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Why Facials are important for healthy skin

Why Facials are important for healthy skin

Facials so much more than an hour of indulgent pampering. They have enormous benefits to the health and wellness off your skin, both in the short and long-term. When you consider all of the regular visits you make (dentist, hair salon, gym), you will realize […]

Everything you need to know about Microblading

Everything you need to know about Microblading

What is Microblading? Microblading is a form of tattooing where pigment is inserted under skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. Hair-like strokes are drawn with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows. How Much Does It Cost? The cost […]

Do collagen supplements do anything for skin health?

Do collagen supplements do anything for skin health?

Your Instagram feed is likely filled with Beauty influencers who blend collagen powders into smoothies, their coffee, or mix it into their oatmeal while raving about that radiant complexion it gives them. Collagen, that most abundant protein in the body, is the main building blocks of skin.

We are born with an ample supply of collagen. Unfortunately, those levels drop 1%-2% each year starting around age 30. In addition, Sun damage, smoking, exposure to pollution and weight fluctuations can further diminish collagen production.
Collagen-containing pills, powders,and juices have become all the rage in effort to replenish losses. But are they effective?

This studies done on oral collagen supplements are limited and haven’t produce conclusive evidence about their effect on skin health or appearance. Since collagen is a protein, it is likely digested in the stomach (like all proteins) and not distributed to the skin in a way that would produce any benefits.

However, there may still be promise for collagen ability to alleviate dry skin. One study showed that oral collagen improved skin hydration in those over the age of 30 and slowed it that formation of wrinkles while increasing skin thickness.

Consider eschewing expensive powders and focus instead on protein-rich foods, as your body will convent those nutrients into essential amino acids that are needed to keep skin (and other organs) healthy. Collagen rich foods include EGGS, LEAN MEATS, LENTILS, NUTS, SEEDS, and QUINOA. Be sure to add in serving of vitamin C. Vitamin C regulates the synthesis off the collagen structure.