MINI SERIES: STRESS #1

MINI SERIES: STRESS #1

MINI SERIES: STRESS – SKIN & WELLBEING
One in six people in the workplace are affected by stress, anxiety or depression at any one time in this country, according to the leading UK charity MIND.

MANAGING STRESS
The drive to work longer hours is now a reality for many. Work life balance is harder to achieve and the digital economy adds pressure to personal and professional performance. Stress is a natural part of life today and hard to avoid. However, managing stress and recognising the signs are important [the good and the bad news is that your skin will often be a visible indicator of stress).

CORTISOL – ANGEL OR DEVIL
When stress occurs, the body produces two hormones – adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline helps the body to react to perceived ‘danger’ and once that threat is over, will return to normal levels. Cortisol, produced by the adrenal glands, also helps your body cope with stress and is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, however if allowed to continue at high levels, can have a negative impact all over the body. Signs include thinning skin, weaker bones, higher fluid retention and bloating, a higher risk of bruising easily, delayed wound healing, weight gain and overall hormone imbalance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

KEY FACT – STRESS AND INFLAMMATION
Stress causes high levels of cortisol leading to increased inflammation. As prolonged stress causes irregular levels of cortisol, this results in the gut becoming inflamed. Specifically in skin, multiple neuroinflammatory conditions can be triggered or aggravated by stress, such as: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and contact dermatitis.

 

 

Original article: IIAA Bulletin November 2017

 

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Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #4

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #4

MYTH #4
Vitamin A causes skin to become inflamed

If skin receives high levels of vitamin A too quickly, it can experience a transient retinoid reaction. “Ironically, the people most likely to react to vitamin A are the ones who need it most”, says Tracy Tamaris, Director of Education at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (IIAA). “Clients with sun damage are likely to have far less vitamin A receptors in their skin, which means that they are deficient. The key is to introduce it very gradually so that the skin slowly becomes acclimatised. That’s why the Environ® Step Up programme is unique, it has been designed so clients are introduced to vitamin A in a controlled way to maximise positive benefits and minimise risks of retinoid reaction which is simply the skin’s way of saying ‘ Wait – I’m not ready yet’. Always start on the first level and only progress to the next level once your skin is fully accustomed to it.”

See our Environ Skincare range at http://www.skyebluebeauty.net/Environ-Stockist.htm

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Environ Step-Up System Skin Essentia Moisturiser No.1

Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #3

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #3

MYTH #3
Vitamin A is toxic

This is one of the most common myths and often arises from confusion about the Recommended Daily Amounts (RDA) for oral consumption. The RDA is the minimum amount needed to prevent diseases such as rickets and scurvy, NOT the maximum. According to the European Food Safety Authority, the upper tolerable level is 10,000 ius daily, and experts argue that it should be much higher.

Dr Fernandes is a strong advocate of supplementing with vitamin A. “When we apply vitamin A to the skin, only a fraction of it penetrates down to the level of the dermis and even the most sophisticated modern tests have barely been able to detect any vitamin A in the bloodstream even when very high doses are applied”, he says.

“I feel nervous if I don’t apply it every day via my Environ® creams, and feel more assured if I take 40,000 – 50,000 ius of vitamin A daily”, he adds. “It works with our DNA to determine how skin cells behave, how they differentiate into specialist cells and how they mature, not just in our skin but throughout our whole body… It is fundamentally the most important molecule in addressing sun damage and anti-ageing. There is nothing else like it”.

Vitamin Facial
Environ Active Vitamin Facial

Lorraine Perretta, Head of Nutrition at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (IIAA), agrees that taking vitamin A orally is key. “It’s important to feed the skin internally as well as externally. Unless you eat liver a few times a week, you will find it very hard to get adequate vitamin A levels from your diet, so I’d recommend at least 5000 ius a day.”

Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Burton Beauty Therapist Appears at Screamfest 2017

Burton Beauty Therapist Appears at Screamfest 2017

By day Leanne Jones, beauty therapist at Skye Blue Beauty in Burton likes to pamper people and make them feel relaxed. By night she loves to make them scream with fear as she performs her character role at the annual Halloween Screamfest at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill, near Burton on Trent.

Here she is getting made up for one of her characters;

We pulled this photo from her linkedIn profile, so you can see what she really looks like;

Leanne Jones
Leanne Jones LinkedIn profile photo

So, if you like a good fright visit the Screamfest scare attraction, and keep a lookout for Leanne – More details at https://www.screamfest.co.uk/

You can find Skye Blue Beauty at 153 Station Street in Burton Upon Trent

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Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #2

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #2

MYTH #2

Vitamin A causes photo sensitivity

The retinol and retinoic acid forms of vitamin A do make the skin photosensitive, but the retinyl palmitate form has extremely valuable photo-protective properties. 

Research by the dermatology department at University Hospital Geneva showed that at high levels, topical retinyl palmitate was as efficient as an SPF20 sunscreen in preventing sunburn. However, UV light breaks it down, so also taking it as a supplement is recommended to support topical application.

“Retinol is an alcohol and is more irritating to the skin and photosensitises it”, says Dr Fernandes. “retinyl palmitate, on the other hand, absorbs the energy of UVB and UVA just like a sunscreen does and that is why it disappears in sun-exposed skin and the skin becomes depleted.” 

“It is fundamentally the most important molecule in addressing sun damage and anti-ageing. There is nothing else like it.” 
Environ® Founder Dr Des Fernandes


Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #1

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #1

MYTH #1
Vitamin A thins the skin

Studies show that vitamin A compacts the stratum corneum and thickens the epidermis, which runs completely contrary to the idea that it has a thinning effect. It influences the genes that cause epidermal stem cells to grow into fully functioning keratinocytes and mature into healthy layers of the epidermis. Vitamin A increases the growth of the basal layer which is why the epidermis becomes thicker and therefore more tolerant to damaging environmental effects.

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“You can thicken the epidermis by up to 100 per cent compared to not using vitamin A”
Environ® Founder Dr Des Fernandes


Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Know your Vitamin A with Environ Skin Care

Know your Vitamin A with Environ Skin Care

Know your vitamin A – Environ Skin Care

Although there are several forms of vitamin A, they are all ultimately converted into retinoic acid, which is the one that does all the work.

 

1. Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Proprionate and Retinyl Acetate
These are known as retinyl esters and are the milder, more stable fat soluble forms of vitamin A which are active but still easily tolerated by skin. This is the form of vitamin A stored in our liver, our skin and cells all over our body. 

 

2. Retinol
This is the alcohol form and is used to transport vitamin A in the bloodstream. It’s highly active so although it does achieve excellent results it can also be quite irritating on skin, sometimes causing it to peel. You should only use this as part of the Environ® skincare programme once the skin has become accustomed to high levels of retinyl palmitate and acetate within the step –up system.

 

3. Retinyl Aldehyde
This is the form of vitamin A which is essential for night vision. It is sometimes used in skincare because it is only one metabolic step away from retinoic acid and can make the same changes to the skin, but is less irritating. However, once it’s applied virtually all of it is converted into retinyl esters and only a tiny fraction becomes retinoic acid.

 

4. Retinoic Acid
This is the metabolically active form of vitamin A which works on the DNA of the cell’s nucleus. It is a drug and only available on prescription

 

What form of vitamin A is in Environ’s Youth EssentiA® and Skin EssentiA® ranges?

These Environ® ranges use the milder forms of vitamin A to avoid retinoid reactions and to enable skin to become accustomed to increasingly high levels.

• Retinyl palmitate is used in Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 1-3

• Retinyl acetate can be found in Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 4 

• Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 5 contains both.

• The Youth EssentiA® range features retinyl proprionate in levels 1-4, but Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 4 also includes retinyl palmitate.

 

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Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin