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 technology

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, 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. This laser has 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 Laser for at-home use targets 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.

4X Hair Removal Laser Holiday Kit

Holiday gift ideas from Tria Beauty

Tis the season to be merry, jolly, and don’t forget the holiday gift shopping! I know it can be stressful to shop these days, especially with stores closing or retailers only allowing a certain amount of customers inside. Thankfully, Tria has great gift ideas for your gal pals, sisters, moms, and yes, even the men in your life! I’ve curated a nice list for holiday shoppers who prefer the ease of shopping online for beauty and self-care–no gas or standing in line required!

(Pricing may vary due to holiday promotions)

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit – Best value!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit A lot of ladies and gents have been eyeing the 4X Hair Removal Laser all year long, and now’s the time to get the best deal on it when bundled with the Soothing Gel and copper-infused sleeping mask. This kit includes the InStyle award-winning 4X Hair Removal Laser, which is perfect for anyone wanting to permanently remove hair from their legs, underarms, and for men, it even works on chest and back hair (with a lovely assistant to help with placement!).

The kit also includes our own Soothing Gel pre-treatment product that feels cool to the touch and helps minimize the sensation of the laser zaps. I also love it as a post-shaving treatment since it cools down the irritation that my skin sometimes gets. The copper-infused eye mask is my lifesaver when it comes to getting proper beauty sleep. I wear this plush mask every night to block out the light, and it also serves as an anti-aging mask to help reduce lines. It’s easy to wash! Just toss in the machine and it is as good as new.

What I love about this kit is not only the savings, but you are getting a total bonus gift when you order. You will receive three full-sized skincare gifts valued up to $230! Now those would make great stocking stuffers, or you can stuff those in your skincare drawer for yourself!

Tria SmoothBeauty Holiday KitTria SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit

If you’ve had experience in a clinical setting having fractional laser treatments done on your face, you will probably know that it is costly, time-consuming, and during quarantine, sometimes impossible to have done! Luckily, Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses the same fractional laser technology that the clinics use, and at a fraction of the cost. Doing your own laser treatments at home is convenient and hassle-free. If you are in the market for anti-aging products and you want something to boost your routine, this is your product!

In our SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit, you will also receive the copper-infused sleeping mask, which is amazing for blocking out the light as well as treating fine lines around the eyes. As a bonus, you will also receive three mystery skincare gifts–full size! Perfect for stocking stuffers or trying them out for yourself!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe KitIf you are just interested in the hair removal laser itself, I highly recommend purchasing this device along with the Soothing Gel in the Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit. The Soothing Gel is the perfect companion to the laser, as it pre-treats the skin before the laser session and helps keep the skin calm and cool during the treatment. I have done laser sessions without using the gel and I noticed a big difference in how the laser felt on my skin. I also use the gel after the treatment to give myself one final soothing touch. Since the gel is not available as a standalone product, your chance to buy it is only within the Deluxe Kit.

Tria just launched the Luxe Grey color of the laser, which makes the perfect gift for the men in your life! Keep in mind that the laser is approved safe for men to use from the neck down.

Deep Hydrating & Brightening Regimen Mask KitNuvesse Deep Hydrating Masks

If you are a fan of sheet masks, you will really love these! The Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask Kit includes a full month’s worth of masks and a rollerball serum to touch up between your treatments. These luxurious masks are packed with nourishing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera. The serum infused within each mask instantly plumps your skin visibly improving tone and texture. I just love the serum rollerball for daily use before my moisturizer to give my skin an extra pump of a moisture boost. This kit makes a great gift for anyone who is a skincare fan, and they will definitely be hooked on these masks!

