Is your skin peeling? sensitive? dull or tired looking after the winter?

Is your skin peeling?  sensitive? dull or tired looking after the winter?

Is your skin peeling? sensitive? dull or tired looking after the winter?

Heal and nourish dry winter skin.

Our skin needs help holding in moisture especially as we age.  The cold dry weather in winter sucks it out!  Not mention things like coffee, alcohol, flying…  The water reserves empty and no amount of drinking water will fully fill and hold what the skin needs.  This can be done with hydrating serums, creams and masks.

Once hydration occurs we need to hold it there.  This is where ceramide or the right oils come in.  Slathering on any ole oil from the kitchen might not give the results you want as the size of the oil molecule matters.  We want them small enough as to not block or trap in the skin causing undesired bumps.

However, feeding the skin with the right nourishing oil will help calm, soothe and repair the skin, all the while giving it a little “blanket” to hold the water in.  When we couple a hydrating cream or serum such as Yonka 28, Hydra 1 cream and serum or GM Collins Hydramucine Optimal Serum, cream, gel or maskwith a bit of Yonka’s  Nutri-energizing oil or GM Collins NEW Essential Infusion Dry Oil or Ceramide capsules along with Hydramucine Optimal Serum, cream, gel or mask it will help with dull, tired, weakened skin that may feel sensitive or taut.  Even acne prone skin will benefit with the right combination.

Yonka’s Nutri Booster is a richer feeling oil and is also great mixed with their phyto-contour for eyes.  Whether puffiness and dark circles are your issues or just want to repair and prevent wrinkles.  The rosemary essential oil in the phyto-contour coupled with the seed oils and essential oils in the Nutri-Booster will have you waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed. (Lavender, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Thyme Flower/Leaf oil are just some of the amazing natural ingredients found in this bottle of miracles.

Don’t like the feel of oil on your skin?  No problem.
GM Collins NEW Essential Dry Oil is perfect for those who don’t want to feel anything on their skin and you will love how fast absorbing it really is.  The scent is amazing with it’s essential oils of (Jasmine, Rose, Bergamot, Amber, Vanilla and Musk)

 

Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice
The health benefits of cranberry juice include relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer, and heart disease. It is also beneficial in preventing stomach disorders and diabetes, as well as gum diseases caused by dental plaque. Phytonutrients, which are naturally derived plant compounds, are present in cranberries and have been found to prevent a wide range of health problems.

We Stocked up on pure unsweetend cranberry juice grown here in Muskoka. Available for $12.95.

Nutritional Value of Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and salicylic acid. Which is great for cleansing the skin as the salicylic helps to dissolve fatty inclusions and blockages in the skin. contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc. It also contains vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, E (alpha tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone).

Cranberry juice has long been used for curing various illnesses. Some of the health benefits of cranberries include the following.

Urinary tract Infections (UTI): . Studies have shown that the cranberry juice contains proanthocyanidins that possess anti-clinging properties, which prevent the bacteria from binding itself to the cells on the walls of the bladder. These compounds prevent these bacteria from multiplying and further and flush them out of the body through urination.  The flavonoids present in cranberries have antioxidant properties and may decrease the threat of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which the arteries are narrowed due to the build-up of fat, calcium, and cholesterol found in the blood. .

Prevents Tooth Decay:

According to new research studies, cranberry juice prevents tooth cavities. Proanthocyanidine, a chemical compound present in , inhibits the harmful bacteria from clinging to the teeth. These components inhibit acid production and protect the teeth from  by preventing the growth of plaque.  At the same time, one should watch out for the soaring sugar content and the acidity of some commercially available cranberry juices – natural juice is always better!

Avoid Respiratory Infections: According to conducted studies, cranberry juice helps to inhibit certain strains of the Haemophilus influenza, which is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. The juice inhibits the bacteria’s hair-like structures, inhibiting them from adhering to the surface of the skin.

