“We Do Not Test on Animals “…Check Again.

This is a common thing for companies to say. There is no legal standard for what “cruelty-free” means so “consumers are vulnerable to deceptive marketing,” said Joonghwa Lee, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “A company may claim their product is cruelty-free, but there still may be some animal testing done somewhere along the manufacturing process. This could lead to consumers being tricked into buying products that they do not support.”

One of the articles I found regarding this topic was titled, “Consumers Misunderstand ‘Cruelty-Free’ Labeled Products.” Well, that is one way to put it. When something is “free” of something, most are going to think that it doesn’t have “it” in it or “it” is not part of said product. Fat-Free milk being an example.

What is actually happening is they are simply LYING to the public to sell product. It sounds better and people want to believe that animals are not being objected to anything harmful, so that is what they tell us. I’ve always been frustrated because I have known this for years and it’s a  difficult thing to explain or get people to understand and/or believe. Again, as it seems I always do, I was going against what everyone else was saying. The evidence is out there, companies are getting in trouble for their wording and the laws need to get more clear.


“Cruelty-Free”, “We Do Not Test on Animals” and whatever else you read/hear along those lines are simply not true. How else are companies going to know if ingredients are harmful or toxic? Using humans is not an option.

Skin Care companies can say “cruelty-free” but trust me, they are using ingredients that at one point were definitely tested on animals.

“Cruelty-free” can be used to imply:

-that neither the product nor its ingredients have ever been tested on animals. This is highly unlikely however, as almost all ingredients in use today have been tested on animals somewhere, at some time, by someone – and could be tested again,
-that, while the ingredients have been tested on animals, the final product has not,
-that the manufacturer itself did not conduct animal tests but instead relied on a supplier to test for them – or relied on another company’s previous animal-test results,
-that the testing was done in a foreign country, where laws protecting animals might be weaker than in the U.S.
-that either the ingredients or the product have not been tested on animals within the last five, ten, or twenty years (but perhaps were before, and could be again),
-that neither the ingredients nor the products have been tested on animals after a certification date and will not be tested on animals in the future.   (information from MSPCA)





Botox. Is it Making You Look Younger??

Botox…I’m not against it. I think women should do what makes them feel better about themselves as long as it isn’t harmful. Of course I would prefer that you don’t do it.


Did you know that Botox could actually be making women look older? Because Botox paralyzes muscles and makes them immobile, the long-term loss of muscle may cause the skin to lose fullness, which will actually make the overall face appear older! You will not see lines and wrinkles on a youthful face (enter Botox) but younger skin is full and plump.
You could then get fillers to help with the plumpness but then you risk altering your appearance and not looking natural. (think Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Cox) Fillers, over time, start to fall and change the shape of your face.


What YOU Do Makes a Difference!

I talk about Le Mieux serums all the time. On Facebook, my blog and especially in my treatment room with my clients. I think they are amazing, super effective and inexpensive. (You do not have to spend a fortune to have good skin!)

Here is a picture of the results of using 3 different serums and grape seed oil (I do think the oil had an effect on the skin tone and texture).


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Chemical Peels. Why They Aren’t Scary!

They aren’t as scary as you may think. Many women watched the aftermath of Samantha Jones’ chemical peel from Sex and the City and feared that they too would have to wear a dark-colored veil to go out in public. That was a either a drastic peel gone wrong or done strictly for entertainment. (I’m voting for the latter!)

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking. They can help with fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, texture, acne scars and large pores (reducing the appearance of both).


Chemical peels can be done at different depths- light, medium or deep- depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peels uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more dramatic results, but can also involve longer recovery times.

Things To Know…

1. You don’t have to peel with a peel.

2. Visible exfoliation (flaking) is a symptom of the treatment. Everyone is different. Some may flake in certain areas on their face, some may flake all over and some may not flake at all.

3. Cellular change takes place in the epidermis (top layer) and dermis (2nd layer), regardless of the amount of visible flaking.

4. Peels are usually done in a series for best results. One will not give you what you want.

5. Consultation and/or a facial must be done before a peel. I will not do a peel on a new client. It’s important that we are on the same page as far as what you want, what you can expect and what will actually be done. Plus, I need to see and touch your skin. This is also when we will discuss the series and figure out chemical peel is best for you.

6. Home care products are key to producing great results. If you are using products at home that I recommended, then I know exactly how they work together with the peels. This is an important step. Not just for the results but also for the condition of your skin during the series. I’m almost hesitant to even do a series without the client using my products. When you purchase a series and products, it is always a better price. 🙂

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Renee and me.

I often feel like my thinking (philosophy, whatever you want to call it) on skin care is so different than everyone else’s that it sometimes makes me think twice. I find myself doubting ME! When I get in that frame of mind, I do more research. I dig deep and find things that support my theories. The longer I do this, the less I am doubting myself. I am more confident and secure in being in my own lane. I don’t want to change what I believe is right about skin just because other people don’t. I have science to back me up.

That being said, I was still pretty excited when I started reading information written by Renee Rouleau (celebrity Esthetician) and I found myself agreeing with what she had to say. I kept waiting for something to disagree with because I have never been on the same page with someone for so long! Not only do I agree with her but a lot of the stuff she has written about is stuff I have already written about. We think a lot alike. 🙂


So when I came across her view on over-the-counter (OTC) products, I was anxious to read what her thoughts were on the subject. This is what she wrote:

Over The Counter products:

Made in large batches for the masses so more preservatives are added since the shelf life will need to be longer.
May have less or lower percentage of active ingredients since they will be sold to “for all skin types” and therefore need to be more basic, simpler formulas.
Formulated by chemists and presented and sold to the public by corporate marketing specialists. Lots of hype and clever marketing jargon to get you to buy it.
Most products are made for “one size fits all.” (If you’re looking for results, it’s imperative that you use products formulated for the unique needs of your skin.)
Added synthetic dyes, colors and fragrances to heighten the sensory experience and esthetic look for the sole purpose of encouraging sales.
Low quality, inexpensive oils with potential pore clogging properties. The drug store is loaded with products containing mineral oil and petroleum which are forbidden ingredients by most skin care professionals.
High SPF numbers (SPF 50 and above) originated by mass marketers to mislead people into believing that high SPF numbers were more effective without scientific proof for the sake of selling more products. (The FDA has put in a ruling to ban all sunscreens higher than an SPF 50 since there is no proof showing it protects the skin more.)

If you truly want to improve the appearance in your skin, I think there is no better place to purchase your skin care products than through a reputable skin care professional. -Renee Rouleau

YES! For those of you that have been reading my blog, you know how I feel about OTC products. I have said those things above and now I have back-up from another professional.

There is a difference!


Ps I really would love to meet her one day! 🙂

Protect Your Skin! The Damage is Lurking…

Did you know that it takes about 10 years for your skin to show damage? That is why in your 30’s you will all of sudden start to feel like you are getting older. You will start seeing more sun spots, freckles, wrinkles and dry skin. What we do NOW is important to how we look later. It’s easy to live in the moment and think, “oh, I’ll worry about that tomorrow” but I promise you, you will regret it. I hear it everyday from my clients. Protect your skin!

Here is a breakdown of what smoking can do to your skin:

Teenager: Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals that dehydrate your skin. Quit now and it’ll stay smooth and bright.
20 plus: Smoking can age you by ten years or more. Lines appear on the cheeks and lower jaw.
30 plus: Signs of wrinkles, lines and crow’s feet. Dull, sallow skin due to cigarette heat.
40 plus: Definite facial wrinkling and hollow cheeks through repeated sucking on cigarettes. Skin lined around lips and eyes.
50 plus: Wrinkles are deep and pronounced. Skin sags and is grey in colour. Teeth are brown with nicotine stains.


Exposure to the sun causes:

Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions – caused by loss of the skin’s immune function
Benign tumors
Fine and coarse wrinkles
Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
Sallowness — a yellow discoloration of the skin
Telangiectasias — the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
Elastosis — the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines and wrinkles)

Protect Your Skin!


Want to see what the effects of alcohol will do to your skin?

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Sunscreen Ingredients Explained

Oxybenzone– There has been a lot of controversy about this chemical (as well as others) but the concern isn’t valid. Only a small percentage is even allowed in sunscreen and it is non-toxic, non-phototoxic (which means that it doesn’t cause skin reactions to the skin when exposed to sunlight) and it does not have hormone-disrupting effects.
It is great for blocking out UVB rays and some UVA rays.

Avobenzone– Some have said that this is unstable and cross-reacts with other sunscreen ingredients but the truth is, when any sunscreen ingredient is exposed to sunlight, the chemicals start breaking down. It has been around since 1981 and is the most used sunscreen ingredient in the world. It is safe for topical use and does not have a negative effect on skin cells.


Retinyl Palmitate– A powerful antioxidant that is actually found naturally in the skin. A combination of vitamin A and palmitic acid, this does not pose a problem to the skin when properly formulated in sunscreens (meaning stabilizing ingredients are included, which is typical). It has also been shown to offer sun protection all by itself.

Titanium Dioxide– A natural ingredient found in nature but is usually polluted with potentially harmful contaminants such as lead and iron so therefore it is purified through a synthetic process. It protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered to have no risk of skin irritation. And since titanium dioxide is so gentle, it is an excellent sunscreen active for use on sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. It is also great for use around the eyes, as it is highly unlikely to cause stinging in this area.

Zinc Oxide– This is considered to have no risk of skin irritation. It can also be an anti-irritant and potentially an antioxidant.


Read Other Posts About Sun Protections

Kids and Sun Protection

Pregnancy and Sun