As we age Mother Nature causes many unwanted negative effects on our skin through chronic
inflammation. Some of the ways we expose our bodies to chronic inflammation are by eating an
unhealthy diet, exposure to toxins, and by not exercising regularly. All inflammation is not bad for us. In
fact, acute inflammation that occurs following an injury or infection initiates healing.
When the body is exposed to chronic inflammation from contact to toxins like alcohol and cigarettes
free radicals and arachidonic acid are released initiating the “inflammatory cascade” – leukocytes and
blood are mobilized, just like the acute inflammatory process. The chief contributors are called MMPs:
matrix metallo proteinases (MMPs). MMPs accompany inflammation for all the right reasons. They
enzymatically destroy injured tissue making way for the growth of healthy, new tissue. MMPs are
required to remodel tissue during wound healing. The problem is that in the case of chronic
inflammation, there isn’t injured tissue, only healthy tissue. So, the MMPs destroy that instead.
Collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and other connective tissue are broken down by MMPs.
Wherever chronic inflammation exists in the skin or elsewhere in the body, MMPs will cause the skin to
thin, wrinkle, lose elasticity and discolor. MMPs are also responsible for the scarring and pitting that is
caused by chronic acne inflammation.
There are over 30 different types of the MMPs. The primary offenders will sound familiar: collagenase
(breaks down collagen), elastinase (breaks down elastin) and hyaluronidase (breaks down hyaluronic
acid). The breakdown of these key connective tissues leads to aging everywhere—in the skin, joints,
organs etc. The result is MMPs are bad for your skin and body unless you’re fighting an acute infection
To maintain beautiful, healthy skin as you age it’s necessary to reduce chronic inflammation in your
body—and avoid the release of MMPs! You can do this in several ways:
1. Limit exposure to toxins and other irritants, i., e alcohol and cigarettes
2. Exercise to de-stress, lose weight and build muscle
3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet that is low in sugar and high in fruits & vegetables
4. Use products that decrease MMPs such as retinol, vitamin C, resveratrol, and ginger
5. Use whole body and local cryotherapy to decrease inflammation in your body and on your skin
Some conditions that can be alleviated through cryotherapy are:
1. Acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis diminish or even disappear!
2. Dry, rough, flaking skin is relieved. Skin is smoother, softer.
3. Skin is tighter, spongier, more elastic.
4. Cellulite is reduced from increased collagen and reduced fat.
5. Wrinkles diminish as collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid increase.
6. Brown spots and other pigmentation diminish.
Kori Kryotherapy recommends whole body cryotherapy and local cryotherapy to prevent and possibly
reverse the signs of aging on your skin. Come in today and work out a beauty cryotherapy plan especially for you.