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Preservatives prolong the shelf life of a product and protect water-based products from contamination and microbial and mold growth. A preservative is a natural or synthetic ingredient that is added to a product to keep it safe from spoilage. Oils do not require preservatives because microbes cannot grow in a water-free environment. A necessary part of formulating, preservatives ensure the microbiological safety and stability of a product and prevent it from changing over time. Without preservation, your skincare product wouldn’t stay fresh, effective or safe to use for very long.

Traditional skincare products are loaded with artificial preservatives to help them remain fresh for the duration between the date of manufacture and the time you finish using it. Some commonly used chemical preservatives that safeguard against bacteria and fungi to extend the shelf life of a product are:

  • Organic acids, such as benzoic acid, sorbic acid, levulinic acid, anisic acid
  • Aldehydes, such as formaldehyde
  • Glycol ethers, such as phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol
  • Isothiazolinones, such as methylisothiazolinone
  • Parabens, such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.

Chemical preservatives work by irritating the cell walls of bacteria and entering and killing them as a result, That’s why they are effective but that’s also why they can be hazardness. Chemical preservatives can’t distinguish between bacterial or human cells. If you’re applying to your face skincare products everyday, these harsh chemicals can get absorbed and build up in your body over time.

Well known Preservative like parabens have been widely used as the go-to preservative since the 50’s. With scientific studies generating concern over their effect on the environment and health, parabens have become quite the controversial ingredient. And for good reason: Methylparaben, with its reputation for being an endocrine disruptor, has no place in any skincare product.

This nasty chemicals aren’t just hard to pronounce, they’re very hard on skin. Synthetically produced preservatives may be great at keeping bacteria away but they’ve also been linked to allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, irritation and lots of serious health problems.

PLANTS IN SKINCARE

Did you know that plants make such ideal skincare ingredients? They are able to be a powerful preservative and skin-restorative at the same time. Plants continuously have to fight off different microbes including bacteria and fungi in order to thrive in any environment. To protect themselves against pathogens, plants produce an arsenal of antimicrobial chemicals, antimicrobial proteins, and antimicrobial enzymes that serve as plant defense mechanisms. Botanicals also contain powerful antioxidants which also function as preservatives to prevent oxidation of the natural ingredients in a formula. plants are nourished by the pure mineral spring waters that flow through the mountains and nutrient-rich soils that have been untouched for centuries.

Smart brand like I’m Fabulous Cosmetics are using antioxidants and essential oils with preservative properties—such as turmeric, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and tea tree—and they’re even redesigning packaging to limit exposure to air and patented Miron violet glass packaging to keep the active ingredients alive and super fresh, Dr. Lyrac, says.

Safe preservatives list includes:

Food grade preservatives (like potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate); alcohols (organic ethanol, grape alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and witch hazel); and a short list of others that are sourced from plants (like gluconolactone, ethylhexyglycerin, triiostearyl citrate) and some that are synthetic but non-toxic preservatives, like dehydroacetic acid.

Beware of “greenwashing,” or brands that represent themselves as cleaner than they are. One sign? They say they are not using parabens but instead are using formaldehyde slow-releasers:  They appear as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidinyl urea.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and can therefore pick up dirt and grime, some believe it is possible to “purge” the skin and remove all the “bad” stuff that’s clogging pores. This isn’t really true. Along with a poor diet and excessive cleansing and exfoliation — can deplete the skin’s outermost layer.

Also known as the stratum corneum or skin barrier, it helps keep skin healthy by blocking substances that can cause premature aging, among other damage.

No matter what you think about the trending buzzword, you can’t deny there are days when your skin could use a detox. Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially after long vacations, and we know it’s because we slept in our makeup, ate too much bad food, neglected our skin after beach days, or, god forbid, all of the above. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.

When you haven’t detoxed your skin, you will notice the appearance of inflammation, redness, and blemishes. A regular skincare routine that includes a skin detox can reverse and limit these changes. Additionally, it can brighten your skin and reduce the signs of skin damage caused by toxins.

Here’s why detoxification can happen

  • Stress – That skin redness you’re experiencing is a result of stress. High levels of stress do show up on your face. Pimples, inflammation, and redness are signs of slower cell turnover and increased sebum.
  • Congestion – Makeup, hair follicles, dead cells, pollution, and oil can accumulate in the pores and lead to congestion. This results in breakouts and dehydrated and dull skin.
  • Too much sugar – One of the most significant contributors to acne is sugar. Excess processed sugar in your diet causes inflammation.
  • Lifestyle habits – Surefire ways of introducing toxins in your body are smoking, alcohol, not drinking enough water, and inadequate sleep.

