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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



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!



Holiday Gift Ideas

Last week a client asked for the perfect product she could give to her mother who lives in Arizona and her sister in Chicago. Without hesitation I handed her two jars of the Soothing Gelle Mask

This is my favorite go to mask for all skin types. It quickly delivers comforting moisture and repair-support to the skin in minutes. Great for wind burn, like Chicago or sunburn like Arizona. Rosacea prone, acne, stressed or irritated skin will all benefit from this lovely and easy to use mask.

We also have a new shipment of earrings, rings and of course gift certificates are always a great way to go. Feeling crunched for time? We can ship any of our amazing products for you.

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Vicki’s rant of the day

I have made a point lately of telling my clients to just stay out of the beauty aisles.  Whether it’s a grocery store, box store or big name department store, just stay away!  My training as a professional esthetician allows me to advise you on what is best for your skin type as well as any conditions that you are experiencing.  Trust me I will save you SOOOOO much money.  I too used to be an impulse buyer, which is what the beauty industry is banking on. They spend millions of dollars every year on catchy phrases, lovely packaging and promises of the ever so sought after “fountain of youth” serum, cream or potion.

Go to your bathroom and count how many bottles, jars, etc. that you have purchased either online or in the stores that you tried once and never used again.  Add up how much you have spent on wasted products that did nothing for you either because you did not use them or they gave you some strange reaction.  I would bet you will find at least a hundred dollars’ worth of products sitting on your shelves without including makeup.  How many of us have purchased make up, only to realize that they were the wrong color for us once we left the store.

If you are feeling like you need a little “something” for your skin just give me a call. I am happy to recommend a little something something for you to try.  As for Make up, we will personally color match you and apply whatever you would like to try.  We even recommend wearing it for the day before you commit.  No pressure here, we just want you and your skin to be happy!

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Client Feedback

I want to share this lovely (handwritten) note that arrived in the mail this morning. This is just reason why we do what we do.

Dear Marywynn,

The facial experience with Casey was wonderful! I feel like my complexion is markedly improved from when I stopped in one week ago. Thank you so much. I never feel manipulated into buying products from you and I never regret spending the money on them. Hope to see you soon for a maintenance facial!

Take Care,


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