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Prevent Wrinkles On Your Chest and Neck

In “Gravity,” a video installation Michael Haussman, the artist, asked his subjects were to jump on a trampoline while he shot a video. He edited in post-production, steadying the subjects in the frame so that they appeared to stay still while their fat and muscles remained in motion, The result suggests a time-lapse aging, in which the subject’s body seems to age about thirty years in 15 seconds. It shows us how the aging process alters perception, changing the flawless to the flawed sometimes in a matter of very little time.

Woman smiling

Gravity: it’s skin’s biggest downfall, and causes even the most taught bodies to sag and wrinkle. However, while we can’t fight the gravity, we can fight the effects. Here are some ways to prevent wrinkles on the neck and chest.

Types of Wrinkles
With the aging process, you may begin to notice loose crepey skin and wrinkles on your chest and neck areas. Although some of this can be attributed to loss of collagen, environmental factors are largely to blame. According to AgingSkin.Net, 90-95% of all lines, wrinkles and discolorations are due to sun exposure.

While chest and neck wrinkles usually appear with age, “necklace lines,” characterized by horizontal lines on your neck can start in your twenties, or even as early as childhood. Loose and saggy skin is more often associated with age.

Reasons
There are several hypotheses as to the cause of aging on the neck and chest. One theory, suggested by Skintour.com, is that chest wrinkles are a result of sleeping position. Impression lines caused by sheets and blankets that faded quickly when you were young, may become a little less temporary as you age, due to loss of elasticity.

Treatment
Laser treatments, chemical peels and botox injections are all options for treating skin on the chest and neck. A study conducted by the Brazilian Center for Studies in Dermatology found that injecting Poly-L-Lactic acid or PLLA into the neck and chest could also improve the appearance of wrinkles. Adjusting your sleep position from your side to your back may be another option, as are breast pads and pillows.

Product
It is important to realize that most skin products are not just for your face. When you cleanse your face, be sure to include your neck, as should be the case with toners, moisturizers, masks, and scrubs. Look especially for skin care products containing antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals.

Moisturize
Never underestimate the power of a good moisturizer. Note that your neck and chest have fewer oil glands than your face, and are more prone to dryness and irritation. Moisturizers help maintain elasticity and plumpness for ease of mobility and a smoother appearance.

Sun Exposure
Protecting exposed skin from the sun is important to everyone, regardless of skin condition, Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, with 5 to 10 % titanium and zinc on law exposed skin, neck and chest included.

What do you do to prevent wrinkles on your neck and chest? Let us know!

Spinach for Healthy Skin

It’s not easy being green. So how is it that spinach carries it off with such aplomb? Sure, spinach has had its defenders over the years, Popeye topping the list, not to mention culinary greats who used the green leafy vegetable to create such dishes as spinach soufflé, spinach lasagna, and countless versions of spinach salad. But, considering its unappetizing appearance, you could say spinach has done very well for itself. Besides being hailed for its high antioxidant and nutrient content, spinach is also receiving props for its ability to help maintain healthy skin. Here’s how you can use spinach to keep your skin smooth and radiant.

Bowl of green spinach

Nutritional Value
Spinach contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which aids skin repair and slows cancer cells.

  • Vitamin A: One cup of cooked spinach contains 943 mcg of this vitamin, which is 105% of the daily recommended allowance, RDA, for men and 135% of the RDA for adult females.
  • Vitamin C: This antioxidant is crucial for skin cell repair and growth. Because vitamin C is not stored in the body, it must be provided by your daily diet. A cup of cooled spinach will give adult men 17.6 mg or 20% of the RDA of vitamin C, while it will give women 23%.
  • Iron: Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which is a protein found in red blood cells responsible for supplying oxygen to the tissues. You can find 6.5 mg of iron in a cup of cooked spinach which is equivalent to 81% of the RDA for men, and 36% of the RDA for women.
  • Magnesium: One cup of cooked spinach will provide you with 157mg magnesium, approximately 49% of the RDA for adult females and 37% for adult males. Magnesium is known for its ability to heal wounds and infections on the skin.

For Acne
Spinach can be used as a face mask or in juice from to help acne-prone skin. To make the mask, blend spinach and mix with water. Apply it to your face and let sit for about twenty minutes before rinsing. While making the juice requires a bit more effort, it is often the preferred method of obtaining the full benefits of the vegetable. Mix a half tomato with one carrot, one celery, a quarter of a cucumber, held a cup of cabbage, one green onion, half a red pepper, and a handful of spinach. Blend a drink daily.