Here are a few hints that indicate you need to reboot your skin:

  • A skin tone that’s patchy or uneven
  • Dull, sallow skin
  • Oily skin
  • Sensitive and or dry skin
  • Sagging and wrinkled skin

How To Do A Skin Detox?

From dietary changes to skincare products to brushing to exercise and more, many ways can help your body eliminate toxins and impurities. They can instantly transform your dull and tired complexion while improving your energy levels.

Think of all that you put into your body – medicines, alcohol, and unprocessed food continue to work their way through your bloodstream. Skin detox is crucial to get rid of these contaminants.

Double cleansing

No matter your skin type or concerns, cleansing should be a part of your daily routine. Double cleansing involves using a pre-cleanser and a cleanser. A pre-cleanser eliminates pollutants that accumulate throughout the day and makes the cleanser’s job easier.

Be conscious of your skin type when shopping for a cleanser, preferably choose an organic cleanser free of toxic ingredients and preservatives.

Exfoliate

A gentle exfoliator is vital in skin detox to bring back your baby-soft skin. An exfoliator helps remove flaky skin cells and buffs away dead skin, leaving you with clearer skin. Adding exfoliation to your skincare routine could help! Besides adding a healthy glow to your skin, exfoliation can also help with a number of other skin-related issues.

Benefits Of Skin Detox

The skin covers every inch of your body and is the first line of defense against the outside world. More than 600 sweat glands, 100 oil glands, 1,000 nerve endings, and 20 feet of blood vessels make up an inch of your skin.

  • Detoxify and draw out toxins from the skin’s surface, which leaves your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • You get brighter and clearer skin as a skin detox cleans out blemishes, blackheads, irritation, and pores.
  • It tightens and firms skin. As a result, your skin looks and feels younger.
  • It hydrates the skin.

An all-embracing skin detox will leave your skin looking glowing and gorgeous.

Detox with Tea

Toxins exist all around us- in processed foods, carbonated drinks, pollution and free radicals that we are exposed to daily. Doing an all-natural cleanse is great way to give your gut the love, attention and detox it deserves!

Detox teas may also have a laxative effect, speeding food through your digestive tract. This can give your abdomen a slimmer, flatter look. But detox teas don’t cause real or lasting loss of excess fat from the body. Instead, they can dehydrate you. So you need to make sure to drink lot of water and lower your alcohol intake.

How often should I drink detox tea?

The makers of Ecoteatox claim that it helps the body cleanse itself by boosting the performance of the liver and kidney. They recommend drinking three cups per day for up to 30 days, with a one-week pause between cycles.

What is Ecoteatox?

100% organic & kosher, skinny detox tea for skin & weight management

100 % organic – Made in USA – Dairy Free – Soy Free – Non-GMO – Vegan

ECOTEATOX® can help with the following and promotes:

Boost metabolism

  • Aid in weight management
  • Suppress appetite
  • Reduce Bloating
  • Decrease water retention
  • Cleanse and detoxify the major internal organs
  • Improve complexion
  • Helps balance blood sugar and pancreatic functions
  • Helps fight and inhibit free radicals
  • Helps unclog arteries and supports liver function
  • Helps strengthen the immune system
  • Helps improve the digestive system
  • Helps improve blood circulation

How to use Ecoteatox tea:

Ecoteatox DAYTIME is meant to be taken every morning upon waking up in order to wake up the body and start boosting your metabolism right away.– Every night, make a cup of tea using our Ecoteatox NIGHTIME and drink right before bed.*If you forget to drink the Ecoteatox DAYTIME first thing in the morning, don’t panic! 

Just drink it as soon as you can during the day.

How to prepare Ecoteatox:

Add one teaspoon of the tea into the infuser, put the infuser into a cup and add boiling water. Wait about 15 minutes and drink your tea.

If you want to get rid of an old scar, you need to understand what a scar is and what type you’re trying to get rid of.

A scar forms as part of the natural healing process following an injury. When the dermis — the second layer of skin — is damaged, your body forms collagen fibers to repair the damage, and that results in a scar.

There are different types of scars, each with defining characteristics.

Atrophic scars

Atrophic scars are characterized by the loss of tissue. They appear depressed, serrated, or flat against the upper layer of the skin. Often atrophic scars have darker skin pigmentation than other area of your skin. Examples of atrophic scars include acne scars and chickenpox scars.

