Boost your collagen

How to boost your collagen for youthful skin

If you are a frequent skincare consumer (or read beauty articles), you’ve without a doubt read that collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance. You know it’s vital to your skin, and you especially know it is something you need in your anti-aging routine. But what is collagen, and how can you really boost it? Does consuming it make you look younger, or is it a buzzword used in beauty marketing? Let’s take a closer look at collagen and what modern tools are needed to keep it flowing.

Different types of collagen

To simplify collagen’s definition, it is a protein that creates structure all over your body, including the structure of your face, fingernails, and bones. It acts as a cement that glues together cells to create supportive strands. Although there are 28 types of collagen in our body, there are only five significant types of collagen that are the most crucial.

According to renewalliance.com, Type I Collagen is the most abundant in our body (over 90%) and stronger than steel by weight. It is found in our skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, and organs.

Type II Collagen makes up movable joints.

Type III (the so-called ‘baby collagen’) is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue.

Type IV forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane.

Type V is present in cell surfaces, hair and placenta.

Did you know that collagen was this important to your body as a whole? It is the key protein that creates beautiful and healthy-looking skin.

What happens to collagen as we age?Mature woman's skin

The bad news about collagen is that we lose it. When we turn about 25 years of age, our collagen production starts to put on the brakes a bit, then slows down dramatically after age 30. We lose about 1-2% of collagen each year after 30! You will inevitably compromise your collagen levels if you smoke cigarettes or get too much sun or pollution exposure.

When you start to see lines and wrinkles form on the face, your Type 1 and Type 5 collagen is starting to slow down in production. Usually, it is around this time when consumers begin to panic and buy every anti-aging cream on the market in hopes to reverse the damage. While the world isn’t going to end when you get crow’s feet, it may cause you to start to explore anti-aging options that are out on the market.

What can you do to boost collagen?

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be the fountain of youth, but are you willing to go through expensive and exhaustive trials to find out? Here are two suggestions that combine natural collagen boosters along with some help from laser technology to help create firmer and more supple skin.

Zint Collagen

Supplements

One way many consumers get their daily dose of collagen is to consume it through supplements. This subject is controversial because there have not been many scientific studies done on the effects of consumed collagen yet. Studies that were conducted were performed on very small groups, although the results reported have so far been impressive.

A study done in 2014 of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who consumed 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for two months showed improved elasticity of the skin compared with the group that did not take the collagen.

According to WebMD.com, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018–30% up from 2017. As you can see from this example, collagen supplements and products are a seriously growing trend–but according to doctors, the quality of the supplement is important.

According to WebMD.com, you should choose a collagen supplement from a company that chooses their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources. They also suggest that you shop around for a trusted brand with a third-party label, like NSF or USP. WebMD also suggests that you stay clear of collagen supplements that contain probiotics, fiber, or other types of additives which could interact with the collagen and make it less effective.

OrganicAuthority.com has a nice top 10 collagen supplements list, where their choices were determined using sources like the FDA and the non-GMO Project.

Laser technologyTria SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser

Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face and the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser, are made to penetrate the surface of the skin using a non-ablative fractional laser that does not wound the skin as the stronger ablative laser does. These lasers have several benefits that include stimulating collagen production to fade wrinkles and smooth out the texture and exfoliating the surface of the skin to help brighten dark areas and give the skin a healthy glow.

How non-ablative fractional lasers work: The laser’s heat promotes collagen production, which triggers the skin to tighten up. Thousands of tiny columns are created by the fractional laser to stimulate a healing response, resulting in less visible crepey-ness and wrinkles along with a smoother texture.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), non-ablative laser treatments cost about $1,031 per session in the medical office, and it will take several sessions for most people in order to see good results. Tria’s SmoothBeauty Lasers for at-home use target beams of light deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production the same way that professional laser treatments do. In other words, you’re getting the same technology, but for a fraction of the cost of one session of laser treatment. No trips to the clinic and everything is done on your schedule!

Apply the sunscreen!

One more tip that will help you save your precious collagen: Use SPF 30 or more. A majority of your collagen is lost through UV exposure, so make sure you find a good SPF moisturizer or sunblock that you can wear daily.

