Aging Skin Treatments

Possible Causes of Skin to Show Aging:
Overexposure to sun.
Cosmetic induced
Nutritional deficiency
Environmental toxicity
Lifestyle

Topical Treatment:
Stimulate barrier disruption with exercise (round brush, lymph massage, face shiatsu, chemical peels, physical exercise)
Sunscreen
Use Phyto 5 Wood product line which contains lemon, cypress and rosemary oils, wheat bran extract, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, plankton extract, vitamin E and manganese to promote energy circulation
Light therapy

Better Skin Care for Aging
Intrinsic (Internal) Skin Aging vs Extrinsic (External) Skin Aging

Extrinsic Aging (external)- Aging caused by environmental factors such as UV rays, smoking, free radicals, sugar, sun, environmental conditions, poor nutrition, drugs, alcohol, stress, sleep deprivation, harsh soaps, emulsifiers, chlorine (chemical exposure). Intrinsic Aging (internal)- The natural aging process that occurs according to our genetics.

Intrinsic Aging- Internal Causes & Changes
Natural aging process that occurs according to our genetics
Begins mid to late 20’s
Collagen and elastin production slow down
New cell turnover can slow down up to 50%
Oil gland production reduces
Inconsistent melanocyte growth, pigment and waste accumulate
Skin immunity decreases with age
Elevated sugar, insulin, cortisol levels

Internal Treatment:
Antioxidants (green tea) , EFA’s,
Vitamin D, E, A, K & C

Extrinsic Aging- External Causes & Changes
Aging of the skin cause by environmental factors
Tobacco smoke, first hand or passive smoke
Alcohol, sugar, poor diet
Excess stress
Sleep deprivation
Pollution, UV rays
Free radicals

Free Radicals
Unstable molecules that make irregular cells (oxidation)
Stabilize themselves on the nearest molecule
Start oxidation process
Free radicals can affect us both internally and externally

Signs of Extrinsic Aging Skin
Photo damage/Sun damage
Wrinkles
Sagging skin
Thin, transparent skin

Photo damage/ Sun damage
Causes skin to damage by:
Oxidation of skin cells
Skin proteins, fats & sugars
Pigment related issues
Hyper-pigmentation is skin’s reaction to overexposure
Accounts for almost 90% of premature aging symptoms occurring by age 20!

Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
Permanent changes in skin caused by:
Reduced collagen and elastin
Decreased blood circulation
Decreased cell turnover rate
Thinning of the dermis
Fat cells below dermis shrink and diminish leading to sagging skin

Sanitas Skin Care available for purchase at Creme de la Creme.
Call Kerstin at 303-818-4827 to put in your order.
Move over UVA, there’s a new threat in town and it’s coming at you from your electronic devices! New research now indicates that HEV (high energy light, also known as “blue light”) may actually be as damaging to your skin as the sun – and it’s all around us. It’s hard to escape cause it’s coming from our laptops, tablets, cell phones, TVs and even our LED lighting.Not quite ready to unplug? You can still fight back.

Although most of us are well aware of the damage to skin caused by UVA and UVB and, although certainly controversial, more and more evidence suggests that light emitted from our tablets, cell phones, computer screens, etc. may also be prematurely aging our skin.
High energy visible light, also known as blue light, is a high frequency wavelength emitted by TV screens, smartphones, tablets and computers. Although highly controversial, studies suggest that a veritable smorgasbord of unpleasantness such as sleep disruption, damage to your eyesight, premature aging and increased risk of hyperpigmentation are some of the suspected effects caused by chronic exposure.
Emerging studies documenting this phenomenon presented evidence that chronic exposure (which most of us encounter daily) caused a significantly higher frequency of hyperpigmentation in even darker skin types, with visibly affected areas lasting up to three months after initial exposure. In addition, one study also noted a significant increase of keratinocyte necrosis, or thickened layer of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis, giving a dull, dry lackluster appearance to the skin. Finally, it is believed that HEV exposure may weaken the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to free radical damage and thus, premature aging.
Shields up!
The bad news is in - your phone, tablet and laptop can damage your skin. The good news? You can fight back.
What to do?Protect, protect, protect. Remember that old Ben Franklin axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It’s so much easier to prevent damage from exposure than it is to correct it once the damage has occurred. Exactly as you would protect your skin against other forms of radiation exposure (we’re talking UVA and UVB here) a mineral based, full spectrum sun protectant is your best friend. Sanitas Solar Block is the perfect finishing step to your morning skincare routine and provides a full spectrum dose of non-toxic protection in a base of antioxidants. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: wear your sun block every day.
Fight back with topical antioxidants. Need a quick refresh on free radicals? These disruptive, free-wheeling agents of decay are caused by mutation in cellular atoms which in turn, cause subsequent mutation that leads to the brand new free radical attacking healthy cells. Think of them as the cellular zombie apocalypse. One free radical can cause a cascade of damage that can lead to everything from prematurely aged skin to even cancer.
But you can fight those cellular zombies. A high dose of lipophilic vitamin C (Sanitas Vita C Serum contains 25% vitamin C) does a standout job of combatting free radical damage by helping filter out harmful light rays and strengthening the skin from the inside out. The benefits of vitamin C can be significantly bolstered by adding vitamins A, E, K and D (Sanitas VitaRich Serum has a 100% active, antioxidant blend) to the mix.
Diet can help! Believe it or not, the health of your skin is heavily influenced by what you eat. The best prevention strategy against the harmful effects of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (plant pigments) and omega fatty acids all play an important role in nutritional skincare. So load up on foods like salmon and avocados (healthy fats), strawberries and broccoli (high in vitamin C) and carrots and yellow peppers (loaded with carotenoids)to help fight those free radicals from the inside out. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to get all of those fruits and veggies in every day, so supplementing with antioxidants and Sanitas EFA complete can help.

This thing? It’s called a book.We get it – you can’t unplug from the day-to-day necessity of being online, but you can take an active, mindful approach to managing your blue light exposure. Use earbuds instead of holding the phone up to your face. Your bedroom isn’t a charging station – it’s for rest and reprieve. Try disconnecting from all devices 30 to 60 minutes prior to turning in and swap your PM Netflix lineup with a good, old-fashioned book. Reading helps slow the mind at the end of the day leading to a better night’s sleep and by default, healthier skin.
You could go big and ditch your devices altogether but for most of us, that’s just not realistic or feasible. Instead, try to limit your exposure as much as possible. Do you really need to check your Insta feed or email all day long? Of course not.

A dear friend and client forwarded me this wonderful article. I have been pondering about Grieving the Aging Process for a while and thinking about how we often don't allow ourselves to feel the loss of our youth. With the pressure of today's society to not age it is hard to accept the sagging of our skin, the loss of tone to our body. For me it goes much deeper than looks however. There is a loss of time, something has ended, and I feel my time is counted now. I think a lot about what is important to me and how do I want to walk through life in this next chapter. Personally I want health and vitality and that reflects in your skin. I want to encourage you all to soften in this process of aging and allowing yourself to feel all of it. If you do that you can make wise decisions as far as aging gracefully and how that looks like to you. It's personal and individual and I trust you can find your balance with it. The article below is more geared towards personal loss, however I feel it also has good points for loosing your perkiness and tightness. Kerstin 303-818-482

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong
By Michelle E. Steinke

After nearly seven years of personal experience surrounding loss, I can tell who is going to read, share and comment on this article and it’s not necessarily the audience I’ve intended. Those who have walked the horrific road of loss will shake their collective heads “Yes” at many of my points below and share with pleads for the rest of the Western World to read, learn, evolve and embrace these concepts. Unfortunately, my words will fall short for my intended audience because the premise does not yet apply to their lives...yet. In time, my words will resonate with every human on the face of this earth, but until a personal journey with loss takes place, my words will be passed over in exchange for articles about gorillas and fights over public bathroom usage.
There is nothing sexy or exciting about grief.
There is nothing that grabs a reader with no personal interest to open my words and take heed to my writing.
I’m here to say that the West has the concept of grieving all wrong.
I’d like to point out that we are a culture of emotionally stunted individuals who are scared of our mortality and have mastered the concept of stuffing our pain. Western society has created a neat little “grief box” where we place the grieving and wait for them to emerge fixed and whole again. The grief box is small and compact, and it comes full of expectations like that range from time frames to physical appearance. Everyone who has been pushed into the grief box understands it’s confining limitations, but all of our collective voices together can’t seem to change the intense indignation of a society too emotionally stifled to speak the truth. It’s become easier to hide our emotional depth than to reveal our vulnerability and risk harsh judgment. When asked if we are alright, it’s simpler to say yes and fake a smile then, to be honest, and show genuine human emotion.
Let me share below a few of the expectations and realities that surround grief for those who are open to listening. None of my concepts fit into societies grief box and despite the resounding amount of mutual support by the grieving for what I write below, many will discount my words and label us as “stuck” or “in need of good therapy.” I’m here to say those who are honest with the emotions that surround loss are the ones who are the least “stuck” and have received the best therapy around. You see, getting in touch with our true feelings, embracing the honest emotions of death only serve to expand the heart and allow us to move forward in a genuine and honest way. Death happens to us all so let’s turn the corner and embrace the truth behind life after loss.
Expectation: Grief looks a certain way in the early days. Tears, intense sadness, and hopelessness.
Reality: Grief looks different for every single person. Some people cry intensely, and some don’t cry at all. Some people break down, and others stand firm. There is no way to label what raw grief looks like as we all handle our loss in different ways due to different circumstances and various life backgrounds that shape who we are.
Expectation: The grieving need about a year to heal.
Reality: Sometimes grief does not even get started till after the first year. I’ve heard countless grieving people say year two is harder than year one. There is the shock, end of life arrangements and other business matters that often consume the first year and the grieving do not have the time actually to sit back and take the time to grieve. The reality is there is no acceptable time frame associated with grief.
Expectation: The grieving will need you most the first few weeks.
Reality: The grieving are flooded with offers of help the first few weeks. In many cases, helping the grieving six months or a year down the line can be far more helpful because everyone has returned to their lives and the grief stricken are left to figure it out alone.
Expectation: The grieving should bury the dead forever. After a year, it is uncomfortable for the grieving to speak of their lost loved one. If they continue to talk about them, they are stuck in their grief and need to “move on.”
Reality: The grieving should speak of the dead forever if that’s what they wish to do. When someone dies, that does not erase the memories you made, the love you shared and their place in your heart. It is not only okay to speak of the dead after they are gone, but it’s also a healthy and peaceful way to move forward.
Expectation: For the widowed - If you remarry you shouldn’t speak of your lost loved one otherwise you take away from your new spouse.
Reality: You never stop loving what came before, and that does not in any way lessen the love you have for what comes after. When you lose a friend - you don’t stop having friends, and you love them all uniquely. If you lose a child and have another, the next child does not replace or diminish the love you had for the first. If you lose a spouse, you are capable of loving what was and loving what is....one does not cancel out or minimize the next. Love expands the heart, and it’s okay to honor the past and embrace the future.
Expectation: Time heals all wounds.
Reality: Time softens the impact of the pain, but you are never completely healed. Rather than setting up false expectations of healing let’s talk about realistic expectations of growth and forward movement. Grief changes who you are at the deepest levels and while you may not forever be in an active mode of grief you will forever be shaped by the loss you have endured.
Expectation: If you reflect on loss beyond a year you are “stuck.”
Reality: Not a day goes by where I am not personally affected by my loss. Seeing my children play sports, looking at my son who is the carbon copy of his Dad or hearing a song on the radio or smell in the air. Loss because part of who you are and even though I don’t choose to dwell on grief it has a way of sneaking in now and again even when I’m most in love with life at the current moment. It’s not because we dwell or focus, and it’s not because we don’t make daily choices to move forward. It’s because we loved and we lost, and it touches us for the remainder of our days in the most profound ways.
Expectation: When you speak of the dead you make the griever sad, so it’s best not to bring them up.
Reality: When we talk about our lost loved one we are often happy and filled with joy. My loss was six and a half years ago and to this day, my late husband is one of my favorite people to talk and hear about. Hearing his name makes me smile and floods my mind with happy memories of a life well lived. It makes the grieving sadder when everyone around them refuses to say their name. Forgetting they existed is cruel and a perfect example of our stifled need to fix the unfixable.
Expectation: If you move forward you never loved them or conversely if you don’t move forward you never loved them.
Reality: The grieving need to do what is right for them, and nobody knows what that is except the person going through it.
Expectation: It’s time to “move on.”
Reality: There is no moving on - there is only moving forward. From the time death touches our lives we move forward, in fact, we are not given a choice but to move forward. However, we never get to a place where the words move on resonate. The words “move on” have a negative connotation to the grieving. They suggest a closure that is nonexistent and a fictitious door we pass through.
Expectation: Grief is a linear process and a series of steps to be taken. Each level is neatly defined and the order predetermined.
Reality: Grief is an ugly mess full of pitfalls, missteps, sinking, and swimming. Like a game of shoots and ladders, you never know when the board might pull you back and send you down the ladder screaming at the top of your lungs. Just when you think you’ve arrived at the finish, you draw a card that sends you back to start and just when it appears you’ve lost the game you jump ahead and come one step closer to the front of the line.
Expectation: The grieving should seek professional forms of counseling exclusively.
Reality: The grieving should seek professional forms of counseling but also the grieving should look strongly towards alternative modes of therapy like fitness, art, music, meditation, journaling and animal therapy. The grieving should take an “active” part in their grief process and understand that coping comes in many different forms for all the different people who walk this earth.
Expectation: The grieving either live in the past or the present. IT is not possible to have a multitude of emotions.
Reality: The grieving live their lives with intense moments of duality. Moments of incredible happiness mixed with feelings of deep sadness. There is a depth of emotion that forever accompany those who have lived with a loss. That duality can cause constant reflection, and a deeper appreciation of all life has to offer.
Expectation: The grieving should be able to handle business as usual within a few weeks.
Reality: The brain of a grieving person can be in a thick fog, especially for those who have experienced extreme shock, for more than a year. Expect forgetfulness, a reduced ability to handle stress and grayness to be commonplace after a loss.
I’ve just scratched the surface above on the many areas where grief is misunderstood in our society.
One hundred percent of the people who walk this earth will deal with death. Each of us will experience the passing of someone close that we love or our personal morality. It is about time we open up the discussion around death, dying and grief and stop the stigma that surrounds our common bond. Judgment, time frames, and neat little grief boxes have no place in the reality that surrounds loss. Western culture asks us to suppress our pain, stuff our emotions and restrain our cries. Social media has given many who grieve the opportunity to open up dialogue, be vulnerable on a large scale level and take the combined heat that comes with that honesty. As a whole, society does not want to hear or accept that grief stays with us in some capacity for the rest of our lives. Just like so many other aspects of our culture, we want to hear there is a quick fix, a cure-all, a pill or a healthy dose of “get over it” to be handed out discreetly and dealt with quietly.
The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success. Instead, turn inward and look at the vulnerable reality of a heart that knows the truth about loss. With your firsthand knowledge escape the grief box and run out screaming truth as you go. If we make enough noise maybe someday societies warped expectation will shift to align with reality.

About Rosacea:

Understanding Rosacea
Rosacea is a vascular, inflammatory disorder mediated by the immune system where there are protein alterations in blood vessels, nerves and the epidermis.

Characteristics: 

  • Flushing
  • Persistent redness
  • Bumps, pimples
  • Visible blood vessels

Possible Causes of Vasodilation
Digestion · Food allergy
Demodex, bacteria (mites)

Digestion & Food Allergy 

  • Poor digestion due to food allergies or lack of digestive enzymes
  • Low stomach acid leads to overgrowth of H-pylori (odd bacteria that attacks stomach – ulcers)]
  • Incomplete absorption of nutrients
  • Alcohol, sugar, grains,

Demodex Mites
Bacteria/flora that exist on our skin, populate rosacea skin and non-rosacea skin, Often time, proliferates in rosacea skin 
Baterial poliferation in rosacea skin may be associated with vasodilation and increased heat

Dermal Inflammation
Chronic dermal inflammation due to rosacea may activate sensory fibers in the facial skin – resulting in pain sensations, itch sensations and burning sensations

Dermal inflammation may:
Alter the epidermis ‘ability to grow, resulting in a thick, dysfunctional outer barrier
Activate sebaceous glands, causing them to proliferate and clog (Papulopustular Rosacea)
Alter the skin’s immune system, causing the recruitment of pro-inflammatory immune cells into the facial skin
Provoke mites or bacteria within the skin’s pores, causing the release of other inflammatory enzymes

Rosacea Subtype 1: Facial Redness
Flushing and persistent facial redness
Small blood vessels visble
Stinging, burning, swelling, roughness or scaling may also occure

Rosacea Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples
Persistent redness
Bumps (papules) and/or pimples (pustules)
Plaques – raised patches

Rosacea Subtype 3: Enlargement of the Nose
Nose enlargements due to excess tissue (Rhinophyma)
Thickening of skin and nodules

Rosacea Subtype 4: Eye Irritation
Watery or bloodshot eyes
Irritation and burning or stinging
Swollen eyelids

Topical Treatments:
Vinegar, Aloe Vera compresses
Sulfur compresses · Zinc Oxide
Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil · Chamomille, Calendula
Caffeine (shrinks blood vessels, topically)
Laser, IPL, phototherapy
Use Phyto 5 Fire product line, toner, day cream, serum, night cream (available at Crème de la Crème)
Fire/Rosacea Facial (available at Crème de la Crème)
Beta chemical peel (available at Crème de la Crème)

Nutritional Solutions: 

  • Check stomach ph level
  • Check for food allergies
  • Digestive enzymes (Betaine HCI, Vinegar, Glutamine, Probiotics)
  • Bioflavonoids
  • Vitamin C & K
  • B Complex Vitamins