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are characterized by excess tissue that forms over the skin as it heals. Unlike a keloid scar, it does not grow outside the injured area. Hypertrophic scars are commonly darker than other skin in the area.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are the result of aggressive healing and an overproduction of tissue. They are characterized by a raised, thick, puffy appearance. They are typically darker than the surrounding skin. Unlike a hypertrophic scar, keloid scars can grow beyond the injured area.

Contracture scars

Contracture scars result from large areas of skin being lost or damaged, typically from burns. They are characterized by tight, shiny skin that can restrict movement.

Acne breakouts can be frustrating, and they can also leave scars on the face and other areas of the body. Some people find that acne scars are an unwanted reminder of a painful and bothersome condition. However, acne scars do not have to be permanent, as some home remedies and medical treatments can help get rid of them.

Several medical treatments are available to help reduce acne scars. A dermatologist may recommend different procedures depending on a person’s skin type and the extent of the scarring.

  • Chemical peel
  • Laser Treatment
  • Microneedling
  • Microneedling + Glow Derma Foundation

Laser treatment can be very expensive and not always work, the downtime is also very long. The chemical peel can be great and with some downtime. Unless you choose a lighter at-home peel. The least expensive procedure with amazing results is the Microneedling + Glow Derma Foundation. This procedure can be done by a beauty professional or by yourself at home.

The Glow Derma Foundation™ smooth wrinkles, moisturize and lift the skin, improve complexion, lighten pigment spots, and brighten the skin. The serums contain only organic and natural, safe ingredients that contribute to the regeneration of cells.

A semi-permanent organic plant-based foundation that adds that perfect GLOW.  Recommended for people seeking the reduction of freckles and skin discoloration caused by acne and aging. These pigments offer full coverage, ideal for covering hyperpigmentation, melasma, sunspots, and evening out skin tone. The Glow Derma Foundation™ pigments are also a pump system, eliminating product waste and the worry of pigment oxidation! This is only going into the epidermis of the skin and will go away when the skin exfoliate.

This liquid semi-permanent foundation is to be used with the Glow Derma Pen™ and NANO needle cartridges.

3 colors available: Light, Medium, Dark/Tan

  • WRINKLES – Plumps the skin, Gets rid of wrinkles
  • FREE RADICALS – Neutralizes free radicals
  • UV PROTECTION – Reduces melanin content in the skin
  • DISCOLORATION – Reduces skin discoloration
  • HYDRATION – Provides instant hydration to the skin
  • FRECKLES – Gradual lightening effect on the skin
  • PORES – Reduces the appearance of pores
  • COMPLEXION – Restores even skin tone and radiant complexion

You can purchase the complete Microneeding pen + Glow derma Foundation kit here.

No time for a facial? In Covid Lock Down? I’m Fabulous Cosmetics at-home med spa, includes microdermabrasion, skin peel, and treatments that you will love. With an added boost of hydration, nourishment, and anti-aging powers. This is your complete complexion reset for instantly radiant glowing skin.

Step 1: Double Cleanse

Massage 2-3 pumps of The Wild Berry Honey Exfoliator onto dry skin to activate and polish skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with 2-3 pumps of The Luxe Cleanser to target blemish-causing impurities to give you a deep-clean feel without drying out your skin. Double cleansing is the secret to extra clean skin. It lifts dirt and grime, then washes them away giving you a fresh glowing complexion.

Step 2: Deep Exfoliation

Apply the Bio Gorgeous peel to you clean skin for 10 minutes and rinse well. This is your at home skin peel to decongest your skin, remove dead skin and tight up large pores.

Step 3: Mask

Apply a thick layer of the Pink Detox Glow Mask over your face & neck. After 20 minutes, use a warm cloth or sponge to remove the mask. This is your in-home face detox treatment with AHA superfruits and Australian clay.

Step 4: Target

Step 5: Hydrate & Finish

Top off your regimen with 1-2 pumps of the High Tech Copper Peptide Serum for balanced, dewy skin. Finish by massaging 1-2 pumps of Organic Luxury Serum onto face & neck. This is the ultimate last step to lock in complete skin nourishment, plus added wrinkle defense.

Order the At Home Med Spa here

Relax and reconnect with your spouse! Our spa date night for couples will leave the two of you feeling refreshed, recharged, and closer than ever.

An at-home spa date night is the perfect in-between for a cheap date night.

It’s been a rough week but the weekend is yours. A normal weekend would usually involve vegging out and binge-watching Netflix, yeah? What if you used that free time to DIY a couples spa night.

The mood is probably one of the biggest parts of making your own spa date night at home. This usually comes down to the lighting, music, and overall vibe of the night.

Scented candles and oils will do the trick, here. Pick something you both would enjoy or go with the classics like vanilla, lavender, or ocean breeze. You can theme the smell and really get that aromatherapy going by matching it with the body products you’re using.

And, definitely make this a part of your #relationshipgoals!

Plasma Fibroblast is a non-surgical revolutionary skin tightening cosmetic treatment (or soft surgery method) for a perfect facial rejuvenation, using Plasma (the 4th state of matter) instead of a scalpel to shrink, tighten and reduce the volume of excess skin. It is important to note that the procedure does not alter or affect the body’s natural aging process but instead reduces the appearance of common age factors such as wrinkles. Because this is a natural process, there is no over-tightening that can often occur in medical procedures such as injections and surgery. Instead, fibroblast provides a natural more youthful appearance by giving a tightening-effect. 

Collagen and elastin, the compounds that give skin its youthful shape and appearance, reduce production as you age, leading to saggyloose skin.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is found in the bones, joints, and tendons.

It’s also what keeps the skin youthful by providing structure to the dermis, the thickest layer of the skin. As you get older, the body loses collagen naturally. By extension, this includes elastin, another protein responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight.

How much does fibroblast treatment cost?

Plasma fibroblast therapy costs usually depend on who’s performing the procedure and what areas of your skin are being targeted.

Eye: 

Upper Eyelid Lift $400 

Under Eyes (Bags and Puffiness) $400 

Crows Feet-$300 

Eye Area Combo (3 Areas) $900 (save $200)

Face: 

Neck Lines- $600 

Neck/Chin – $1,100 

Nasolabial/Smile lines $400 

Upper Lip- $350 

Full Mouth- $700 

Frown Lines ( between eyes)- $300 

Forehead Lines-$350 

Entire Forehead-$550

Other Areas: 

Abdomen-$500-$1,500 

Elbows $600 

Hands $500 

Arms or Knees $600-$900 

Buttock -$1,500 

Thigh -$2,500 

Buttock & Thigh -$3800 

Multiple Areas:

Entire Face Procedure $2100 

Face and Neck Procedure $3000 

Neck & Jawline Procedure $1500 

How long will results last?

Results are often seen almost immediately, but best results appear a few weeks post-procedure. Results will vary from person to person and many other factors and it is possible that multiple sessions may be required for desired results. It can be considered to receive this procedure every few years to reduce the appearance of any reoccurring signs of aging that appear over time. 

There are many lifestyle factors that can increase signs of aging such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure. Limiting or eliminating things such as these will increase the results of the procedure and decrease the common appearances of aging. 

Are There Side Effects?

Immediately after the Fibroblast procedure, you may notice that your skin is red and slightly swollen. This is normal and should subside in around three days. Though you may see a slight redness lingering for up to 14 days. 

While the procedure is underway, carbon crusts form on the skin. You should avoid the urge to touch these crusts post-procedure. You can expect them to last around a week. They’ll naturally lift off as new skin appears underneath the treated area. 

When you consider that you’re getting a skin tightening solution without the need for dangerous surgery, these side effects are much easier to swallow. 

Are The Results Permanent? How Many Treatments Are Needed?

Fibroblast is a cosmetic procedure to help reduce the obvious appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Because this is a cosmetic procedure for the purpose of improving the appearance, results are not permanent.

Fibroblast has shown great results in reducing the appearance of common age signs that can last a few years. Results are often seen almost immediately, but best results appear a few weeks post-procedure. Results will vary from person to person and many other factors and it is possible that multiple sessions may be required for desired results. It can be considered to receive this procedure every few years to reduce the appearance of any reoccurring signs of aging that appear over time. 

There are many lifestyle factors that can increase signs of aging such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure. Limiting or eliminating things such as these will increase the results of the procedure and decrease the common appearances of aging. 

Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. It’s also called microplaning or blading.

Dermaplaning aims to make your skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. This treatment claims to remove deep scarring from acne and uneven pockmarks on your skin. It’s also used to remove “peach fuzz,” the short, soft hairs on your face.

Getting Dermaplaning in a spa can cost $250 on one 30-minute session of dermaplaning.

It may vary depending on the cost of living in your area and the provider you choose. Get a cost estimate before you book your appointment.

Exfoliation: “Shaving your face can have somewhat similar results to a professional dermaplane procedure,” Benjamin says. “Dermaplaning provides a deeper exfoliation than shaving at home, but they both remove the dead outer skin and vellus hairs.”

Glowing, brighter complexion: Because dermaplaning removes a layer of dead skin that would otherwise give a dull appearance, skin is left looking radiant and refreshed post-shaving.

Deeper product penetration: Facial hair can often trap dirt and oil that creates a barrier between your skin and the products you put on top. Getting rid of that layer may allow for your skincare products to penetrate deeper, thus being more effective. “Having a fresh, clean face will help [serums] penetrate more deeply.”

Smoother makeup application: Kunin notes that because dermaplaning removes facial hair and peach fuzz, the skin is smoother and pores appear smaller. This creates the ideal base for even makeup applications where powder and liquid products can sit on top flawlessly.

DERMAPLANING INSTRUCTION:

The 7 Steps to Remove Peach Fuzz at Home

Here is the complete low down on how to perform dermaplaning at home effectively and safely. 

Step 2. Wash your face

Get your skin ready by cleansing with a gentle cleanser to ensure all makeup and oils are removed from the skin.  

Rinse and dry your face.

Step 3. Apply a gel or face oil

Apply a thin layer of a gel or face oil on your face.  

Some people prefer not to apply anything.   It Is a matter of personal choice. 

Step 4. Downward strokes

Wet the dermaplaning blade in warm water and then start with downward strokes – start shaving with the hair growth. It’s important to have the correct angle for best results. 

Use short strokes at a 45-degree angle.

Don’t forget to use a mirror as face shaving blindly is not really a good idea!

Photo: Instagram #julianagorreri

Step 4. Rinse and repeat

Rinse the dermablade frequently to dislodge the dead skin cells and the fine hairs on it.

Thoroughly make your way through the different sections of your face targeting:

  • forehead
  • temples
  • cheeks
  • eyebrow area
  • sideburns
  • upper lips
  • chin

Step 5. Repeat again

Once done, go over your face again, this time against the hair growth. This provides a greater exfoliation effect on the skin.

Remember to continue to stroke the blade against the skin at a 45-degree angle. 

Step 6.  Splash and cool off

Finish off by splashing your face with cool water and pat dry.

Step 7. Apply your favorite serum

The skin is most receptive to skincare and topicals immediately after dermablading. 

It’s more permeable than normal because of the pathways the procedure has created. The exfoliated skin paves an easier path for the nutrients to absorb into the skin for maximum benefits.

During this small window, which is usually the first 1-5 minutes after a treatment, is your opportunity to pass nutrients down to your cells in the lower skin layers. At this point, apply your favorite serum or moisturizer to your face.   

Step 8: Apply skincare products

Some prefer to dermaplane at night before bed, so typically finishing up by applying a nightly routine which looks something like this:

DERMAPLANING BEFORE AND AFTER TIPS

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DERMAPLANE?

I recommend once a month (or every 3-4 weeks). Dermaplaning too often can irritate the skin. 

Dermaplaning can keep your skin looking bouncy, smooth and supple; baby’s bottom anyone?

As with any cosmetic procedure, diet, lifestyle choice, etc, there are some things you can do to get the most of the dermaplane experience.

  • When you are dermaplaining, make sure to use your thumb and index finger to pull about an inch or two of you skin taut. This will keep your skin tight, and prevent accidental cuts
  • For sterile purposes its recommended to throw away the blade after each use however, you may use it until it gets dull
  • After treatment, avoid excessive physical activity that makes you sweat
  • Avoid direct contact with sun for 48-72 hours on the applied area.
  • Avoid applying cosmetics immediately after use
  • Wear sunscreen daily. It should be skincare second nature, but just in case you weren’t aware, it is the best daily anti-ager in your arsenal. Find one with at least a 15+ protection and reapply as necessary throughout the day and/or before prolonged UVA/UVB exposure.
  • Also make sure to use an organic gentle daily cleanser.

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The word “collagen” comes from the Greek word “kola”, which means glue. Collagen is indeed the “glue” that holds our tissues together, as it is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix in our connective tissue and makes up our skin and cartilage. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. 

We have 28 different types of collagen; each type is categorized by amino acid composition. Most collagen in the body is type one, and can be found in our skin, tendons, organs and interior of our bones. The body’s ability to produce collagen decreases with age. It is imperative that you obtain the building blocks needed for boosting collagen by eating a balanced diet of foods rich in protein. 

Additionally, diets rich in fresh produce have been known to contribute to collagen production. With that being said, eating your fruits and vegetables is important for your body’s collagen production! Sun exposure, smoking, and a poor diet have been proven to decrease collagen production and are habits to avoid. 

Benefits of Collagen

Collagen has many benefits for the human body, such as its ability to strengthen bones, promote skin and hair growth, and improve joint health. This makes sense given that collagen is one of the major building blocks of your bones, skin, and muscles. In fact, collagen has been used for years as fillers to plump lips and soften wrinkles. Collagen has become more accessible with emerging collagen supplements that are both affordable and easy to consume. Among the many health benefits collagen has to offer, here are three with the most evidence by research studies: 

  • Muscle mass: 1-10% of all muscle tissue is composed of collagen. It is no wonder that protein such as collagen is necessary to keep your muscles strong and functioning. Researchers suggest that taking collagen supplements might promote muscle protein synthesis, which can stimulate muscle growth after you exercise. In a recent study, collagen supplements when taken alongside strength training increased muscle mass and strength more so than the placebo in the study. For people with age-related muscle mass loss, taking collagen supplements may significantly improve muscle growth and strength.
  • Arthritis: Studies have shown that collagen supplements may improve the symptoms of arthritis and even protect the body against the progression of the disease. Collagen has been known to help maintain the integrity of cartilage and improve joint protection. As collagen decreases with age, your risk of developing joint disorders increases. Taking collagen supplements may slow the aging of your joints and improve symptoms of joint diseases. 
  • Skin: As you age, you produce less collagen. This leads to more wrinkles and dry skin. Studies have shown that women taking collagen supplements have an improved skin appearance and elasticity. Collagen is used in many serums, topical creams, and capsules to improve the skin’s wrinkles and lines. Many studies have shown that using collagen on the skin can slow aging and reduce wrinkles and dryness. Furthermore, taking collagen supplements may promote protein production that can help structure your skin, such as elastin and fibrillin. 

This is just the beginning of the long list of ways you can benefit from collagen supplements. Collagen can improve your gut health, hair/nails, brain health, and weight loss. 

Here are 3 collagen supplements we recommend: 

·      Live Well’s Collagen Supplement

·      Elemis’s Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

·      Hum’s Collagen Love Capsules

When purchasing collagen supplements, look out for the following keywords: collagen hydrolysate, hydrolyzed collagen, and collagen peptides. In addition, be sure to purchase supplements from a reputable brand that uses high-quality ingredients. 

Collagen and Your Skin

The newest skincare craze is collagen supplements. Collagen helps skin cells adhere to one another. It gives the skin strength, stretch, and elasticity. Collagen production decreases with age, which contributes to wrinkles and saggy skin. There are numerous studies suggesting that collagen improves the skin’s elasticity. However, many of these studies are small and uncontrolled. 

Therefore, we need more research to determine if collagen is beneficial for the skin when taken in supplements. Given that collagen is a hot topic in the beauty industry right now, it will not be long until more research emerges giving us insight as to how effective collagen is for aging skin.

How to Consume Collagen

Collagen comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be found in skin serums, moisturizers, and creams as well as pills and capsules that you can take alongside your daily multivitamins. Collagen can come in a powder that can be put in your favorite foods, such as smoothies, salads, and more. It can be taken in the form of gummies or even as gelatin in Jell-O. There are some foods that contain more collagen than others, such as chicken, fish, nuts, beans, grains, and red meats. 

The bottom line is, there are many creative ways to consume collagen. How you consume collagen does not matter as much as what level of quality of collagen you consume. Low quality supplements can be harmful. You must find high quality, reputable source of collagen supplements to ensure the collagen you are consuming is both safe and effective. 

Harms to Collagen Production

  • Aging: Your body’s collagen production naturally declines with age. Taking supplements is necessary to maintain collagen in your aging tissues. 
  • Sun exposure: It is important to protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen daily, as sun exposure is associated with decreased collagen production. 
  • Bad habits such as smoking: Smoking has negative effects on collagen production. Avoiding bad habits such as smoking can significantly improve your overall health, but especially your collagen production.
  • Poor diet: Having a poor diet has been linked to less collagen production. It is important to eat foods rich in collagen, such as red meats, fish, chicken, nuts, beans, and grains.

Sources: 

Collagen Skin Study 1: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6835901/

Health Matters: https://healthmatters.nyp.org/can-collagen-supplements-really-reduce-signs-of-aging/ 

Medicine Net: https://www.medicinenet.com/collagen_diet/article.htm

Collagen Skin Study 2: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03505684?term=oral+collagen+skin&draw=2&rank=1

HealthLine: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/collagen-benefits

Cedars Sinai: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/blog/collagen-supplements.html

Joint study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17076983/

Aging skin study: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259628887_Oral_Intake_of_Specific_Bioactive_Collagen_Peptides_Reduces_Skin_Wrinkles_and_Increases_Dermal_Matrix_Synthesis

Muscle study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4594048/

Weekly Facial Routine

Step 1:  Cleanse

This one might seem obvious, but it’s important to wash your face in the morning and evening and to do it right. Just splashing your face with water in the morning isn’t enough— you need a cleanser like to remove oil, dead skin, debris and acne-causing bacteria that transfers to your face from your hair and pillowcase while you sleep. And always use lukewarm water; hot water can zap the moisture out of your skin and cause dryness.

Step 2: Dermaplane

Brighten, soften, and smooth. You name it and our at-home Dermaplaning Tool does it. By gently removing dead skin and peach fuzz, this sleek sustainable device gives you professional results right at home, revealing a more radiant and glowing complexion.

  • Start at the top of the cheekbone near the hairline, hold your skin taut behind the blade and gently glide the dermaplaning tool towards the nose using short strokes.
  • Continue until you have resurfaced the entire cheek and jaw.
  • Gently repeat light strokes on the chin, above the lips, and on the forehead.

Step 3:  TCA Lactic & Glycolic Peel

  • Apply a dropper to face and neck.
  • You may feel a slight tingle for about one minute. Rinse after 3 minutes.

Step 4:  Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Ideal for all skin types, this non-greasy serum is rich in hyaluronic acid, one of the world’s lightest and most effective hydrators. Capable of holding nearly 1,000 times its weight in water, our fast-absorbing form of hyaluronic acid delivers its moisturizing benefits deep within the skin’s vital layers where it quenches dehydration, controls oil, and visibly plumps fine lines. I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Hyaluronic Acid Organic Serum also contains Immortelle flower to evens out skin tone.

  • Apply a dropper to face and neck.

Step 5:  Moisturizer

  • Apply a dropper to face and neck.

Step 6: Sunscreen

In your early 50s, you most likely will experience menopause, when estrogen halts and testosterone takes over. During the first few years of menopause, your skin will lose a significant amount of its collagen and moisture, and as a result, your ‘glow’ will vanish as well. While wrinkles are annoying enough, many people find themselves dealing with crepey skin for the first time in their 50s. Those fine lines and early wrinkles you may have been fighting against in your 30s and 40s will likely become permanent fixtures on your face by 50. Hormonal changes also occur as we reach our 50s, which is when menopause starts, and this can make your skin dry and sandpaper-like in touch.

1-BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SKIN WITH SKIN PEELS

Our skin renewal decreases significantly with every year, causing the skin to look dull and dry. A weekly at-home gentle skin peel can help. Your skin actually becomes thinner as you get older, becoming drier and more fragile as a result. People who are older can develop skin that breaks more easily, causing cuts and scabs. You can use a gentle face peel and a body peel to make your skin softer and help with the sun damage, age spots, and dry skin.

2-ENHANCE YOUR TEXTURE WITH MICRO-NEEDLING

What Is Micro-needling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. You might also hear it called collagen induction therapy.

Micro-needling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skinskin texture, pore size, brown spots, stretch marks, and pigment issues. It’s also called skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction.

Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction we recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended.

It’s considered effective in treating minor scarring related to acne, wounds, and aging. You’ll likely notice brighter, firmer skin, too. Ideal results are achieved after multiple sessions. Micro-needling is far more effective than at-home rollers. An electric pen like the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Glow Derma pen, is safe, painless and super easy to use.

3-SMOOTH YOUR SKIN OUT WITH DERMAPLANING

Professional Dermaplaning Tool is an aesthetician approved, at-home facial exfoliation treatment that uses a sterile single edge blade to safely remove the buildup of dead skin and peach fuzz that make your complexion appear dull and flaky. By stripping the outermost layer of dead skin on the face the Dermaplaning Tool instantly reveals smoother, more luminous skin.

4-FADE LINES WITH PEPTIDES & RETINOL

Peptides are the building blocks of collagen and elastin fibers that are found in our skin, explains cosmetic Dr. Jen Robins, MD. They’re short chains of amino acids, and can tell the body to produce even more collagen. When it comes to fighting wrinkles, the first ingredient people think about is retinol. But peptides are a great alternative and have almost been forgotten about! … Peptides are great for sensitive skin or skin that is new to an anti-aging routine.

After the age of 50 for best skin care routine it best to use Peptides and Retinol. Retinol cream at night and a peptide serum in the morning. The strongest peptides are copper peptides and can even help with intensive skin repair and scarring. This also can be applied together with micro-needling. For those with stubborn skincare concerns, like deep wrinkles and pronounced uneven skin tone, you may want to consider a product with a higher percentage of retinol, between 0.5% and 2.5% retinol.

Do you really need a skincare fridge?

Keeping skincare products in the fridge isn’t expressly necessary unless a company advises it. So while most people probably don’t need a skincare fridge, “storing some skincare products in the fridge can help protect the longevity and stability,” says Dr. Stein.

Makeup fridges are the sort of beauty phenomenon that could only spawn in the social media age. They’re compact. They’re colorful. When spilling over with face masks and pint-sized perfumes, they’re just plain cute. They’ve been posted with the hashtag #beautyfridge 2,186 times on Instagram. What they’re not, however, is totally necessary for your skincare or makeup routine.

The best products to keep in a skincare fridge is eye cream. “The cooler temperature of an eye cream helps calm puffiness by causing vasoconstriction, the restriction of blood flow to the under-eye area,” she says. “A chilled eye cream can definitely help decrease those pesky eye bags in the morning.

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Not only are they a private spot to cool down your stash of sheet masks, face mists, creams and more (without any food odors thrown into the mix), but they’re also much smaller than the average refrigerator, meaning you can store them on your work desk or vanity as enviable decor.

Cooluli Infinity 10L Mini Refrigerator

Perfect for cooling sodas, snacks and serums too, this mini fridge from Cooluli is an ultra-versatile addition to your space. Compact, mini design switches from heating to cooling with a thermoelectric system that adapts to your needs with quiet, low-noise operation. Plugs in to power on.

Features
– Mini refrigerator
– Thermo-electric cooling and warming system
– Compact and portable
– Top handle
– Plug-in

Content + Care
– Plastic, tempered glass
– Wipe clean
– Imported
– Made in compliance with US electrical standards. To use this item outside of the US, pair with an outlet adapter and voltage converter made specifically for use in your location.

Size
– Dimensions: 11.4”l x 9.4”w x 13.4”h
– Weight: 7.9 lbs
– Shipping package dimensions: 15.2”l x 11.1”w x 13.5”h
– Shipping package weight: 8.9 lbs

The Frigidaire 6 can mini personal beverage refrigerator The retro design will look great with any decor whether contemporary or traditional. $44.99

  • Holds 6-cans or 4 l
  • Compact and portable with a carrying handle so you can take it with you where ever you go
  • Heavy duty locking latch and door hinge to keep your beverages or snacks secure
  • A viewing window allows you to see inside so you know when it’s time to refill
  • Easy to clean, fully insulated interior features a shelf for storing small snacks
  • Thermoelectric cooling system keeps your beverages and snacks at just the right temperature consistently
  • Quiet and safe from vibration
  • Cools up to 20°F below ambient room temperature
  • Powered by 110-Volt (AC) wall outlet
  • Plugs in to 12-Volt car adapter or home outlet, both cords included
  • 1-year warranty on parts and labor

Cooluli – Classic 0.1 Cu. Ft. Mini Fridge – White $49.00

EcoMax technology

The fridge features Cooluli’s unique cooling system, making it powerful yet incredibly quiet.

From cooling to warming with one quick switch

The simple flip of a switch gets your mini fridge to go from cooling to warming easily.

1 shelf and 1 door basket

Offer stylish storage for your items.

Cooling or warming

The fridge cools down to 35° – 40°F below ambient temperature and warms up to 149°F by internal thermostat.

Single door

Classic design that meets various needs.

Carry handle on the top

Makes transport easy and convenient.

Includes a USB cord

The fridge comes with a USB cord and offers flexibility, the fridge can be powered with a minimum 2A power bank (USB power bank not included).

0.14 cu. ft. storage capacity

Provides plenty of space to keep your cosmetics and skincare products cold and fresh.

Gourmia 6-Can Mini Fridge Cooler & Warmer with Bluetooth Speaker. $55.59

This lightweight Gourmia fridge is awesome for your skincare products.

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Lightweight 6-can mini cooler and warmer features a removable shelf, self-locking latch, and integrated carry handle, all designed for easy portability.
  • Bluetooth speaker is perfect for entertaining at the campsite or the dorm, and the integrated speaker connects to your iPhone, Android, or other compatible smart device so you can stream music or podcasts while enjoying your refreshments.
  • Easily choose to chill up to 32°F or keep items warm with the flip of a switch. Well insulated interior holds temperature even after unplugged
  • Included are 2 detachable power chords, 1 AC for wall outlets, and 1 DC for cigarette lighters perfect for the home or on the road
  • Self-locking door

PRODUCT CARE

  • Manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty
  • For warranty information please click here

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • 10.24″H x 9.25″L x 6.89″W
  • 120V
  • 3-ft. cord length
  • Model no. GMF668BL