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Best summer sunscreen for the face

Best summer sunscreens for the face

When you were a kid, do you remember someone putting really white sunscreen on your face when you were about to go into the summer sun? Do you remember sunscreen having a particular smell such as coconut or just very “tropical”? It seems that as a child, there was only one type of sunscreen and it was slathered on both your face and body. Now, in 2019 as grown adults, we have different skincare needs, desires and personal preferences such as a vegan, gluten-free, all-natural physical sunscreen that blocks out UVA/UVB and blue light in BPA-free packaging. Do such things exist? You bet they do.

There are literally thousands of sunscreen choices with many different features and varying price points. To sift through everything would take a long time, but we’ve managed to hone in on dermatologist-recommended and beauty guru-approved choices that we think you will love. Read on to see what we’ve picked and why we love them!

Face Sunscreen For All Skin Types

COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 With Sephora’s Clean At Sephora label, it is easy to navigate their website and find products that contain no harsh chemicals. As adults, we should be concerned with aging and skin damage caused by the sun, but we also need to be aware of the ingredients of what is in our skincare as well.

The COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 ($46, 1 oz.) is the perfect face sunscreen for those who want a lightweight feel but wants to cover all of their protection bases, including a shield from broad spectrum UVA/UVB, IR (infrared), and HEV (high energy visible) Light. This product doesn’t just protect you from outside aggressors, it also protects you from digital overexposure from your devices (hello, Instagram and YouTube!). What’s worse about the blue-violet light emitting from your devices is that it penetrates deeper into the skin than the sun’s UV rays, causing premature aging. Luckily, there are many sunscreens that now include protection from blue light, just like COOLA’s organic formula, that you can wear daily without a greasy feel.

Best Sunscreen to Wear Under Makeup

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 If you wear makeup, the last thing you want to worry about is a thick layer of sunscreen under your foundation. Some foundations offer a level of SPF protection, but does it truly block out blue light and the sun’s rays? You definitely want to be sure you are protected, especially during the summer. When you wear sun protection under foundation, we are sure you will want something undetectable, light-weight, and acts as a moisturizer.

Behold the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($32, 1.7 oz). It not only helps your makeup stay on longer, but it features a little bit of a glow so that you can rock this sunscreen without makeup and still look fab! This formula also protects your face from blue light with natural red algae–which also adds softness to your skin. People love this sunscreen so much, that it was the Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2018.

Water-Resistant Face Sunscreen for Swimmers

Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30There are some important tips that you’ll need to know if you plan on swimming outdoors this summer. The number one thing you need to do before heading out is to apply a water-resistant sunscreen 15 minutes in advance. After one hour to eighty minutes of swimming, you will need to reapply to the exposed areas once again. This is a step that a lot of people forget to take, then end up with a bad burn later. If you towel dry off, then you will need to immediately reapply your sunscreen.

For the face, we did some research to find a good sunscreen that is mineral-based and will last on the face for up to two hours! The Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30 ($13, 1.7 oz) features a coconut probiotic which adds a superpower punch of hydration to the skin. For those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free option, Pacifica is your brand!

Face Sunscreen for Oily Skin

Clinique City Block Sunscreen
If you have oily skin, you know that the last thing you want to apply to your face is a heavy and greasy sunscreen product. Those types of products definitely do exist, and we will do our best to help you avoid it. Also, you may wonder what could work under makeup as well as protect–and for acne sufferers–you are probably a little paranoid about purchasing anything that isn’t labeled non-comedogenic. After doing a little digging, we found something!

The CLINIQUE Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF ($26.50, 1.4 oz) is not only non-acnegenic, but it is perfectly lightweight for daily use under makeup for all skin types–even for oily and really sensitive skin! This invisible sunscreen features broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun-blocking ingredients and antioxidants. Since you want to avoid mineral oil in your facial sunscreen, you will be glad to know that this one doesn’t have any oil or fragrance to cause irritation.

Tinted Sunscreen

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 You are probably going to wonder why you had not heard of this sooner–but there are tinted facial sunscreens out there and we are very excited to have finally discovered its existence! If you want to skip the two-step process of layering sunscreen and then your foundation, then a tinted sunscreen is your new favorite.

During a trip to Sprouts, we found the perfect product for covering redness and evening out the skin tone while adding sun protection. The MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 ($24, 1 oz) is the perfect oil-free matte tinted sunscreen that is 100% mineral broad-spectrum protection. The added Bentonite helps to absorb excess oil and impurities from pores. The product is reef safe, cruelty-free, and vegan! There are two shades available, but you can also purchase it without a tint.

