S43: Hand Hygiene

As winter quickly approaches colds and flu season begins to emerge its miserable head.   Did you know that over 200,000 people end up in a hospital room as a result of flu alone each year? My friends, the BEST deterrent to illness is the simple task of washing ones hands-frequently- throughout the day!  Yup! It’s that simple. Of course, you need to take other precautions and even then you just might catch a cold since you don’t live under a rock. right? You do, however, lower your risk tremendously by washing  your hands.

Today we learn how to effectively wash our hands. WHAT?!  Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands.  Who knew?  You will from this moment on.  So let’s wash our hands step by step because this is the best way to prevent the spreading of infections. We are going to remove the microbes from our hands.  We want to protect ourselves, loved ones and others. It’s part of being a responsible  human being.

SOAP and Water is best..

1.  Wet your hands FIRST –

2.  Add Soap.  Plain soap okay.  Nothing fancy.

3.   Wash your hands for 15 seconds.  Get under your nails even your wrists.  Sing happy birthday twice if you are teaching little children.

4.   Rinse your hands with cool or warm water.  Moisturize your skin.  Bacteria can  find itself into your skin through those small abrasions and then into your tissue.  Keeping your hands hydrated by moisturizing is important.

When should you wash your hands-OFTEN!

If you don’t have access to water most of the day then carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers are certainly not my first choice but they will due until you get to soap and water. It is very important to make sure when using these hand sanitizers to rub until dry on your skin for it to be effective. If your hands are greasy they will not be as potent and remember that hand sanitizers DO NOT eliminate all the germs.

Always use a paper towel when turning off the faucet and opening the bathroom door as to not re-infect your hands.  Yup! As you can see there is a technique to all this but it works!

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The Holiday Grab Bag by Burt’s bees.  Great products at a great price.  Just passing along the information-I am not associated with Burt’s bees or any other company that I share with you.   

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xoxo    cieloscent






S42: Urea In Our Skincare

Hi Everyone! Maintaining  healthy skin moisture can be a challenge most especially during the winter.  It’s important to recognize ingredients in your skincare that can help keep your skin in balance and healthy. We have spoken on the importance of humectants on this podcast and urea is one listed many labels.  Is urea an ingredient that you’ll be comfortable using?  Although, controversial,  let’s investigate the facts and then each one of us decide.  After all, knowledge is key in making the “right” choices for oneself.   When reading this or listening please be sure to keep in mind that you are in partnership with your medical practitioner.  Do not change or stop any medical regiment in place for you without consulting with your physician.

The amount of urea used is generally anywhere up to 10%  and for many be a skin irritant. Urea is used as a preservative and to soften the skin as a moisturizing agent. Your sweat is mainly water but also  contains a small amount of  urea and it’s function is more so to regulate body temperature.  The body eliminates urea once it’s done with it through urine.  The urea in our skincare is synthetic (man-made) so now let’s talk about urea in our skincare products.

Let’s say we are the manufacturer of a particular skin care product intended to hydrate the skin.   We want a reasonably lengthy shelf-life, the ability to keep moisture in the product and keep bacteria fungus from growing in the product.  Considered a buffering agent and weak acid ( helps in keeping the pH  of product as intended) and a humectant.  It is believed by many to be a carcinogenic due to it’s ability to release formaldehyde.  Even the FDA (when investigating “Brazilian style’ Keratin-based hair straighteners” considers the amount of  formaldehyde found  in the product to be a known carcinogenic.   The urea in our skincare products are suppose to be in small amounts as to NOT be a formaldehyde releaser.  It’s not uncommon to have parabens in the mix of it all when reading the ingredients list.  So what do I think?  It’s a preservative that actually does work in  retaining moisture and softening skin but it is for many a skin irritant and I rather not use it.  I read my labels and try to make intelligent choices If the product is a combination of different ingredients when reading the label, I put it back on the shelf.  It’s that simple for me.

Skincare Talk Radio NEWS:  SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter:  A fantastic moisturizer! Caution:  If you have a nut allergy you may want to double check with your primary physician before  using Shea butter products.  Shea butter (tree nut)  is found in Africa on the Karite Shea tree and it’s loaded with vitamins A, E, F and can be used on Acne or those individuals suffering from Eczema.  It also has essential fatty acids which are power tools of the skin  Amongst,  the many benefits Shea  may also act as an ant-inflammatory most useful in “anti aging” and for acne sufferers.  It hydrates and soothes your skin.  Just a yummy product all around but always skin patch test everything even raw Shea butter.   

Product Line:  Shea Moisture   does NOT use any parabens, phthalates, paraffin, formaldehyde, propylene glycol,  mineral oil, syntheitic fragrance, petrolatum, synthetic color, DEA, nor animal testing.  The palm oil used in their products are fair trade and environmentally friendly. Shea Moisture make every effort to secure that each ingredient harvested for their products is done so with” sustaining nature and our environment”  in mind. 

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S41: Eczema Skincare In the Winter

You feel uncomfortable in your skin and you want to feel better now!  This is Eczema Awareness month and today we will address issues concerning Eczema and different treatments that may help you during the winter months.  Eczema is not an easy disease to deal with and those suffering will  tell you that it affects there life on a daily basis. This is an inflammatory skin disease (Atopic dermatitis) and there is no cure but you can manage your eczema.

As we quickly approach the winter months individuals with eczema begin to experience flare ups because of the lack of humidity, dryness in the home (due to heating units) and the colder weather.  All these factors affect the skin and if you are experiencing flu’s and colds then the stress on he body will also encourage a flare up.

What can you do to alleviate the discomfort and manage your Eczema in the winter months?

1.  Follow your medical Rx from your physician/nurse practitioner and apply topical medications.

2.  You need to hydrate your skin more than usual . Your protective barrier is not functioning ( it is not retaining water as it should) at it’s best so you need to help it along to prevent  flare-ups. It is often described the skin is “leaky” meaning that your protection against irritants, pollutants, bacteria, microbes  has been weakened. You might have seen products described as “barrier products” which contain ceramides that replace our natural oils that seem to help. .

3.  Do not use hot water! Hot water dries out your skin.  Soaking your body in warm water for at least 30 minutes is important because it takes that much time to hydrate your skin.  Your best timer are your fingers-they should look “prune”  like and this will indicate you have been soaking the right time and you are done.

4. Emollients are very important to you because they alleviate the itchiness and soothe the skin. They create an oil barrier on the skin’s surface which helps trap moisture (water) underneath.  Consider adding organic oils into your bath  but please no fragrance.  Jojoba oil is really a wax but oh so good for your skin! It”s”oil” is similar to the one that our skin produces and you don’t have that “greasy” feel to it.  Almond oil helps some with the itchiness.  My son found success with Borage oil! They are little black seeds that are pressed for it’s oil which turns out to be an essential fatty acid (gamma linoleic acid) .  One of the best products on the market (in my opinion) and (most especially my son who has learned to manage eczema) is Shikai Borage Therapy for dry skin (fragrance free). It’s an amazing product and I love it! Make sure that you apply your moisturizing lotion immediately after your bath when skin is moist. By the way, Shikai also have a children’s lotions-fast relief for itchy and red skin.   Use a baby soft wash towel to pamper and baby your skin.  Your skin is already irritated and you don’t want to further disturb it. Remember that fragrance for anyone is an irritant most especially for those with inflammatory skin conditions.  Remember stress plays a big impact on flare ups and a nice relaxing bath not only hydrates you but de-stresses you.  Go ahead and place your favorite music in the background and soak for 30 minutes.  Your skin and mind will love it!  Your mositurizer should be one that you like and will use on a consistent basis.   Suggestion:  A soothing warm and relaxing bath twice a day during winter.

