Collagen supplements are booming claiming to give you back glowing skin and to combat aging. Are they worth a try?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is a polypeptide containing different types of amino acids such as: glycine, proline, glutamine and arginine, it forms part of all connective tissues in the body: skin, cartilage, bone etc. It makes the skin look smooth and supple and helps to maintain its elasticity.
As we get older the production of collagen decreases causing volume loss in the skin contributing to the formation of lines and wrinkles and thinning of the skin. By the time a woman reaches menopause, she would have lost approximately 30% of the collagen.
However, not only age affects collagen production, other unhealthy lifestyle and environmental habits such as: UV light, smoking, stress, pollution and poor nutrition contribute to the declining of collagen levels too.
Because collagen plays an important role as one of the vital proteins in the aging process, its supplementation has gained high popularity in the beauty market promising glowing skin and to improve skin texture and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
To what extent is this true?
Let’s get a little deeper.
Firstly, it is important to understand that the body does not absorb the collagen directly. It must break it down into smaller particles which then, it must convert them into biodegradable amino acids that can be used as a natural source to reinforce the body’s own collagen production.
Opinions among experts are diverse as if collagen supplements indeed help to make the skin look younger. There are no many studies that confirm their benefits and most studies are provided by the manufactures.
However, there is some evidence that suggests that taking a collagen supplement can aim your body to produce more collagen by providing essential amino acids. Some people report seeing an improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity and hydration.
Results don’t occur overnight though, it can take some time of regular use to see a noticeable difference and it is necessary to continue with the supplementation to maintain the results.
Some experts debate the benefits of these supplements arguing that because collagen is a protein which needs to be broken down during digestive processes, there is very little evidence that there will be enough quantities readily available to reach the skin making a remarkable difference.
But for the little evidence that is out there, I believe that is worth at least a try if it doesn’t hurt you.
Many people for lack of time or lifestyle habits don’t follow a diet with appropiate nutrition to provide the body with what it needs to increase the production of this protein considered an essential in the search of rejuvenation, so supplementation has its place in these cases.
I am a person that has a very healthy lifestyle and yet I have noticed a difference in my skin when I have taken certain collagen supplements. Not all of them though.
Because collagen is a protein, it can be hard to digest for some people, myself included. So it is a matter of trying different ones to see which one agrees with you the most. Prices in supplements also vary extensively among the different brands and manufactures.
Some products can be very costly. Also, it’s important to understand that these supplements are not replacing the benefits of a healthy diet; seemingly, they can add health benefits not only for the skin, but for also for hair and joints and other connective tissues. They can be used to boost the supply of essential amino acids to prompt your body to produce more collagen.
However; if your preference is to go for the “all natural approach”, you will be glad to know that these amino acids can also be found in healthy foods.
One food that has taken great popularity recently is “bone broth”, rich in minerals and other healthy compounds including…
— You guessed it : “collagen”.
Other vitamin that is in very high demand is vitamin C, a co-factor of collagen. The body uses vitamin C to produce collagen.
Therefore, foods like fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of vitamin C are essential to maintain healthy collagen synthesis.
Sugar, on the other hand, is detrimental for the skin because it triggers a process called “glycation” in which glucose molecules adhere to proteins such as collagen in your body forming new molecules called AGEs. These AGEs molecules degrade collagen and elastin, causing them to get rigid and lose elasticity.
A healthy diet rich in protein and nutrients continues to be the most reliable source to give the body what it needs to maintain adequate collagen production.
Collagen Boosting Foods:
- Healthy fats
- bone broth
- protein-rich grains
- red and orange vegetables
- dark greens
- berries and avocados.
Practice good lifestyle habits like:
- Adequate sleep
- good hydration
- avoid stress, smoking and alcohol, simple sugars and carbohydrates.
The great news is that we have control of how we age.
Like Janey Lee Grace said:
“Getting older is inevitable but ageing is optional!”
Thank you very much for being here.
Until next time,
Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare
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Outfits and accessories give you a great image, but the first thing people see is your face.
Radiant skin gives you condidence and although there is no discussion that healthy skin is the result of daily commitment and good skincare habits; there are some treatments that can give your skin a quick turn arround and provide you with fabulous results without getting into complicated procedures.
I know.. it sounds like too good and promising, but what if I told you that these facial treatments can do the trick and leave your skin looking years younger.
And the best part; they normally won’t break your bank account.
Read along to find out which of the following facial treatments will make your skin stand out from the crowd and keep people guessing on your beauty secret..
MICROCURRENT FACIAL :
This treatment works great to tone up facial muscles. It is suitable for most people; however, you will need approval from your doctor if you are pregnant, suffer from seizures or have metal implants or other electrical devices in your body.
It is a relaxing treatment and depending on the device, you can feel the current a little bit. Most people are fine with the feeling.
The benefits are many, from stimulating circulation bringing oxygen to the area providing you with a beautiful glow, to re-educating those facial muscles to stay up. It works nicely for the eye area helping to diminish the look of lines, dark circles and puffiness.
I call this treatment a work of art because you can literally sculpt someone’s face giving the appearance of a non-surgical face lift.
If you are looking for more long term results you will need a series of sessions but the result from one facial normally lasts from 2 to 4 weeks, so you have plenty of time to enjoy those results during the holidays.
If you feel exhausted and your skin is looking it too. This treatment is a great choice.
Oxygen offers many benefits to the skin, it revitalizes and re-energizes your complexion like no other treatment, especially if you infuse it with vitamins and nutrients to bring your skin back to life.
It also brightens and tightens and gives a fresh luminous appearance.
When your skin is looking dull, uneven and you want smooth skin like a baby’s bottom.. microdermabrasion is calling for you.