Spinach juice

Anti-Aging
Spinach is a goldmine of antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial for destroying damaging free radicals which cause premature aging. The regular consumption of this leafy green will help to slow down skin degeneration and make skin radiant.

Additionally, spinach has a high water content. One cup of cooked spinach provides 5 ounces of water to keep skin cells hydrated and is crucial to cell function. Spinach also contains iron and vitamin C to boost collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein required for muscle and skin elasticity.

Skin Repair
The vitamin A in spinach helps to keep skin toned and smooth, while the vitamin C helps to rejuvenate skin cells. These vitamins, along with iron, also support collagen levels essential for skin repair.

Improves Complexion
Folate and vitamin K are both found in spinach and can reduce the prevalence of dry skin, acne, and stretch marks, minimizing bruising and dark circles. The high vitamin content in the leafy green can also relieve itchy, dry skin, leaving you a radiant complexion.

Mixed spinach

Experts recommend eating cooked spinach as opposed to raw for better nutrition digestion. Cooking spinach also eliminates the effects of oxalic acid, which interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium. Liquid forms of spinach are especially effective when combined with other vegetables.

Spinach Face Mask
To get the benefits of spinach for your skin, try this natural recipe:

Mix five or six fresh spinach leaves with 1 tablespoon of raw honey ( manuka honey is recommended.) Add two tablespoons of lemon juice. Dilute with water is your skin is sensitive to lemon. The mixture will be sticky. Apply mask to clean face. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Repeat for smooth skin tone.

Do you eat your spinach right down to the finish? If so, let us know how your skin is doing! We love to hear from you!

Tips For Reducing Skin Inflammation

Women examining her skin

You feel it before you see it.  That familiar burning and stinging feeling. You dread looking in the mirror.  Your reflection confirms your dread.  Your skin is puffy, swollen and covered in red blotches.  This can’t be happening today.  You need to be in work in an hour for a major presentation.  The mere thought of applying any kind of make up to your tender skin  makes you cringe.  Would it be too noticeable if you showed up to work in a ski mask?  Damn that new perfume you bought!  Ok, deep breath, you can handle it.

Believe it or not, inflammation is really a good thing. It’s a sign that your body is protecting itself against bacteria, viruses, and injuries.  However, when the cause of the inflammation is gone, so too should be the inflammation.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case, and chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimers, arthritis and even cancer.

Why Has My Skin Betrayed Me In This Way?
There are a lot of possible explanations for skin inflammation, Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy pollution, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure are all noted causes.  The “stress hormone”  cortisol can also cause inflammation and so can saturated fats, fried foods, refined sugar, and carbohydrates.  But, no matter the culprit,  the root of inflammation is sensitive skin.

The Four Types of Sensitive Skin
  Dermatologist Leslie Bauman M.D. and director of Cosmetic Medicine and Research says there are four types of sensitive skin:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Burning and Stinging
  • Contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants)

Though each of these have different symptoms, there is one commonality:  they all cause inflammation.

The Quick Fix

Green Tea

Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that brings down redness and puffiness.  It can be applied to your skin in two ways:

  • Boil water and steep 4-6 tea bags for 5 minutes.  Soak a washcloth in tea and rub the cloth on your face.
  • Squeeze water out of teabags and put them directly on your face.
  • You should notice a difference after 5-10 minutes of application.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which will take the redness out of your skin and soothe itchiness.  It will also fight dryness, reduce pore size, and moisturizes. Here is a good recipe for an oatmeal mask.

  • 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal ground into powder by coffee grinder/ food processor
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes.  Apply to the skin as a mask, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

For The Long Term

  • Avoid Hot Water and don’t spend too much time in the shower.  It will strip skin of natural moisture. Apply toner and moisturizer immediately after you get out.
  • Avoid Soap Swap them for soap- free cleansers with nourishing ingredients.
  • Avoid fragrances and chemicals These can  be irritating to the skin.  Also, check the amount  skin products your using daily.  If it’s more than 4, consider scaling back.

Now go out there and Enjoy your lovely skin!

Dietary Supplements for Healthy Skin

Fish oil supplements

Many of us strive to have healthy skin but it’s a continuous process, one that requires eating foods that can have a positive effect on our skin, using creams and lotions, and trying to figure out new techniques to have the skin looking its best. Dietary supplements can help, especially if you’re not eating as well as you could be. If you’re interested in giving them a shot in an effort to get healthier skin, the following supplements could be worth looking into.

Fish Oil
Fish oil is wonderful for helping skin look healthy. For example, it’s said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may even help protect the skin from sun damage and skin cancer. Applying it directly to the skin could also provide positive results for those who have psoriasis. Fish oil is available in liquid form as well as capsules. If you’re worried about “fishy burps,” don’t worry, because there are supplements of the “burpless” variety, just make sure to check the label before purchasing so you get the right ones.

Collagen
When it comes to the skin, collagen is a protein that gives the skin its structure, firmness, and strength amongst other functions. According to theskincompany.com, every year after 29-years-old, we lose about 1-percent of collagen. It may not seem very significant, but when you do the math, it’s pretty alarming. There are studies being done to determine if collagen supplements actually work primarily because they have to travel through your body and make their way to the skin. However, if you are interested in seeing if it could work for you, it’s available in pill, powder, and juice form, and your dermatologist can give you good insight on which would be the best option for you.

Biotin
Found in foods like eggs and peanuts, biotin can be great for improving the health of your skin as it helps build up (healthy) fat. When your body lacks enough biotin, it could result in your skin developing a rash and getting flaky. It’s recommended that men and women who are 19 and over have 30 micrograms daily. In addition to being good for the skin, Biotin is also said to be excellent for hair and nails. Biotin supplements are available in capsule form and even the gummy variety. Additionally, there are dietary supplements that combine biotin and collagen together.

Now keep in mind before you head over to your nearest store to pick up one or more of the aforementioned dietary supplements that it’s vital that you speak with your doctor before taking any for your skin. It’s also important to first do your own research to find out what the side effects are to see if they’re even something you’re comfortable dealing with should they happen to you. Even though the aforementioned are naturally found in foods you eat very likely on a daily basis, you don’t want to take more or less than you should be taking without first speaking to a medical professional. A quick phone call to your doctor can answer many of your questions.

Anatomy of the skin

Collagen and Elastin

What are Collagen and Elastin?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and it is found in the skin, bones and connective tissues. This strong, fibrous tissue connects and supports tissues including your skin, bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage and organs. There are over 16 types of collagen, but about 80 percent of the collagen in your body is either type I, II or III collagen. Type I collagen is stronger than steel wool gram for gram. Collagen is the main protein in connective tissues, and your body needs it for your skin to be supple and firm.

Elastin is another essential protein that is found in connective tissue and it is another protein that is vital to your skin. Elastin is responsible for giving structure to your skin and your organs, and it allows your skin to return to its normal shape after stretching or contracting. Collagen and elastin work together to keep your skin firm and to help it retain its shape. As you age, your natural collagen levels slow – after the age of 20 you lose about one percent of your total collagen per year – and when your skin loses collagen, it also loses its elasticity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and become far more prominent as your skin loses its collagen levels.

Woman applying sunscreen

How to Increase Collagen and Elastin
Although you can’t stop your body from losing collagen, there are lifestyle habits that you can adopt to help replenish your collagen levels.

  • Wear Sunscreen – You know that you need to wear sunscreen every day to protect you from signs of aging, but you may not know exactly how sunscreen helps you. Both UVA and UVB rays do damage to your skin by weakening the skin’s natural support of collagen and elastin. As this damage occurs, fine lines and wrinkles become more visible.
  • Use Good Skin Care – The needs of your skin change, and as you age, antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients become even more essential to your routine. Antioxidants help your skin fight off oxidative stress and they also help your skin maintain collagen and elastin levels. Retinol, the anti-aging wonder ingredient, is another important thing to look for in your skin care products. Retinol stimulates cell production, which helps to reveal newer, healthier and firmer skin.
  • Eat Well – What you put into your body appears on the outside of the body, so it’s important to fuel yourself with healthy foods. Eggs, beans and seeds are all a great addition to your diet because they all contain a high level of collagen-boosting agents. Antioxidant-rich foods like pomegranates and berries help protect damage to your body’s collagen levels.

Collagen and elastin are crucial for firm, supple and strong skin. While aging is inevitable, an overall healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise and great skin care can significantly impact how your skin responds to aging. Boost your collagen and elastin by using the proper skin care ingredients and eating a diet with collagen-building foods to see skin that looks and acts younger.

Food For Collagen Building

You are what you eat. When it comes to skin and beauty, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Changing your diet can have impressive effects on your skin. As you age, your body naturally slows down the production of collagen, a protein responsible for keeping skin healthy, plump and young-looking. To combat the natural aging process, try adding the following five foods that help build collagen to your diet.

Red peppers.

Red Vegetables
Experts recommend consuming red vegetables for collagen building due to the lycopene contained within. Brooke Alpert, a New York based nutritionist, says “lycopene acts as a natural sunblock, protecting the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels.” A study published in the British Society for Investigative Dermatology reports similar findings. Subjects of the study who consumed tomato paste had 33% more protection from sun damage than a control group of participants. If tomatoes aren’t your thing, pick up other red vegetables like sweet red peppers, chili peppers or beets.

Salmon with herbs and lemons

Fish
“Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acid,” Alpert says. This benefits your skin, and collagen function, because cells are protected by a fatty membrane that surrounds them. With this fatty membrane in place, cells function properly and are able to fully support the skin structure. Aim to eat fish two to three nights per week to get your omega-3 fatty acids. Another excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids is walnuts, so you may want to keep those on hand for quick and healthy snacking.

Kale

Dark Green Vegetables
Dark green vegetables such as kale and spinach can help boost your collagen production. Orlando dermatologist, Dr. Dimitry Palceski, states “vitamin C has antioxidizing properties that stabilize the messenger enzymes that break down collagen. It also protects against free radicals to prevent weak collagen.” It’s quite easy to incorporate more dark green vegetables into your diet. Swap iceberg lettuce for more nutritious alternatives such as romaine, butterhead and arugula lettuces.

Soy

Soy
Soy contains plant hormones that serve as antioxidants known as genistein. Genistein helps to block enzymes that are harmful to collagen as well as prompting the production of collagen. Another reason to enjoy soy for great skin is the plant-derived compound isoflavones. A specific form of isoflavones called aglycones lessen visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Tofu and tempeh are excellent sources of soy, and tempeh has tons of protein. However, you don’t have to love tofu to get soy in your diet. Substitute your regular or chocolate milk for soy milk or try a soy-based cheese on your next pizza.

White tea.

White Tea
You know that drinking green tea has some great health benefits, including some for your skin, but you might want to swap your green tea for white tea to help build collagen. A Kingston University London study looked at green tea skin benefits and white tea skin benefits and the data showed that white tea is estimated to have three to six times the amount of green tea when it comes to protecting the skin’s matrix. White tea is thought to protect the structural proteins of the skin, collagen included. Additionally, white tea adds antioxidant benefits that fight free radical damage.

Eating a well-rounded diet full of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients may dramatically improve your skin from the inside out. When you incorporate the proper ingredients into your diet, your skin will reflect these healthy changes and become clearer, stronger and more radiant. The next time you take a trip to your grocery store, load up on these foods to protect your skin and help build collagen.

How Topical Collagen Works

Even if you aren’t familiar with the exact science, your have certainly heard of collagen in regards to skincare. This skincare ingredient is a protein that is naturally found in your body, but your levels of collagen decrease naturally as you age. Because collagen is largely responsible for keeping your skin looking young and healthy it is a commonly sought out skincare ingredient.

Woman getting serum treatment.

What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in your body. Think of collagen as the “glue” that holds things together, because essentially this is the function of collagen. Collagen is found in your skin, hair and nails as well as muscles, tendons and bones. Amino acids are found in large amounts in collagen molecules. These collagen molecules are what keep your skin looking smooth, firm and glowing. Additionally, collagen encourages cell repair and healthy cell renewal.

What is Topical Collagen?
Simply put, topical collagen is collagen applied to your skin. Most often, this is in the form of creams, lotions and other moisturizers. Some face masks also make use of collagen in their formulations.

How Does Topical Collagen Work?
The thought behind topical collagen is that when it is applied to the skin, your skin will absorb it increasing skin firmness and health. However, there is some evidence that collagen creams or lotions may not be as beneficial as they were once believed to be. The problem is with the size of the collagen molecule. Many experts believe the collagen molecule to be too large to actually penetrate the skin and to be absorbed. This leads to collagen simply sitting on the surface of your skin until it is washed away.

