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Diet Skin

It probably doesn’t surprise you that the #1 New Years Resolution year after year is “lose weight and eat healthy”. Most dieters are focused on problem areas below the neck, but they need to be reminded that what they choose to eat, has an effect on their skin, too.

Eating sensible, well-balanced meals and being mindful of portion control is the key, but sometimes a specific diet plan is a good way to break bad habits or kick-start the metabolism.

Low Fat Diets. Skin needs at least 20 grams of healthy fat a day in order to maintain moisture levels and absorb Vitamin A, E and other oil soluble nutrients from food. That’s why oil is essential to a salad. The oil helps oil-soluble nutrients from vegetables be absorbed by the intestines. A low-to-no fat diet can cause dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails. Add healthy fats with avocado, nuts, olive oil and Omega 3’s.

To carb or not to carb. Low carb/no carb diets are hugely popular for quick weight loss, but excessive protein can cause a drop in calcium levels. Loss of bone density in the face can be extremely aging. Take calcium supplements and add calcium rich fruits and vegetables like dried fruits, oranges, boiled greens and soybeans. These will also add antioxidants to the diet. On the other hand, the benefit of cutting back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar in order to fight flab can also lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, minimizing breakouts and relaxing facial features so the skin looks more rested.

 Going meatless. Vegan diets are more prevalent than ever before. All the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oils and legumes in a healthy, balanced vegan diet provide age-fighting antioxidants, but the lack of protein from meat and dairy products can cause skin to feel dry and look dull. Vegans need to make it a point to include protein-rich foods like tofu, peanut butter and almonds or be sure to select their food to attain a balance of protein-building amino acids in a 24-hour period.

The case for comfort food. Comfort food tends to be fried, high carb or sugary and not exactly healthy. But, indulging every once in a while may not be a bad thing. We tend to turn to comfort food when we are stressed. Stress produces cortisol and cortisol ages the skin. Comfort food can do exactly what it’s supposed to do: comfort, and perhaps that could be considered a form of stress relief, if done in moderation. The trick is to eat sugary food in combination with of after a meal rich in lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.

- YG Labratories

Filed under: acne,anti-aging,education,life,skincare,Valmont — alliehermens

Can Fish Oil really help my skin?

The short answer is YES!

Fish oil contains 2 types of Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Omega 3 is the healing fat of the skin, while too much Omega 6 can make your skin red, puffy and contribute to acne. A recently published study showed that taking 3000mg daily benefits the following skin conditions: Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, Sunburn Protection, Reduction in skin flaking , Psoriasis, Reducing redness and inflammation and  Maintaining Skin Permeability.

In addition fish oil is an anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory, so it can both protect and heal. I personally am a testament to dramatic changes in my own skin. When I started researching fish oil I was my own guinea pig. I had been suffering a hormonal breakout for about 10 months. I could manage it but not get rid of it. 1 month of 3000 mg of fish oil a day and my skin has been clear ever since. We have also seen dramatic changes in a few clients as well. There are many sources of Omega 3′s, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Walnuts and of course oily fish like Salmon, Cod and Sardines. I take it in gel capsule form, drinking it is too gross for me, and the sweetened ones usually contain Stevia. We have one client who’s skin was completely transformed by taking a liquid form of Fermented Cod Liver Oil with butter oil. Please if you are pregnant or under medical care of a professional check with them before gulping down fish oil on our recommendation.

Filed under: acne,anti-aging,education,life,skincare — alliehermens

Winter Skin Blues

Oh here we are, winter. Our skin is dry, red irritated and generally not happy. Why does this seem to happen every winter and what can we do to banish these winter skin blues?
Basically when the weather turns and the heaters come on our skin reacts with irritation, redness and flaky dry patches. In addition our immune system is on full alert trying to deal with the colds and flu raging around us. So our skin suffers from  lack of attention from the skin’s immune cells.
Most of you have heard me prattle on about the importance of properly hydrated skin, but the routine you have been using in the warmer months is not always appropriate for fall and winter. Now is the time to make sure your barrier is strong enough to withstand all that winter will throw at your skin.
This is the perfect time to change the filter for your heater and come in for your seasonal facial. Hey we winterize our cars, our clothes and our homes, time to put your face on top of the list!
Filed under: anti-aging,education,life,service,skincare — MaryWynn

Youthful Hands

A recent article from American Spa points out the importance of taking care of the skin on your hands.”There are many reasons hands show a client’s age more readily than the face. First, most women start taking care of their faces at a young age, using sunscreen, hats, and makeup with built-in sun protection. Hands, on the other hand, are constantly exposed to the sun, cold air, and harsh cleaning chemicals. The result is clients who reach their early 40s and start to panic when they notice discoloration and age spots, followed by a loss of volume and the prominence of veins and tendons in their 50s and 60s, according to Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., F.A.A.D.” – American Spa Magazine. Remember skin care and sun protection need to happen everywhere, not just the face. Follow the links below to check out our favorite anti-aging hand creams!

http://skinbymarywynn.com/products/buyproduct/skin-creams-lotions/guinot-longue-vie-mains/

http://skinbymarywynn.com/products/buyproduct/valmont/valmont-hand-nourishing-concentrate/

Filed under: microdermabrasion — alliehermens

Prepare for Winter Lips

Some of the most visible areas of aging are eyes, mouth and décolletage. Although most women focus on these to reverse or slow the aging process, there’s on area that doesn’t always get the same kind of attention, your lips. Time takes its toll on lips, causing them to thin and crack more often as the years pass. Accumulated sun damage can put them at risk for skin cancer and discoloration as well.