Exfoliating dead skin cells from the skin surface makes your skin look more uniform and silky.
It also allows better penetration of active ingredients from your skincare so you continue to have those benefits even after the treatment.
It is important to kep in mind that although this procedure is non-invasive, new skin is exposed. New skin is more delicate and needs to be protected from the sun. Regardless of the treatment I always recommend the use of a good sunscreen daily.
Other recommendations are to stay away from heat, hot showers, steams, direct sun or harsh chemicals or ingredients that can irritate the skin.
If your mind is set in getting a more defined jowl line and overall firmer appearance. Radio frequency gives you a quick solution and provides great stimulation for collagen renewal.
It is regularly painless. Heat is involved but many people actually find it relaxing. It works by directing heat produced by the radio waves to the deeper skin layers where the collagen forms.
When adequate temperatures are sustained for a certain amount of time, it forces the skin to produce more collagen, helping to gain back skin density (thickness) making the skin look firmer.
Like with the micro-current some conditions may require doctor’s approval and if you are looking for more dramatic results, a series of sessions are recommended. However, one treatment can give you a refreshed, firmer look for about 6 weeks.
My lovely friend..
Remember that what is most important is to select the treatment that suits your needs the best, that way you will achieve the most effective results.
May your skin be glowy, dewy, fresh and beautiful!!
Thank you so much for being here!
Until next time,
One amazing thing happens as we grow in age…
I can say this with strong confidence at 47 — priorities change and we can see with great clarity that we are the most beautiful when we accept and love the uniqueness of being ourselves, imperfections and all…
Now, it is also true that right before our eyes things start to change and when it comes to our beauty routine some adjustments must be made. At this time the most assertive phrase would be :
“ LESS IS MORE”
I am sure that most women would agree that their objective is to look fresh and feminine in an effortless way. And yes, my friend that is all possible when you know a few secrets that can work wonders to save time and give you a flawless look.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
There is nothing that adds more years to your face than dehydrated skin, it marks all the fine lines and creates shadows making you look older, so before you apply your makeup make sure you use a good moisturizer or serum to plump up the skin. A good trick is to apply it when the skin is still a little damp.
EXFOLIATE REGULARLY TO MAKE YOUR MAKEUP APPLICATION SMOOTHER
Exfoliating at least once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells not only helps your skin look more radiant but betters the performance of your products and makes the skin smoother so the makeup looks silkier.
APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION WITH A DAMP MAKEUP SPONGE
Either you want to use a foundation or a tinted moisturizer (which you can create your own by mixing a few drops of your foundation with your moisturizer) applying it with a damp makeup sponge will make it look more dewy, disguising imperfections and avoiding the makeup to sink into the pores.
USE A FOLDED TISSUE TO DRAW THE OUTER EDGE OF THE EYELINER
This trick, I learned from a great makeup artist and I have been doing it ever since. It really works…If you have stopped using eyeliner because it is impossible to draw a neat line in the outer corner, fold a tissue and use the straight sharp edge pressing the tissue against your face creating a line between the outer corner of the eye and the outer end of the eyebrow, it gives you the perfect alignment to create the line and it is also very helpful for applying eye shadow, the upward angle gives the illusion of a lifting effect. Once you are done just dispose the tissue and the makeup will look nice and neat. Use a little concealer if you need to clean it up at first but practice make masters and once you have done it a couple times you will be an expert.
USE LIP LINER TO STOP LIPSTICK FROM BLEEDING
Some people consider this an extra step but it is well worth the time, using a lip liner allows the lipstick to stay put longer. In addition, since it has a thicker consistency, it works as a barrier so the lipstick doesn’t bleed into the fine lines.
USE A PEACH COLOR CORRECTOR TO CAMOUFLAGE DARK CIRCLES
With age the skin loses volume and it is even more noticeable around the eye area, making you look tired. Poor circulation can cause the blood to become stagnant and it shows through creating a dark shadow commonly known as dark circles, it can also be hereditary. In the color wheel opposite colors neutralize each other, and orange neutralizes purple so a peach color corrector will help disguise the darkness. Once neutralized, apply your regular concealer over it… and Voila!!
SPRAY YOUR FINISHED MAKEUP WITH A MIST OF MINERAL OR ROSE WATER
Once you have applied the finishing powder which is essential to seal the makeup and make it last longer the skin can take a pasty look if went a little bit heavy with the powder. Just spray your face with a fine mist of rose water or mineral water and it makes it look more real and natural.
USE CREAM EYESHADOW
It is not that powder eyeshadows come with an age expiring date; I am sure that you can enjoy them both, but cream eyeshadows glide smoother and have better coverage. As the eyelid loses elasticity cream eyeshadows can be applied with more precision while powder shadows can be a little bit more challenging.
GO SUBTLE ON HIGHLIGHTER
Remember highlighters bring out or emphasize the feature or the area and darker shadows recede or disguise. When choosing a highlighter I recommend the ones that have more like a pearl finish and not the ones with shimmer. The latter tend to accentuate enlarged pores and fine lines.
USE TWO SHADES OF BLUSH TO CREATE A LIFTING EFFECT
Apply a neutral shade angling up along the check bone until the temple to form a lifting effect and then add a rosy tone to the apple of the cheek to create a youthful effect.
And remember it’s not about doing it with perfection. It is about having fun and experimenting with colors and products and finding what works best for you and most importantly… what makes you feel BEAUTIFUL !
Thank you so much for being here
Until next time!
Medical Aesthetician/ Cosmetologist/ Electrologist C.M.E./ Massage Therapist/ Makeup Artist
Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare