and even reverse signs of aging at the cellular level.  However, the lower levels of retinol found in over-the-counter products may not be high enough to do much good. ZO Medical products have a few great options.


Utilizing an innovative micro emulsion technology, this potent retinol, blended with plant stem cell antioxidants and bio-mimetic proteins, helps reverse the signs of aging and aids in the prevention of future damage.  Stimulating Collagen Formation and Skin Barrier Function  RETAMAX™ aids in skin rejuvenation by triggering the natural formation of collagen and encouraging the restoration of the skin barrier function by up-regulating the production of hyaluronic acid, the skin’s most vital natural hydrating factor.

Antioxidant Response  This biocellular antioxidant system serves to block free-radical damage, helps protect vulnerable cellular DNA, and addresses the root cause initiators of future skin aging. Optimizing inflammation management and anti-glycation irritation, RETAMAX™ helps ensure maintenance of the new, healthy skin state by defending against inflammatory-initiated skin damage.

RETAMAX™ Micro Emulsion System

  • High-potency vitamin A stimulates the skin’s natural rebuilding process
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action with vitamins C and E, and buddleja plant stem cells
  • Biomimetic protein activation for skin regeneration
  • Micro emulsion technology supports rapid delivery of key ingredients

Advanced Night Repair, a lightweight, high potency retinol formula that targets multiple signs of aging skin while protecting against future skin aging and damage. Ossential Growth Factor Serum, a lightweight gel that strengthens skin, repairs aging skin, and protects against future signs of aging. Formulated for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

If your face gets irritated from shaving, try a shaving cream with aloe. Try lathering up with a little extra water and leave it on your face for a minute before you shave to soften beard hairs.  Pre-shaving oil is another solution. Applied several minutes before shaving, the oil helps moisturize skin and soften beard hairs.

  • For razor bumps, which are caused by ingrown hairs, look for a shaving cream that contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid, exfoliating agents that unplug pores. Look for hypoallergenic products without fragrance to avoid further irritating your skin.

More important than shaving oils or creams is the razor you use. Electric razors are less likely to irritate than blades. But if you prefer a blade, choose a single or double-bladed razor. Skip those multi-blade brands that promise the closest possible shave.  If you have trouble with razor burn and razor bumps, you don’t want a very close shave. It’s better to leave a little growth in order to avoid ingrown hairs.  Shave in the direction that hairs grow, not against the grain, which can cause more irritation.



10 Benefits of Adding Coconut Oil to Your Diet

1. Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of thousands of people prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was a myth.

Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

No, they contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.

Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

2. Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Among The Healthiest People on The Planet


Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people.

However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations.

The best example of such a population is the

Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.

They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.

These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.

Another example of a population that eats a lot of coconut and remains in excellent health is the Kitavans.


3. Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat


Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world.

While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.

It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats.

One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day.


4. The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi, Helping to Stave Off Infections


Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon  Lauric Acid.  When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin.

Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.

For example, these substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans.


5. Coconut Oil Can Kill Your Hunger, Making You Eat Less Without Even Trying


One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.

This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized, because ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect.  In one study, varying amounts of medium and long chain triglycerides were fed to 6 healthy men.

The men eating the most MCTs ate 256 fewer calories per day, on average.

Another study in 14 healthy men discovered that those who ate the most MCTs at breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch.

These studies were small and only done for a short period of time. If this effect were to persist over the long term, it could have a dramatic influence on body weight over a period of several years.


6. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures


A so-called ketogenic (low carb, higher fat) diet is currrently being studied to treat various disorders.

The best known therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children.

For some reason, this diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.

Because the MCTs in coconut oil get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet.


7. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels and May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease


Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.

Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype.

In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil.  Also improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.


8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturize Skin and Function as Sunscreen


Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.

Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.

Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin.

Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath.


9. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia worldwide and occurs primarily in elderly individuals.

In Alzheimer’s patients there appears be reduced ability to use glucose for energy in certain parts of the brain.

Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

In one 2006 study, consumption of medium chain triglycerides led to immediate improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s.

Other studies support these findings and medium chain triglycerides are being intensively studied as potential therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease.


10. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Dangerous Fat in Your Abdominal Cavity


Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight.

Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs.

This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many Western diseases.

Waist circumference is easily measured and is a great marker for the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity.

A study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day lead to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks.

Another study in 20 obese males noted a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86 cm (1.1 inches) after 4 weeks of 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day.

This number may not seem too impressive on the surface, but be aware that these people aren’t adding exercise or restricting calories. They’re losing significant amounts of abdominal fat simply by adding coconut oil to their diet.