Best All-Natural Face Sunscreen

Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 There are both good oils and bad oils that you can apply to your skin. For years, consumers have been told to avoid oil at all costs when it comes to buying skincare, and only just recently, face oils are one of the biggest trends in beauty. The trick is knowing which face oils to avoid and which ones are going to benefit your particular needs.

The Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 ($18.99, 3 oz.) has so many beautiful ingredients on their list, and you will recognize everything in it. The active ingredient is zinc, which will act as a reflective shield from the sun. The rest of the ingredient list is simple: Sunflower Oil, Green Tea, Black Tea, Coffee Bean, Hemp Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E. Sounds good enough to eat, right?

The sunflower, cocoa, hemp, mango, and vitamin E oils will naturally hydrate the skin while the coffee bean and black tea act as powerful antioxidants that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Best of all, it is safe for all ages!

Best Powder Sunscreen for the FaceColorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Convenience is key when you are traveling–especially when it comes to your beauty products. Broken makeup compacts and foundation bottles are very common during air travel–unfortunately–but there are products that are designed to go with you wherever in the world you are.

Since reapplying sunscreen is so important during the summer, it can be frustrating to have to stop and apply a cream to your face every two hours, especially if you don’t want to carry a heavy bottle in your bag. There is a solution for those that want a quick dab of sunscreen without too much hassle. The Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield with SPF 50 ($65, 0.21 oz) is a color-correcting on-the-go face powder in a brush that protects from UVA/UVB rays as well as blue light, and is water resistant! This 100% chemical-free, zinc-based powder contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture with green tea and grape seed extracts to help battle the signs of aging. Just pop the brush in your bag and go!

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Mother's Day Gift Guide from Tria Beauty

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We’re heading into May at lightning speed–and Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away! Gasp! Don’t worry about what to get Mom on her special day because we did all of the work for you! Every mom wants beautiful, ageless skin, and Tria has the right tools to get her on the path to a glowing future.SmoothBeauty™ Laser Mask Starter Kit

SmoothBeauty™ Laser Mask Starter Kit

Our best-selling SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser treats fine lines and wrinkles all over the face, resulting in more youthful, radiant, and refreshed skin. FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for the entire face on all skin tones and types.

Mom will love the luxurious Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask and Serum Roller in conjunction with her laser treatments. Mom only needs to use the mask once per month, and the serum roller can be used daily. The serum-infused mask and serum roller are uniquely formulated to infuse potent key nutrients like Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera deeper into the skin to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production. Each facial mask applies 35mL of serum—the equivalent of a full bottle of serum—in as little as 20 minutes.

Buy during our 20% off promotion and also receive a free Eye Renewal Cream ($65 value!) Ends 5/12ShopULLA JOHNSON - THE YNEZ CHEEK PALETTE

Bobbi Brown/Ulla Johnson – The Ynez Cheek Palette

If Mom is lacking a little color and glow in her visage, this is the perfect palette to give her just the right amount of cheek flush and glow to wear on a daily basis. This nude-beige multi-tasking pot cheek and lip rouge are fast and easy to dab on with a finger for the on-the-go Mom. For a little extra highlight, the golden pink cream highlighter will look beautiful dabbed on the cheekbones and anywhere else a “glow from within” moment is desired! To top it all off, the Mini Extra Face Oil works wonders on parched skin and can be dabbed anywhere extra moisture is needed. Shop
SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser Regimen Kit

SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser Regimen Kit

If mom’s issue is just around her eyes, or she needs to maintain her perfect peepers, this is the kit she will love! This gentle combination of the SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser and our Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream will give Mom the ultimate at-home skincare experience. This kit helps to rebuild collagen and reveals younger-looking skin around the eyes in as little as two weeks.

Mom can use the Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream to soothe skin while replenishing moisture and reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Ginger Extract, and Retinol, it helps to soothe and hydrate laser-treated skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

For best results, it is best to treat each eye area every night for 8 weeks–and it only takes a few minutes!

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Williams Sonoma Mother's Day Gift Crate

Williams Sonoma Mother’s Day Gift Crate

If beauty products aren’t Mom’s thing, or her bathroom looks like a mini Sephora store, you’ll bet she’ll appreciate a little bit of artisanal treats and soothing sundries from Williams Sonoma. This beautifully curated keepsake box is filled with the following decadent products that will help Mom get that much-deserved R&R:

  • CC Made Rosemary Caramel Corn (8 oz.)
  • Girl Meets Dirt Rhubarb Lavender Preserves (7.75 oz.)
  • Jasmine Pearl Lavender Rose Loose White Tea (2.4 oz.)
  • Paddywax Salted Grapefruit Candle (3 oz.)
  • Rosemary Bundle (.25g)
  • Decker Chamomile Seed Packet (.125g)
  • Formulary 55 Grapefruit + Rosemary Sea Mineral Body Polish (2 oz.)
  • Clean Wit Industries Oatmeal, Milk + Honey Gardener’s Soap (5 oz.)

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TREASURE & BOND Luca Grainy Leather Backpack

Leather Drawstring Backpack by Treasure & Bond

If Mom is planning a bit of travel this summer, we found the perfect bag to take while she’s exploring the world. This beautifully grained leather drawstring backpack (available in Country Blue, Ivory, and Black) will be the best travel companion to hold her necessities. With an outside and inside pocket, she can store away the little things and access them easily. A cool tidbit about the brand, Treasure & Bond, Nordstrom will donate 2.5% of net sales (that’s 5% of net profits) to organizations that work to empower youth. This is a gift you can feel good about giving!

ShopNourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

If Mom already owns our powerful anti-aging lasers, she will love this skincare kit to help maximize the performance of her favorite devices. This skincare set includes the Priming Cleanser to remove makeup & impurities, the Super C Brightening Moisturizer with a unique oil-based form of Vitamin C, & Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging serum-infused masks + a serum roller to stimulate collagen production.

Buy during our 20% off promotion and also receive another free Eye Renewal Cream to keep for yourself! ($65 value!) Ends 5/12Shop

Hidden Message Necklace by Oak & Luna

Hidden Message Necklace by Oak & Luna

If you’re looking for a gift that is a bit more personal, this gorgeous hidden message necklace not only looks sleek, but it will remind Mom of the people that she holds dear to her heart. Get creative with your message–this necklace allows you to personalize up to 20 characters on rose gold, 18k gold plated or silver. This beautiful necklace also makes a perfect gift for a new mom or even a dog mom!

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Would Mom love the gift of an eternal smooth body? Our best-selling Hair Removal Laser 4X is powered by the same in-office Diode Laser Technology used by dermatologists and is the first and only FDA-cleared at-home laser to remove unwanted hair at a fraction of the in-office treatment. It’s so safe and effective, Mom will be amazed at what she can do all by herself.

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the body for permanent results, and even gentle enough to remove unwanted hair on the face for women. Mom will have to commit to using her device every two weeks until permanent results are achieved.

Buy during our 10% off promotion — now through 5/12!
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Your Holiday Skincare Survival Guide

Pumpkin Pie

The Holidays are upon us! And while the Holidays can be some of the most joyful and fun times of the year, they can also be the busiest and stressful. And that stress and busyness can wreak havoc on your skin. We’ve got just what you need: Your Holiday Skincare Survival Guide (at least for Thanksgiving!). During the Holidays, you’re more likely to indulge a little *too* often in the wrong kinds of foods with less time for your physical fitness or skincare routines. Hey, we get it, we’re not here to be the “beauty police,” and you should always #treatyourself, but we’ve got a few tips for how to stay on your daily beauty/skincare routine and maybe even improve your health and eating, while not giving up your favorite holiday treats.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Drink more water!
The weather is cooler, and your skin is drier and more sensitive during the Holiday months. You may be traveling for long periods of time, which inherently throws off your skincare routines. Just keeping drinking water! We’ve found that splurging on a cute, fun water bottle like these help us stay on track. Bonus: it’s a great Holiday gift! Also, we recommend masking with a deeply hydrating mask at least once a week. Enter: The Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask & Serum. The Regimen Kit is a 4-month supply that comes with 4 masks (to use 1x per week) and then a serum roller to use every day (and super easy to travel with!).

Foods to load up your Thanksgiving plate with:

  • Turkey! Yes, turkey! Naturally low in calories and high in protein. Your skin needs protein for new, healthy cell regeneration. Just go a little lighter on the gravy.
  • Red wine. Okay, it’s not a food, but it’s a drink, and as with anything, it’s all about moderation. Red wine has many benefits and is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols that help protect the lining of your blood vessels, improving their function.
  • Pumpkin. Most likely to be found in pie form next week, pumpkin is rich in natural enzymes to help with digestion and break down toxins and fight free radical damage, in turn, helping prevent aging and keeping your skin hydrated (refer back to point #1!).
  • Pecans. Whether on your salad or as a casserole topper, pecans are also high in antioxidants, Vitamin A & E, which fight free radicals while preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Hello smooth skin this Holiday season.

