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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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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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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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Why get a facial?

You would be surprised at how many times we hear this question asked.  Here are some examples of reasons you should consider giving us a call:

  • A facial provides proper analysis of your skin and correct product recommendations
  • It includes exfoliation which refines your skin’s texture allowing better product absorption
  • It is Anti-Aging by combating the negative effects of sun exposure and incorrect product use
  • Stress Reduction-
    • Stress is quickly rising to number 1 in the premature aging process (sun exposure is #2)
    • Stress is a rosacea trigger
    • Stress lengthens wound healing by up to 30%
    • Stress shortens the life span of your skin cells
    • Stress increases your cortisol levels triggering inflammation in the skin — weakens the skins barrier—increases dryness and sensitivity
    • Stress aggravates acne- increased inflammation
    • Stress makes every skin condition worse
    • Women are more susceptible to stress aging
  • Education
    • We explain how to care for your specific skin type and conditions you may be experiencing.  We also discuss diet and how it can affect your skin.
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Got Holiday Face?

Ok, who else has holiday face? Seems like everyone, ourselves included, had too many sweets, way too much rich food and not enough sleep for the past month. Now our skin is suffering.

Sugar alone can cause crazy amounts of damage to the skin. Glycation happens when your blood sugar goes up rapidly and it attaches to your collagen. It stiffens it and turns it brown like creme brulee. Glycation of the collagen fibers makes the skin stiff and inflexible. This in turn contributes to deep wrinkles that make you look old. It also drives up insulin levels which contribute to acne. Dairy also plays a role, increasing certain hormones, like androgen, also increases acne.

If you are puffy, irritated, congested and all around not happy with your skin, get in here for some skin intervention.

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Argh I woke up with 3 zits! What do I do?

Ok this is true, this morning I awoke to three lovely pimples on my chin. I went to dinner with some girlfriends, had some salad, pizza and wine. Not sure if it is related as I assume it’s the crazy level of stress I am under.

Try following these steps and see if this helps expedite you healing process.


2. Grab a cup of coffee..this makes everything better in my world.

3. Grab an ice cube or frozen bag of peas or whatever you have  in the freezer and hold it on the pimple(s) for a few minutes to reduce the swelling and pain. Don’t pick!

4. Grab a topical that has anti-inflammatory properties, I use the Platinum Soothing Mask from Tu-el as my pimple cream. If you don’t have anything at home, wet a tea bag and apply it to the area and hold for a few minutes. I don’t like pimple creams with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, but if you respond well to those ingredients knock yourself out. Again don’t pick.

5. Repeat with the ice, tea and topical. Don’t pick.

6. Dab some concealer on it, I use the Susan Posnik colorflo powder trick. Don’t pick.

7. Do this again at your lunch break or whenever you can through out the day and again before you go to bed. Don’t pick, don’t pick and lastly….don’t pick!

My breakout tends to go away in 2 days. Treat your skin with gentle loving care, lots of anti-oxidants and clean food and water and it will heal much faster.

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5 Vain Reasons to Quit Smoking

Ok I admit it, as a young woman in my early 20′s I smoked. I started on the weekends in high school rebelling against my parents who were ardent non-smokers. It continued until I was 25 when I finally quit.   There are endless reasons to quit, mainly it can give you cancer and kill you.

Oddly that wasn’t enough of a reason for me. What resonated with me strongest was that I wasn’t a rebel after all but a corporate dupe, even with my organic cigarettes. In additon I saw a documentary on the aging effects of smoking on the skin.  That it would age my skin and age me faster really struck me. I might not die for a while but I would look like crap pretty quickly. So with lots of help from my ex-husband I changed my routine and quit. Best thing I have ever done for myself.

For those of you thinking of quitting, here are some great reasons that are pure vanity. Maybe this will be the trigger for you or someone close to you who smokes, second hand smoking is just as bad for you if not worse.

1. ACNE!Smokers have a higher incidence of acne, some studies have shown up to 43%  of smokers have acne. Smoking introduces toxic chemicals to the body which slow down blood circulation to the cells. 

When smoking you  increase the production of free radicals. These have a direct bearing on the blood circulation to skin cells. The skin’s ability to heal and regenerate is blocked. The toxins released in cigarette smoke results in pores getting clogged, and this promotes bacterial growth in the pores. All of which contribute to growth of skin eruptions in the form of acne, zits and pimples.

2. Wrinkles! Smoking speeds up aging, studies have shown smokers to look 1.4 years older than non-smokers. Again, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

Smoking also increases production of an enzyme which breaks down the supply of collagen to the skin’s structure. Collagen supply is vital to the skin’s elasticity. It decreases with age but smoking accelerates the process.

3. Skin Cancer! Most of you are aware that UV contributes to skin cancer, but it turns out that smoking triples your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Enough said.

4. Psoriasis! Psoriasis is an auto-immune disorder, so many non-smokers are affected smoking or not. However if you do smoke the chances go higher with each additional year you smoke. Up to 10 years your risk is 20%, 11-20 years up to 60%.  

5. Stained Teeth! Yellow teeth that fall out sooner rather than later. Sexy for sure.

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What can Vitamin C do for your skin?

Many people tend to think of Vitamin C only when cold and flu season rolls around. But did you know that Vitamin C is truly one of the unsung heroes in the skin care ingredient world?

Vitamin C improves skin appearance and visually lessens wrinkles by :

  • Increasing dermal thickness by stimulating collagen synthesis
  • Protecting Natural Killer (NK) cells of immune system
  • Lightening the appearance of age-spots
  • Strengthens capillary walls

Vitamin C serum is a must if you are a smoker, even if you are an occasional smoker. Of course you should quit, but until then use it twice a day. One drag of cigarette smoke (yours or second hand) kills 50,000 NK Cells. NK Cells are at the front line in the protection against cancer. Many of my clients that smoke notice a reduction in the overall redness of their skin when using it consistently.

An important tip to label reading if you currently use any Vitamin C skin care products, look for the key word “Ascorb” as in Ascorbic, Ascorbyl, Ascorbate. All forms are enzymatically transformed into bio-available L-ascorbic acid after absorption into the skin.

I’m not crazy about using L-Ascorbic Acid directly on the skin, it can be very irritating and unstable. Unstable Vitamin C can oxidize lipids, which in plain English means it can contribute to black heads.  A few of my favorite forms of Vitamin C you will see on labels are Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Palmitate.  A simple way to determine if your Vitamin C serum or cream is stable is that when you apply it there is no tingle or burning.

A few of our favorite Vitamin C products are Tu’el’s Crystal C Serum, Valmont’s Infinite Radiance Essence and Cream as well as the DNA Repair Serum and our Moisture Replenishing Cream.

Filed under: acne,anti-aging,education,skincare — MaryWynn
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