Behind The Beauty CIINs || Episode 3 Detailed
There is no arguing that the most talked about, googled, searched for subject in the world of beauty is one word; collagen.. To many, after the age of 25, aging presents itself in many shapes and forms, whether it’s wrinkles, saggy skin, fine lines or thinning lips. The general youthful plump complexion tends to hinder with age, which eventually gives in to the inevitable force of gravity.
Originally, collagen is a Greek word, kolla in Greek means glue, and what other word describes collagen at its best?! it is literally the glue that holds all the body cells together, collagen is a protein which provides strength and elasticity that make our skin taut and supple.. It produces another popular protein, elastin. Let’s delve into that and get ready to plump up the volume!
Collagen is the building block protein in our bodies, and to be quite specific with its beautifying powers, we need to understand where it settles in our skin layers.. The skin is comprised of an outer layer; the epidermis, the middle layer that beholds the collagen and elastin is deeper and it’s the layer where wrinkles originate from.. Tackling this dermis layer is our goal for triggering collagen production and rejuvenation..
How to boost collagen levels in our skin.
1 || Creams
There are many creams that claim having collagen in them, but we should not give in to random ones as the collagen molecules are quite big, and for them to penetrate to the dermis layer is just like trying to fit in a big sofa through a narrow doorway.. By applying creams with small molecules that are the ingredient recipe for collagen synthesis, you make sure that your skin will use those ingredients to build up collagen after easily penetrating the epidermis and dermis.. When buying a collagen cream, always read the labels, make sure that they comprise of vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, collagen peptides, CoQ10 and retinol..
2 || Foods
High quality protein foods are a must and should be incorporated in our diets if we want to amplify the collagen protein in our systems. Collagen is an amino acid after all, so it makes sense to ingest meat, chicken, salmon and low fat dairy foods in our regimes.
3 || Vitamin C
Vitamin C is our favorite vitamin. It has a multitude of benefits, and for our collagen production we should be aware of the fact that it is the utmost significant ingredient used in each and every step of the collagen synthesis, without it, there will be no efficient collagen production. There are many ways where we can add it to our routines, whether by intensive topical serums, high vitamin C foods or tablets..
4 || Pills, Powders, Gels or Syrups
All these are great for collagen build up. But what we need to remember here is that they tend to go a very long way through our acidic digestive tract and blindly believing that they will end up settling in our faces is a bit far fetched, that’s why they are mostly prescribed for joints and connective tissue. However, you can still use them but again check the labels, look for hydrolyzed collagen and the word bioavailability, as well as other ingredients such as ceramide, chondroitin sulphate, DNA.. The higher the better!
5 || Light and Ultrasound Energy Based Treatments
Why are those treatments considered the most effective? By using high intensity ultrasound laser on the skin, heat is the result, this heat is the reason behind triggering the collagen formation process in the dermis layer. Our favorites are HiFu and any laser treatment that stimulates collagen.. to read more for options click here.