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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

 

 

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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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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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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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.

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