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Why Lymphatic?

You’re not getting enough sleep, had a stressful week, and haven’t been drinking enough water. Now it’s on display for everyone to see, the puffy face, dark circles, dull skin and breakouts. Our bodies are constantly detoxifying, but even the strongest systems get overburdened at times and the results are apparent. The secret to keeping your body’s natural detox processes humming along means boosting the lymph flow. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a lymph-stimulating treatment known for its gentle massage strokes and dramatic results. Try it and get ready to love the fresh face you see in the morning.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) isn’t a new thing by any means. This massage technique was created by Emil Vodder, PhD, and his wife Estrid. The Vodders were both physical therapists in Cannes, France, in the 1930s. During this time, the majority of their patients came from Northern Europe where they consistently have damp climates. As they were treating patients with chronic colds, they noticed a correlation with upper respiratory conditions and swollen lymph nodes. After researching the lymphatic system at great length, they developed a light, rhythmic massage with stretching movements to stimulate lymph flow throughout the body. Since this time the effects of the treatment on inflammation, wound healing and the overall health of the skin has been discovered.

Lymph is somewhat of a mystery for most of us; this fluid-like substance is made up of water, protein and white blood cells and flows just below the skin, collecting toxins and delivering nutrients. When lymph flow becomes sluggish (the result of stress, inflammation, poor diet, lack of exercise or surgery), toxins hang around in the body longer. You may see puffiness, dull skin, breakouts, dark circles, or water retention, or feel tenderness and swelling around your lymph nodes.

The results of MLD treatments often speak for themselves: improved tone, reduced puffiness and a boost in circulation that brings a glow to the skin. Manual lymphatic drainage is a technique frequently used by celebrities before red carpet events as it delivers toned and radiant skin via a gentle and very relaxing treatment. Contrary to other forms of massage, it’s not the intensity of the strokes that boost lymph flow, it’s the positioning over the body’s key lymph nodes.  Estheticians who use lymphatic drainage massage for facial treatments focus on the lymph nodes behind the ears, the sides of the neck and just above the collarbone where the lymph system of the whole body drains.

MLD is also beneficial for stress reduction, thanks to its soft, rhythmic strokes. Falling asleep during a treatment is not uncommon. “Lymphatic massage is extremely gentle and light. The lymphatic vessels are just below the skin, not deep within the muscle, so the work is very superficial,” says Stephanie Dessi Kiley, a Manhattan-based occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist. Stimulating lymph flow also eases the parasympathetic nervous system, helping the body handle stress.

Because the benefits of MLD are cumulative, having the treatment done on a monthly basis is recommended for continuous results. It’s also important to follow up at home by drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise and eating unprocessed foods. Alcohol, dairy and caffeine are lymph-slowing offenders.

Not surprisingly, the benefits to healthy lymph flow extend well beyond the aesthetic. MLD has been shown to improve the overall health of the body internally and externally. Whether it’s a skin brightening facial or a post-surgery healing accelerator the benefits of MLD are hard to miss.

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How far would you go for glowing skin?

 

How about the Artic, deep sea thermal vents or the barren desert?  As the demand for results-driven skin care products increases, the search for high efficacy ingredients does as well. To the consumer, obtaining effective skin care products may seem as easy as a trip to your local skin care studio but to cosmetic companies it can literally mean traveling to the ends of the earth. What is to be found in these desolate locations? Extremophiles of course!

 

Extremophiles are organisms that are tolerant in environmental extremes (intense UV rays, severe dehydration, and unusual temperatures) and have evolved to grow optimally. Picture a desert flower that lies dormant for 7 years and blooms with the first rain. As a result they have become self-sufficient in protecting DNA and other genetic matter while continuing to flourish in otherwise unlivable circumstances. These organisms have been analyzed and applied to skin care products in a process called Bio-Mimicry. One such organism is Thermos Thermophillus. This ferment is derived from deep sea hydro thermal vents and has a unique ability to protect DNA, support enzymatic activity, and protect cell membranes and fibroblasts all while scavenging free radicals. This lovely ingredient is found in the Skin by Marywynn Antioxidant Complex

 

This amazing serum when tested on consumers for just 7 days created: exceptional softness, noticeable smoothness, increased suppleness, enhanced firmness, refined radiance, intense hydration, greater clearness, better brightness and redness diminished.

