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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



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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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!



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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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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Gratuity Policy

I was prompted to write this post after reading a e-mail offer from another local spa here in Portland. It was so shocking that I must share it with you. The tone they set really isn’t conducive to a lovely experience and actually seems down right rude to me. I have not edited this, but will leave the name out.

“By appointment only. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Deal must be used in 1 visit. Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends. This deal cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Gratuity not included. PLEASE TIP ON THE FULL VALUE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED. Coupon expires October 31, 2011. Please PRINT and bring the coupon with you. We look forward to seeing you soon!”  Wow, that’s all I can say…or will say publicly anyway.

Ok for once and for all, while tips are greatly appreciated they are never accepted at Skin by Marywynn. We love your referrals and online reviews on Google places, Yelp and City Search. We want you to think of our work as treatment. You don’t tip your dental hygienist so you don’t tip us.

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