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Got Stress?

You can run but you can’t hide. The effect of stress can age you seemingly overnight. A perfect visual to put in your head are the “before and after” photos of our presidents. Ok we might not be as stressed as the President but stress will show on your skin in several ways:

• Stress wrinkles

• Stress tension lines

• Stress breakouts

• Stress redness

• Stress sensitiveness or irritation

Stress can affect every cell in the body and worsen existing skin problems. Problems like Eczema, Rosacea and Acne. Stress accelerates aging, so much so that stress is the 2nd greatest influence on aging, second only to sun damage. Cortisol, known as the “stress hormone” triggers inflammation, damages cell membranes, shortens DNA strands and reduces cellular production of youthening proteins, especially collagens, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. This leads to early cell death and the onset of premature aging. It also increases sebum production and inflammation, which can lead to an acne breakout, redness and increased allergic reactions or sensitiveness. Insert sound of record scratching right here. Never fear, the effects of stress can be stopped in its tracks with some simple steps:

• Lifestyle change, I know it’s not easy but start to plan your exit from that bad job/ relationship • Get a facial, then book another, oxytocin works magic

• Start exercise routine, even if it’s just a walk

• Make better food choices, enough said

• Get some sleep, repeat nightly

• Take your supplements and drink your water We have lots of lovely products you can use at home if you can’t find the time for a facial. The following is a list of our go to favorites: • Tu-el’s Super Soothe Mask ($) I leave this on as a spot treatment for my stress breakouts

• Valmont’s DNA Repair Serum ($140) I never leave the home without this super serum on my skin

• Valmont’s’ Soothing Cream ($140) light enough for anyone with acne, Keri’s favorite

• Skin by Marywynn Stress Recovery Complex ($65) I travel with this at all times

• Skin by Marywynn Soothing Gelle Mask ($45) steep in the bath with this bad boy

• Skin by Marywynn Clear Skin Ultra Gel ($48) use twice daily on clean skin to help control that stress break out

• Skin by Marywynn Purifying Comfort Mask ($45) so soothing and hydrating for those stress breakouts, use it every morning 10 minutes or 2 hours whatever amount of time you have

• Skin by Marywynn Stress Recovery Cream ($50) ahh so rich and calming, melts into the skin

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Are You Properly Feeding Your Skin?

What I eat for my skin:

We take an approach here that your skin is a reflection of what you eat. Acne, wrinkles, eczema all are either triggered by or exacerbated by our food choice and the quantity and quality of what we drink, meaning water.

In my prior career as a holistic chef in the late 80′s through the 90′s I was cooking vegan, gluten free, dairy free, night shade free.  You name it I cooked, or didn’t if I was making raw food. I worked with my clients doing elimination diets trying to figure out what their particular trigger was. Many times it would be quite surprising, eggs or soy or nuts. I can say that the main foods I saw having a direct impact on their skin were, dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, eggs, citrus and vinegar. Regardless of whether is was a true allergy or sensitivity the one pattern that almost everyone I worked with had developed the same bad habit of eating a very narrow group of foods over and over and over. Sound familiar?

Now in my current work, what you eat is impacting your skin and how we work with you. Clients still ask, what should I eat for good skin. With out working one on one with a client what I can say is eat a wide selection of protein, whole grains, cooked, raw and eat the rainbow. I am going to start posting photo’s of my food choices through out the week with a little more information about what is in the food and it’s connection with the skin. On a personal note I eat almost exclusively organic, it’s important to me to be as kind to the planet as possible.

breakfast; was a smoothie made with low fat yogurt, mixed berries (that I picked and froze from Sauvie Island last summer) spinach, almond butter and chia seeds. Yogurt has calcium which is helping my cells generate lipids to keep my barrier strong and healthy. That’s part of the reason you see the glow on our skin, that and Valmont. The berries are full of antioxidants, almond butter has extra protein and the chia are full of fiber and Omega 3 & 6. The best part, it’s yummy!

lunch: cabbage, brown rice, roasted butternut squash, cucumber, kale, chicken breast, pumpkin seeds and lemon vinaigrette. I call it the Marywynn power lunch. It gives hours of energy without feeling full. The squash is loaded with beta-carotene, which helps protect my collagen fibers.

the photo on the right shows my supplements: fish oil, fiber, calcium/magnesium and a multivitamin with lot’s of c, e and beta carotene.

-Marywynn Ryan, Owner

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Skin and Exercise

Still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution exercise routine?

How does exercise improve the skin?

Makes you sweat: Along with kidneys and liver, the skin is one of the body’s mechanisms for ridding itself of toxins. Vigorous exercise helps the body do just that. It gives the sweat glands a workout too, helping the skin to get rid of things that can clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s very important to wash the face after exercising.

Boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin: Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and that increase also carries more oxygen to the skin. The increased blood flow and oxygen also helps carry nutrients that support skin health. That means all the nutrients from the good food consumed as part of a New Year’s diet makeover can benefit the skin.

Relieves stress:  Stress affects every cell  in the body and amplifies existing skin problems. It causes everything from breakouts to prolonged redness to an acceleration of the skin’s aging process by as much as 6-10 years- making stress the 2nd greatest influence on aging, second only to sunlight. Cortisol- the master stress hormone- triggers inflammation at a cellular level, damages cell membranes, shortens DNA strands and reduces cellular production of youthening proteins, especially collagens , elastin and glycosaminoglycans. This leads to early cell death and the onset of premature aging. Luckily, exercise is the ultimate stress reliever and can keep your skin looking young, healthy and vibrant.


Article by YG Labs

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