Prevents Cancer: Cranberry contains proanthocyanidins, which inhibit the growth of various cancer cells.  Studies have suggested that diets rich in flavonoids play a fundamental role in reducing the risk of cancer and cancer mortality. Cranberry juice contains anti-carcinogenic components that interfere with the growth of cancer cells, particularly those associated with colon and prostate cancer. According to studies, proanthocyanidins can stop micro-tumors from developing in the blood vessels. Regular consumption of cranberry juice prevents the rapid growth of tumors. Chemicals in cranberries also prevent the multiplication of breast cancer cells.

Cures Cold: Fresh cranberry juice is effective at fighting against infections. It cures sore throats and colds.

Good for Obesity: Cranberry juice is rich in organic acids, which have an emulsifying effect on the fat deposits in our body. So, it is good for people who want to shed those extra kilos.

Prevents Kidney Stones: The high amount of acid components in cranberry juice prevents kidney stone formation.

The Brain: human research center suggest that the wealth of phytonutrients and antioxidants present in cranberries play a vital role in providing protection against the problems that develop with age such as memory loss and lack of coordination. Cranberries have a multitude of therapeutic properties that protect the cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals that contribute to aging, thereby making the skin look younger.

Foods: Cranberry fruit extract is used in making various sauces and cranberry juice cocktail. About one liter of juice can be extracted from 1500 grams of fresh cranberries. Cranberry juice cocktails are approximately 30% pure cranberry juice mixed with artificial sweetener or fructose. Dried cranberries can be enjoyed with breakfast cereals or can be added to muffins.

A Word of Caution

Cranberries and cranberry juice offer a variety of health benefits, barring the few exceptions listed below:

Warfarin (Coumadin): . There are indications that people who take warfarin should be cautious regarding the intake of cranberry, as they are at a high risk of bleeding. Excess consumption of cranberry juice is not recommended for those people as it may affect the efficacy and safety of warfarin in the body.

Aspirin allergy: Cranberries contain substantial quantities of salicylic acid, which is also present in aspirin. People who need blood thinners and are prescribed aspirin should avoid consuming too much cranberry juice. Intake of cranberries should also be restricted if you are allergic to aspirin.

Kidney stones: Cranberry extracts contain a significant concentration of oxalate and calcium. This amplifies the chances of developing calcium-oxalate stones and uric acid stones in certain people.

A Final Word on Cranberry Juice: Unsweetened cranberry juice tastes slightly sour, but for medicinal purposes, 2 ounces of cranberry juice diluted in 8 ounces of water is recommended. It is very good for your overall health. Finally, cranberry juice strengthens the immune system and helps to relieve stress.

cited from www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-cranberry-juice.html?utm_source=onesignal22Dec17

Experience Gifts

Experience Gifts

Experience gifts

Ever more popular of #gifts of experience.  Creating a memory of a new adventure, be it learning or time out for oneself is certainly popular on my list.  The ultimate is spending time with my daughter doing something we both enjoy.  #Spa time is always great for bonding.

 

Mom and daughter skin care treatments at Beauty Comes Naturally means you can both be in the same room.  While one relaxes with over sized pillows, blanket and a tea on a cozy bed, the other is treated to individualized facial treatments by myself, a certified master in skin care and aromatherapy.

 

We can customize your treatment to your specific needs.  Whether treating a skin condition such as rosacea, dryness, pigmentation issues, clogged pores, wrinkles or sagging skin we also look at your lifestyle and recommend home care to work with your needs.

 

Come relax, learn and share this gift for your skin and soul.

 

Book your Time for Two Facial Treatments   $160.00 includes two Le Grande Classic Facial Treatments, take home samples and a 20% discount on Yonka or GM Collins products when purchasing two or more products.

 

Upgrades are available if desired at any time.  Choose from our service menu.

 

Le Grand Classique |$80
Deep pore cleansing, restoring and relaxing

Your Yon-Ka treatment steps

An aromatic compress

2 warm mists with 5 essential oils*

Vegetable exfoliation

Peeling

Elimination of blackheads

Relaxing massage for face, neck and neckline

A mask for the eye contours

A purifying mask with aromatic compress for face and neck

A fresh aromatic awakening

One of the most elaborate, complete facials. Leaves you with clean, perfectly balanced skin and a radiant complexion. Customized and recommended at any age, it centers on Yon-Ka’s exclusive deep cleansing regimen: in 5 successive steps carried out with the utmost care in the oxygenating atmosphere of the 5 Quintessence* essential oils, the pure glow of the epidermis is revealed, one step at a time.

Results : purified skin, a toned complexion, and optimum relaxation.

Le Grand Classique is a cornerstone facial to indulge in once a month to keep skin healthy and in top condition.

Time Length 75 min

What plant survived the ice age?  How can it help your skin?

What plant survived the ice age? How can it help your skin?

TIME RESIST—Strengthen your skins ability to resist damage from UV radiation and extreme weather.

Did You know that your skin is one of the last organs in the body to receive nutrients from food!
Yes, that’s right. The liver, kidneys, heart and brain take what they need first. So feeding our skin from the outside in is necessary if you want to keep it at its best.
With new discoveries in Science the team of Chemist at Yonka has formulated Time Resist to reduce collagenase (the enzyme that destroys collagen fibers) and at the same time build new collagen fibers to keep our skin firm and lifted as well as improving or recreating blood capillaries to bring more oxygen and blood to the skin. The results, less wrinkles, more firmness and more radiant skin.
What survived the ice age and high levels of radiation? Sapoaria pumila
Dermal Stem Cell Protection with a Plant that Survived the last Ice Age PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® is the first active ingredient that is based on Saponaria pumila, a rare flower that survived the last ice age in the Alps. In fact, during this period of glaciation the Saponaria pumila plant managed to escape the ice by moving to rare ice-free mountain peaks, which are known as nunataks. As a result of being constantly exposed to low temperatures and high amounts of UV radiation, Saponaria pumila developed protecting and repair mechanisms that enabled it to adapt to its challenging environment. This extremophile plant which features large pink flowers can still be found to this day in the Alps. However it is considered a protected species in some regions. Thanks to PhytoCellTec™ technology which makes possible the large scale cultivation of cells from rare and endangered plant species, they were able to develop PhytoCellTec™ nunatak®, an extract of Saponaria pumila stem cells. Consequently, the survival characteristics of Saponaria pumila can be transferred to human skin. PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® was shown in vitro to efficiently protect dermal stem cells against UV-induced stress and maintain their stemness. Clinical studies confirmed the positive effect of PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® on the dermis as skin density, firmness and elasticity were greatly improved after just one month. Furthermore, our results revealed that PhytoCellTec™ nunatak® helped the skin to cope better with aggressions when used in pre-treatment (protective effect).

Smoother, Clearer skin, tighter pores

 

 

 

 

 No matter what age you are this fall routine will prepare the skin for the a more radiant look.

Whether this summer has left you with a few more brown spotstiny bumps (milia), enlarged pores or a dull look, this will get you back on track by eliminating dead skin cells, replacing lost minerals and gently pulling deeper impurities out of the skin.  Thus preparing the skin for further pigment repairing and healing.
For those of you who received my newsletter on safe and not so safe sun screen ingredients, now may be the time to reverse the damage caused by chemical sunscreens. (some of which contribute to discoloration!)  for a copy of that newsletter email me kerry@beautycomesnaturally.com 

First we need to get a little closer to the live cells and feed them with some healthy nutrients to start the healing.

To eliminate the surface layer of dead cells

I recommend the Gommage 303  (normal to oily)  or Gommage305 (dry or sensitive).

This gentle yet effective clarifying gel first and foremost hydrates the skin which is needed to transport nutrients in and impurities out.  Secondly it sloughs off the surface dead cells that contribute to blocked pores, dull grey skin and finer lines and wrinkles.  Ideally this should be used 2-3 times a week.
*note it does not scratch healthy cells or contribute to broken capillaries like many other exfoliants on the market.

For those in need of a more intense peel,

use the Alpha-Complex Anti-Wrinkle Renewing Concentrate at night for one month.

These fruit acids not only reduce the look and depth of wrinkles but further remove dead cells blocking pores and contributing to pimples and milia formation.

Protect during the day with Fruitelia a 3 in 1, this hydrating moisturizer contains some fruit acids enhancing the renewing effect, and also contains Titanium Dioxide a safe sun filter great for days where only light protection is needed like heading to the office.

To protect your skin further, again the two best minerals zinc and titanium dioxide for a reflective barrier.  I highly recommend Tizo solar protection comes in tinted and non tinted formulas including a tinted spf for the lips! Available here in store and will be in our online store soon.

Call or email and we will be happy to ship out to you.

Watch for our Skin Brightening Kits for age spots and discoloration for home in our next newsletter or book a treatment!

For a custom home care regime to meet YOUR NEEDS

FREE consultation is included with any of our facial treatments.

This months Feature Facial:
Yonka Alpha-Vital | $100
Resurfacing AHA-BHA treatment. 75 minutes

Using organically sourced AHA-BHA from natural fruits, dead cells are brushed from  the skin’s surface.  It becomes noticeably smoother without a hint of sensitivity. One treatment will boost your complexion for that special occasion. For true anti-aging benefits, a course of 4 treatments is recommended.
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or email us
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Protect your skin from environmental stressors

gm may 2016Vitamin C, one of our great Anti-oxidants is like putting a protective barrier around our cells keeping those nasty wild free radicals from creating havoc on our skin. When we couple this with peptides (part of a protein chain of amino acids) and Marine Collagen, (Collagan is a building block for firm skin) while the Marine Algae contains Vitamins, minerals and trace elements not only are preventing the big bad wolf from causing destruction but you are giving all the materials needed to build new healthy cells…If you only give a carpenter wood with no nails it will be difficult to frame a house. That is what collagen and peptides do build repair and maintain the elastine and collagen fibres in our skin. Now you need pipes, wiring, drywall etc. and that is what Marine algae contains…the materials to help our cells function. The BB cream not only makes the house glow with a hint of colour but helps reflect the sun rays. Get your FREE in BB Cream in Beige or Bronze Tints until July 1, 2016. Order online or email us kerry@beautycomesnaturally.com to be ready for summer with glowing skin!

Macadamia Oil

What’s in macadamia oil?  

Maybe the best kept little beauty secret.

It has a wonderful affinity with the skin, both topically and internally.

Each precious drop is SO rich in essential fatty acids,

 

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  • A light weight, medium nutty oil
  • Its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
  • It is a very stable oil, with a shelf life of up to two years
  • It’s perfect for heart health as it contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids
  • It has a non greasy feel on the skin, which gives the oil a nice workable film
  • Its Palmitoleic and Oleic Acid profile, makes it the perfect choice for a mature or dry skin
  • Phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery, they work like cortisone on the skin helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
  • The Linoleic Fatty Acid content, makes it great for a skin that has difficulty retaining moisture

Macadamia Nut Oil Profile  

Macadamia nut oil contains the perfect ratio of essential fatty acids that are not naturally created by the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are an anti-inflammatory, whilst omega 6 work as a pro-inflammatory, which is why it is a great oil for those who suffer from sensitive skin condition

Lets take a closer look at the interesting fatty acid profile:

Palmitoleic acid

  •  Palmitoleic Acid is extremely healing

The oil contains one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids, between 16 to 23%.

Palmitoleic is vital for delaying skin and premature aging; As our skin ages it rapidly becomes depleted in this important fatty acid, which is why macadamia is the perfect inclusion for mature skin types.

By applying the oil topically, you will improve your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels, this decreases the rate your skin will deteriorate, keeping it taut and discouraging wrinkles from forming. Palmitoleic acid is a potent antioxidant known to support healthy cell membranes, hydrating the skin and supporting skin healing

Oleic acid

  • Oleic acid is moisturising and an anti-inflammatory, making it a great choice for a dry, sensitive skin types.

This Fatty Acid gives macadamia nut oil its fantastic regenerating and moistursing properties. Oleic acid protects your heart from disease and reduces cholesterol levels, the fact that it is low in saturated fat and rich in the the all important mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, is what makes it so heart healthy.

Linoleic acid

  • Linoleic acid restores the skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated.

This is a wonderful fatty acid that helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skins delicate tissues.

Phytosterols

  • Phytosterols found in the oil act as a penetration enhancer, delivering the all important benefits to the deeper layers of your skin

These have a real affinity with the skin, plant phytosterols are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure.

Sterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why Macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration abilities.

Phytosterols are also calming and healing, which is why it is known to help repair the skin’s barrier function.

 

Beautifying Skin From the Inside and Out

My motto is “what goes on goes in” then this has to be true for Macadamia nut oil, containing all those beneficial fatty acids right?

Whenever you consume this oil your giving yourself a real health boost.

Not only applying macadamia nut oil topically but also taking it internally, will help achieve that crucial essential fatty acids balance your diet requires for health.

  • It contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it perfect for internal use and heart health

As you can see, it provides all the building blocks necessary for your skin.  

Thanks to the Naked Chemist for some of the above info and to Jindalli our supplier of pure Macadamia Oil.

For the science heads:

Macadamia oil is produced by cold pressing macadamia kernels, which is then refined to give a pure oil with the following profile:

Almost 90% of macadamia oil is made up of 3 fatty acids; oleic acid, palmitoleic acid, and palmitic acid.

Oleic Acid – a natural anti-inflammatory

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid that moisturizes the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It helps skin cells regenerate quickly, keeping skin smooth and supple.

Palmitoleic Acid – a natural anti-microbial

Palmitoleic acid is a monounsaturated, omega-7 fatty acid that helps to prevent burns, wounds and skin scratches. It is the most active anti-microbial in human sebum and is surpassed only by palmitic acid as the main fatty acid in sebum.

Palmitic Acid

Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid that helps maintain the skin’s healthy barrier function, by forming an occlusive layer on the surface.

What’s in skin sebum?
Our bodies naturally produce an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to condition, moisturize, and protect the skin. Sebum consists of a number of complex lipids, such as, triglycerides, wax esters, and squalene. As we age, the production of sebum changes in both quantity and in composition. In early adolescence, our sebum production increases until we are in our 20’s and 30’s, where it begins to decline. The amount produced varies between males and females, with females experiencing a more noticeable decline around the age of 40.

Source: Nazzaro-Porro M, Passi S, Boniforti L, Belsito F: Effects of ageing on fatty acids in skin surface lipids. J Invest Dermatol 73:112-117, 1979.

This reduction in sebum production results in our skin becoming thinner and drier. In order to maintain healthy looking skin, we need to replace these lost lipids.

The composition of our sebum also changes with age. The two main fatty acids of human skin sebum are palmitic acid (22.5%) and palmitoleic acid (21.8%). The level of palmitic acid in sebum remains fairly constant throughout our lives. However, the production of palmitoleic acid starts to decline once we are in our 20’s.


Source: Yamamoto A, Serizawa S, Ito M, Sato Y: Effect of Ageing on Sebaceous Gland Activity and on the Fatty Acid Composition of Wax Esters. J Invest Dermatol 89(5):507-12, 1987

Macadamia oil has one of nature’s highest botanical oil content of palmitoleic acid. It just so happens that the amount of palmitoleic acid present in macadamia oil is almost identical to that in human sebum (approximately 22%). This similarity in chemical composition provides a very high compatibility of macadamia oil with human skin

How do Stem Cells work?

 

Should you use Stem Cells for your skin?

 “Stem cells contribute to the body’s ability to renew and repair its tissues. Unlike mature cells, which are permanently committed to their fate, stem cells can both renew themselves and create new cells of whatever tissue they belong to (and other tissues). This means that the stem cell can either divide into two daughter cells which will mature into grown up cells, or (and more commonly) it can give rise to two cells: one that will become a mature cell, and another which retains the capacity to divide again.  Instead of giving rise to two of the same cells, you get one regular cell and another stem cell (which can continue this cycle of replication for a long long time). Bone marrow stem cells, for example, are the most primitive cells in the marrow. From them all the various types of blood cells are descended. Bone marrow stem cell transfusions (or transplants) were originally given to replace various types of blood cells.”

Most of us are somewhat familiar with or heard of bone marrow transplants, where one person (a matched donor) donates some bone marrow.  When bone marrow stem cells are given to a person whose bone marrow has been destroyed by radiation and chemotherapy treatments, often a treatment for leukemia, this bone marrow transplant then helps produce new healthy bone marrow and blood cells.

Blood from the umbilical cord contains some stem cells that are genetically identical to the baby. How I wish I would have asked to save my daughters cord in a bank. Like adult stem cells, these are multipotent stem cells (Multipotent stem cells cannot give rise to any old cell in the body – they are restricted to a limited range of cell types) that are able to differentiate into certain, but not all, cell types. For this reason, umbilical cord blood is often banked, or stored, for possible future use should the individual require stem cell therapy.

For skin care however we need not go to such lengths.  Instead, plant stem cells are extracted and cultured in labs away from pollution and pesticides. This way, scientists have more control over the quality and quantity of whatever anti-aging substance the plant produces. This bio technology also gives them access to purer ingredients because they don’t have to worry about toxins or chemicals sneaking in from an outside source.

 

 

 

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Derived from 3 unique technologies:

  • Plant Stem Cells
  • OrsirtineTM
  • Geranylgeranylisopropanol

Five years of Research and Development led to the creation of a NEW GENERATION of anti-aging products designed to visibly promote the revitalization of the skin and to help delay the visible signs of aging.  Launched by GM Collins in 2010 these amazing Stem Cell Serum , Stem Cell Cream, Gel- Cream and Stem Cell Eye Contour Cream continue to be a favourite among myself and others delivering what it claims.Image result for malus domestica fruit cell culture extract

 

 

to see some befofe and after photo’s go to www.gmcollin.com/images/intro/StemCellEN.pdf

Pink Ribbon and healthy skin

October is ‪#‎breastcancerawareness‬month. This month I will be blogging and sharing valuable information on the products we use on our skin and the effects to our health.

Native  Collegen Gel is amazing for treating burns and scars that can be associated with surgery or radiation.  Collegen is a part of our connective tissue that supports our skin and is essential for rebuilding and repairing when coupled with Elastine   and Oligopeptides-5 (contains several amino acids that help form protein) this visibly improves the skin elasticity.  I like to use the analogy of pantyhose when trying to imagine the fiber network of collegen and elastine. Tight and supportive when new but after wear and tear like that of stress and fatigue and environmental exposure the fibers give way and sag.  When we are not replacing enough collegen soon the lines and wrinkles set in.

 

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I’ve seen amazing results with the clinical treatment used in conjunction with Vitamin C Serum we were able to help grow back severely damaged skin that was burned from the sun so bad the epidermis was gone!  Six months after we began the treatments the client had friends that had not seen her for a year ask in amazement what she had done she looked younger and healthier then ever.Kerry Foreman - Beauty Comes Naturally's photo.

Save 15% on a Collegen 90 II Clinical Facial treatment or series and discover the the glow of healthy looking skin at ‪#‎Beautycomesnaturally‬ your ‪#‎spa‬ in ‪#‎Muskoka‬

Kerry Foreman - Beauty Comes Naturally's photo..With the purchase of our ‪#‎NativeCollegenGel‬ and 3D lifting Serum not only will you get healing and lifting, a Free Eye Contour Corrector and instant Radiance Eye Patch but $2.00 will be donated to the ‪#‎Canadian‬BreastCancer

A great way to get collegen from the inside out , is to boil down organic chicken, turkey or meat bones for about 8 hours.  Let it cool overnight then reheat the next day straining out the bones for a great collegen boosting stock to a soup add to it some dark green leafy vegtables like spinach, cabbage and kale.

  • Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. It is produced by the skin and other parts of the body. When you are young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and smooth skin. It is referred to, as the cement which holds everything together. As you age collagen production declines and weakening of the skin occurs, this is when skin wrinkles, necks become saggy, lines form around eyes and mouth.The skin is made up of three layers, epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The second layer of the skin (dermis) is where the protein collagen is found. Collagen molecules are bundled together throughout the dermis.Always remember, anti aging facial creams with harmful chemicals in them can actually age you instead of reversing aging. Some of the ingredients are toxic to our system.

     

    There are ways to help you increase the collagen in your skin, so you have to know what nutrients your body really needs to do this.

    Another  great way to get collegen from the inside out , is to boil down organic chicken, turkey or meat bones for about 8 hours.  Let it cool overnight then reheat the next day straining out the bones for a great collegen boosting stock to a soup add to it some dark green leafy vegtables like spinach, cabbage and kale.

    Soy products  such as soymilk and cheese contain an element known as genistein. The presence of genistein gives soy products their collagen production qualities, as well as helping to block enzymes that tend to break down and age the skin.  Just about any soy product contains enough genistein to be helpful, including soy products that have been developed as substitutes for meat products.  Make sure you are buying GMO free soy though which is tougher to find these days as almost 90% of the soy now is from GMO seeds.

     

    Eat You Dark green vegetables are also excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents.  Add dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day.  They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein.  You need 10 mg to get results – which equates to about  4oz. of spinach or 2oz. of kale.  .  Rich in Vitamin C,  regular consumption of kale, spinach, collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilize the protein effectively.

     

    Beans help your body produce a vital anti-ageing substance called hyaluronic acid.  Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.

  • Red fruits and vegetables also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet.  The presence of lycopenesl in these types of foods helps to act asantioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production. Try adding red peppers, beets, and fresh or stewed tomatoes to the diet. Also include sweet potatoes, carrots and more.  Research from Dr Ronald Watson at the University of Arizona has found that the antioxidants in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. “The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen,” says Dr Watson.
     Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables are natural  sources of collagen production.  You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberies into your daily diet.

     

    Prunes  One of the biggest causes of skin aging is attack by substances called free radicals, that break down healthy skin tissues.  Antioxidants helps neutralise these free radicals before they can do any damage – and prunes are the fruit containing the absolute highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second. Eat five to six prunes, or a small basket of blueberries, daily to get a great health boost .

    Omega  Oils also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish is an excellent source of omega fatty acids, however some research suggest avoiding any farmed fish unless it’s organic.  Nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts contain healthy amounts as well.

    Flaxseed is a major sources of the healthy fat omega-3. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer made from this and other fats so, the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.  Mix it into smoothies or add it to balsamic vinegar and use it as a salad dressing, but try to have a tablespoon each day.

    Foods that are rich in sulphur content are also important to collagen production. Among these are green and black olives, fresh cucumbers, and fresh stalks of celery. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high. Try adding raw carrots, fresh cantaloupe and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.

    Turkey contains a vital skin-friendly protein called carnosine  that slows down a process in the skin called cross-linking. When this happens, fibers grow into the collagen of the skin making it stiff and inelastic. This then stops it snapping back when you do things like smile, laugh or frown – and this is what causes smile lines or crows feet.  Eat turkey two to three times a week.

    Chocolate  is really is good for your skin. In studies in Germany, it was found that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage – the number-one skin ager. Only dark chocolate contains enough antioxidants to have effects, though.

  • Manuka Honey is a special honey from New Zealand with unique healing properties. It has been used in skin care for centuries by the Maori people of New Zealand and it’s easy to understand why. When used topically, Active Manuka Honey can restore and rejuvenate your skin. It supports the skin cell renewal process and assists in the formation of stronger collagen protein. As an added benefit, active manuka honey is rich in antioxidants and helps to reduce blemishes.
  • Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They  contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.Avocado Oil  If you want to know how to naturally produce collagen, you need to use face masks or creams that contain avocado oil. Avocado oil is deeply

 

 

 

some of the information in this article is courtesy of healthcentral

 

 

 

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