I wanted to issue a warning of a growing trend of companies stealing screen grabs or clips from my YouTube videos without my permission to pretend I’ve reviewed/liked/endorsed their products⚠️
Most recently, I was alerted that a company called RosaLight did just that.
They worked a clip of me into a video they shared on Facebook. It didn’t specifically state, but it very clearly implied, that I had used their product to treat my rosacea. The product I was actually holding in the clip they used (without my permission) was from an entirely different company. It’s on YouTube and clearly states the real name of the product and the company selling it. It happened to look similar, so RosaLight just grabbed my image and threw it into their advertising to pretend I had tried them out.
December 2019 Update
Facebook responded to my copyright infringement report and has taken the RosaLight video down.
I Do NOT Endorse RosaLight⛔️
I have never tried the RosaLight product and, after reading their dubious claims and seeing their dubious advertising, I wouldn’t trust them.❌
This is not the only time my image has been used to imply that I have tried/liked/endorsed a product I’ve never tried/liked/endorsed. I’m writing this blog post as a warning. If you don’t see a review of a product on my official accounts such as my YouTube channel, my blog, this review site or on my social media accounts, the odds are that my image has been tweaked to make it look like I’m saying something I’m not.
If you see my image/video clip on an ad for a product and aren’t sure if you should trust it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on social media to confirm.
Companies know how much those of us struggle with rosacea and all its various symptoms. Unfortunately, scam companies will stoop to some dubious tactics to try to sell to us because they know how desperate we can feel to try to find the right treatment. They’ll do/say some very misleading things to try to get our money.
Please be careful out there, Rosy Friends. We’re all in this together, and we deserve better than to be scammed.
A big thank you to the Rosy Friend who alerted me to this on Instagram – you know who you are.💜
June 2020 Update
On June 16, 2020, I received an email from one of the co-founders of RosaLight. It contained the following message:
“The reason why I’m writing to you is to simply apologize for what happened with your footage in our ad. Unfortunately, the video we used for our initial advertising was provided to us by our manufacturer and we missed to do our due-diligence on it, assuming he had all the rights to the material. As soon as I found out what happened I immediately advised our marketing to take the video offline from all our marketing channels.”
According the the company website, this mask is a wearable photobiomodulation (PBM) light therapy product that offers 7 colours all in one unit. It makes it possible to treat the entire face at once, hands-free. It claims to improve the skin on the face in many ways such as enhanced collagen production, wrinkle and sagging skin reduction, pigmentation problem correction and acne elimination.
The 7 colour options available include:
Red (660 nm): For treatment of wrinkles, fine lines, faster healing, inflammation reduction, reduced pore size appearance, sagging skin repair, increased collagen and elastin production, thinning skin improvements and more.
Blue (415 nm): For treatment of acne, killing acne-causing bacteria to reduce outbreaks.
Purple (Red 660 nm and Blue 415 nm): For treatment benefits of both red and blue light therapy simultaneously.
White (full spectrum): For treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder or simply the winter blues. Some claim fine lines and sagging skin benefits.
Green (520 nm): For treatment of skin tone, balancing complexion particularly where there is excessive redness and improves ruddiness in the complexion. Green light therapy may also reduces pain sensitivity, eases mental stress, decreases hyperpigmentation, and improves lymphatic drainage.
Amber/Yellow (no wavelength provided): For treatment purposes comparable to red only closer to the surface of the skin. Helpful to individuals with extremely sensitive skin, for instance, rosacea.
Teal (Blue 415 nm and green 520 nm): For benefits of both blue and green light, including to boost cellular energy and promote a healthier metabolism. This may also assist those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. It may help to boost morning energy levels when used like a visor instead of as a mask.
My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product
What’s in the box?
The RubyLux LED Light Therapy Mask comes with Mask with an adjustable strap, controller, USB connector, power cord (power cord adapter included in versions sold outside EU) and instruction sheet.
While winter is known for giving many people a pink-cheeked look when they come in from the cold, those plummeting temperatures and harsh winds can be even harder on your skin when you have rosacea.
