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(Corneo-what?)  The “First Do No Harm” Approach to Anti-Aging 

One aspect of Evoq’s skin philosophy stems from the research from Professor Albert Kligman who  is widely regarded as the father of cosmeceuticals, yet he was also well known for his pioneering work on corneotherapy.   

Corneotherapy is the care and treatment of the stratum corneum, the skin’s topmost layer and its principal barrier defence.  The stratum corneum is responsible for environmental protection while preventing water loss through the skin.  

An event that occurs on its surface can initiate a domino effect that sends ripples throughout the rest of the skin.  It is well-established that the skin contains entire sets of barrier defence systems – all interconnected, co-regulated, and interdependent – like cogwheels in a machine.  If one barrier function is compromised, other systems are also affected.  

As such, we treat it with respect by recommending a slower approach to skin correction.  We do not promote aggressive modalities or radical procedures that shock the skin into a temporary state of repair to restore appearance (such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or improper use of lasers).  

Corneotherapy takes the science of cosmeceuticals one step further. It could be argued that corneotherapy is the skin care concept of the future.  It’s where science meets beauty.  Another way of thinking of it is that it provides the link between dermatology and cosmetics.

An understanding of the role of the stratum corneum is key to the principles of corneotherapy. Essentially skin cannot be corrected if the stratum corneum is not in equilibrium. Many clinicians use treatments on their clients without first ascertaining the level of cellular damage or the condition of the bi-layers of the skin.  This can result in expensive, repeat treatments that do not obtain the desired results or may even fail completely.

Corneotherapy approaches skin care differently.  Before any treatment or products are prescribed, a thorough examination of the condition of the bi-layers of the skin is undertaken. It is important during this process not to upset the acid mantle, but rather give it what it needs to maintain harmony. 

Then, and only then, can you give it the ‘super food’ via advanced pure products, that it needs.

Corneotherapy treatment is centred on recovery of the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum, once seen as a layer of ‘dead’ cells whose sole function was to provide an impermeable barrier, has suddenly come ‘alive’.  While the stratum corneum consists of cells not capable of dividing and multiplying, it is far from being static tissue. Rather, it is dynamic and complex. 

When the skin’s barrier is disrupted, it is no longer protected from environmental stressors and pollution and loses its ability to protect and defend itself. If perfumes, emulsifiers and mineral oils are added to skin care products, the skin can quickly become further compromised.

Among the obviously harmful substances are surfactants, emulsifiers, preservatives and allergenic perfume substances.

 

Kligman had a clever way of describing corneotherapy as being like an “outside- in” therapy, where “outside” is the stratum corneum and “in” are the therapeutic effects starting in the stratum corneum and working their way into the deeper layers.

As Dr Kligman once said: “Whenever you see inflamed skin, regardless of its cause, it means that the stratum corneum is leaky and permeable. But, if you repair the stratum corneum, that tells the underlying tissues that they don’t have to keep reacting like there’s danger in the environment.”  

At Evoq - I couldn’t agree more and believe we have developed a unique and effective range of treatments and products to restore balance to the stratum corneum and promote ongoing healthy, energetic balanced skin.

Corneotherapy and Aging

“A curious thing about ageing is that everyone knows what it looks like, but no one seems to know what it is.”

The skin barrier

Maintaining a healthy and functioning barrier provides overall protection against dehydration, the penetration of germs, allergens, irritants, oxidative stress, and excessive ultra violet radiation. Application of products based on the theories of corneotherapy supports a gradual healing of any inflammation and other conditions that impair the barrier function. As stated earlier, there is a lessening of the cell function in aging skin. Nevertheless, we know that we can make both external and internal adjustments to alter the affects of the aging process. This indeed supports cell functioning and repair with improved immune response and rebuilding of the skin barrier.

Supportive regenerating ingredients – outside to inside therapy

Skin care products should be formulated with mimetic agents that compliment the skin. The dermal membrane structure in the barrier layers of the stratum corneum consists of ceramides, cholesterol and palmitic acid.6 They are naturally found in the skin bilayers that are responsible for maintaining the natural moisturizing factors (NMF) and continued regenerating of a strong skin defence. A resilient barrier increases the probability that the underlying skin structures are able to function correctly. Based on the research of Professor A. Kligman, moisturizing substances may contribute to stabilising the skin barrier leading to greater results.6 He called it Corneotherapy: “outside to inside” therapy.

“Whenever you see inflamed skin, regardless of cause, the stratum corneum is leaky and permeable. But, if you repair the stratum corneum, that tells the underlying tissues that they don’t have to keep reacting like there’s danger in the environment.” 

Skin requires supporting substances for regeneration. In ageing skin this becomes a key factor in compensating for the biological changes that occur within the cells during each phase of aging. A key to corneotherapy is to recognize and eliminate substances that can inhibit/interfere with this regeneration process.

For safe skin care that focuses on skin health first - with a anti-aging underlying solution based formula, head over to http://www.evoqbeauty.com and learn our philosophy and why skin professionals are turning back to a more holistic approach to skin care and aging. 

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It's the worst!  Watching your hair slide down the shower drain or clumping up on your brush is a horrible feeling, especially for women!

Our hair is connected to our identity, our youth, and our health.

While it’s natural for some women to experience hair loss at certain times in their menstrual cycles or times of the year, hair loss is also caused by specific health conditions including a thyroid imbalance.

So the question here is....

Why does a thyroid imbalance cause thinning hair?

Your hair normally grows in a healthy cyclical pattern with most of the hair follicles growing while only a small number are “resting.”

With a thyroid imbalance, this cycle can be thrown off, resulting in more hair follicles “resting” than growing — and more hair falling out.

Hair loss is a very common symptom of a thyroid imbalance.

But thyroid imbalances often arise slowly and remain unnoticed by women and their doctors in the early phases.

Even with a lab test, your doctor may say everything is fine with your thyroid, even though you strongly suspect that something is wrong.

This is because standard labs have a very wide range for what is “normal” in terms of thyroid test results.

So how do you know if your hair loss is connected to a thyroid disorder?

So here are 5 signs and symptoms your hair loss is connected to a thyroid disorder

1. Thinning eyebrows

Hypothyroidism - which is an underactive thyroid  often causes general hair loss as well as thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows.

We don’t know exactly why the eyebrow is targeted in thyroid disorders, but this is a good indicator that your thyroid hormones may be low.

2. Hair that is brittle, dry, and breaking easily.

Dry, brittle hair is also connected to low thyroid function. And research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism finds that thyroid hormones increase growth and color in hair.

Low thyroid hormone can lead to the early release of the hair shaft and root, as well as premature gray or white hair.

3. Feeling exhausted all the time, even after 8 hours of sleep.

The thyroid is the master of our metabolism, so it affects the way we use and store energy.

With low thyroid hormone, metabolism slows down. This can often lead to persistent fatigue as well as weight gain

4. Puffiness in the face

Many people with hypothyroidism have an excess of a compound called mucin.

Mucin is part of our connective tissue and is present in blood vessels and cells all over the body. It absorbs water and may cause excess water retention in an individual with an underactive thyroid imbalance.

5. Yellowing of the palms of your hands. Yellowing of the skin on your hands can happen with a thyroid imbalance due a build-up of carotene in your blood. Hypothyroidism can slow the conversion of carotene to vitamin A.

If you think your hair loss might be connected to a thyroid imbalance, begin supporting your thyroid — and your hair — naturally.

Adaptogens are the safest and best way to help the body cope with stress.  Other products like CBD can also help.

Shop our Evoq Beauty Root Revival Hair Growth System (2x's more powerful than Minoxidil) and CBD @evoqbeauty  and http://www.evoqbeauty.co

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Did you know that by interacting with the receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD CAN actually alleviate many conditions women navigate every day: mood swings, cramps, anxiety, stress, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings… and hormone imbalance!

In one study, they found that the effects of CBD on plasma prolactin, growth hormones, and cortisol, CBD helped to regulate cortisol secretion!

In another study, researchers said:  cannabinoid exposure could have profound effects on the function of the reproductive system, lactation, metabolism, and the endocrine stress axis.” 

Hemp is naturally packed with omega fatty acids and high in gamma-linolenic acid which is known to help regulate hormones. 

Our hormones are more imbalanced now than ever before, because of the food we eat and our modern environment impacting hormones, libido, and mood.

SO  HOW CBD OIL CAN AFFECT PMS SYMPTOMS

When it comes to reducing the common symptoms of PMS, evidence for the use of CBD is much stronger. 

(And more positive!)

Inflammation is the primary driver behind the pain and discomfort many women experience around the start of their period. And there are several studies that show CBD has a positive effect on reducing systemic inflammation.

CBD Oil may also be able to help reduce those mood swings, irritability, and anxiety that make getting our periods that difficult to endure.

CBD has been shown to act on various receptors in the brain to produce calming, restful, and anti-anxiety effects in animal models. And while we can’t directly translate the results of animal studies to humans, research like this can give us an idea of how CBD might affect our own moods.

Keeping the endocannabinoid system balanced is essential. 

I believe in taking CBD every day for this reason, just as you would a multivitamin. 

But....I also suggest Working to uncover the underlying cause of why you’re experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance in the first place will be so much more valuable than stopping at simply masking the symptoms.

And once you know why those symptoms are happening, you’ll be more empowered to make the lifestyle changes required to help resolve those symptoms at the root.

 

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Epigenetics is the Power of You!

“We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love.” – Bruce Lipton.

Have you ever said something, or acting in a way that was a direct copy of your mom, dad, or someone that influenced you as a child? Or that you look just like your mother or father?

Our whole lives we’ve heard about our pre-determined doom and gloom of our genetic destiny based on our ancestory.

When DNA was discovered – only a short 64 years ago – it made sense parts of our chromozone are passed down from generation to generation.

Scientists believed our DNA decoded our individuality and the promise of an ending disease.

Many of us (and its really not us, its the pattern) will say things like, “See? That’s why I’m depressed.” Enter - whichever parent handed down your “ default habit.”

Science is now pointing away from the idea that your DNA is the key to why you are the way you are.

We now know – through epigenetics – that you have immense control over your genetic expressions. More than we’ve ever realized before.

I call it the 80/20 rule.

Epigenetic have proven that 80% EVERYDAY lifestyle decisions determines the outcome of your health and beauty. Only 20% is determined by your coded DNA.

Our genes by continuously sending information that affects cellular function. Restoration, repair, nutrition and cellular division activities can all be impacted by negative Epigenetic interactions.

And yet, so many of us hold on to the idea that we are our genes. Collectively we’ve become victims of our DNA.

This is a mindset and old pattern of belief that is being corrected globally corrected, and fast!

We now know that we are able to change our genetic expressions through environmental inputs. There are a series of chemical tags on our DNA (our epigenome) that determines which genes are turned up, down, on or off.

This is very important because it means we aren’t simply expressions of DNA but dynamic and powerful beings. We are influenced by habits, diet, life experience, our childhood, social influences, community, the environment, and probably hundreds of other factors not yet considered.

So what does this mean? Simply this: It means that you have a chance to rewrite your health, life, and future.

Epigenetics also means that having a “genetic predisposition” does NOT equate genetic expression.

Just because your grandfather or father had Alzheimer’s or your mom had lupus - DOES NOT mean you are doomed and a victim of those genes.

Only one percent of disease and illness are caused by genetics. 
And yet people still give DNA an unwarranted amount of authority over their lives.

You have an immense amount of power to influence your life, and more than on a superficial level – it’s possible to impact your genetic expression on a biological level.

What is Epigenetics?
EPI-genetics is the key to how you can change your life experiences and the inner knowing and action to stop being a victim.

Simply by being aware of epigenetics, you can gain more control over your life.

Here’s how it works: 
Each cell in your body is wrapped in a cell membrane. Cell membranes are the regulators of your body.

These membranes control which molecules are allowed in and out of your cells. These molecules have the ability to turn genes on, off, up or down.

Epigenetics is the study of how your physical characteristics change, depending on how your cells read your genes.

Your physical characteristics are influenced by your epigenome – the collection of chemical tags on your DNA.

Some of your genes are being read and therefore expressed as character traits.

But then there are other genes that aren’t being read and therefore are not expressed.

And unlike DNA which remains relatively the same throughout your life, your epigenome can be changed through environmental factors.

What Influences Your Genetic Expression?

There are thousands, millions, probably billions of factors that influence your genetic expression.

Here are some epi (control over your biology) expression in our daily life that directs our mind-body - and they only scratch the surface.

