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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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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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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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Can Valmont Improve on the DNA Repair Serum?

Just when we think these products can’t get any better they surprise us with the latest in skin care technology.Valmont has just released a new “super” serum called Polyfactor Repair Serum III.

This serum is appropriate for anyone who wants to see significant changes in both the softening of fine lines and lifting of tired sagging skin. Valmont DNA Repair Serum has been our serum of choice for assisting in the “prevention” of fine lines and gravity. It also boosts tissue regeneration as well as calms and soothes damaged tired skin with ingredients such as Echinacea, Vitamin E and Biopeptides.

The new Polyfactor Repair Serum III simply takes this to a whole new level. This serum is going to treat the lines and wrinkles that are “already there”. This serum provides immediate smoothing and lifting by reinforcing the biological structure of the skin which allows for denser firmer skin. One of the primary ingredients is the Sichuan Pepper Extract. This ingredient actually blocks synaptic transmissions from muscle contractions. It is also contains a new cocktail of anti-wrinkle peptides which offer a similar result to Retinoic Acid or Vitamin A.

Our suggestion moving forward for our clients already using the DNA Repair Serum is to pick up a sample on your next visit. We now have options for both prevention as well as correction!

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