The Skin Barrier, Skincare, Food, Sunscreen, and How it Relates to Sun Exposure

Micro biome, Acid Mantle, Lipid Layers

Essentially there are many elements that form the skin barrier defence systems, but to simplify and for the purpose of this topic, I’ll be covering the first 3.

 

  1. First line of defence – Skin Microbiome:                  
    The microbiome is an ecosystem found at the surface of the skin that acts as a crucial defense mechanism. Every individuals microbiome is as unique as DNA and fingerprints. It’s genetic makeup consists of microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. The amount of genes in all the microbes in an individual’s microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genetic makeup. On healthy skin, there is a mutually beneficial relationship between the skin microbiome and the skin barrier with a delicate equilibrium. When disrupted, the microbiome’s barrier functions can fail, leading to an altered pH, infection, a decrease of antimicrobial peptides, and an increase in inflammation. Each microbiome is unique, varying with age, location on the body, and gender of the individual. This can be nourished and “fed” with pre and pro biotics  (sugar in our coffee mask, pre and probiotics in our cultured mineral mist, and probiotics in our Miracle Bum+ Everything Repair) We can also help create an environment for it to thrive by using oil cleansers, avoiding any antibacterial products, and using a “less is more” approach to caring for our skin with minimal washing, allowing our skin to be a little dirty!

The microbiome plays a role beyond the health of our skin- it’s also crucial in educating out immune system as the cutaneous innate and adaptive immune responses can modulate the skin microbiota.

Skin’s microbiome confers immunity by:

  • Competing with invaders for nutrients
  • Preventing pathogens to adhere to your skin
  • Empowering immune cells by influencing the development of T cells and antigen-presenting cells
  • Producing and secreting antimicrobial substances that fight and destroy invaders
  • Aiding in the prevention of skin inflammation by secreting Lipoteichoic acid (LTA)

A balanced diverse microbiome supports many of the processes that the skin and body needs to stay healthy and resilient.

This microbiome is destroyed through over washing, using any soaps (even natural), application of alkaline substance- such as soap, baking soda, etc, hot water, exfoliation, and antibiotics/antibacterial creams, makeup, environmental pollutants, and is affected internally as well by our diet, immune system, and stored toxins.

2. Second line of defence – The Acid Mantle:   
Lying directly below the microbiome, the acid mantle is a mixture of sweat, sebum, water, dead skin cells, lactic acid, urocanic acid, fatty acids, and pyrrolidine carboxylic acid, with an ideal acidic pH between 4.5 and 5.5. The acid mantle helps inhibit the growth of unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and pathogens. The combination of the acidic exterior (acid mantle) and alkaline interior (inner skin) helps the body to defend against bacteria. A note of caution: certain medications can alter the acid mantle, including antihistamines, chemotherapy drugs (like Tamoxifen), Accutane, diuretics, protease inhibitors, and statins.                                                     The humble Corneocyte a.k.a  “dead skin cells” everyone is obsessed with scrapping off, especially in the western approach to skincare, are not actually dead! These cells are flattened, hardened, keratinised cells, that have lost their nucleus and their lipid membrane. Essentially laying down and packing themselves in tightly to form ’tiles’, as in the tiles on a roof. The beauty industry has tried to convince us for years, centuries in fact, that the outer layer of skin is dead. This is false. The corneocyte still has a vital role to play in protecting the layers below it, just as a roof on a house protects the inside.  These cells are also able to communicate to the cells below and relay information via chemical messages from the skin surface to the ‘living cells’ below. Dead cells would not have the ability to communicate! In fact the only dead cells are those that have been shed ( naturally as they slough off on their own) and form house dust. Scrubbing our skin, using acid peels, and harsh cleansers all remove this layer of skin, which is vital for overall healthy, plump, and clear skin- skin that can defend itself!

 

3. Third line of defence – The lipid bi-layers a.k.a Multi Lamellar Lipids Structure.    
                         
Lipids are diverse compounds that are insoluble in water. They store energy, protect against water loss, and form cell membranes. The extracellular lipid matrix located in the stratum corneum is an essential component of the permeability barrier. The epidermal barrier protects the body from transepidermal water loss, and the entry of external substances. It consists of ceramides – waxy, lipid molecules formed from sphingosine and fatty acid, free fatty acids, byproducts of the metabolism of fat in adipose tissues, and cholesterol- a waxy, fat molecule made by the liver, with ceramides being the essential compound.   The lipid bi-layers are the glue that holds the corneocytes together. It comprised of  ceramides (40%), cholesterols (20-25%) and free fatty acids (20-22%). Along with the NMF (Natural Moisturising Factor, which is made up of amino acids broken down from the protein Fillagrin within the corneocyte envelope), the lipid bi-layer structure provides waterproof semi-permeability as well as strength and resilience for the corneocytes, which without the ‘glue’ holding them together be like having a leaky roof.

 

When all three lines are in tact and performing well, the skin provides both chemical and physical protection from bacteria and other micro-organisms, as well as providing a waterproof suit to regulate temperature, keep us hydrated, protect us from UV damage and increase sun resilience, and stop our inner bits from falling out ;)

 

 

The outcome of a compromised skin barrier? – A skin that is vulnerable to bacterial, viral and fungal infection; dry and flaking skin; itchy skin, redness and sensitivity; uneven skin texture; acne; pigmentation disorders; rosacea; eczema; dermatitis……….you get the point. 

 

If too much water is lost then enzyme activity is impaired. Enzymes are actually responsible for every metabolic change within the skin. Topically this will impact the way in which the skin naturally sheds itself (desquamation). This results in uneven skin texture and a build up of keratinised cells. Ironically, exfoliation is a leading cause of this. 

Regimen for Skin Barrier Repair and Protection (apply these principle to Body too, with our UNWASH Body Line)

I don’t believe there are different “skin types” so much as there are different ways peoples acid mantle is thrown off balance, which contribute to skin problems such as dry, red skin, acne, eczema, and oily skin. When your acid mantle is too acidic- you suffer from dry, scaly, cracked skin and allergies, and when its too alkaline, you tend to suffer from breakouts. Our acid mantle is damaged from over washing, harsh chemicals, tearing/removing the skin by exfoliating through scrubs and acids, and using hot water.

We recommend following the “less is more” when it comes to cleansing, especially if you are just starting to repair your acid mantle.

This is a simple 3 step facial system, each product is an essential step in repairing your acid mantle, and each product has received rave reviews. I am confident this will become a "must have" in your skincare routine, and that you will love your glowing, clear, smooth complexion. The full size bottles will give you a 2-3 month supply. 

Tips:

  1. Use lukewarm/cool water- never hot water, on your face.
  2. We recommend oil cleansing your face, neck, and chest once a day, or even every few days to a week, at night, and in the morning you can either rise with cool water or spray with the hydrating elixir and wipe clean, (OR BOTH) OR skip cleansing all together and simply spraying your elixir, and then applying your face oil and any other butters to seal in all that sweat and even dead skin cells from the night before (your face should be clean enough if you cleansed the night before).  Use the elixir and oil throughout day if skin feels tight or dry to help create a hydrating mantle to protect you from the elements throughout the day.
  3. At night, either oil cleanse or cleanse with the healing elixir, then mist with more elixir, followed by the serum oil, and then the golden barrier balm and/or the miracle bum+ everything repair cream. The more the better, your skin can soak up all the goodness overnight and will do most of its healing.
  4. Always apply all 3 steps, plus extra balms, to your face, neck, and chest! This will ensure proper lymph node drainage and help repair and protect your delicate skin that is often just as exposed to the elements and toxins as your face is. It needs love too ❤️

 

REGIMEN

No.1. Oil Cleanse

A gentle, non stripping oil cleanser for all skin types  to help dissolve makeup and dirt, clean pores, and heal your skin barrier. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, is extremely stable, and most closely resembles your skins sebum.  It will help cleanse the “dirtiest” of skin, makeup, etc, while being extremely gentle and noncomodogenic.

Directions:

Can be used am  & pm, but we recommend cleansing at night only. Pour desired amount for ace (approx quarter sized) and gently massage into skin (massaging upwards on face, and down your neck, and across chest towards your armpits) and gently around and on eyes for a few minutes, then rinse clean with a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Never use hot water as this damages your acid mantle. Follow up with our hydrating elixir to double cleanse, and then mist face. 

No.2 Mist: cultured mineral hydration elixir

An essential step in repairing your skins barrier, this elixir combines aloe vera and plant hydrosols to put water back into you skin, along with apple cider vinegar and fermented rice to help your skin’s microbiome and acid Mantle by imparting healthy bacteria to your skin and adjusting your skins pH. Kojic acid helps even skin tone and alleviates sun and age spots. Sea salt provides vital minerals, balances ph, and reduces inflammation.

Directions:

An integral part of rebuilding your skin’s barrier and hydrating your skin for plump, firm skin! Use am and pm, and throughout day as needed when skin is dry. This is available in "full size" for home, and in a small travel size to keep with you in your purse and use on the go. Spray face, neck, and chest thoroughly, and then seal in with our face oil, body butter, miracle bum+ everything paste, or all three. Can also be used all over your body before applying body lotion for extra hydration before moisturizing.

**This can also be used to cleanse your face and neck in am or to double cleanse after oil cleansing: spray face thoroughly, then use our organic facial rounds to wipe face upwards until all grime and/or makeup is removed. Then spray face again and apply our no.3 serum oil. Can be topped with our golden glow barrier balm, and/or miracle bum+ everything paste.

No.3 Serum Oil

This serum is incredibly healing and moisturizing and a vital step in repairing your skins lipid layers. Jojoba most closely resembles your skins sebum to moisturize and rebalance even the dryest, oiliest skin, and is non oxidizing. It is completely stable and will not go rancid. Rosehip is nutrient packed to help heal scars, smooth fine lines, and tighten skin  These two non pore clogging oils form the base of our serum oil, and it is now available in 3 nourishing  plant, floral, and resin combinations that work beautifully and synergistically to repair your skins acid mantle, heal, soothe, and protect, for and incredibly soft, supple, and healthy complexion.

Directions:

Apply a dime size amount (give or take depending on skin) after spraying face with elixir. Use am and pm. Can also be used to oil cleanse, as a makeup remover, or for hair. Apply using gentle strokes up face, and then downward strokes on your neck, and across your chest towards armpits. Following up by “pressing” into skin to help it absorb quicker.

**Our Golden Glow Barrier Balm and Miracle Bum+ Everything Repair Cream can be used am and pm after applying No.1 and No.2 to help seal in more moisture and for added barrier repair and protection.  Play and explore around with these creations  and find what works best for you. There are days I use the whole system, then there are days I simply mist my face and apply No.3, or mist my face and apply the barrier balm (especially in cold winter months). I never skip using No.2 though. Reclaim you skin in a way that works for you.

Skin Barrier and Sunshine : Why we should seek the sun, not hide from it

The sun heals and gives life-  you may need more sun, not less, to protect skin from burning and hyperpigmentation, and a healthy skin barrier is essential to being able to take in and process more sunlight, without burning. 

Sunlight ripens fruit, guides the growth of trees, prompts petals to close at dusk and awake at dawn. Although we try to deny, the sun ignites the deep layers of our skin, our hormonal-secretions, and cells. Increasing our ability to take in sun exposure in a healthy way begins with getting morning, high noon, and afternoon/evening sun, through our eyes and our whole skin organ (get as much naked or near to naked sun exposure as possible) Building a tolerance begins with our eyes, and diet. Wearing sunglasses blocks UV exposure in our eyes, which increases our likelihood of burning. I’m not suggesting to go out and fry yourself, but try to get 10 min to an hour of high noon exposure on your bare skin, depending on your skin color and tolerance to the sun. A diet high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and low in sugar and PUFAS also helps decrease our risk of burning.

Our skin needs to be out in the sun. UV-B radiation received and absorbed by the skin converts cholesterol into Vitamin D, which is actually an essential hormone, not a vitamin, and activates a myriad of health boosting bio-cycles including vitamin D3 and glutathione production. Our current sun-fear contributes to the soaring rate of vitamin D deficiency of over 75% of adults in North America. A lack of sunlight initiated D3 disturbs normal cell growth, and research attributes this to a host of health issues, including heart disease, osteoporosis, juvenile diabetes, MS, and cancer. Some studies have shown melanoma is higher in people who stay indoors than outdoors, and glass blocks the healing UVB rays and only allows in UVA rays, and a new study has shown that 78 sunscreen brands contain a known carcinogen benzene (I’ll cover this in it’s own post), and most of the sunscreen ingredients oxidize when the rays hit it, which will cause burning and aging. Even wearing oils like coconut oil will block UVB exposure. An important component of absorbing the vitamin D is allowing 24-48 hours after sun exposure for the Vitamin D to absorb fully into the body. The darker you are the more sun you need to absorb enough UVB rays that convert to Vitamin D. We eat a lot of eggs, because cholesterol in the oils of your skin is what converts to Vitamin D, and it can take up to 24 hours to absorb through the layers of your skin into your body, to be stored in fat cells- so we also try not to shower after sun exposure, and if we do- we don’t use soap on our body. We also keep a basic tanning package to tan through the year when we aren’t able to get our daily sun exposure, and to tan through the winter in Oregon, as we don’t get a lot of sun. Vitamin D can be stored up through the spring in summer in fat cells though, if we get enough sun exposure.  The expensive high pressure beds will not give you vitamin d- as they only contain UVA rays- it is the cheaper beds that have UVB lights- but make sure to ask as even some of those are being replaced with UVA lights! Tanning in high pressure beds may make your darker- but you get none of the actual benefits of the sun- VITAMIN D!

Sun exposure reduces risk of heart disease. High cholesterol levels are associated with vascular diseases such as heart disease, ischemic stroke and intermittent claudication (an occlusion of the arteries of the legs that leads to pain and disability). The authors of a recent study compared the effects of vitamin D supplementation with sun exposure to determine which was more effective in reducing risk factors. A group of individuals with insufficient serum vitamin D levels was divided into two groups with different experimental protocols: one was treated with sun exposure to the arms and face between 11 AM and 3 PM and the other was treated with 1,000 IU of vitamin D. A third group had “normal” vitamin D levels and served as a control (no treatment group). Total cholesterol levels and its components of cholesterol, HDL and LDL, were also measured to determine the positive (or negative) effects of the two treatment protocols. The results were enlightening. Both experimental groups had significant increases in vitamin D. However, the results with cholesterol varied. A significant decrease in total cholesterol was noted in the sun exposure group, and HDL and LDL also decreased in the sun-exposure group. However, in the vitamin D-supplement group, a significant increase was noted in in total cholesterol.

Glutathione is a goldmine for skin health; it regulates melanin synthesis, neutralizes free radicals and reactive oxygen species, and is required for DNA repair. It also contributes to protein production, and proteins are the building blocks of our body and skin. Glutathione supplements are widely available, though laboratory studies have concluded that dietary and supplementary glutathione has low bioavailability and little impact on circulating levels. You can make all the glutathione you need for the day in just a few minutes of afternoon sun to skin contact.

The sun is blamed for many skin issues including burns, melasma, age spots, and premature aging, and it is important to interact wisely with our ancient accomplice. While we do not want to be burned by the sun, Well-nourished skin has a healthier response to sun light, and most "age spots" and "photoaging" are the result of malnutrition, oxidization of products, and an unhealthy acid Mantle Repair and barrier, not the UV damage. The recipe for spots and wrinkles is our current standard diet of food grown in the shadows of pesticides and factory farming, rancid fats, cheap carbs and corn-syrup blended with toxins and tap water. Much of our food supply is deficient in skin-loving vitamins and minerals, healthy cholesterol (especially from healthy and happy free range chicken eggs) and refined, processed foods trigger collagen breakdown, inflammation, and hyper-pigmentation.

Our skin is designed to be in the sun,  but with unwise interaction our skin can be vulnerable to sunburn and repeated sunburns can cause damage. When skin feels warm, seek shade! Also, an interesting fact about wet skin and burns ( many times long days in the sun involve water activities) Why do gardeners say you shouldn't water your plants in the midday sun? Does it really lead to burnt plants or worse? A team of scientists found that water droplets on a smooth surface, such as maple or ginkgo leaves, cannot cause leaf burn. However in contrast the they found that floating fern leaves, which have small wax hairs, are susceptible to leaf burn. This is because the hairs can hold the water droplets in focus above the leaf's surface, acting as a magnifying glass. The latter not only partly confirms the widely held belief of gardeners, but also opens an analogous issue of sunburn on hairy human skin after bathing. "In sunshine water drops residing on smooth hairless plant leaves are unlikely to damage the leaf tissue," summarised Horvath and co-authors. "However water drops held by plant hairs can indeed cause sunburn and the same phenomenon can occur when water droplets are held above human skin by body hair." This means it is important to dry off our bodies with a towel upon exiting water, as opposed to drying off in the sun. For long periods of exposure in the sun, as you are building tolerance, or when UV Rays are high we recommend covering up, seeking breaks and taking shade to break up sun exposure, and applying a non oxidizing, non nano zinc sunblock, like the one we carry. Most sunscreens do more harm than good, even natural sunscreens, if they contain oxidized oils and essential oils, and nano particles.

Harmful Ingredients In Sunscreen:

Oxybenzone: This ingredient is one of the most commonly-used sunscreen chemicals. Oxybenzone is linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, contact allergies, and photoallergies, meaning exposure to light is required to generate an allergic response. This ingredient, sometimes called benzophenone-3, is not to be confused with benzophenone, another common sunscreen ingredient.

Oxybenzone is also harmful to aquatic life. This chemical is so harmful that in 2018, Hawaii banned it to protect coral reefs.

Octinoxate: A commonly used UV filter that protects from UVB rays, but not UVA sun rays. On packaging, it may be listed as OMC, methoxy-cinnamate or ethylhexyl methoxy-cinnamate.

Octinoxate is linked to endocrine disruption by an abundance of data, as well as to reproductive toxicity. Researchers have detected this chemical in breast milk, urine, and blood. Like oxybenzone, this ingredient was targeted in Hawaii’s ban, as it harms coral reefs.

Homosalate: A common sunscreen ingredient that absorbs UVB rays to prevent direct skin exposure. Homosalate absorbs UVB rays only.

This ingredient is linked to hormone disruption and it may also enhance the absorption of pesticides, including bug sprays. It may also enhance the penetration of other harmful ingredients found within the formulation. This ingredient is persistent in the environment, meaning it doesn’t break down readily.

Nanoparticles: Nanoparticles can be 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. In sunscreen, they’re most commonly found as nanoparticle titanium dioxide of zinc oxide.

Nanoparticles have not been properly assessed for their potential effects on human or environmental health. Researchers don’t yet understand the impact they could have. But because of their infinitesimally small size, nanoparticles may be more chemically reactive and therefore more bioavailable, meaning the particles are fast-tracked into the body.

Researchers have suggested that nanoparticle titanium dioxide may be implicated in coral reef degradation.

UV PROTECTION NATURALLY 

Reef Safe: Don’t let labels fool you. Some sunscreens labeled as “reef safe” contain ingredients known to harm coral reefs. This is because there are no legal requirements or regulations for the use of the term “reef safe” on packaging. If the active sunscreen ingredient is anything besides non-nanomaterial titanium dioxide or non-nanomaterial zinc oxide, the ingredient may hurt coral reefs.

Understanding UV Spectrum: Ultraviolet light, aka UV light, is light from the sun that is invisible to the naked eye. Sunscreen works to protect humans from two different kinds of UV light. UVA light has a longer wavelength and is the kind of ray associated with premature aging of the skin. UVB light has a shorter wavelength and is the ray associated with sunburn and damage to the skin. Protection against both is crucial.

Choosing the Right SPF: SPF stands for sun protection factor. The number indicates the level of protection against UVB rays, but the numbering system isn’t user-friendly. A higher SPF doesn’t mean the amount of coverage jumps up significantly. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. And SPF 100 blocks 99% of UVB rays. SPF is a measure of protection against UVB rays only. But remember that protection against UVA rays is important too, so choose a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Zinc Oxide
Zinc oxide is a naturally-occurring UV absorber. Zinc oxide offers broad spectrum protection, as it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. When non-nanoparticle, zinc is safe for humans and the environment.

Cover Me Coco was the first product I created, and has been tested by babes of all ages around the world the past 7 years! It's the perfect lotion to protect against long days in the sun, and uses a combination of pure organic wax, butters, oils, and non nano zinc oxide to form a physical barrier against UV rays. It is also deeply nourishing and moisturizing to keep your skin soft and smooth and hydrated, even after long days in the sun and sea. Everyone that has used our sunscreen swears by it and says that they never experienced burns when applied correctly, while others they were with that did not use it did get sunburns, ouch! 100% chemical free, and free of oils and essential oils that oxidize in the sun! This sunscreen is strong enough to protect the fairest of them all from the sun, yet gentle and safe enough for babies and all the ocean life. We've got you covered!

**We decided to forgo FDA testing because we did not want to be required to put on the FDA warning label, which goes against everything I stands for when it comes to health. I never want to compromise on my products, as my whole line was born to ensure the health and safety of my loved ones. We LOVE the sun, we NEED the sun! Daily sun exposure, during high noon when UVB rays are strongest (the exact time sunscreen bottles, both mineral and chemical alike, tell you to avoid) is the BEST source for our bodies to make vitamin D, an essential vitamin that is linked to boosting immune systems and can even play a vital role in preventing cancer. So our sun lotion throws caution to the wind, while also protecting us from burns, which are harmful! And of course, it comes in a non leaching ultraviolet glass jar because even the purest of ingredients become filled with harmful cancer and hormone disrupting linked ingredients when stored in plastic, and the ultraviolet jars protect the integrity of the ingredients in the jar.

Because our sun lotion is not FDA approved, we cannot make any SPF claims, however, we use non nano zinc oxide to form a physical barrier on your skin against UVA and UVB rays. The percentage of zinc oxide typically correlates to the SPF rating. We have had babies, children, and adults use our sun lotion safely, all day in the sun, with no sunburns. 

***Sunburn Care: if you do find yourself with a slight burn, or a deep burn, after care is crucial. Take doses of whole food vitamin c, and hop in a cool bath with bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, which will pull the heat (uv radiation) from your body. Our charcoal + clay mask can also be applied to the burn to pull heat. The sooner you can take the bath or pull the heat, the better. Aloe Vera (pure, unprocessed) or Our no.2 mist, which contains wild distilled aloe, plant hydrosols, and apple cider vinegar, can also be very healing and soothing,  but you should never apply oil to a sunburn until all heat has left the skin, because this will trap the heat and UV radiation, causing more pain and burning.

Causes of skin pigmentation (some medical)

Our skin is the sentinel of our health, and there are myriad of reasons why the skin develops spots, unusual freckling, and muddy discoloration referred to as hyperpigmentation. There are a few medical causes for hyper-pigmentation that require a doctor's diagnosis and care:

• haemachromatosis, too much iron circulating in the blood stream, can cause a bronzy skin pigmentation

• congenital diseases such as Peutz–Jeghers

• Cushing's and Addisons's diseases, as well as other hormonal issues, can cause diffuse dappling pigmentation

• cancerous lesions

• mercury poisoning

 Also, some prescription medications and topicals make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays and environmental exposures. If you are taking a medication and see changes in your skin, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Here are a few types of prescription drugs that may affect the skin: antibiotics, anti-seizure, diuretics, dyes, retinoid, aspirin, salicylic acid, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, heart medicines, antiemtetics, antidepressants, contraceptive pills and cancer treatments.

Types of hyperpigmentation:

***Melasma can worsen if you constantly use products that irritate your skin.

 1.  Post-inflammatory pigmentation refers to pigmentation following injury or an inflammatory skin disorder and mostly occurs in people with darker skin types.

It is caused by damage to the epidermis layer of the skin. Inflammation in the epidermis stimulates melanocytes to increase melanin production and to transfer the pigment to surrounding areas.

If the basal layer is injured, melanin pigment is released and subsequently trapped which causes the darker pigment to appear. Pigment may also be lost completely and appear as a pink or colourless area of the skin, as observed when scabs fall off.

To prevent melasma from occurring, worsening or reoccurring, it is important to ditch The Pill and all artificial hormones, if possible, and keep hormones in balance. If you are in your 40's and 50's and your hormones are fluctuating, consider supplementing with hormone harmonizing herbs such as wild yam, evening primrose oil, vitex, partridge berry, and passion flower.

*Pregnancy is the exception. When melasma occurs during pregnancy it is commonly referred to as "pregnancy mask." While this is a hormone issue, pregnancy mask is considered normal. Dietary changes and gentle skin care may help to prevent pregnancy pigmentation.

2. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation,or PIH, is a darker or blotchy patch that remains after a skin trauma or disease has resolved, such as rashes, contact dermatitis, burns, allergic responses, injury, acne, and infections. PIH is caused when the inflammation process alters the function of the immune cells and the melanocytes in the injured cells so that excess melanin is dispersed. Ethnic, Asian, and darker skins are more prone to PIH, and may experience hyperpigmentation from some types of skin therapies, including facial peels, microdermabrasion, and laser. In time, with healthy cell turnover, PIH spots will fade on their own.

3. Similar in appearance to a freckle, age spots or liver spots are flat and brown or blackish and generally they larger than a freckle. These spots are most often on the face, arms, hands, chest and back. Dermatologists largely consider age spots a cosmetic issue that occurs as part of the natural aging process, though medical researchers may now be establishing that these spots are a skin-surface indicator of a deeper issue called lipofuscin accumulation. Lipofuscin is a type of cellular waste that causes metabolic damage in the cell and slowly drains away cellular vitality. It is composed of brown pigment, oxidized proteins, lipids, and metals: iron, copper, zinc, aluminum, and manganese. Lipofuscin is also found in the liver, kidneys, heart, nerve cells, brain, and adrenal glands where it fuels a cascade of what are considered to be age-related disease and health issues. If you have age or liver spots, it may mean that lipofuscin is also accumulating in other organs.

4. Age spots are often confused with, or used synonymously for, solar lentigines (lentigo), which are accumulations of melanocytes (in lieu of melanin as with freckles), in a small group of cells. Solar lentigines are most often found on Caucasians over 40 years old; this is attributed to lower production of skin-protective melanin combined with excessive sun exposure.

Beautiful Food = Beautiful, Sun Resilient Skin

Dietary fat is vital whole body health and beautiful skin, and some fats are better than others. The fabulous fats in rich avocados, humanely raised pastured meat, sustainable wild caught fish, pastured happy chicken eggs, and organic olive and coconut oils support our cellular integrity and keep the skin soft and supple. Processed omega-6 polyunsaturated fats and trans-fats (soy, corn and canola oils, and most seed oils- like sunflower and avocado), found in every processed food on the shelf, impair intercellular communication and suppress immune functions, which is associated with skin aging and hyperpigmentation. These oils are chemically unstable and oxidize readily to form free radicals that prevent flourishing health and are indicated for pre-mature aging; it pillages DNA, organs, blood vessels, immunity, and the skin.

Also, avoid wheat and sugar as if your beauty depends on it… because it does! Sugar and wheat gluten trigger a cascade of inflammatory responses in the body and skin, and inflammation contributes to burning, hyperpigmentation, and premature aging as well as a host of other health issues.

Colorful meals of whole foods, healthy fats, proteins, fruit and vegetables is the first step toward properly functioning melanocytes, reducing low level inflammation, and reverse oxidative damage. Hydrating with lots of filtered, mineralized water, is also essential. Try to get 1/2 a gallon to a gallon a day, with 1/8 teaspoon of Redmond Ancient Sea Salt per 16 oz. ANOTHER HUGE LIE OUT THERE IS THAT SALT DEHYDRATES YOU. Our body operates as an electrical system, that’s why an electrical shock can stop the heart as well as restart it  Hydration with water and minerals allows for better electrical functioning, as water without minerals will not conduct electricity. When our electrical body is operating efficiently, it can properly protect against the sun, and absorb more light, just as hydrated plants can absorb more sunshine without burning. REAL SALT REPLACES ALL THE ELECTROLYTES WE NEED, WITHOUT THE ARTIFICIAL DYES AND FAKE SUGARS OF SPORTS DRINKS.

Be sure to also get sufficient levels of the following skin-loving vitamins and minerals:

• Zinc contributes to hormone balance and repairs the skin.

• Omega-3 EFAs balance hormones, maintain cell membrane health, and youthful skin.

• Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant to reduce oxidative damage.

• Vitamins B3 and B12 may your body lower inflammation and clear out the liposfucin hyperpigmentation.

• Vitamin E another powerful antioxidant has proven to slow the aging of skin cells and help diminish the appearance of scars.

• Curcuminiods found in warm yellow turmeric protection cells from oxidative stress

• Omega-3 fatty acids lowers inflammation and regulate cell health

• Polyphenols such as resveratrol in grapes, cranberries, blueberries and peanuts, help to reverse some DNA damage in the body and skin cells. ECGC in­ green tea is a good option, too.

• Indole 3 carbonyl found in cruciferous veggies helps the body clear excess estrogen that contributes to melasma. Avoid foods containing soy because it contains plant estrogen that simulate human estrogen.

• N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC) an amino-acid derivative boosts glutathione (GSH) helping the cells resist damage form reactive oxygen species (ROS).

•There are also a few supplements that may help. Milkthistle and red clover are anti-oxidants and boost the efficiency of the liver's action to clean the blood of waste and toxins. Antioxidants may reduce or eliminate the formation of lipofuscin. The amino acid acetyl L-carnitine has demonstrated in lab studies to reduce lipofuscin deposits; it works well in conjunction with B vitamins.

Skin Food Matters Too 

*** The same goes for the products we put on our skin! Unsaturated fats, seed oils, and essential oils are highly unstable. When not processed properly and stored in airtight containers that block the sun, these breaks down even quicker. When we apply these oxidized oils to our skin, it contributes to skin that is more susceptible to aging and burning.

We only use saturated oils in our products, and combine a small amount of small batch essential oils and seed oils, and store in ultraviolet jars to protect the integrity and prevent oxidation. 

*** A bit about our ultraviolet Miron jars:

 

Sunlight gives life to all: animals, plant, and humans. Sun can also have a degrading effect after a plant has been harvested, causing the acceleration of molecular decay.

After much research a few years ago, we began using Miron Violetglass - they use centuries old traditions of glass blowing to harness the life giving properties of the Violet glass the Egyptians used.

These beautiful jars Protect the biophotonic activity of products stored in the glass. Biophotons are the light emitted by living tissue. 'Bio' in Greek means life and 'photon' means light. According to biophotonic research, measuring the biophotonic output of a food or supplement is a more accurate measurement of quality and life essence. Our bodies absorb photons from sunlight through the eyes, skin and also through sunlight enriched nutrition. As natural products absorb solar energy, the increased level of photons is a great indication of the products’ vitality and quality. 

Violet glass is the only glass that blocks the complete spectrum of visible light with the exception of the violet range: it allows a certain part to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UV-A, (allows 25%-45% penetration of light in the range of 380-420 nanometers (-violet and UVA-frequency-)and infra red light (about 60% penetration in the range of 730-1050 nanometers) These parts of the light spectrum seem to energize the organic molecules of the products stored within, while the visible rays are blocked, thus lengthening durability and potency of products.

We have found that the magical scientific properties of these jars have extended the life of our essential oil formulations, keeping them mold free for over a year, and preserving the healing antioxidants.


Botanical oils are a great adjunct for the skin

They are highly concentrated with antioxidants and omega fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants work to repair the skin barrier and antioxidants can help prevent and reverse free radical damage. Botanical oils are especially effective at stimulating a slow or congested liver. The liver is involved in over 500 body processes and when it is backed up or overworked, waste in the blood stream backs up, too, and eventually it all shows in the skin.

Since essential oils are in the form of the liquid, our skin can absorb them easily and keep them all day. To be more precise, there are many nutrients and vitamins (E, A, etc.) in essential oils that can not only give your skin softness, smoothness and elasticity but also eliminate new dark- colored spots and repair the skin damage. 

Nature generously provides us a few skin-clearing solutions. Rich in antioxidants and skin regenerating energy, essential oils are super heroes for hyper-pigmented skin.

Products for acid mantle repair (targeting sun burn, skin discoloration- sun spots and melasma)

  • indicates it’s targeting sun spots and melasma

•No. 1 Oil Cleanse

Organic Golden Jojoba Oil

*Bentonite clay- remove toxins, increase cell turnover, oxygenate skin - helps skin heal and repair- including sun spots and melasma

*Activated Charcoal : remove toxins which helps skin heal and repair- including sun spots and melasma

Wild Orange

*Organic Lemon: skin lightener for dark spots, melasma, sun spots

•No. 2 Mist Mist: Cultured Mineral Hydration

Reverse Osmosis UV filtered water

*distilled wild aloe: Per the limited number of existing studies, certain chemicals in aloe vera may have skin-lightening properties. These chemicals are called aloin and aloesin. They may reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by destroying existing melanin cells and preventing further formation of melanin in the skin.

organic lemon verbena hydrosol

*organic lavender- skin lightening effects for sun spots

*organic rose geranium hydrosol

ancient sea salt

*organic fermented rice: Kojic acid helps lighten melasma and sun spots

*organic apple cider vinegar: The acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar works as a natural exfoliant on the face and encourages cell renewal, aids in lightening sun spots especially when used multiple times a day.

• No.3 Serum Oil in Woodland Floral:

Organic Golden Jojoba Oil: most closely matches skins natural sebum, regulate oil production, moisturizes, to help barrier heal and naturally turn cells over

*Organic CO2 Rosehip Seed Oil: Rosehip oil is very rich in essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, which can be very healing for acne-prone skinFurthermore, it is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, lutein, rubixanthin, xanthophyll and zeaxanthin (carotenoids), catechins and flavonoids such as quercetin, which lower the inflammation. Quercetin can also inhibit the activity of the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of elastin in our skin. It's these antioxidants that give this wonderful oil its orangey colour. The more intense the colour the higher the antioxidant content! It's because of the retinoic acid that rosehip oil acts as a natural retinoid, helping you increase cellular turnover (along with other benefits). Yes, this molecule is the same one as in prescription retinoids (tretinoin), but there is a far lower concentration of it in rosehip oil.

*Organic patchouli: In a recent study, researchers investigated the potential of patchouli oil for preventing skin damage. The results were patchouli essential oil was found to have protective effects on photoaging (skin over exposed to ultra violet rays from the sun, but also from artificial UV sources) and was capable of maintaining skin structural integrity caused by UV irradiation. In conclusion the authors stated that patchouli oil should be viewed as a potential therapeutic agent for preventing photoaging. Patchouli is a potent essential oil extracted from leaves of the patchouli plant. It is one of the best essential oils for liver spots because it contains antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help the skin as it starts to age.

*organic rose Otto: Did you know that it takes 1,000 rose petals to get a single drop of essential oil? Rose is an incredibly popular essential oil for anti-aging formulations. It’s often found in recipes for mature and aging skin and can easily be utilized in your custom facial oil or to make a serum with rose hip oil. Rose oil is a potent antioxidant, meaning it works to scavenge free radicals that contribute to the visible signs of aging.

*organic CO2 extracted myrrh: known to reduce the effect of excess melanin production in the body, making it another option to manage melasma. You will often find myrrh oil as an active constituent of skincare products because it helps clear wrinkles, acne, dark & light patches on the skin, and speeds up wound healing.  

