Why is my skin looking worse this year than last?
We can always increase the rate that our skin cells renew through exfoliation. However, if the new cells replacing the old cells are not nourished and healthy, they are not going to look much better.
If the skin cells beneath the surface of the skin are weak and malnourished (due to a lack of adequate feeding from the body’s own nutrients and a lack of sufficient topical nourishment) they are not able to fight mutations and wrinkles when they emerge on the surface of the skin. As the new, undernourished cells emerge around an existing scar or wrinkle or discoloration, they will simply take on the same deterioration of the skin cell they are replacing.
Robert Heiman, the Creator, Founder and CEO of Epicuren breaks this phenomenon down for us: “All cells have memory specific to their type and function. Cells copy each other, which is why the memory of each cell must be changed to a healthier state. If this change does not take place, cell memory continues to decline. This is the main reason why scars don’t diminish.”
That is also one big reason why other skin deterioration (like premature lines, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, enlarged pores, etc.) remain present and get worse.
On the other hand, if the new skin cells replacing the old skin cells are deeply nourished, they in turn become vibrantly healthy and function at their peak performance levels, able to overcome mutations and degradation. This allows you to rewrite the future of your complexion. Fully nourished and effectively fueled skin cells (accomplished by nourishing the body internally as well as nourishing the skin topically) improve the metabolism and memory of each cell. This literally changes how you look.
How can skin cell function (memory) be improved topically?
The best way is to work with your skin’s natural physiology to stimulate beneficial change.
Epicuren’s proprietary enzyme solution activates your skin cells to self-rejuvenate by profoundly nourishing the cells and stimulating the skin’s healthiest chemical reactions. This is sort of like giving your skin cells an incredibly healthy, rejuvenating daily work out regime to strengthen and improve them.
Through this rejuvenating action, your skin cells’ rate of healthy metabolism (taking in nutrients and oxygen and eliminating toxins, among other crucial actions) increases and improves. This improves cellular memory- which ultimately improves how your skin looks. Epicuren’s enzyme solution acts as the catalyst that stimulates this beneficial cellular change.
Other enzymes (like pineapple or papaya enzymes) cannot improve cellular metabolism because your skin cannot recognize them as familiar. Epicuren’s enzyme solution (niacin, biotic and riboflavin) was formulated to be a skin-specific enzyme that your own skin cells can recognize and benefit from.
The most concentrated skin care products available with the Epicuren enzyme solution:
Enzyme Skin Conditioner: Invigorating enzyme activator. Maximizes the skin’s ability to drink in the benefits of the Enzyme Concentrate.
Enzyme Concentrate: The essential crux of the invigorating enzyme system. This intensive enzyme concentrate is packed with vitamins and protein nutrients. Improves the appearance of skin elasticity, color, tone and overall health.
Enzyme Gel Plus: Seals in the intensive benefits of the Enzyme Concentrate, as well as works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Protein Mist: Gently stimulates the beneficial enzyme activity of the Conditioner, Concentrate and Gel Plus within the skin. Skin can be re-misted with Protein Mist throughout the day to reinvigorate the potency of the beneficial enzymes. Protein Mist can also be misted into hair to increase its health and sheen.
How can skin cell function be improved from the inside out?
“…Your skin really can look better than ever — no matter how old you are — once you recognize that what happens on the inside, on both a physical and emotional front, truly does show up on the outside. That’s because the aging you see in your skin is biological, not chronological, and can be delayed or even reversed with a holistic, natural approach that includes optimal diet, lifestyle and product choices.” ~ Dr. Marcelle Pick
Healing Chronic Inflammation~
According to Dr. Marcelle Pick in her essay on healthy aging, healing inflammation is the vital key in maintaining health and youth. Her ideas are outlined below:
Chronic, low-grade inflammation has been linked to premature aging. It has also been linked to acne, dermatitis and rosacea.
Chronic undiagnosed food sensitivities, poor diet, stress, hormonal imbalance, toxic overload and a sedentary lifestyle weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight inflammation on the inside. On the outside, sun exposure, weather, pollution, bacteria and environmental toxins trigger an immune response that ultimately weakens collagen, dilates surface blood capillaries and clogs pores.
How this manifests in your skin is individual to you, but for most of us it appears as uneven skin tone, sporadic or chronic breakouts and, of course, premature aging.
This is cellular, or biological, aging, not chronological aging. It means that the DNA inside a healthy cell has become fragmented or shortened, which affects the mitochondria inside the cell.
Mitochondria are the fuel factories in our cells that convert the food we eat into energy. When mitochondria malfunction, the cell dies. How well we age, including our vulnerability to disease, is due in part to how healthy our mitochondria are.
“What causes mitochondria to self-destruct? One convincing theory is the presence of systemic inflammation.” ~Dr. Marcelle Pick
If you would like more good information on how to have healthy mitochondria, click here.
A very common cause of inflammation is too much sugar. This type of inflammation causes a related action in the body called glycation, which causes a cross-linking action to occur in collagen protein, which ultimately creates premature wrinkles in your skin.
(To read more about glycation, click here and scroll to the “Wrinkles Form While You Eat Sugar” section.)
Free radicals also cause and increase inflammation.
Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules that ultimately set off an inter-cellular inflammatory response. Some common sources of free radicals are the sun (according to Dr. Pick just five minutes of unprotected sun exposure causes rapid and heavy-duty damage to the collagen layer of the skin) as well as pollution, heavy metal and prescription drug overload, a poor diet including too much sugar and trans fats, undiagnosed food sensitivities or food irritants and smoking (one cigarette creates billions of free radicals).
It is impossible not to have exposure to free radicals. However, they can be rendered harmless. How? With anti-oxidants. Our bodies rely on antioxidant-rich nutrients (found significantly in leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, berries, green tea, white tea, supplements and other sources) to quench inflammation.
Some major anti-oxidants are:
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Coenzyme Q-10, Alpha-lipoic acid, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Carotenoids, Flavonoids, Selenium.
When our bodies don’t receive ample anti-oxidants, free-radicals cause profound damage to our collagen and elastin, which is the protein that keeps skin firm and smooth.
“The first place to start improving the health of your skin is your diet. Following a cleansing, anti-inflammatory diet…will help you understand how powerfully your diet relates to the condition of your skin.” ~Dr. Pick
To read more about free radicals, click here and scroll to the “Wrinkles Form While You are Exposed to Free Radical Damage” section.
Emotions and Skin
“…Your feelings can be as inflammatory as dietary and environmental factors.”
~ Dr. Pick
Stress perception involves the brain, and your skin is mediated by your brain. When your brain sends out a stress signal, your skin responds by activating the immune cells. If the stress signal is ongoing, as in chronic stress, the immune cells over-produce and inflammation is the result. Chronic inflammation is one of the ways the degradation of aging can begin. (Chronic inflammation can also induce atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea.) For more information on emotions and the skin, click here.
As we learn more about the powerful connection between our emotions and how our skin looks, perhaps stress-relieving alternative techniques such as biofeedback and meditation will be used as often as we use creams and pills to treat chronic skin disorders. ~ Dr. Pick
“One of the most effective stress-relief tools we have is meditation. When we meditate, our breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall. In terms of aging, the most significant conclusion is that the hormonal imbalance associated with stress- and known to speed up the aging process- is reversed. Beyond these significant health benefits, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace it brings to your daily life.” ~ Deepak Chopra
More on meditation and your skin.
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Sources consulted in writing this blog:
- Epicuren Discovery Professional Training Manual by Robert Heiman
- Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra
- Healthy Aging by Dr. Marcella Pick
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.