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Clinical Skin Care from a Botanical Perspective:A Story of Transformation
“If only I’d known before,” said my client Lisa Devane. “All those years that I had recurring staph infections and subsequent skin problems (very dark circles under my eyes, large areas of skin discoloration, ongoing breakouts and a dull, lifeless complexion) and spent all that time and money putting cortisone creams and over-the-counter treatments of all kinds on my skin. What I should have done was look at my diet and what was happening inside my body—not just on the surface.”
Until she came to me for treatment of hyper-pigmentation, she had no clue that her diet and medical history had contributed to this long list of skin symptoms, and that Candida and yeast were a huge contributing factor for all her issues and her skin discoloration. During a detailed consultation designed to determine the most effective treatment plan to help clear her skin, it became evident that she really loved sugar! As we discussed her history including the long and ongoing use of antibiotics and steroid drugs that were prescribed for her staph infection PLUS her love of sugary foods and carbs, she was shocked when she began to understand how the Candida and yeast connections were so affecting her condition. She also began to see how this vicious cycle contributed to her fatigue and dark circles under her eyes. She said in frustration, “Who knew my diet could possibly contribute to bad skin and a staph infection? Why has no one ever told me about this before?”
The final straw came when she understood how sugar feeds yeast in the body. “I had never addressed the ‘root’ cause of my skin problems—I was only throwing more chemicals at the symptoms! No wonder nothing ever changed! Why have I never heard of probiotics or Xylitol? And aboutXylitol…how awesome a discovery is this? It tastes just like sugar and doesn’t spike my blood sugar OR feed the yeast! Over the past few months I have learned SO much—I look like a totally different person and feel better than I have in years. It is fascinating to me to know that the same herbal extracts, vitamins, and enzymes that I take internally could have such a powerful impact on my skin topically as well.”
We are living in very exciting times. Research is proving what we have known for some time…clear, healthy skin is an “inside” job! Vital nutrients that are the very building blocks for healthy bodies are also crucial for young, healthy skin. So many things affect our skin and how rapidly we age. It is important to understand the “big picture,” and develop strategies that will not only improve your health, but dramatically change the appearance of your skin. Chronological aging is dictated mostly by heredity, and it inevitably occurs over time. It includes the natural collagen and fat loss that contribute to expression lines and lax skin. With time, hormonal changes can cause moisture loss and thinning skin.
Environmental aging is a different story entirely. Our society is aging at an accelerated rate—faster than at any time in our history. Unlike chronological aging, environmental aging is preventable, controllable and correctable. Contributing factors include sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, poor nutrition and lack of proper skin care. Environmental aging can actually contribute to chronological aging, but with habit changes, effective skincare, and resurfacing treatments (to name just a few solutions), its signs can be diminished or reversed. Good nutrition is the very foundation of beauty. The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how we look and feel as well.
It is very important to understand that most fruits and vegetables are packed with magical biochemicals cal led phy tochemicals. “Phy to” means these nutrients are extracted from plants. Phytochemicals give fruits and vegetables their color, so the more colorful a food, the more phytochemicals it contains. Ongoing research studies show that phytochemicals, of which there are thousands of varieties, provide protection against the development of many chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.
Many phytochemicals are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in human cells. Others have anti-inflammatory properties. These help slow the aging process. In addition to these powerful antioxidants, there is a virtual arsenal of nutritional anti-aging power tools available for you to implement into your daily routine that will “upgrade” your daily skin care routine and deliver amazing results—both inside and out. Here is my list of vital nutrients that are necessary for gorgeous skin:
Antioxidants:Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Glutathione, Betulinic Acid, Pumpkin Wine and Pumpkin Enzymes, Green Tea, Zinc, Vitamin C and Ursolic Acid (an extract of Rosemary) along with many other botanical extracts (fresh vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables) which scavenge free radicals that lead to wrinkles and precancerous cell damage.
Probiotics:Potent strains for the “good bugs” help with Candida albicans internally and topically. Probiotics are a powerful weapon to fight acne, eczema, itchy skin, athlete’s foot, staph, rosacea and dermatitis. Our current environmental climate makes probiotics a necessary daily supplement to help prevent major outbreaks of staph and bacterial infections, which manifest topically as well as internally.
Enzymes (Fruits, Vegetables and Phytonutrients):Fruits and vegetables contain many phytonutrients, from such familiar vitamins as vitamin C and beta-carotene, to less widely known antioxidant compounds including polyphenols and flavonoids. It also includes the carotenoids, betacryptoxanthin and lycopene. A few from my top 10 list are: Acerola Cherry, Cranberry Enzymes, Papaya, Acai Berry, Goji Berries, Lutein and Lycopene
Botanical Extracts and Herbal Infusions:To list all the medicinal herbs and extracts from nature’s apothecary that benefit a broad range of skin conditions is impossible within the space available here. A few “must haves” include: Comfrey (skin knitting and repair), Oregon Grape root (a natural antibiotic), Burdock ( fights acne, reduces rashes and Inflammation), Horsetail (softens skin and is a rich nutrient for skin hair and nails), Licorice root (anti-inflammatory), Pau d’ Arco (anti-fungal ), Lemon Balm (calming), Aloe Vera and Horse Chestnut extract.
Peptides:Potent wrinkle reversing and collagen stimulating benefits derived from algae, yeasts and growth actors like EGF, GABA and Argireline. These are very important ingredients to look for in effective skin care serums and creams.
Essential Fatty Acids and Cold Pressed Oils:Primary skin benefits include anti-inflammatory and skin softening. They help eliminate scaly skin and are key components on the treatment of eczema and inflammatory skin conditions. They restore skin’s natural glow and deeply replenish moisture from within. HK
Emily Fritcheyis the CEO and founder of Sunshine Botanicals, and has created many cutting edge products and skin care formulations that are at the forefront of the spa industry. She has been featured in several major medical journals, including Cosmetic Surgery Times and Dermatology Times for her expertise in product formulation, development and education. A clinical aesthetician and holistic skin therapist for over 20 years, Mrs. Fritchey is a self proclaimed “ingredient freak.” Her passion for skin care developed as a direct result of her own difficult skin issues as a teenager which traditional medicine could not remedy. Determined to understand “why” these conditions existed, she began a path of study and research that ultimately led to her life’s work, and the development of Sunshine Botanicals. In addition to medical aesthetics, her training also includes Iridology, Nutrition, Enzyme Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Energy Healing. All these treatment modalities come together in her private skin care studio in order to meet the unique and individual needs of her clients. Addressing the beauty and wellness needs of her clients “from the inside out” is her signature approach to treatment. Her Mission is “To Transform the World—One Face at a Time.”
Emily Fritchey, CEO
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