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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Holiday Makeup Looks to Try at Your Next Soirée!

First things first, you need to start with the freshest, cleanest, smoothest canvas: Your skin! It’s known that the healthier your skin is, the less makeup you’ll need. But hey, it’s the holidays, which means we’re going all out for our holiday parties. 😉

Back to step 1: Your skin. Struggling with breakouts? Our Positively Clear 3-Step Acne Solution is 65% Off (yes, you read that right!) Was: $145 Now: Only $52 Uneven texture? It happens, but we’ve got the remedy: SmoothBeauty Laser Mask Starter Kit. Pesky, unwanted hairs on your upper lip? Be gone with our Hair Removal Laser Precision (15% Off!). No one likes peach fuzz.

Now onto the glitz and glam…

1. GLITTER Tis the season! Now, what’s more holiday than GLITTER? It’s the perfect time to experiment with sparkly eyeshadow of all shades: silver, gold, rose gold, turquoise – it’s up to you.

2. STARS The dreamiest holiday hair of it all! Add tiny gold stars to your hairstyle for a night out to take it to the next level.

3. CANDY CANE NAILS Get a little crazy with your nails! Next time you book your nail appointment ask them if nail art is an option! Whether you’re thinking of just having one statement nail or going with all ten, all you have to do is bring in a picture and have your nail artist recreate it on the spot!

4. THE CAT EYE But make it sharp! Swap your smudged, smokey eye for a high contrast look with a nude base plus a sharp cat-eye only accomplished with liquid eye liner. Because this look isn’t the most forgiving with each swipe, practice before the big night out! Luckily we found a perfect tutorial for you here.

5. THE HOLIDAY FLOWER CROWN Add a little holiday headband. Just go easy on the mistletoe…. Or don’t. 😉

Maybe it’s just us or we’re feeling extra festive this holiday season! If you give any of these looks a try, tag us at @triabeauty and #TRIATRIBE! We’d love to see your looks! Also, don’t forget that if you’d like your order to arrive before Christmas select 2nd Day Air Shipping at checkout. Shop our Up to 65% Off Holiday Sale here!

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Updating Your Skincare for Fall

One thing that drives us crazy about skincare is that it’s always focusing on “what’s your skin type?” To which you respond: Oily, A Little Oily (but, just in the T-Zone!), Combination (Whatever that means? Normal?), Dry, Extra Dry. But that’s not the only thing that should play a role in your skincare purchases. You need to take into account your climate, the weather, and most importantly the changing of seasons

Think about it.

Everyone rotates their clothing with the changing of seasons. Think of your medicine cabinet as your closet – and every closet needs a season “refresh”! Even the slights adjustments to your skincare routines will make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.

With Autumn fast approaching (hello, PSL!), dry, cooler air is just around the corner. This, in addition to the drop in humidity levels, causes skin to lose moisture, resulting in skin irritation, chapped lips, and dry, flaky skin.

So what do we do?

Change up your Moisturizer.

Moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE. Moisturizing is not only important during any season, it’s that much more important during Autumn. During the Summer months, we, of course, recommend a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Unfortunately that’s just not going to cut it in the Fall. Slather on (face AND neck) a heavier, thicker moisturizing cream. Better yet, choose one with ceramides that form a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture.

Apply Sunscreen.

Just because you can’t FEEL the heat from the sun doesn’t negate the fact that the sun is still shining. If you live in a colder climate where you see snow, the sun is even harsher, reflecting off the snow. Dermatologists recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, blocking 97% of the sun’s harmful UVB rays.

Lay off the Exfoliation.

But not entirely. Gently exfoliating once a week during the colder months helps remove any dry, flaky skin. Over exfoliating can often result in stripping the skin of any moisture and essential oils, leading to breakouts in the dry, colder months. So again, opt for something on the gentler side. And hey, don’t forget to exfoliate those lips too!

Use a Hydrating Serum.

That is, if you don’t already! Apply a Hydrating Serum every night as a part of your nightly routine. Select a hydrating serum that lists Hyaluronic Acid as one of it’s main ingredients. In fact, our Deep Hydrating & Brightening Serum is packed with nourishing Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Aloe Vera to soothe and enhance your skin’s moisture balance. It’s as if it was made for the colder months. 😉 Our Deep Hydrating & Brightening Serum is also available in mask-form to deliver 1 full ounce of serum into the skin within 30 minutes(!). One question we often get asked is when to apply serum in your skincare product line-up. We recommend applying serum after cleansing your skin and before layering on your moisturizer. We even recommend going to bed feeling a little “greasy” and “over-hydrated” as your skin loses moisture FAST while you sleep.

Most importantly, pay extra attention to how your skin reacts to the change in weather and adjust your skin care routine to what YOUR skin NEEDS. Your skin is just as unique as YOU are.

Don’t forget, our Up to 25% Off Summer Sale Event is live through 8/28 11:59pm PST!

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Smooth Skin Is Always In

5 Ways to Prepare Your Skin + Body for Summer

Ladies and gents, the warm, sunny, summer season is right around the corner! It will be here before we know it…which means we need to start summer skin prep, like yesterday. Avoid the panic that sets in around early May when you realize your dry winter skin has been left to fend for itself. Take a deep breath! We’re here to help.

 

This summer, show off your glowing skin you wish you always had. But how?! We want you to walk, stand, dance, and live with confidence in your skin. Let’s do this.

 

ONE: Exfoliate

Anyone who knows anything about skin care knows that exfoliating is the holy grail for fine, smooth, happy skin. Exfoliating should be done all year round, but should especially be a part of your routine in the summer. The humidity + sweating + the heat provide the perfect ground for clogged pores, ingrown hairs, uneven tones and just overall blah-ness. Exfoliating helps with all of these by working off the layer of dry skin that builds up over the winter.  For the body, aim to find a scrub with coarse particles that will assist is sloughing off the skin. For the face, aim for a cleansing brush or a gentle micro-bead exfoliant! Either way, you’ll be feeling fresh and smooth!!

 

TWO: Reconsider How You’re Removing Body Hair

We STRONGLY believe in hair removal, especially because we know how annoying, tedious, and *extra* continuous shaving, waxing and plucking can be. If you are reading this then I want you to think, “Hmmm, if I shave my legs, armpits and bikini line twice per week in the summer months how many times is that”. We don’t have to be mathematicians to understand that we spend so much of our precious time shaving. Unless you want to walk out the door looking like Edward Scissorhands hands shaved your legs, then you understand that you must take.your.time. Which is great in theory but it’s 2018 and we barely have time to eat breakfast let alone shave our legs!

 

Lucky for all, there is a beautiful and effective hair removal device, designed to:

 

  1. Save you time
  2. Protect your skin
  3. Leave your permanently hair-free.

 

Yes, you read that correctly. Permanently hair-free. The Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X is the absolute best way to remove your unwanted body hair. It’s the ONLY way we remove our hair.

 

THREE: Always Have Safe, Effective Sunscreen

How many times have you arrived at the beach and realized you forgot your sunscreen? What happens next? You either A: Say, “Oh I should be fine without it” or B: “Can I borrow yours?” We want to avoid both of those scenarios! Firstly, you ALWAYS need sunscreen and secondly, if you’re borrowing someone’s, you can’t totally be sure what is in it. We recommend any of these for your face and these for your body to make sure you’re putting the best of the best on your bod.

 

FOUR: Clear Up Body Acne

We want you to have clear skin all over. After being covered up in these winter months, it’s time to shed the layers. This can be scary for some people who struggle with body acne. We’ve all be there!! For anything on your face, the Tria Positively Clear 3-Step Acne Solution is the way to go. You can even use it on areas like your shoulders that are easier to reach too! It combines blue light that feels gentle on your skin but works on your acne. For your body, look for body washes that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Avoid the washes that smell delicious — unfortunately the added fragrances can flare up body acne.

 

FIVE: Dont Forget About Your Precious Feet!!

Last but not least your feet! You always want to put your best foot forward 🙂 Your feet have also been covered all winter so now is the time to treat them right! If you’ve been rocking a half-decent winter pedicure, remove all the polish and let your toenails *breathe*. You’re more likely to have them covered in polish all summer long so take these next few weeks to let them go au naturale. Instead focus on your cuticles, your heels and the other delicate skin on your feet. Exfoliating your feet in the shower is a quick, easy way to remove the dead skin while your skin is moist.

 

Happy Skin, Happy Summer!

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Best Advice We've Ever Heard!

The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard

Celebrating Women’s History Month with The Best Female Advice We’ve Ever Heard

(And Can Actually Understand)

 

This month we are celebrating women everywhere. It is the month where we honor the incredible history of the millions of women who have graced this earth from the beginning. In true Tria fashion, we want to share our favorite advice from none other than our #TriaTribe of kick ass women. As human beings, we experience so much. As women, we experience so much. As mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, bridesmaids, best friends, girlfriends and #ladybosses we take on the world with all it has to offer, and give back just as much as we get.

So, our monthly contribution this month is to share a compilation of the best advice we’ve ever heard. And because we love you all so much, we even broke it down by categories. Next time you’re feeling lost, take a quick peek back at this post to put you back on track. We wish we could expand each of these with the ever-so-insightful anecdotes from our female contributors but alss that will be saved for another post. So , without further ado…

 

The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard For…Travel:

If you absolutely love the thrill & passion of adventure, pause here and read the this advice. If travel doesn’t set your soul on fire, feel free to skip ahead.

 

  • Always carry ginger candies, dried ginger roots, or anything ginger. Ginger is used to treat stomach aches and nausea which are common with travel, especially in foreign countries!
  • Know your airport rules. 3 – 1- 1
    • 3 oz bottles, in 1 clear bag, and only 1 clear bag per person. Airport security is the last thing you want to mess with when trying to make that flight!
  • Carry on your bag when possible; if not, bring to gate for them to check for free!
  • Always buy travel insurance. Rule of thumb: If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

 

The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard For…Marriage:

This one could probably be an entire book but we’ll recap for you.

  • Always answer the phone when your husband or wife is calling. Easy enough!
  • Budget time & money for one-on-one date night. This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised how often date night is missed.
  • Laugh, Laugh some more, and then laugh again.
  • You are not in a competition with your spouse (no matter how competitive you are!)
  • Sung in an Aretha Franklin voice: ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’. You give respect, you get respect.
  • Said in a 5th grade middle school voice “Secrets secrets are no fun, unless they’re shared with everyone”. Keeping secrets is never a good thing and usually leads to more consequent bad things.

 

The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard For…Life:

  • Avoid decisions when you’re angry and avoid promises when you’re happy.
  • Happiness is  a choice and everything else is a matter of perspective.
  • Choose your friends wisely. You are a direct representation of the 5 people you hang out with the most.
  • Seek to connect with others, not to impress.

 

The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard For…Health/Diet:

  • Water is the most important. We should say this one again. Water is the elixir of life and even if you think you’re drinking enough, chances are you need more!
  • Nutrients vs. Calories. Seek foods that are nutritious and delicious. So often ladies are counting their calories. To put in perspective, a fruit smoothie with protein filled almond milk, nutrient dense kale, and fiber filled chia seeds could easily be 300 calories and keep you full and energized for hours. A medium french fries from McDonald’s is 380 calories.
  • Sleeping more helps you stay slim!
  • Breakfast is the most IMPORTANT meal of the day. Make it a priority to eat something other than you morning cup o’joe!

 

All of these tidbits are absolutely marvelous and we are thankful to be graced with this solid advice. As women we are constantly evolving and growing to be even more capable of beautifully handling everything life throws at us. At Tria, we specialize in working hard to make beautiful women look and feel their best, but it is the true support from females worldwide that make this world a better place. Cheers to Women’s History Month and our #TriaTribe!

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