3.  Shea butter- so yummy and wonderful for your skin.  It contains Vitamins A, E, and other beneficial vitamins that you skin requires in this time of healing but you must check with your doctor before using Shea butter and anyone with a nut allergy.

Over the counter cremes that your physician may have recommended:  Cetaphil moisturizing creme, Eucerin or Aquaphor.

4.  The larger and thicker areas you may want to include occlusive dressing which can treat moderate to severe conditions. .  Occlusion where you apply a topical product and cover it with a waterproof dressing or plastic wrap may help with absorption but this is designed only to thicker areas of the body. You must do this under supervised care.   Check with your doctor before adding any additional therapy. Itchiness is addressed by hydrating your skin but if it becomes unbearable speak to your doctor.

5.  Check for food allergies. Follow your gut instincts as a parent and monitor your child’s response.   Remember that not all food allergies manifest themselves right away. Milk is quite often a culprit for young children and can make eczema worse.  Consider substituting  Oat milk and read your ingredients label.  Always check with your Physician!



For More Information: http://nationaleczema.org/get-involved/







S40: UVB rays, SPA week And Motivating Moments.

In our last podcast, I shared an additional Ultraviolet Ray -C- and this is absorbed by our ozone layer so it does not penetrate our atmosphere. We called UVA rays having “long” arms meaning that it has a long wave.  UVB has a short wave and this is the one that likes to burn.  If you are out in the sun too long UVB rays will give you a  sunburn. We are now entering the cooler weather and UVB rays weaken BUT you still have to wear your sunscreen for UVA and UVB rays.  UVB rays are responsible for cancer too.  UVA and UVB  are the damaging duo that you need to protect yourself from 365 days a year.  This is why it is not enough to apply sunscreen only in the morning and expect to be protected all day.  Sunscreens are regulated as -over the counter (OTC) drugs by the United States Food And Drug Administration (FDA).

Remember:  UVA will AGE you quicker and UVB will give you a sunburn.  UVB rays will burn and are considered to be more of a carcinogenic than UVA.  These rays however do not penetrate through our windows as do UVA.    Listen to episode S39 and learn how to protect yourself.


Spa Week is an event that takes place twice a year within many fabulous spa locations throughout North America. Specifically, in April and October. This an opportunity to enjoy a special treat at one of those fancy spa locations and all for $50.  Yup! the spa’s offer 2-3 services that you can choose from and enjoy for $50.  Spa Week  runs from  October 20-26, 2014 and you can visit:  http://www.spaweek.com/ and simply enter your location and then choose the SPA that calls to you! A wonderful retreat at an incredible price!

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“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”
Eleanor Roosevelt-

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S39: WARNING! Winter Solar Radiation/UV-A

Our skincare conversation today:  All about UVA Radiation.  There are three types of ultraviolet rays that I  will be  covering in  the next two episodes:

Ultraviolet (UV) rays -A -B-C.  Many people don’t realize that a C type exists and we  are going to learn all about it right here. Let’s break this subject apart and arm ourselves with knowledge. These days the sun  has longer arms  to reach you EVEN during the winter months!  What does that mean! UVA rays can penetrate through your windows while driving or at home and work.  Have you heard of “asymmetrical facial damage”? Let’s say you go to your work place and sit by that nice sunny window day in and out without sun protection.  The side of your face and unexposed side of your body will reflect sun damage by more premature aging, wrinkles and even sagging.  You will have this damage more prominent on one side than the other!  The simple practice of placing sunscreen on and repeating the action throughout the day can prevent this type of premature aging most especially on the side facing the sun.  Yes! UVA radiation can take hold of you ever so quietly penetrating deeper and creating more damage than the other rays.  You see all UV rays are not created equal! Yes, they will all hurt you but these rays do so differently.  I used the phrase “longer arms” when opening this show because I want you to remember that UVA rays are longer and can penetrate deeper than the other rays. The inner most layer of our skin is referred to as the basal and this is where most of skin cancer begins.  Both UVA and UVB  rays can initiate skin cancer.  You must protect yourself 365 days a year from the sun! By the way, UVA rays can absolutely burn your skin. Sunburn is UV-B’s  job which as you know hurts the out side  but UV-A can burn deep into the layers of your skin. Here is something else about UV-A rays-they are the cause of serious eye problems/disorders such as cataracts,  inflammation of the cornea, and other inflammatory eye conditions.  The rays here again penetrate deep into the eyes. Melanoma skin cancer are dark lesions in the skin that can spread. UVA rays are responsible for this type of cancer. The number one method to avoid pre-mature aging  and prevention of skin cancer is to use your sunscreen daily.  At least 90-95% of skin cancer are a result of sun damage. Check yourself every month (wear your birthday suit) for any unusual marks, spots, discolorations or bleeding  on your entire skin. Yes, your skin is unlike any other organ in your body but it is an organ just the same and the largest one at that! So take your time and look at yourself naked and don’t be shy because your life can depend on it.

What do you need to do to protect yourself from this form of energy?

1.  Although, we are concentrating on what UVA rays do -you must use a sunscreen that reads:

BROAD SPECTRUM-This means that you have protection from UVA and UVB.

2. Apply generously all over-exposed to the sun-skin.

3. Wear protective clothing if you will be out doors.  Even when out in the snow you can get a sun burn.

4.  Don’t use tanning beds!

5.   Use a Sun protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or 30 and above.  Reapply sunscreen  every two hours.  Water resistance.

6.   I adore the sun and attend to my little garden before 10am for some unprotected sun.  I like my vitamin D the old fashion way so a little sun my skin enjoys too.   I am not suggesting that you stop any vitamin supplements prescribed by your physician.  Partner with your physician before you add or change anything to your skin/health regiment. Exfoliate.

7.  Sunscreens are actually monitored or better said “regulated” by the Food and drug administration ( FDA).  The chemicals in the sunscreens are quite controversial.  There is an urging from many groups that address oncology issues (in particular) to provide more data in regards to the safety of sunscreens. After all, we have been urged to use them continuously throughout the day and must be assured of the products safety.

Thank You so much for joining me today.

Be Well & Happy!

Cieloscent/skincare talk radio






S38: How To Use Olive Oil As A Moisturizer



Softens Skin especially on the rough patches such as your heels or elbows. These areas sometimes go unattended and they can get very dry too. Use Olive Oil as a face cleanser. Olive Oil is an anti inflammatory which is great for smoothing out wrinkles.A wonderful make Up remover!  Mix it in with Castor Oil. The yummy nutrients in Olive Oil have a cellular renewing power.  Rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants which keep those free radicals that cause aging. Two Tablespoons everyday is not only great for your skin but also adds health benefits and improves memory too.

One of the best lip conditioners so use this instead of over the counter chemical laced products. Olive Oil actually penetrates the skin and prevents sagging due to the squalene which  brings forth a gorgeous glow and keeps your skin well-toned.Rub Olive Oil on those stretch marks along with the coconut butter that we talked about yesterday!  Powerful combination to minimize stretch marks.

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Olive Oil



S37: Beautiful Skin Over 70



Keep It simple.  Keep it budget friendly.

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S35: Skincare For Dry Skin



As the weather begins to change from summer to fall so does our skin. Many people suffer from dry skin all year round but for others the change in temperature will bring on dry skin.  Those individuals with Rosacea  know how temperature changes can disturb the skin and cause a flare up. The temperature indoors cause lots of problems for many such as dry, itchy, and flaky skin. Even in the summer months those individuals suffering from Eczema-can find that the air conditioner can serve as a trigger.  Central heating can affect many skin disorders and bring about dry skin. So let’s talk about possible ways to ease the discomfort of dry skin and begin to repair it.

1.  Great skincare begins from within so make sure that you are consuming a clean diet.  Drink your water! Include oils such as avocado or olive oil into your diet.  Your skin will love it!  Include  essential fatty acids especially during the winter months. Essential fatty acids can be found in fish and flax seed which can keep you hydrated. Those individuals who consume wild Alaskan Salmon in particular have skin that absolutely radiates a glow. Eat an avocado a day!  Keep in mind that salmon has blood thinning capabilities and you will need to run this by your physician if you are taking any blood thinning medication for high blood pressure or any platelet condition. Safety first!.  What’s  the purpose of essential fatty acids?  You will begin hydrating and moisturizing your skin from within.  By the way, don’t forget to add your “greens” into your diet.  Salads are loaded with vitamins and phytochemicals and these will keep your beautiful skin hydrated. . Let’s help the skin retain the moisture it so needs through the foods we eat first.  Don’t forget to eat a handful of nuts (almonds) great for hydrating and giving your skin that sparkle!..

1.  Food_  Feed your skin from within. We covered that above.

2. Cleanser -Choose  a cleanser designed for your skin type.  In this case, dry skin-make sure that it is NOT a foaming cleanser. I have often heard people tell me that they do not cleanse their skin because they feel it will dry it even further. There are lots of products out on the market that are gentle and can be used by those with dry skin.  If you are absolutely at a loss here are some suggestions:  For very dry skin you may want to consider  using: Shikai, Borage dry skin Therapy facial cleanser.  It is mild and soap free. It is economical and a little bit goes a long way.  Truly cost effective and helps dry skin remain in a hydrated state. If you are a skin type that is sensitive to many ingredients you may find this product serves your skin well in regards to avoiding allergic reactions. consider adding a drop of PURE glycerin into cleanser should it not already contain it.

3. Moisturizers- are designed to keep your outer skin hydrated and to protect that barrier. In dry skin you goal is to restore moisture so choose a moisturizer designed for dry skin. You want to apply an  emollient to keep your skin soft and hydrated. ShiKai Borage Therapy Facial moisturizer ($13-14)  Again, excellent product for those with sensitive and dry skin. Another aspect of this skincare line that love and respect is that there is absolutely no testing on animals.

4. A few more tips-

A.  Drink water

b.   Place a a small humidifier in your room during the winter months because your skin will love it.  This truly helps just be sure to clean out unit after every single use.It is quite easy for bacteria to accumulate in these types of units.

3    Stop smoking- If for nothing else- at least- do it for your skin if your appearance is of any importance to you. You deepen lines and wrinkles especially around your mouth and forehead.  A smoker’s skin tends to sag much quicker than a non-smoker. Please pardon me, if  I sound like another broken record regarding the subject of smoking but it would be irresponsible of me as a skincare therapist to not gently remind you of its perils. I know this is very difficult so consider the different options that can help you in kicking this habit that will ultimately affect your overall health. .

4.   Easy does it with alcohol consumption.   Drinking alcohol even a glass or two will dehydrate you.  Alcohol affects the vitamin A in your body that is also responsible for cell turnover, (which as we know is vital for aging gracefully.  Did you know that even one drink a day will enlarge your blood vessels creating a flushing on your face? it deepens any lines already on your face.

4.  Keep using your sunscreen.  Yes! even in the winter time.

5.  When outside protect your skin by wearing gloves and using a scarf to protect your face from the cold air.

6.  Don’t forget to moisturize your lips because it is easy to become cracked and uncomfortable most especially in the winter.

7.  I also love using my kitchen cupboard skin care recipes from cieloscent- Do It Yourself Skincare  is great! I use Manuka honey (you may want to check out my podcast on Manuka honey) and I apply it-leave it on for 15 minutes and there you have it super soft and hydrated skin.  A little oatmeal mask is super yummy as well. Incorporate  “skin oil therapy” power into your skincare regiment during the winter months. What’s that? Add vitamin E, avocado, jojoba, and the many other beneficial oils available to us.