Pretty incredible right? It’s also incredibly empowering. 

 

It means that you have the power to change your biology through beliefs, lifestyle choices, managing stress levels, aging more gracefully by reversing our telomeres and more.

You now know that you aren’t a victim to your DNA.

You now know that you have the power to influence your life, more than you probably realized.

Your DNA is a dynamic roadmap consisting of a series of paths you get to choose throughout your life. You can change the narrative of your life through everyday choices and the ecosystem you create - mind - body spirit and ENERGETICALLY.

You were made to grow and bloom. Even though the primitive mind “thinks” it’s in need to Survive – you’re made to Thrive!

This is where mindfulness AND ENERGETIC healthy expression help bridge us to this truth and the future of your life. 

This is where the truth sets you free.

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Did you know that hugging can boost oxytocin and energizing testosterone levels?

Or that regular intercourse with someone you love and feel connected to is one of the BEST things you can do to preserve brain health and prevent dementia?

You’ll be blown away by this episode as we discuss healthy intimacy = hormonal health & vital longevity.

Dr. Lyndsey Berkson is one of the most fabulous, smart, and strong guests we’ve hosted on the Awaken Beauty show.

Dr. Berkson is an incredible female voice that is trumpeting truth and clarity for thousands of women as well as to Practitioners in the medical field around cutting edge truths on hormones, connectivity and removing toxicity in our everyday lives.

I’ve followed Dr. Lindsey’s research for many years and she’s influenced my business ethos behind my organic salon after reading the pioneered book at its time: “The Hormone Deception.” I’ve discussed many times about the importance of how not just the levels of our hormones, but how the conversation of our hormones help us function and age optimally - or dysfunction and break us down.

As infants, we require physical touch to ensure healthy development and brain maturation. Adults also require intimacy and connection to be mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy. Sadly, the truth is so many of us feel alone and disconnected (hello technology).

Get this ...a loving hug can increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol, deep conversations can be neuroprotective, and a true friend (in-person) connection can alter not just our emotional life but our biology.

Join the round table of women as we dive into the role between intimacy, environmental castration and how to save your endocrine system.

About Linsdey:
My guest is Dr. Lindsey Berkson has been a leader in functional medicine and women’s health care for decades. She was a scholar at an estrogen think tank at Tulane University where she worked with the top scientists that have discovered how hormones function and dysfunction.

Lindsey is now a professor and mentor for physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals within continuing education courses on hormones, gastroenterology (and the gut-hormone connection), nutrition and the environment.

Dr. Berkson has authored 21 books and hosts The Dr. Berkson’s Best Health Radio. She had breast cancer 24 years ago and has made “remission” her “mission”. Dr. Berkson now specializes, with science-based functional medicine tools, in working with breast cancer survivors to do the same.

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Additional Support and Proof!

Listen and learn to this video more from leading PHD's from the 12th Annual SSEW Symposium, “The Exposome & Metabolic Health.” Speakers discussed the role of social relationships, chemicals found in everyday items like beauty and hair care products, and our food environments in encouraging negative health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes, breast cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. Listen Here

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With over 1000 peer reviewed clinical studies, we discuss the power of one universal molecule call molecular hydrogen. Listen to the end and learn how one single tablet infused into water can help reduce inflammation, increase physical and mental cognitive function, produce better skin health, improve sleep, support healthy weight management, enhance athletic performance and decrease recovery time, and yes - more.

Prepare to be blown away in this incredibly detailed conversation with our guest Jeff Taraday, co-owner of the world's leading molecular hydrogen company. You will be awakened to incredible power of one single, completely safe, natural supplement that holds endless healing power with zero risk or side effects.

Listen in how H2 is profound and how it can help you “get more sane, sleep and get your sexy back!”

About Jeff
Jeff Taraday is a co-owner of trusii, creators of the world's most powerful molecular hydrogen products designed to optimize your health and transform your life. A reformed junk food addict and hard-partying frat guy turned wellness evangelist,
Jeff has coached hundreds of individuals, both in the private and corporate setting, to make holistic changes to their lifestyle. Jeff joined the trusii ownership group in 2016, and they've been serving a wide range of individuals, from professional athletes to individuals suffering from serious chronic illnesses.

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