 

Based on the results they experienced in just 7 days 84% of consumers who used Antioxidant Defense Complex said they would use it indefinitely.

 

* 7 day study of consumers who applied complex twice a day along with their regular skin care routine

 

Worth the trip? We think so.

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Free Radicals

Antioxidants come up often in skin care and nutrition education. Why do we love them so much? What is their role in our skin and body health? Antioxidants are defending us from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that contain an unpaired electron, which causes them to be highly chemically reactive. This unstable molecule is destructive when it comes into contact with structures and other molecules within the cell. Without sufficient antioxidants (the natural enemy of free radicals) an excess of free radicals creates inflammation and leads to premature aging. Antioxidants are a must in every skin care routine. Ask us how to boost your free radical protection. Here are some of our favorites!

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Technology and the Skin

Recent scientific evidence suggests that High Energy Visible (HEV) light at the wavelengths that the eye perceives as blue to violet is harmful to skin. HEV light has been shown to generate the same amount of reactive oxygen species (ROSs) in the skin as those produced by UVA and UVB combined. The exact impact of this ROS burst to normal biochemical cycles that maintain healthy skin is not fully understood.

Lipo Chemicals has conducted a study analyzing the changes in the skin’s gene expression when exposed to HEV light. This study’s results indicate that HEV light may significantly affect the skin’s inflammatory cascade and its progression to healing, barrier recovery, cell cycles and melanogenesis. The results may explain the variety of previously described effects of HEV light on skin and shed new light on the understanding of what is believed to be the harmful impact that leads to accelerated skin aging. In order to maintain skin’s health the skin must be shielded from this wavelength.

What is High Energy Visible Light?

High energy visible (HEV) light is a high frequency light in the blue/violet region with wavelengths from 400 to 500 nm created from Laptops, Cell Phones, LED lights etc. While the public is highly educated regarding the dangers associated with excessive exposure to ultraviolet light in the UVA and UVB wavelengths, findings in recent years indicate that we have yet to explore the full spectrum of adverse effects related to sun exposure.

What Damage Can Be Caused By HEV Light?

Like UVA, HEV light may be another silent, long-term aging wavelength. It does not generate the immediate erythema or edema reactions triggered by UVB, but it may induce carcinogenesis and accelerated photoaging. While the effect of UVB radiation is associated with direct damage to the DNA, the cellular damage caused by HEV radiation is less direct and is associated with the generation of free radicals and the induction of oxidative stress. HEV is most likely absorbed by endogenous non-DNA chromophores in the skin, a process that leads to the generation of photo-sensitization mediators. In their photo-excited state these intermediates exert damage by directly reacting with substrate molecules, including DNA bases or molecular oxygen leading to ROS formation.

What can I do to protect my skin?

Skin by Marywynn’s new Total Age Corrector and Eye Serum both contain Liposhield which is currently the only ingredient on the market proven to protect against HEV light. This fractioned melanin compound from vegetable origin was designed to be applied topically as an environmental defense. It is designed to shield the skin from HEV light and scavenge free-radicals generated by the sources of HEV light. Layer with Skin by Marywynn’s Antioxidant Defense complex for extra free-radical protection.

 

References: YG Labs and GCI Magazine and Lipo Chemicals

There’s No Such Thing as a Healthy Tan

We hear a lot of people talking about getting a “base tan” before vacation or for a Vitamin D boost. What they don’t realize is that the harmful effects of this far outweigh the benefits. We tell our clients to wear SPF everyday (yes, even if it’s raining) we are always exposed to damaging rays. We have a sunscreen for every skin type. Stop in and we will help you find a sunscreen that best fits your skin type and lifestyle. Below is the process of the skin getting a tan. We are hoping a better understanding of the process will be a motivating factor to applying your sun protection everyday.

A tan is a a sign of injury. Tanned skin will forever contain cells whose genetic structures have been permanently damaged by the sun. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.

The sun gives off invisible rays of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are short, high-energy wavelengths that are absorbed by the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. When you burn, the skin responds to UVB rays by producing chemicals called inflammatory mediators, some of which seep down into the dermis, the skin’s middle layer. These chemicals irritate the tiny blood vessels in the dermis, which swell and create the surface redness of the burn.

