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Sun Hats

Size does matter, when it comes to hats! Each inch on your brim equals 10% additional sun protection. Go big or go home.

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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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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

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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.

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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!
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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!

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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.

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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.

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