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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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Essential Night Care For Tomorrow's Fresh Skin

It has been said that nighttime skincare is the key to flawless skin. This is because skin cell regeneration and repair is at its height between 1am and 3am. So, you will want to enhance this natural process by preparing and nourishing your skin with appropriate products.

To do so, here are some easy skincare tips you might want to follow at night before heading to bed so that you can have a healthy glowing skin in the next morning.

           

First of all,

it is essential to properly cleanse and exfoliate your face. Sweat, sebum, makeup and other impurities may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. It is important that you gently but deeply cleanse your face every night to remove impurities on your skin and prepare your skin for other skincare routines. Besides, dead skin cells are hard to remove from your skin. Hence, you can exfoliate your skin twice or thrice per week as exfoliating can remove the dead skin cells and avoid clogging pores which cause pimples.


Secondly,

Don’t skip toners! Apply toner right after cleansing. Different type of toner is formulated to target different skin issue that can help you to overcome your skin concern. Toners act as a delivery system for essential ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and toning acids. Besides, using toner at night helps keep moisture level of the skin in balance and further exfoliates the skin.


Thirdly,

Apply your treatment products. Treatment products are used to target specific skin concerns such as stubborn acne, age signs, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. It is best to load up on your facial treatment products in the evening on freshly cleansed skin because you will be going to bed fresh-faced and these products will be under optimal conditions to work their best.


Next,

Apply your serums. Finishing the above steps, you can apply your serums on the clean skin but before moisturisers or creams. This is to avoid blocking the penetration of serums into the skin which causes wastage. Serums are products that are made up of smaller molecules that deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns. Hence, serums are also treatment products. However, they need to be handled more carefully as they are usually pricey and the way of application can affect their effectiveness.


Lastly,

you can now apply moisturisers or face creams. Make sure you apply your heavy night cream as the last product in your nighttime routine. Not only will the heavier texture block ingredients from reaching the skin if applied too soon, but saving it for the end will create the added benefit of locking in all the ingredients you previously layered under it as well as some much needed moisture.


These tips may seem overwhelming after a long day but slowly incorporate them into your nighttime skincare regime and your skin will thank you! That’s all. Goodnight.

Skin Type Check

The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is to determine your skin type. Skincare routine and products depend on your skin type and thus it is important for you to know your skin type. Products formulated for your skin type offer the best chance of giving you the results you want. Therefore, knowing your skin type allows you to choose and tailor your skincare routine and products that will be most beneficial to your skin.

There are generally 5 skin types. Firstly, normal skin that feels clean and smooth with natural radiance as it is not too oily or dry. Normal skin does not experience breakouts often. Secondly, oily skin which tends to shine and feel greasy. Excess sebum production makes oily skin more prone to whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Thirdly, combination skin which is a combination of oily and dry skin. People with combination skin will experience shine and greasiness on some areas of the face while having localised dry patches on other areas. Besides, combination skin can change according to weather. Next, dry skin that feels tight, rough, flaky and dry. Dry skin is more prone to aging and irritation. Last but not least, sensitive skin which gets irritated easily accompanied by rashes, red patches, itchiness and pain.

Other than visiting a skin doctor, you can determine your skin type by yourself at home. There are several simple methods to identify your skin type.


1. The Blotting Paper Test.

To perform this test, you need to prepare blotting paper. At the night before the test, wash your face and go to bed without applying any skincare product. Once you wake up in the morning, take the blotting paper and blot key areas of your face including T-zone, forehead, under eye, cheeks and jaw area. After that you can check the oils absorbed by the blotting paper to identify your skin type.

  • Normal skin: Blotting paper has average amount of oil in all areas.
  • Oily skin: Blotting paper has excessive amount of oil in all areas.
  • Combination skin: Some areas of the face have excessive oil but other areas don’t have much oil on them.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Blotting paper has little or no oil on it.


2. The Mirror Method.

After your morning cleansing, do not apply any skincare or makeup as well as no wiping and blotting. As soon as midday comes, go see what your skin looks like in front of a mirror.

  • Normal skin: Looks the same all the time.
  • Oily skin: Look shinier compared to morning.
  • Combination skin: T-zone looks shine but the rest of the face is the same.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Dry patches, peeling and redness at the midday. 


3. The Touch Test.

Similar to the mirror method, prepare your skin in the morning. When midday hits, use your hands to touch your face to feel how is it. However, make sure that your hands are washed and clean.

  • Normal skin: Entire skin feels supple and moisturised.
  • Oily skin: T-zone and other parts of your face feel oily.
  • Combination skin: T-zone, nose and chin feel oily while other areas feel rough and dry.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: The skin feels rough without oily or supple feel.


Finally, when you get to know your skin type, you are ready to learn what are the skincare products available in the market that suit your skin type. After that, incorporate them into your skincare routine correctly to maximise their effects on the skin for a beautiful and radiant skin. If you are still not sure about your skin type, do seek help from the professionals like Serene Aesthetics.