Yes, it can look cute when you have rosy cheeks when you just walk in the door from a brisk winter’s day but when the redness doesn’t go away and is joined by tightness, dryness, burning, itching and other unpleasant symptoms, it becomes clear that the right winter skin care for rosacea is a must.
You might have found what works for you in the summertime as you protect your skin from triggers and keep it gently cleansed and moisturized but colder weather typically requires a slight change in rosacea skin care products.
Believe it or not, this is true no matter where you live. Regardless of whether your winters send the mercury well below freezing or whether you live somewhere that remains comparatively mild, it is the difference in temperatures and humidity levels from one time of the year to the next that causes your skin to require different rosacea skin care products.
Wind, cooler temperatures, as well as air conditioning or indoor heating can all wreak havoc on your rosacea symptoms. Humidity, dryness and temperature fluctuations can require an extra layer of protection throughout the winter months. All this, on top of the stress many people feel around the holiday season when there are many different kinds of plans, gatherings, festivities and even just things to wrap up before the year comes to an end, can take its toll.
Here are some great tips to help to keep your rosy cheeks and rosacea symptoms under control this winter:
When the weather is extreme, try to stay in as much as possible. Very low temperatures and biting winds will only make things worse, fast. If you must head out, use a ski mask or scarf to keep your face protected.
Be aware of your body temperature. It’s easy to get very cold and very hot in a matter of moments in the winter. Stepping inside homes, workplaces and malls while bundled up can rapidly bring on the heat. Heading out the door after being warm inside can strike you with shivers. Layer with loose clothing so you can always adjust how warm or cool you are.
Pay attention to fabrics. Many people find their rosacea symptoms flare when they come in contact with certain fibers. One common troublemaker is wool. Take care to know what fibers are coming in contact with your face and watch for trends in irritations and flare-ups.
Keep cool while inside. This is especially important when you’re doing things like cooking and baking. These activities feel so normal and everyday that we often forget how warm they can make us. Steam from pots and heat from stoves and ovens can rapidly bring on rosacea flushing. Take breaks from the heat by leaving the room – or at least the spot immediately in front of the oven and stove – whenever you can. Turn on the hood fan or an oscillating fan set on low, to move some of the heat around and keep the temperature within reason.
Watch what you eat. Added sugars, salty foods, alcohol and other potential trigger foods abound when it’s nasty outside. This is especially true because hot foods and beverages are the most appealing when you’re trying to beat the winter chills. Try to limit the consumption of these foods as much as possible – if you can get away with a bite, go for that, instead of a whole portion – and try to wait for hot options to cool down a bit before you begin.
Keep your stress levels as controlled as possible. Don’t overbook your schedule, complete tasks as early as you can, don’t procrastinate, make a priority of “me time” and stick to a bedtime and waking routine as though your life depended on it. The more relaxed you are, the calmer your skin can be.
Maintain an extremely consistent winter rosacea skin care routine. Find the right rosacea skin care products for your unique skin type and symptoms as early as possible and stick to them – along with any treatments you’re using – without any exceptions.
Sit back from the fireplace. Try not to sit too close to any specific heat source as it will only warm and dry your skin, increasing the risk of a flare-up or at least a deeper blush.
Consider using a humidifier if your home is especially dry in the winter. If you can’t touch anything metal without getting a shock or if your sweaters and hair are particularly zappy, this may be a sign that a humidifier could help – particularly if it’s run in your bedroom at night while your skin is doing most of its healing.
Consistency with rosacea treatments and skin care as well as avoiding triggers can help you to avoid the vast majority of flare-ups and discomforts.
Winter Rosacea Skin Care Tips
The hardest part of treating your skin during the winter is usually in developing and sticking to your rosacea skin care routine. The first step is to find the right products, which can be a struggle in itself but then you need to stick to it every morning and every evening without fail. No exceptions.
Moreover, for the first two weeks of virtually any rosacea product change, your skin will often flare-up and break out. This makes it very difficult to judge any rosacea skin care products within the first two weeks of use, as things often get worse before they get better. For most people, the key is to keep it simple. Use as few products as possible, choose formulas with very gentle ingredients and avoid most options with promises such as anti-aging, exfoliating and even anti-redness in some situations (as many anti-redness formulations are designed to mask the color without healing the skin underneath, which can actually worsen the situation over time).
Consider the following tips as you create your winter rosacea skin care routine:
Gentle cleansing. Use an extremely gentle rosacea skin care product for cleansing. The goal isn’t to have a “squeaky clean” feeling once you’re done. Instead, the idea is to remove the dirt, unwanted bacteria, product and excess oils while leaving some skin oils in place. Healthy skin does have some oil left on it. You want your skin to be clean, not stripped. In most situations, twice-daily cleansing is all you need.
A low- or non-foaming, fragrance free, creamy cleanser is the goal. Watch out for alcohols and astringent ingredients as they should typically be avoided. The result should leave a thin film behind that will act as a moisture barrier to lock in this vital hydration.
Rosacea treatment. If you are treating your rosacea with a specific prescription or nonprescription topical cream or with amber light therapy and/or red light therapy, now is usually the best time to use it. Treatments are generally best used on a clean face, right after cleansing. That said, be sure to follow the directions of your doctor or dermatologist, or on the product package.
Moisturizing. This is best done as close to cleansing as possible. If you are using a treatment, moisturize right afterward (unless the treatment includes the moisturizing or recommends against the application of additional products). If you are not using a treatment, moisturize immediately, when your skin is no longer damp but when it doesn’t yet have that fully dry feeling. An extremely gentle moisturizer is best. In the daytime, it can help if you choose one with an SPF if the sun is one of your triggers.
In the winter heavier creams, salves and oils are often more effective for preventing rosacea symptoms than the lighter lotions that are typically suited to warmer weather. This is the product most likely to need to be changed as a part of the rosacea skin care routine when moving from one season to the next and is the most likely to require that unpleasant transition period of about two weeks when breakouts and flare-ups can happen. Red light therapy may help to minimize the inflammation that is behind many of those symptoms and amber light therapy can help to calm the skin.
Set up a routine that will be appropriate for following the instructions on all these rosacea skin care products and treatments and stick to it without fail. Your skin loves routine and hates change, so the more you keep up the exact same patterns, the less likely you will be to have breakouts, flare-ups, and other unwanted symptoms.
*Please remember that I’m a rosacea blogger and patient with the condition, but I’m not a doctor. This is information I’ve compiled based on my own experience, but I’m not a medical professional or a skin care expert. For an official diagnosis or advice, please make an appointment to see your doctor!
A high-power (HP) LED red and amber powerhead bulb. It has 48 HP LED chips that provide peak wavelengths in both the red and amber ranges. It is durable and lightweight for convenient use when at home or traveling.
My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product
What’s in the box?
The Dual-Care™ HP LED Powerhead comes with the bulb, a socket and cord set (you can choose the 120 volt appropriate for North American sockets or the 220 volt for many other parts of the world), a pair of standard Super Sunnies eye protecting goggles, and the usage guidelines.
The powerhead is an LED bulb with 4 chips. Each chip contains 16 LEDs (for a total of 64 LEDs in the entire powerhead). Each chip has 10 amber LEDs and 6 red LEDs (for a total of 40 amber LEDs and 24 red LEDs in the entire powerhead)
A high-power LED light bulb. It is composed of 38 premium close-set yellow LEDS within the 570nm to 590nm wavelength range. This yellow light therapy bulb is 1.5 inches in diameter and is meant to be used directly against the skin (with a plastic wrap barrier to keep it clean) for 5 to 15 minutes per session.
My Review of this LED Light Therapy Product
What’s in the box?
1 bulb, bubble wrap.
Eye protection goggles are recommended and are sold separately. The bulb must be used with either custom covers or plastic wrap which are also sold separately.