At the same time, the UVB rays affect the genetic material of the epidermis, which causes the damage that may lead to skin cancer. Other UVB rays can affect the immune system and interfere with the skin’s ability to repair itself. Finally, UVB radiation attacks the skin’s melanocytes (pigment cells). The melanocytes react by stepping up production of melanin and sending melanasomes to the skin’s surface to act as a filter against the sun’s rays which are actually damaging the DNA of the pigment cells. This kind of genetic damage causes both freckling and the mottled brown of age spots. More seriously, it contributes to the development of melanoma and other skin cancers.

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays – longer than UVB rays – can also do lasting damage. They penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, affecting the DNA of the cells in the dermis, attacking cell membranes, and changing the proteins that make up collagen and elastin, which support the skin’s fibrous structure. By undermining these parts of the skin, UVA rays lead directly to wrinkles and sagging of the skin. They also contribute to the loss of support for the skin’s tiny blood vessels, which become permanently dilated. This shows up as a general ruddiness or visible spider veins on the nose, cheeks and chin. UVA rays also play a role in the development of skin cancer.

-American Skin Association

 

 

Bold Brows for Summer 2014

 

The bold brow is here to stay for summer 2014, with celebrities like Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne leading the way, a heavy brow has never been more beautiful. A defined brow can do amazing things for your face; it draws attention to your eyes and can help enhance your natural face shape. If you aren’t naturally blessed in the brow department or are a victim of over plucking from your youth, fear not, here are a few tips to achieve the brows of your dreams.

Step 1: Find your color. There’s nothing worse than a mismatched brow shade, as a rule of thumb its best to stay away from shades with red undertones. Red tones tend to appear more vividly on the brow and will look unnatural against most complexions. If you’re fair haired try a taupe shade like our Three Custom Color Specialists brow powder in 2. For darker haired girls try a medium to dark neutral brown. Stay away from true blacks, like reds these colors will draw the wrong attention to your brows.

 

Step 2: Experiment with textures. In recent years there’s been an influx in brow products. Experiment with which formulas work best for you and don’t be afraid to layer different textures. The most natural looking brows usually combines a couple different brow products; try our Three Custom Color Specialist Wet/Dry Brow Powder for a good combination.

 

Step 3: Use small strokes. Small strokes are key in creating a natural looking brow. Follow the growth of your brow hair with a thin pencil or small angled brush pulling upward with light flicks of the wrist. Avoid tracing large areas and instead fill in sparse spots with thin lines that mimic your actual brow hairs.

With these tips and techniques anyone can achieve fuller, more dramatic brows. If you’re feeling especially adventurous pair your bold brow with a bright lip, like Susan Posnick’s hot pink lipstick in Shanghai, to achieve the summer’s hottest runway look.

-Natalie

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Humidity and the Skin

 

 

Our skin acts as a two-way barrier, protecting external elements from coming in and allowing the passage of excess water to move outward.  Having the right level of moisture and pH is key. Although having some humidity in the air is good for the skin, with the high humidity we have been having you may want to switch to a lighter moisturizer. We suggest Skin by Marywynn Oil-Free Hydrating Fluid, Circadia Aquaporin or Valmont Soothing Cream. Also, layering Tizo 3 Sunscreen over the top can give a more even complexion while giving you the sun protection you need.

 

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Join us in the fight against skin cancer!

 

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed up to participate in the Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for Melanoma research and awareness.

We would love for you to join us in the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. We are taking on the challenge to raise awareness and help prevention.

Location: Wallace Park (NW Raleigh and 25th)

Time: 9:00am

If you would like to walk with us or sponsor the cause follow the link:  http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html

 

 

 

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma.

We are taking on this challenge to do something big that will increase awareness and support research for the CURE. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma.

We are taking on this challenge to do something big that will increase awareness and support research for the CURE. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

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Thank you!

We are so honored to announce that we have made the Portland Business Journals 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon List! Thank you to all of our amazing clients. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

 

Spring Make-Up Tips by Natalie

It’s time to retire those plum tones and spring into the new season with a vibrant orange lip. Orange can be intimidating at first, but with its many shades there is something to suit all skin tones.

Fair Skin- Try a nice peach-hued orange. This will bring brightness to your face without drawing out unwanted red tones in your skin.

Olive to Dark Complexions- Go bold with a true orange or bright coral.

Any way you wear it, an orange lip can add the finishing touch to any spring look

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