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Youthful Skin ~ At Any Age

Scientist believe that the aging process of the entire body is controlled by the hypothalamus, which controls the pituitary gland.

The Pituitary gland regulates the other endocrine glands in the body and how and when they release their hormones (ovaries, testes, adrenal glands and thyroid)

As we age, our internal body system becomes less functional and this can lead to several health issues, for instance, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep abnormalities. The most obvious example of age related hormone change is menopause.

Extrinsic or environmental aging is the premature aging of the skin from external factors that cause oxidative injury to the skin and body.

  • 80% of extrinsic aging is due to ultra violet rays.
  • Ultraviolet rays are the #1 generator of free radicals.

What is a Free Radical?

Free radicals are incomplete molecules that have lost an electron. When an oxygen molecule has lost an electron it tries to grab onto another electron. In the process of searching for another electron, the unstable oxygen molecule damages and disrupts the cell. Over time, free radical damage builds in our body, whereby aging us. When oxidation reaction occurs in metals, like iron, we call the process rusting. When the process occurs in people we call it aging.

Free Radical generators:

We not only produce free radicals from within our bodies but we also ingest free radicals through the following:

  • Sun exposure*
  • Smoking and Alcohol (1 cigarette drag gives your body 100 million free radicals in your body)
  • Industrial pollution, ozone, pesticides
  • Diet, stress and inflammation.

Two layers of skin tissue: Dermis (lower layer of skin tissue contains collagen and elastin, and adipose tissue) Epidermis (top most layer of skin)

Epidermal Skin Cell regeneration:

Cell production slows down as we age. Epidermal renewal varies from 1-19 days (teens) to 28-35 days (mid-life) up to 90 days in maturity which leads to dull dry skin.

Epidermal Skin Dehydration:

As cell production slows down so does the oil production in our skin. Without the oil production, moisture evaporates from the skin leaving it dry and flaky.

Skin Pigmentation:

Melanin is what gives our skin its color. As we age, our body produces less melanin. Melanin absorbs ultra violet light and free radicals which are precursors to skin aging.
As less melanin is produced more damage can occur with sun exposure. It appears as an uneven tan or blotchy pattern. Some call it sun spots.

Visible signs of Aging

Women in their 20’s 

  1. oil and sweat glands are highly functional,
  2. fat layer protects skin form bruising
  3. muscle tone.

Women in their 30’s

  1. wrinkles in corner of eye area
  2. grooves between eye brows

Women in their 40’s

  1. overall cell metabolism slows down
  2. cells ability to pick up O2, water and proteins diminishes
  3. redistribution of fat
  4. hollowing of cheekbone area
  5. capillaries are weaker and can leak

Women in their 50’s

  1. eyes take on a hollow appearance
  2. exposure of gum tissue
  3. let down of tissue
  4. muscles become weaker
  5. larger pores
  6. loss of elasticity and control

Different Skin Types

Normal skin is usually in good condition and has a sufficient supply of sebum (oil) and moisture. Normal skin is free of blemishes but can benefit from maintenance treatments to keep it healthy and attractive.

Dry skin is lacking oil or moisture or both. Treatments can help to eliminate the drying conditions by stimulating the oil glands to produce the natural oils and retain the moisture that is needed to keep the skin lubricated.

Oily skin has an overabundance or oil and may or may not be blemished. Treatments will help to normalize the production of sebum and help to clear blemishes.

Combination skin may have dry and oily areas, or a combination of conditions. Treatments help to normalize the functioning of the sebaceous gland and improve the health and appearance of the skin.

Couperous skin is identified by small broken capillaries beneath the surface. Treatments help to strengthen the walls of the capillary and improve the health and appearance of the skin.

Mature or aging skin is usually loose, creepy, wrinkled and or lined. Treatments will help to slow down the aging process and help diminish surface lines. Dry skin is often due to the natural aging process of the body. As a person advances in years, the body’s processes slow down and cells are not replaced as rapidly as they were when the person was younger. It is not difficult to diagnose aging skin, but skin ages at different rates due to the following factors:

  • The skin ages due to neglect and the external treatment it has received.
  • Exposure to too much sun, wind, salt water, or polluted air will hasten the aging process.
  • Physiological disease, ill health, and psychological or emotional problems can cause the skin to appear older.
  • Extreme weight loss can result in loss of muscle tone and lined and sagging skin, which in turn gives the skin an aged appearance.
  • Medications, lack of proper diet, and the misuse of alcoholic beverages and smoking may affect the appearance of the skin.

Help for mature skin: The mature client’s skin can be improved but the natural aging process can’t be reversed, nor the skin restored to the same vital condition of youth. I advise my clients that the treatments can make the skin look and feel better, but there are no miracle treatments that can restore aging skin. Cosmetic (plastic) surgery or skin refining, along with proper salon treatments and the enhancement of makeup may help to achieve the desired results.

Elasticity of the skin: Aging skin will often lack elasticity. The skin is tested for elasticity by taking a small section of the facial skin or neck between the thumb and forefinger and giving the skin a slight outward pull. When the skin is released, and if the elasticity is good, the skin will immediately return to its normal shape. If the skin is slow to resume its normal shape, it is lacking elasticity.


Life Style Changes are Essential in Achieving Beautiful Skin

Some people are just born with beautiful skin and others, including myself, struggle with acne and have to work tirelessly to attain beautiful skin. I often times look at magazines and see the models and movie stars with flawless skin, and immediately get depressed because I have struggled with wanting clear, flawless skin, most of my life. I realize that much of the photographs are airbrushed and computer enhanced. Models and Movie stars have special diets and routines to always look their best. It also helps when you have a team of makeup artists, estheticians and hairdressers to help you.

The following is a guideline that you can use to help improve the look and feel of your skin. It was written specifically for those struggling with acne but anyone can apply this checklist for achieving beautiful skin.

Home Care

The first step toward treating your Acne properly. It is just as important to use the correct skin care products. It is common when starting out that your products may need adjusting to achieve the proper usage for your skin. Always wash your face twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Missing one wash can cause a breakout. Using proper home care is 50% + professional treatments are 50% of getting clear skin.

Professional Treatments

Going to see an esthetician for facial treatments 2 to 3 times a month can help produce lasting results! It is important that you and your esthetician monitor your skin for the first 2 to 4 weeks of treatment. Monthly maintenance treatments with your esthetician will help to keep your acne under control.

Food Awareness

  1. Food allergies can be tested with an allergist or your medical doctor. Food irritations are not testable by prick test; watch for symptoms, runny nose, lower energy, upset digestion/bowel movements, gas, bloating, body aches, headache, mood swings. TOP 8 FOOD ALLERGIES: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish (bass, cod, flounder), shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp), soy, wheat (gluten). Cut foods out to see how you feel, it can take up-to 6 months for your digestive track to heal, taking a probiotic can help regulate your system. Certain foods can be an irritant to acne and can be just as bad as an allergy.
  2. Eating organic foods and staying away from eating toxins, pesticides and GMOS. GMOS produce pesticides in your digestive track, they contain roundup (containing agent-orange) which causes severe acne all over the body. Common GMO Foods: Sugar, Corn, Soy, Aspartame, Milk, Canola Oil, Zucchini, Papaya, Yellow Squash, Tomato.
  3. Iodized Salt – Avoid pre-salted foods, things from the sea kelp, seaweed, if you can get your food unsalted you can use Himalayan Salt as an alternate. Some swimming pools are treated with salt and can cause a huge flare up. Ocean swimming will not help to improve the skin.
  4. Biotin – A vitamin of the B complex, found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. It is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids and glucose. Avoid this as your body does not need large doses of this supplement side effects are acne.
  5. Caffeine – Do not drink too much it raises hormones and stresses your adrenals which is not good for acne.
  6. Alcohol and Soy – Raises your estrogen levels, causes dehydration and toxicity. Beer bellies causing the ‘pregnant’ look are high levels of estrogen in your system.

Environmental Allergies + Smoking

If you have allergies or smoke this can cause a large breakout zone in the cheek area. Eliminating food allergies often significantly reduce environmental/seasonal allergies. If you smoke consider vaporizing, completely stopping is best for acne.

Hormones

We go through a massive hormone change every 7-10 years which can cause breakouts to start. Teen years are one of these times. Using products with fragrance, perfume, or other toxins/chemicals disrupt hormones. Food Hormones – Non-natural meat or dairy, soy, flax, eating or drinking out of plastic. Peanuts contain large amounts of progesterone avoid them completely. Soy contains large amounts of estrogen.

Birth Control

Makes 1/3 of its users breakout horribly, 1/3 stay the same, 1/3 clear-up, if you have cancer risks in your family especially breast cancer you should not be on birth control.

Water H2O

Stay hydrated! Without water the skin cannot properly balance itself or detox. We are made up of 65-75% water The skin is the largest organ of the body. Chronic dehydration can cause acne to increase. It will make your skin slow moving, slow cell turn over and healing time. It also stays more oily and toxic. Soda, caffeine, heavy sweating can cause dehydration.

Sweat

If you do any activities where you sweat you must wash your face right after you exercise to remove the sweat, oil and perspiration! Even if this means you are washing 3 your skin 3x a day. Sweat can cause bacteria and clogs the pores almost instantly.

Pillow Case

Use the flip method nightly. Sleep on a fresh area of the pillow case every night, the next night flip your pillow over to the other side and then change the pillow case the next night.

Phone

Talking on the phone make sure it’s clean, wipe with rubbing alcohol often!

Hair

Make sure hair oils or hair products are not touching the skin, fragrance/perfume toxic hair products are major culprits that cause acne on the skin. If you don’t wash your hair everyday it can cause breakouts. Make sure to rinse all shampoo and conditioner from your hair and make sure to remove from your skin while showering. Toxic hair products can cause a big breakout issue. If you use hairspray use a shield!

Stress/Lost Sleep

Cause hormones to rise and breakouts to begin keep it mellow and get your rest!

Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener

Get Free & Clear Laundry Detergent or detergents free of sulfates, perfume and dyes. Do not use any fabric softeners!

Makeup

Most makeups are pore clogging! Mineral makeup is highly recommended to use. Not all minerals are created equal, popular minerals make up lines can contain toxins or irritants like Mica. Using brushes to apply your foundation or powder, brushes must be cleaned weekly. The use of antibacterial soap or shampoo with water is the best way to clean your brushes. Shake all the water out, reshape the brush bristles, let dry on a clean cloth. It is best to have two sets of brushes. Store clean makeup brushes in zip lock bags or air tight containers when not in use.

Oils

Using oils on your hair or face is a bad idea! The only safe oil in moderation would be Sunflower Seed Oil. Wash your hands if you have touched oil from the body, you can’t risk touching your face with contaminated fingers!

Icing

For cystic or inflamed areas you can ice the skin, apply the ice bare or with a clean wet towel barrier, massage in a circular motion for 10-30 seconds, stop for a few seconds then repeat several more times. This slows the progression of the bacteria and reduces inflammation.

Breakout Zone

If you have acne your face is a detox zone. small changes internally or externally can set off a mini explosion! Acne is about management not a cure, expect from time to time you will have 1-2 pimples show up, with the right program you will also have weeks where you are clear!

Special Acknowledgement and thanks to Jessica Roberts.