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Stress and the Skin

Navigating the stresses of a global pandemic have become a way of life and have felt like 10 years of ageing all in one. Whilst we try to deal with uncertainty and new ways of tackling daily life, a physical fatigue builds induced by these stresses. Research is uncovering how stress dramatically impacts on skin, worsens some skin conditions and increases the risk of glycation in the skin, all contributing to premature ageing. Every aspect of physical and mental health can be altered by stress. When stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are released into the body they act directly on the skin and can cause alterations in skin cell growth, increased sebum production, increased inflammation and impaired immunity. These impacts worsen when we are stressed for prolonged periods.

Glycation occurs when a sugar molecule binds with a protein (eg collagen, elastin), creating a new, differently shaped molecule. As the distorted molecules grow in number, skin structure is disrupted leading to loss of elasticity, lines and wrinkles. If sugar and cortisol levels are high during chronic stress, insulin struggles to balance the blood sugar which leads to high levels of sugar in the skin and resulting glycation. Meanwhile the brain releases cortisol to combat stress and triggers cravings for high fat, high sugar food, exacerbating the high blood sugar situation and increasing the likelihood of damage to the skin’s structure. Damage to cell DNA from stress, environmental and lifestyle factors such as UV damage, pollution, smoking and poor diet will also lead to premature cellular ageing as cells will not divide and renew if the chromosomes are compromised.

Vitamins A, C and E are essential to support and maintain normal skin health. It is important to elevate our skin routine in times of stress to prevent long term damage and premature ageing. A combination of vitamin rich supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme and topical preparations from Environ, coupled with a healthy diet, regular exercise, a good nights sleep, relaxation and time out will all contribute to maintaining your healthy glow.

Top Tips to Ease Stress
1. Sleep tight – regulates hormones; improves metabolism and immune system; increases physical and emotional resilience; allows the body to repair. Create a relaxing bedtime routine.
2. Exercise – uses up the fuels and stress hormones released during the day; incorporate cardio, strength and stretching over the week, try yoga to destress.
3. Eat regularly – to maintain a stable blood sugar level and avoid the fight or flight peaks and troughs.
4. Eat well – plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds (and avoid refined sugar) to provide essential nutrients. Consider daily supplements to provide additional support.
5. Relax – use whatever strategies work for you; take breaks, practise breathing exercises, meditate, take a bath, read a book, treat your skin to a face masque, listen to music…

Noo Yoo skincare and healthy living can help you and your skin through times of stress, please get in touch.

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Product Launch: Jane Iredale Enlighten Plus

After 5 years of Research and Development, clean skincare make-up brand, Jane Iredale, has launched Enlighten Plus. An anti-ageing under eye concealer with SPF. A silky smooth feel with a semi-matte finish giving medium to full coverage, this product is sure to become a favourite. The vegan formulation includes Persion silk tree extract, Quinoa seed extract and probiotic ferment in a hydrating base of coconut, jojoba and sunflower seeds. As well as keeping the delicate under eye area hydrated, this concealer will reduce puffiness, conceal dark circles and discolouration, improve texture and tone, smooth fine lines, brighten the under eye area and protect from damage with SPF. It has a cooling, contoured antimicrobial stainless-steel applicator and a sterile pump dispenser to ensure perfect delivery to the skin. It will visibly reverse signs of tiredness.

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Product Feature: Environ Body Oil

Can you relate to any of the images below? Crepey skin, Bumpy skin (Keratosis Pilaris), Flakey Dry skin?
Environ Body Oil and Body Oil Forte (acclimatise your skin with at least 2 bottles of Body Oil first) can help.

Skin on the body often feels dry in the winter owing to temperature changes and a lack of nutrients reaching the skin in addition to the general depletion over time of hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help to hold moisture in our skin. Suitable for all skin types, these fine textured oils provide high concentrations of vitamins and anti-oxidants to nourish, normalise and repair dehyrated and sun-damaged skin. When used in conjunction with Derma-Lac Lotion, your skin will be exfoliated and deeply moisturised, revealing hydrated skin with improved texture and tone. In the summer, these oils are perfect to use after sun to repair and nourish the skin. Use code NY251 at check-out to receive 10% off this week.

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Product Launch – Skin Clear Biome

Happy Gut – Clear Skin

A unique formula of probiotics; in a pilot study, taking one capsule a day produced the following results:
42% Reduction in forehead sebum
32% reduction in nose sebum
28% reduction in chin sebum

Anyone with hormonal breakouts, problematic skin, skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema and skin blemishes linked to a sugary diet will all benefit from this supplement.

If you already take Skin Youth Biome and you do get breakouts or have an underlying skin condition, you can switch to this or alternate on a monthly basis.
£52.50 for a 2 month supply

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Wellbeing & Immunity Support

The Advanced Nutrition Programme offers a range of supplements to support immunity. With changing seasons and uncertainties around the current pandemic, you may be looking to upgrade your wellbeing routine at home. Immunity Intelligence is a 28 day supply of pods containing 5 capsules a day to boost your antibodies. Feeding from within is the best way to fortify your own body’s response. Skin Vitality provides 28 smart nutrients in one capsule a day not only for your skin but also overall wellbeing. Research has shown that Colostrum C reduces the incidence of respiratory infections and boosts IgG, the most common antibody in your immune defences. Vitamin C Plus will help support your natural immune defences when taken regularly as we cannot store our own Vitamin C reserves. Skin Vit A+ capsules contain Vitamin A, essential for skin health and the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D which is essential for supporting bone, muscle and immune health.
Please visit the website or email for further information.

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Winter Proof Skin

Levels of natural moisturising factors within the skin drop at this time of year. To combat this, Noo Yoo’s winter skincare survival kit contains Skin Omegas+, Skin Moisture Lock, Intensive Hydrating Serum and Lipdrink SPF15. Ensure you increase your intake of healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, oily fish and avocados. Moisturise with your cream containing Vitamin A. Do not scrub! You can damage the protective layer and this will lead to more moisture loss, instead use alpha hydroxy acids if you need to exfoliate; Dermalac and Alpha Hydroxy Night Cream are ideal. Use gentle cleansers and protect from the elements with Jane Iredale mineral powders and hydrating sprays.