SmoothBeauty Eye Care KitSmoothBeauty Eye Care Laser Kit

This small but mighty laser uses the same technology as Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, but this device is specially designed to use under the eyes. The SmoothBeauty Eye Care Kit is your complete kit for at-home treatment for crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. When used daily as part of your skincare routine, the laser boosts the collagen under your eyes to help plump up those fine lines that we see as the first sign of aging. Since moisturizing is important while using fractional lasers, this kit comes complete with the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream, which helps to soothe the treated area and calm the skin’s redness that it may experience after lasering.

This makes a perfect gift for tired moms, business professionals that work late, and anyone that wants younger-looking eyes!

Happy Holidays and happy shopping! Stay safe and healthy.

To find out more about Tria and its products, please visit the website or take a look at reviews on our YouTube Channel!

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Anti-aging skincare routine for crow’s feet, eye wrinkles

We all age differently–some of us see the first signs of aging around our mouth or eyes, and some of us seem to wake up suddenly with a face full of lines. I definitely started seeing my first signs of aging under my eyes when I turned 40, and I knew that the eye wrinkles cream I had been using for over 10 years wasn’t going to perform a miracle. I needed something more! When I discovered the SmoothBeauty Laser combined with good skincare products, I noticed those pesky lines that bothered me are now a thing of the past!

Let’s dive into this effective skincare routine that is customized just for those crow’s feet and the area under the eyes.

How does non-ablative laser work under the eyes and on crow’s feet?

Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses non-ablative laser technology to help promote collagen production, which aids in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles (yes, crow’s feet!) under the eyes. This laser device works by delivering a beam of light that promotes cellular renewal. The laser sensation does feel like a bit of heat, but it is not uncomfortable if you work your way up from level 1 to 3. I prefer to use my laser at night due to the redness that may occur after the treatment. I do treatments for 8 weeks (at least 5 days per week) and then take a 4-week break and do another 8 weeks (then repeat the process).

Within a 2-week period, I noticed the fine lines on the outside of my eye area were basically gone! The smoother area under my eye creates the perfect canvas for applying my concealer and powder, without creasing up or settling in the lines. With the help of the laser, the collagen production that results will fill in the lines and smooth out the area without the use of fillers or Botox, and without making appointments at a clinic.

 

Skincare routine

To calm redness and to relieve any dryness that may occur after laser treatments under the eyes and on the face, Tria has specially formulated skincare products to not only calm and soothe the skin, but to help you maintain your daily anti-aging routine.

Immediately following your nightly laser treatment, use a hyaluronic eye cream that will soothe redness and cool down the area before you sleep.

To really rake in the benefits of your laser, the use of our Nuvesse Tired Eyes, Puffiness and Dark Circles Regimen Kit will give your eyes an extra boost of anti-aging power if used once per week. This eye mask kit also contains a serum roller that you may use daily under your eye cream treatment. The eye masks contain vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and camellia seed oil significantly increase hydration brightening the look of dark circles and diminishing the look of fine lines and puffy eyes. These work great right before a special event and help concealer look smoother.

 

 

PCOS in women hair growth

PCOS and facial hair growth — can it be controlled with laser hair removal?

If you have PCOS like me, you’ve woken up and faced the mirror, only to discover some new facial hair growth on your chin. For women, this can be a moment never to forget, and honestly, quite horrifying. Most of the women that I know who’ve experienced hirsutism, excessive facial hair growth caused by excess male hormones, have resorted to shaving daily, which can be time-consuming, irritating to the skin, and just downright depressing. 

WHAT CAUSES FACIAL HAIR GROWTH IN WOMEN?

Many women with facial hair growth have been diagnosed (or undiagnosed) with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 1), which affects one out of ten women, according to womenshealth.gov. In short, women with PCOS can experience multiple bubble-like cysts that form on the surface of one or both ovaries. These cysts are eggs that are partially mature but do not release and remain in their follicles. The unfortunate result of this means that the egg cannot become fertilized, making PCOS one of the leading causes of infertility in women. Some of the other PCOS symptoms include infrequent or irregular periods, acne due to excess male hormones, and 50% will develop Type 2 Diabetes before the age of 40. 

CAN YOU TREAT EXCESSIVE HAIR GROWTH WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

The good news is that Tria Beauty’s line of hair removal lasers can help reduce hair growth in women with excess (or unwanted) hair. As we see in the video (posted below) that guest stars customer Amruta Ray from pcos_made_me_do_it on Instagram, she can control the excess hair growth on her chin area with regular use of the Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser. Amruta uses the laser once every two weeks on hair growth areas and has noticed a considerable difference in about five treatments or 2.5 months. Less hair on the chin has made Amruta very happy and more confident in her appearance! 

The 4X laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, just like professional lasers in a clinical setting. The disabled hair begins to fall out, leaving behind more touchable, softer skin. Over time, the laser permanently disables the hair follicles’ ability to regrow hair. It is important to note that women with PCOS will most likely not experience permanent hair loss with the laser due to the excess male hormones in the body. The laser can help manage the hair growth, and the facial areas will need to be treated on an ongoing basis. 

PCOS AWARENESS MONTH IS IN SEPTEMBER

September is PCOS Awareness Month, and we would like to invite women that have had success with our Precision or 4X Laser to talk about your experiences on Instagram Live. Watch our video below to learn more about Amruta’s experience with laser hair removal. 

50% of women go undiagnosed with PCOS, according to US News. If you experience any of the symptoms we mentioned above, consult your gynecologist to request testing. 

1Mayo Clinic Symptoms and Definition of PCOS

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How to get the most from your Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser

Hearing about an at-home laser hair removal laser for the first time could sound too good to be true. With so many beauty devices claiming to do everything from plumping your lips to reducing cellulite, it’s hard to decide where to direct your attention! If you’re in the market for a laser hair removal device at the fraction of the cost at a clinic, then you’ve come to the right place. Tria has done extensive clinical research on their hair removal laser devices like the 4X and Precision lasers, and they are all FDA-cleared.

Sound good so far? Keep reading to find out how to take care of your hair removal laser once you’ve made the purchase.

Keep it clean

The laser window of your Tria laser needs to be cleaned before every use with an alcohol wipe or alcohol on a cotton round. Oils from the body or residue from our Phytograph Soothing Gel can block the laser light from penetrating through the glass if the window is dirty.

Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser

Juice the battery

There is an internal lithium battery housed inside of both the Precision and 4X hair removal lasers. This means there are no cords plugged into the wall while you are using the device, but you will need to charge it up when the battery gets low. Make sure you fully charge your Tria laser before using it to make sure you have enough power to get through your session. Also, it is very important that you do not store your Tria laser away in the closet for a few years. The battery will drain, and you might not be able to turn it on again! Make sure you charge your devices at least once every three months to keep that battery active!

Watch customer and influencer reviews on the Tria 4X on YouTube!

Overlapping pattern

A useful tip when using your device is to make sure you get EVERY hair follicle. An easy way to do that is to overlap your treatment pattern. As you lift your device to move onto the next treatment area, don’t jump far ahead. Move it very slightly into the next direction, overlapping the section you just treated. This will ensure you don’t miss any spots!

Soothing gel

If you feel that your treatments are a little too “zappy”, you can use the Phytograph Soothing Gel to help soothe the treatment areas beforehand. You will have to purchase this gel at the same time that you buy your laser, so keep that in mind!

Don’t miss a treatment

Consistency is key when using your hair removal laser. Tria recommends using the laser once every two weeks until the hair has stopped growing. Some customers have reported hair loss after three treatments, some take twelve. Don’t waste your time doing treatments more frequently than every two weeks; your hair growth cycle will affect each hair on your body, and every hair is in a different phase! You’ll notice that there are hairs that will not grow back, but others will still persist after treatments. Those growing hairs will eventually cease to grow back, but they possibly will keep popping up until they are treated during a certain growth phase. Set a calendar reminder so that you won’t miss a treatment!

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