Bonus Holiday Skincare Tips:

  • If you ever find yourself traveling, whether it’s in a car or an airplane, take a sheet mask with you and some rosewater spray! Think of it as free downtime to not only keep your skin in check, but also simply time to yourself (which is rare at any point during the Holidays!).
  • If you haven’t switched to a heavier moisturizer yet, it’s time. Cold weather requires more care, meaning a heavier, richer moisturizer.
  • If you love having a warm summer glow year-round, get a spray tan or try a natural bronzer. Whatever you do, don’t go to a tanning bed, no matter how tempting! Your future self will thank you.

Do you have any go-to skincare or beauty tips during the Holiday season? If so, we’d love to hear them! Let us know over on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Healthy Aging

Healthy-Aging: You’ll Be Thankful You Loved Your Skin Today

When you think of aging, what comes to mind?

Wrinkled faces, sun damage, nursing homes, achy joints, your mom constantly treating those crow lines around her eyes?

All true. Aging pertains to each and every part of your body: Hair, skin, nails, internal organ health, your brain…the list goes on.

Today we want to focus on your body part that usually showcases aging the most: your skin.

Your skin is so so so important. For starters, it is your body’s largest organ. So with that in mind, in terms of aging healthy, you should be protecting your entire body: hands, feet, face, ears, eyelids, legs, neck, chest, etc.

First off, do not panic if you have not been taking care of your skin. Whether you are 20, 30 or 40, you can always make the change early on to prevent the negative effects of aging. It’s better to start now then wait until those first wrinkles make their appearance.

Let’s start with two hard, simple facts to consider when discussing aging, focusing on internal and external factors:

Internally: The first is that as you age naturally, all body processes begin to slow down, especially skin cell repair. When you are younger, your body works to produce collagen and elastin to make your skin moist, elastic and wrinkle free (can we stay young forever?!) However, as you grow older these two powerhouse proteins are produced way less, and without sufficient amounts you are prone to wrinkles. Actually, starting in your late 20’s, you lose up to 1.5% collagen every year.
Externally: The second, is that the sun is the main factor that causes skin damage to ALL parts of your body. When protecting your body from the sun, you need to think about places like your eyelids, lips, hands and feet that show signs of aging just as much as your face.

 

What small steps can I take today to help my skin age healthily? (Yes, today).

It’s 2018 and you finally need to understand that effective sun protection is the foundation of every anti-aging plan. Do not go tanning (indoor or outdoor), be sure to wear sunglasses outside to protect the skin around your eyes, cover up with SPF sunscreen and/or clothing when being subjected to sunny conditions.

Washing your face and following with a moisturizer morning and night will make a difference. Even if you do not suffer from acne, cleansing your skin is great for overall skin appearance. As skin gets older, it tends to dry out more, so applying a daily moisturizer will trap water within your skin. Do these two together; slathering moisturizer on dirty skin will trap the dirt. Washing your face without applying moisturizer will leave you clean, but more prone to dry, wrinkled skin later on.

If you are already experiencing signs of aging, rest assured there are incredible products available that can help. From effective, convenient laser technology to serums,  you can combat your wrinkles and fine lines from the comfort of your own home.

 

What lifestyle changes can I take to help my skin age healthily?

If you are really serious about healthy aging (which you should be) you can make lifestyle changes that will leave you better in the long run! Eating healthy foods (lean protein, fruits, and veggies, healthy fats) and getting enough beauty sleep work together to make you look your best on the outside and feel your best on the inside.

Lastly, if you are a smoker stop immediately. Besides the other numerous, proven negative side effects of smoking that affect all parts of your body, the toxins within cigarettes lead to dry, loose skin with a leathery appearance.

So, unless you are blessed with incredible, wrinkle-free genes and/or never laugh or smile, then you will have wrinkles and show signs of aging. And they will appear without you expecting it.

Aging will happen to everyone. But the true magic lies in what you do about it now! Wear sunscreen, drink water, laugh, smile and treat your skin like the gift that it is.

 

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