8.  Exfoliating is important but hold off until your skin heals if your skin is excessively dry.

9.  Use warm water when you shower or when cleansing your skin.

10.  Cocoa butter-Extremely beneficial for moisturizing lips and under nose dryness when you have a cold.

On a personal note:  My son experienced eczema as a child and fortunately I came across this product at my local whole foods and to this day (he is 21 now) still uses most of the products.  This is an excellent line and as a mom and skincare therapist I give it my thumbs up. I do not represent this company but I share with you my experiences. As always, I strongly urge you to consult with your medical practitioner before changing any health regiment in place for you.  You need to partner with your physician and always skin patch test everything before you apply it on your skin.  We are all so beautifully unique and can react differently to everything that is applied to our skin or ingested.   The ShiKai website is getting a “facelift” and will be up and running on October 01, 2014.  If you have any questions they have listed the following number: 1 800 448-0298.

Where can you find this product:  Your local health food store, Whole foods or call the number above for the location nearest to you or you can purchase directly from ShiKai. There you have it my dears, another skincare talk episode  dedicated to dry skin. Please feel fee to share your skincare experiences or any comments by emailing us at address listed in show notes.  Please remember the secret to great skin care or anything in your life is positive consistent action.  Take care of your skin on a daily basis and it will take care of you.   Thank you so much for sharing this time with me and until we meet again-make it a great day!. Bye4now.

Smiles and hugs!





S34: Semen/Sperm Skincare?



The celebrities are doing it -at least some-like Heather Locklear! Using semen as an anti-aging skincare. Let’s be completely honest, Heather Locklear has some sort of secret going on because she looks fabulous in her fifties! Is it possible that it’s all that “semen” or seminal fluid skincare  keeping the lines and wrinkles away.  Let’s review just a little Biology 101 so we can make some sort of sense to this type of skincare.  Seminal fluid consists of a natural combinations of fluid from the testicles, prostate gland, and the seminal vesicles .This seminal fluid consists of proteins, fructose, and fatty acids. Semen is also slightly alkaline from the prostatic fluid.  One Teaspoon of Semen (smile) contains vitamins , minerals  and  enzymes. Vitamins like calcium, vitamin C, lactic acid, magnesium, potassium,  citric acid, fructose, zinc and B12.  Lets not forget that it carries with it over 200 proteins.   What about the sperm percentage part for a facial?  Only one percent of the fluid is sperm.  Like anything-although rare-you can actually be allergic to your partner’s semen.

Benefits suggested:

1.  Lessens the redness in Rosacea

2.  Gets rid of acne

3.   Repairs thick and sun-damaged skin

4. Creates a youthful and smooth skin appearance

5.  Assists in rebuilding and the healing of the skin barrier

6.  Gives you a …..glow

The not-so-great:

1.  Some individuals have claimed to have developed dry skin.

2.  Itchy and a tight feeling to skin.

3.  A sudden glaze or shiny appearance-

For your 411 there are Spermine (antioxidant found in semen) Facials here in New York.  The spa uses a synthetic version and when accompanied with ultrasound and infrared light creates a glowing flawless appearance plus all the other added benefits.

So what do I think?  I would not classify this as finding the “fountain of Youth”  but I believe that it is possible that it may have some benefits to the skin.  Would I try it?  Well, never say never but for the time being , let’s just say, “I’ll pass for now.  I truly feel that we have lots of other alternatives that are just as beneficial and have been scientifically proven to work.  Of course, the decision is yours and there is no right or wrong.  It’s is just another experience and attempt to keep those wrinkles away for just a little longer. There is no anti-aging magic but if a particular treatment does not cause harm and you want to try it then do so.

Like everything else always skin patch test everything even semen! I’m laughing as I write this! Investigate everything you read or hear and always run it by your doctor especially if you are under medical care. Again, I chuckle!  Okay, there you have it another skincare talk to add to your mental file. Thank you so much for joining me today.

Be well and happy

Cieloscent –