It’s possible, however, to slow down signs of aging on your lips with Skin by Marywynn Lip Remodeling Treatment. The peptide formula will boost collagen production and plump, while Coastal Marine Fennel will repair surface damage and smooth out roughness. With its soft lotion-like texture it can either be used alone or as a base for lip color. If you plan on doing winter sports this season we suggest using it in conjunction with Solar Protection LIPTECT SPF 45 to prevent further sun damage as well.

Filed under: anti-aging,education,exfoliation,skincare — alliehermens

The best way to clean your skin at night, Tu’el cleansing system

The first step to proper skin care is the correct cleanser. If you feel squeaky clean or tight after washing, you are using an inappropriate cleanser. Your skin should feel soft, smooth and hydrated when clean.

Tu-el’s hydrophilic cleansing oils are the most effective method of deep pore cleansing. The sugar complexes of the herbal toner complete the cleansing process. Together they hydrate and balance your skin by creating the perfect water soluble cleanser.

We cleanse every client with this system. We believe to be the most amazing and effective way to cleanse your skin at night. If you can’t get in for a facial, it’s time to get some of these bad boys for your home. Not only do they feel amazing, they also smell fantastic. Countless clients report that their night time cleansing ritual is their favorite time of the day.

Filed under: skincare,Tu'el — MaryWynn

Are you neglecting your Neck?

When doing your morning and night skin care regimen don’t forget to include your decolletage. The skin in this area can be sensitive and show signs of aging sooner than the face. Be sure to cleanse, exfoliate moisturize and apply SPF with the same care as you do to your face. A good neck cream can be used in place of your facial moisturizer for better results. Valmont Prime Neck and Guinot Longue Vie Cou Neck both work wonders on treatment and prevention of aging.

Filed under: anti-aging,education,Guinot,skincare,Tu'el,Valmont — alliehermens

Can Valmont Improve on the DNA Repair Serum?

Just when we think these products can’t get any better they surprise us with the latest in skin care technology.Valmont has just released a new “super” serum called Polyfactor Repair Serum III.

This serum is appropriate for anyone who wants to see significant changes in both the softening of fine lines and lifting of tired sagging skin. Valmont DNA Repair Serum has been our serum of choice for assisting in the “prevention” of fine lines and gravity. It also boosts tissue regeneration as well as calms and soothes damaged tired skin with ingredients such as Echinacea, Vitamin E and Biopeptides.

The new Polyfactor Repair Serum III simply takes this to a whole new level. This serum is going to treat the lines and wrinkles that are “already there”. This serum provides immediate smoothing and lifting by reinforcing the biological structure of the skin which allows for denser firmer skin. One of the primary ingredients is the Sichuan Pepper Extract. This ingredient actually blocks synaptic transmissions from muscle contractions. It is also contains a new cocktail of anti-wrinkle peptides which offer a similar result to Retinoic Acid or Vitamin A.

Our suggestion moving forward for our clients already using the DNA Repair Serum is to pick up a sample on your next visit. We now have options for both prevention as well as correction!

Filed under: anti-aging,education,Valmont — MaryWynn

It’s all about the eyes

It’s all about the eyes baby. We are so excited 4 new eye creams have arrived and they truly are amazing! Until now, the Valmont Prime Contour has been the mack daddy of all creams. Great for brightening, lifing, puffines and dark circles. We always test everything else against this bad boy, but at $190 per oz it was a bit steep for some folks. This year we discovered a new eye cream from Darphin, Stimulskin Eye Cream $130 for .5oz. If crows feet are your challenge, this is the one for you. Next up are 3 new anti-wrinkle eye treatments from Valmont. I didn’t think it possible but they out did themselves. Cyto complex I, II and III. I is for an all over tightening effect, like a topical botox. $190 .5 oz. Cyto II is all about lifting droopy lids. this one is shocking, my eye lids are sitting in a diiferent place after 3 weeks use, $200 .5 oz and then the Cyto III $220 .5 oz. This is great for stimulating collagen production. If you get injections this will help them to last longer. You may find that you can eliminate the need for botox around the eyes with this treatment. I’m using II on my upper lids and III under my eyes and crows feet area. Wanna play with some samples? Just ask at your next visit. These treatments rock.
Filed under: anti-aging,eyecare — MaryWynn

Seductive Eyes

How does one create that perfect “come hither” eye? Simple! Start with a light shade (champagne or pink work well) all over the lid up to the crease of the eye lid. Feel free to really layer the light shade so that it stays put throughout your evening out. Next choose a darker shade (charcoal or mushroom give definition without being too dramatic) and line the outer half of the upper lash line and the outer half of the eye lid crease. Next you blend, blend, blend. I like to think of it like a windshield washer going back and forth.  Blend back and forth on the lash line and the crease, Make sure to keep the darker shade away from the actual lid where you placed the light shade. If you want to add a little more drama you can lightly line the bottom lash line and blend with a brush. To finish off your date night eye apply several layers of mascara and you are ready to wow the town.

Filed under: make-up — MaryW
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