*organic frankincense: Its rejuvenating qualities make it an excellent choice to reduce the appearance of long-term sun damage. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties

wild amber: reduces appearance of rough patches, brightens skin,  can help to improve the look of dark spots

*wild lavender: rich in antioxidants and skin soothing compounds, it heals sunburns and helps reduce Melasma 

•Golden Glow barrier balm:

*Organic golden jojoba oil - most closely matches skins natural sebum, regulate oil production, moisturizes, to help barrier heal and naturally turn cells over

*organic unrefined fair trade shea butter:  is a natural alternative to hydroquinone, which is a chemical used in fade creams.

organic no harm beeswax

*organic CO2 extracted rosehip seed oil: Rosehip oil is very rich in essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, which can be very healing for acne-prone skinFurthermore, it is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, lutein, rubixanthin, xanthophyll and zeaxanthin (carotenoids), catechins and flavonoids such as quercetin, which lower the inflammation. Quercetin can also inhibit the activity of the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of elastin in our skin. It's these antioxidants that give this wonderful oil its orangey colour. The more intense the colour the higher the antioxidant content! It's because of the retinoic acid that rosehip oil acts as a natural retinoid, helping you increase cellular turnover (along with other benefits). Yes, this molecule is the same one as in prescription retinoids (tretinoin), but there is a far lower concentration of it in rosehip oil.

*organic CO2 extracted vanilla (The higher the concentration of vanillin, the better the health benefits. An ideal vanillin concentration in an essential oil is 20–25 percent, which is what we use: Fends off free radical damage. It can also help prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

*wild lavender- rich in antioxidants and skin soothing compounds, it heals sunburns and helps reduce Melasma 

*organic geraniumIt is thought that geranium essential oil’s anti-inflammatory properties enable it to reduce dark spots and skin discoloration, especially acne scars.

*organic rosemary antioxidant: contains phytonutrients that are believed to help fight free radical related damage and hyper-pigmentation.

wildcrafted Galbanum

wildcrafted copaiba Basalm

Rocky Mountain juniper berry

wild alligator Juniper

*wild Amyris: helps with skin regeneration. It can regenerate the skin and slow down the aging process. Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems associated with aging can be delayed with this Oil.

*organic tea tree: Recent research has shown that some people have successfully treated solar keratoses with tea tree oil, experiencing fewer side effects than with other treatments. The best results have been achieved specially-formulated products specifically developed for skin treatment.

organic CO2 extracted Kava Kava 

 •You mint me coco

 Ancient Fine Sea Salt

 *Shea butter: is a natural alternative to hydroquinone, which is a chemical used in fade creams.

*coconut oil: Coconut oil penetrates skin to hydrate, heal damaged skin cells and help to correct hyper-pigmentation. Antioxidants, like vitamin E in particular, go to work quickly to reduce oxidative damage in cells because they have a small molecular weight, which allows them to get past the gatekeeper that is your epidermis. Coconut oil provides several nutrients like Lauric acid that help to eliminate accumulated deposits of the skin pigment melanin, which leads to age spots.

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

*Raw cacao Coco: cacao powder is packed with antioxidants and mineral to heal and soothe skin and helps to lighten dark spots

Organic Golden Jojoba Oil

*organic CO2 extracted rosehip seed oil: Rosehip oil is very rich in essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, which can be very healing for acne-prone skinFurthermore, it is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, lutein, rubixanthin, xanthophyll and zeaxanthin (carotenoids), catechins and flavonoids such as quercetin, which lower the inflammation. Quercetin can also inhibit the activity of the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of elastin in our skin. It's these antioxidants that give this wonderful oil its orangey colour. The more intense the colour the higher the antioxidant content! It's because of the retinoic acid that rosehip oil acts as a natural retinoid, helping you increase cellular turnover (along with other benefits). Yes, this molecule is the same one as in prescription retinoids (tretinoin), but there is a far lower concentration of it in rosehip oil.

Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Organic CO2 Cacao Extract

*organic rosemary antioxidant: contains phytonutrients that are believed to help fight free radical related damage and hyper-pigmentation.

Golden Jojoba

 •Clay + Charcoal Detox:

 UV Purified Reverse Osmosis Water

*Bentonite clay- remove toxins, increase cell turnover, oxygenate skin - helps skin heal and repair- including sun spots and melasma

*Activated Charcoal : remove toxins which helps skin heal and repair- including sun spots and melasma

*Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: penetrates skin to hydrate, heal damaged skin cells and help to correct hyper-pigmentation. Antioxidants, like vitamin E in particular, go to work quickly to reduce oxidative damage in cells because they have a small molecular weight, which allows them to get past the gatekeeper that is your epidermis. Coconut oil provides several nutrients like Lauric acid that help to eliminate accumulated deposits of the skin pigment melanin, which leads to age spots.

Ancient Sea Salt

*Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil: Recent research has shown that some people have successfully treated solar keratoses with tea tree oil, experiencing fewer side effects than with other treatments. The best results have been achieved specially-formulated products specifically developed for skin treatment.

Organic Oil of Oregano: Regular intake of wild oregano prevents age-related breakdown, including the formation of wrinkles. Age spots tend to dissolve, both from internal and topical use. There is a glow to this tissue. It should be recalled that the ancient Greeks routinely applied a combination of extra virgin olive oil and oregano oil to the skin. They did so because it caused them to glimmer in beauty and acted to prevent all skin diseases. They also did so as a protective system against the sun.

Organic Thyme Essential Oil

Organic CO2 Rosemary Antioxidant 

 

 

 

 

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