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Why Lymphatic?

You’re not getting enough sleep, had a stressful week, and haven’t been drinking enough water. Now it’s on display for everyone to see, the puffy face, dark circles, dull skin and breakouts. Our bodies are constantly detoxifying, but even the strongest systems get overburdened at times and the results are apparent. The secret to keeping your body’s natural detox processes humming along means boosting the lymph flow. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a lymph-stimulating treatment known for its gentle massage strokes and dramatic results. Try it and get ready to love the fresh face you see in the morning.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) isn’t a new thing by any means. This massage technique was created by Emil Vodder, PhD, and his wife Estrid. The Vodders were both physical therapists in Cannes, France, in the 1930s. During this time, the majority of their patients came from Northern Europe where they consistently have damp climates. As they were treating patients with chronic colds, they noticed a correlation with upper respiratory conditions and swollen lymph nodes. After researching the lymphatic system at great length, they developed a light, rhythmic massage with stretching movements to stimulate lymph flow throughout the body. Since this time the effects of the treatment on inflammation, wound healing and the overall health of the skin has been discovered.

Lymph is somewhat of a mystery for most of us; this fluid-like substance is made up of water, protein and white blood cells and flows just below the skin, collecting toxins and delivering nutrients. When lymph flow becomes sluggish (the result of stress, inflammation, poor diet, lack of exercise or surgery), toxins hang around in the body longer. You may see puffiness, dull skin, breakouts, dark circles, or water retention, or feel tenderness and swelling around your lymph nodes.

The results of MLD treatments often speak for themselves: improved tone, reduced puffiness and a boost in circulation that brings a glow to the skin. Manual lymphatic drainage is a technique frequently used by celebrities before red carpet events as it delivers toned and radiant skin via a gentle and very relaxing treatment. Contrary to other forms of massage, it’s not the intensity of the strokes that boost lymph flow, it’s the positioning over the body’s key lymph nodes.  Estheticians who use lymphatic drainage massage for facial treatments focus on the lymph nodes behind the ears, the sides of the neck and just above the collarbone where the lymph system of the whole body drains.

MLD is also beneficial for stress reduction, thanks to its soft, rhythmic strokes. Falling asleep during a treatment is not uncommon. “Lymphatic massage is extremely gentle and light. The lymphatic vessels are just below the skin, not deep within the muscle, so the work is very superficial,” says Stephanie Dessi Kiley, a Manhattan-based occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist. Stimulating lymph flow also eases the parasympathetic nervous system, helping the body handle stress.

Because the benefits of MLD are cumulative, having the treatment done on a monthly basis is recommended for continuous results. It’s also important to follow up at home by drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise and eating unprocessed foods. Alcohol, dairy and caffeine are lymph-slowing offenders.

Not surprisingly, the benefits to healthy lymph flow extend well beyond the aesthetic. MLD has been shown to improve the overall health of the body internally and externally. Whether it’s a skin brightening facial or a post-surgery healing accelerator the benefits of MLD are hard to miss.

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How far would you go for glowing skin?

 

How about the Artic, deep sea thermal vents or the barren desert?  As the demand for results-driven skin care products increases, the search for high efficacy ingredients does as well. To the consumer, obtaining effective skin care products may seem as easy as a trip to your local skin care studio but to cosmetic companies it can literally mean traveling to the ends of the earth. What is to be found in these desolate locations? Extremophiles of course!

 

Extremophiles are organisms that are tolerant in environmental extremes (intense UV rays, severe dehydration, and unusual temperatures) and have evolved to grow optimally. Picture a desert flower that lies dormant for 7 years and blooms with the first rain. As a result they have become self-sufficient in protecting DNA and other genetic matter while continuing to flourish in otherwise unlivable circumstances. These organisms have been analyzed and applied to skin care products in a process called Bio-Mimicry. One such organism is Thermos Thermophillus. This ferment is derived from deep sea hydro thermal vents and has a unique ability to protect DNA, support enzymatic activity, and protect cell membranes and fibroblasts all while scavenging free radicals. This lovely ingredient is found in the Skin by Marywynn Antioxidant Complex

 

This amazing serum when tested on consumers for just 7 days created: exceptional softness, noticeable smoothness, increased suppleness, enhanced firmness, refined radiance, intense hydration, greater clearness, better brightness and redness diminished.

 

Based on the results they experienced in just 7 days 84% of consumers who used Antioxidant Defense Complex said they would use it indefinitely.

 

* 7 day study of consumers who applied complex twice a day along with their regular skin care routine

 

Worth the trip? We think so.

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Bold Brows for Summer 2014

 

The bold brow is here to stay for summer 2014, with celebrities like Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne leading the way, a heavy brow has never been more beautiful. A defined brow can do amazing things for your face; it draws attention to your eyes and can help enhance your natural face shape. If you aren’t naturally blessed in the brow department or are a victim of over plucking from your youth, fear not, here are a few tips to achieve the brows of your dreams.

Step 1: Find your color. There’s nothing worse than a mismatched brow shade, as a rule of thumb its best to stay away from shades with red undertones. Red tones tend to appear more vividly on the brow and will look unnatural against most complexions. If you’re fair haired try a taupe shade like our Three Custom Color Specialists brow powder in 2. For darker haired girls try a medium to dark neutral brown. Stay away from true blacks, like reds these colors will draw the wrong attention to your brows.

 

Step 2: Experiment with textures. In recent years there’s been an influx in brow products. Experiment with which formulas work best for you and don’t be afraid to layer different textures. The most natural looking brows usually combines a couple different brow products; try our Three Custom Color Specialist Wet/Dry Brow Powder for a good combination.

 

Step 3: Use small strokes. Small strokes are key in creating a natural looking brow. Follow the growth of your brow hair with a thin pencil or small angled brush pulling upward with light flicks of the wrist. Avoid tracing large areas and instead fill in sparse spots with thin lines that mimic your actual brow hairs.

With these tips and techniques anyone can achieve fuller, more dramatic brows. If you’re feeling especially adventurous pair your bold brow with a bright lip, like Susan Posnick’s hot pink lipstick in Shanghai, to achieve the summer’s hottest runway look.

-Natalie

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Join us in the fight against skin cancer!

 

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed up to participate in the Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for Melanoma research and awareness.

We would love for you to join us in the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. We are taking on the challenge to raise awareness and help prevention.

Location: Wallace Park (NW Raleigh and 25th)

Time: 9:00am

If you would like to walk with us or sponsor the cause follow the link:  http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html

 

 

 

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma.

We are taking on this challenge to do something big that will increase awareness and support research for the CURE. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

Yes, we are doing it again! Our team has signed-up to participate in a Melanoma Walk/Run to raise money for melanoma research and awareness.We would love for you to join us at the walk or sponsor the cause!

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. One person dies every 60 minutes from melanoma. And, there is no effective medical therapy for metastatic melanoma.

We are taking on this challenge to do something big that will increase awareness and support research for the CURE. – See more at: http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-action/1158/1159/portland-2014/7633.html#sthash.Rw83RgpG.dpuf

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Spring Make-Up Tips by Natalie

It’s time to retire those plum tones and spring into the new season with a vibrant orange lip. Orange can be intimidating at first, but with its many shades there is something to suit all skin tones.

Fair Skin- Try a nice peach-hued orange. This will bring brightness to your face without drawing out unwanted red tones in your skin.

Olive to Dark Complexions- Go bold with a true orange or bright coral.

Any way you wear it, an orange lip can add the finishing touch to any spring look

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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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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.

Today:
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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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/

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Ombre, the latest trend in color!

So there is this new trend that I am seeing everywhere and it is Ombre. Whether it is hair, clothes or makeup it is all over the fashion world right now. Ombre is most simply put, a graduation is color. One of the post popular forms of Ombre is creating a graduated lip color. There are a couple ways to achieve this. The first is to fill in your lips with a lip liner. The color is up to you as long as it is a darker, deeper shade. After filling in your lips you pat translucent finishing powder onto the middle of the lip. Doing this creates that graduated look from a light shade to a deep shade on the outer parts of the lip. Happy Ombre-ing!

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Do I have to have extractions?

I had a client come in for her monthly facial today and tell me she loves how her skin is responding to the treatments and home care, but she really hates the extractions. She asked if we could possibly avoid them as they are painful and she is stressed and wanted to relax.

The short answer is of course we can. We have plenty of options in our treatments that can help do the work of pore cleansing. The results are not quite as effective but work none the less. In this case after her glycolic peel we used a purifying mask (she added on a collagen eye treatment) then a firming mask to finish.

She was thrilled and her skin looked fantastic. So lesson of the day, if you would rather not have extractions you don’t have to. Just let us know at your next appointment.

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