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6 Ways Boosting Collagen

Sep 30, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi

The word ‘collagen’ is actually originated from the Greek word ‘kolla’, which means glue. This name perfectly matches its functions as collagen is a fibrous protein found in connective tissue that holds together our skin by providing the skin structures with integrity, firmness and elasticity. It can help to prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, it can also help to improve skin tone, remove scars and moisturize the skin. In short, collagen contributes to flawless skin.

Collagen is produced by the skin and other parts of the body and most young people have abundance of collagen in their body. Unfortunately, as you grow older, the collagen production of your body starts to decline and your skin weakens, which results in dull skin, wrinkles and saggy necks. But not to be worried because this article is going to teach you some useful tips to maintain and boost the collagen level in your body.


Eat for collagen:

Your diet can help you to build up your body collagen level. Soy products such as soymilk and cheese contain genistein which can help to produce collagen. Besides, you need to consume food that contains omega fatty acid as it facilitates collagen production and common sources of omega acid are fish and nuts. Beans, cabbage and garlic contain sulphur which aids the formation of collagen. In addition, you may consume food that is rich of Vitamin C such as broccoli, spinach, goji berries and kiwi fruits as Vitamin C supports collagen formation as well.


Reduce sugar intake:

Various studies show that people who consume high level of sugar look much older than people who do not consume or consume low level of sugar. This is because through the process of glycation, sugar will attach itself to protein including collagen and produce a substance called advanced glycation end products. This harmful and heavy substance will attach to the collagen and thus reducing the effectiveness and quality of collagen in your body. When you have high sugar intake, the collagen will become more rigid and it will become easier for wrinkles to form. Besides, it also makes it harder for the cells in the skin to repair normal damage.


Say no to smoking:

Although smoking increases elastin production, this elastin produced is much thicker than the normal elastin and it can reduce the quality of collagen in your body. Besides, nicotine in the cigarettes causes the blood vessels to contract and limits the supply of oxygen-bearing blood to your skin. This can lead to collagen degradation as well as reducing the ability to make new collagen.


Apply collagen serum:

This sounds easy as you just only have to apply the collagen serum on your face and wait for the result. However, the collagen molecule can’t actually penetrate into the skin and it stays at your skin surface. To have effectiveness, you need a collagen serum with collagen amino acids that are small enough to get to the deeper layers of the dermis.


Massage your face:

Massaging your face has been proven to stimulate collagen production. Besides, with regular stimulation through massaging, it can lift, tone and tighten the skin and boost blood circulation. All these effects combine to give you a fresh youthful skin. Massaging your face in an upward movement when applying your skincare products and collagen cream can increase absorption as well.


Try collagen hydrolysate or collagen peptides:

Hydrolyzed collagen peptides is a form of gelatin that is derived from the bones of animals. It can take the forms of powder or liquid. Unlike gelatin which is in the gel form, hydrolyzed collagen peptides is easier to digest and thus collagen can be effectively absorbed by your body. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides also provide glycine, proline and lysine that help your body to build healthy connective tissue.

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Last but not least, boosting collagen level in your body for anti-aging and flawless skin is a continuous process and requires much efforts from you. This is because the collagen producing ability of our body will not stop declining as you age and only a consistent healthy lifestyle and habits can solve the problem.

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No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.


Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.


Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.


Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.


Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Scarring:

Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.



Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.


Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.