But don’t throw away your collagen-laced skin care products yet. Just because the actual collagen molecule is not effectively absorbed by your skin does not mean there are no benefits to collagen creams, lotions or other moisturizers. The peptides and amino acids that comprise the collagen molecule can help encourage new collagen production by increasing the elasticity of your collagen fibers and increasing resiliency of collagen structures on the skin. The other major benefit to topical collagen is its moisturizing ability. Collagen is a type of moisturizer known as a humectant. Humectants not only add moisture to your skin, they keep this moisture in place for long periods of time. Topical collagen does effectively moisturize, and keep the moisture in your skin.

Woman applying skin cream

Is Topical Collagen Worth the Investment?
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether or not you believe topical collagen products to be worth the investment. Collagen is an excellent moisturizer, but it does not offer the miraculous skin benefits that it claims.

How to Get Collagen More Effectively
Because collagen really is quite effective under your skin, you may want to consider alternative ways to get the benefits of this protein. A great way to increase your collagen levels is by adding collagen-rich foods into your diet. Dark greens, red and orange vegetables, fish, soy, citrus fruits and berries are all tasty ways to incorporate collagen into your eating plan. Collagen supplements are another option. Research is still being conducted on the optimal levels of and delivery system of collagen supplements, but taking one could benefit your skin, hair and nails. Our last post focused on collagen drinks, which haven’t been proven to be useful or useless, but it seems that most experts suggest taking an oral collagen supplement over using collagen drinks.

Collagen is a highly beneficial protein that can dramatically improve your skin, hair and nails. However, the traditional delivery systems, topical collagen products, may not be as effective as they were once believed to be. By eating a varied, nutritious diet you should be able to achieve optimal levels of collagen. If you want an extra boost for a healthy complexion, try a collagen supplement and of course, be diligent about you skin care routine.

Collagen Peptides and Your Body

You know that collagen is necessary for healthy skin and that as you age your natural collagen levels decrease. However, you may not be aware that collagen is also a part of your bones, muscles and organ tissues. Simply stated, your body needs collagen to work effectively. While there are numerous studies on collagen and its effect on your skin, up until recently there were no studies that showed what effect, if any, collagen has on your body composition. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition examined what effect collagen supplements had on body composition and the results were quite exciting.

Collagen molecule.

Why Your Body Needs Collagen
Collagen is a natural protein that is an essential part of healthy skin, organs and tissue. Nearly one third of the protein content in your body is collagen and it is also found in your bones, muscles and organ tissue. Your body naturally produces collagen, but as you age there is a disruption in collagen production. Women in particular are affected by collagen disruption during ageing because women produce less collagen than men do. Without collagen, your skin loses its firmness and elasticity which results in saggy, wrinkled skin.

The Study
Led by Professor Daniel Konig of the University of Freiburg, a study conducted recently indicates that collagen peptides in addition to resistance exercise may increase muscle mass and strength while decreasing fat mass. The study also suggested that age-related muscle loss was lessened with exercise and certain collagen peptides. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study is the first to examine the effect collagen peptides have on body composition and muscular output. For the study, 53 men, with an age averaging 72, who were experiencing muscle loss (a natural occurrence in the aging process) were recruited for a double-blind placebo controlled study. During the course of the study, half of the men received supplements (BodyBalance collagen peptides) while others were given a placebo pill. All participants engaged in the same resistance training program three times each week for a period of 12 weeks.

The Results
As the study concluded, researchers discovered that collagen peptides increased the benefits of aging men who were experiencing muscle loss. The researchers wrote “[o]ur data demonstrate that compared with placebo, collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training further improved body composition by increasing fat free mass, muscle strength and the loss in fat mass.” When speaking about the study’s focus they noted that “[t]he impact on body composition has not been in the focus, as it is generally believed that the relatively low biological value of collagen would not favor a significant improvement on muscular net protein synthesis. The results of the present investigation do not support this assumption, and the following findings could contribute to further explain the increase in FFM (fat free mass) and strength following collagen protein supplementation…”

Interestingly, this study showed that collagen supplementation was more effective than whey protein at maintaining body weight and balance. While the findings are certainly interesting and encouraging, the researchers suggest that further study in order to determine what the effect of collagen supplementation and resistance training will be among different ages and genders. Additionally, further research is required to determine the most effective dosage levels of collagen supplementation. Although more study is necessary, the results of this finding are encouraging for those wishing to increase muscle strength during the aging process, as well as those looking to decrease fat mass and maintain a healthy weight.

Vine Vera Reports: New Collagen Study – Vine Vera Reviews

Human collagen cells Human and animal bodies owe their strength to a structural protein that is better known as collagen. Collagen is found in abundance in the skin, the tendons, the bones and the ligaments. Vine Vera came across a new collagen study that was conducted by scientists working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm. According to this study, water is intrinsic to body strength and the maintenance of collagen in the body. The study was also published in the Nature Communications Journal in the month of January 2015.

This study has shown that removing water from the collagen fibers in the body can have dramatic effects on the nanoscopic and molecular features. The findings of this study should help researchers in developing innovative materials because they suggest that collagen plays a more active role in living organisms than what was previously believed. In fact, collagen not only acts as a stabilizing framework, but also helps to generate tension during bone synthesis.

Collagen is known to have a hierarchical structure that consists of an extremely complex arrangement of molecules. These molecules act as the building blocks for collagen and are shaped like a rope, with three proteins twisted around each other. A majority of these ropes further combine to form a thick coil known as the Collagen fibrils. Numerous fibrils combine with each other to form the actual collagen fiber.

The researchers of this study investigated the characteristics of collagen and determined how the function of collagen is influenced by water. What makes this study so unique is that it combined a number of methods to investigate collagen at different levels of its hierarchy while controlling the water content of the natural material.

The results that were obtained were analyzed and compared with computer models of collagen fibrils that were developed as a part of the study. This approach actually helped the researchers to investigate the effects of water on the collagen structure in great details. According to Admir Masic, one of the authors of the study, water proved to be an integral component of collagen and it accounted for approximately 60% of collagen in terms of weight. The researchers used a process known as X-ray diffraction and revealed that the water molecules bind themselves to collagen. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the removal of water from collagen had dramatic effects. Reducing the water content practically forced the collagen to dry out, shortened the collagen molecules by 1.3% and the collagen fibrils by 2.5%.

Armed with this knowledge, researchers should actually be able to develop materials that behave in the opposite way when water is removed from them. As such, these findings could also be extremely useful when it comes to the fabrication of parchments and leather and enhancing their preservation. Moreover, Vine Vera discovered that the results are not just important from the engineering point of view. Although such levels of dehydration don’t occur in living organisms, the team found that removing water can be large enough, even under normal biological conditions, for the collagen to generate the same amount of tensile force as human muscles. The researchers now plan to investigate the physiological role that collagen contraction plays in various tissues.

Close-up portrait of young, beautiful and healthy woman with arrows on her face (spa, surgery, face lifting and make-up concept)

Vine Vera Looks at Collagen Boosting Foods – VineVera Reviews

We often hear people say that your skin is what you eat, but we never end up paying it much attention. Perhaps, most of us don’t even realize how true and accurate this saying actually is. One of the best ways to see how beneficial food is for the body is through the skin. When you indulge in a weekend of partying and eating crappy food, it instantly shows on your skin as your skin begins to dry up. But, food does a lot more than just improve your skin health. There are a number of food items that help to beef up the production of collagen in your body and make the skin look younger and healthier. This Vine Vera Infographic showcases the top 5 collagen boosting foods.

Bundle of Spinach leaves

Spinach

You probably already know this, but spinach is one of the best food items for your health and your skin. But, you might not know that it boosts the production of collagen as well. Spinach is full of antioxidants like Lutein and Vitamin C and it helps you to keep your skin hydrated while ensuring that your skin looks suppler.

Pineapple

Pineapple

Pineapples are a tasty way of improving your healing capacity and boosting your health. It contains ingredients like Vitamin C and Manganese and also works wonders in boosting the production of collagen in your body. Furthermore, pineapples are a rich source of Bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that promotes well-being and encourages healing.

Flax seeds spilled out over a white surface

Flax Seed

Flax seeds are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and a phytoestrogen known as Ligan. Flax seeds have become the perfect salad dressing and they go a long way in boosting the production of your collagen and making sure that your skin looks younger and healthier. The Omega-3s found in these seeds are of the alpha-linoleic variety, which means that it can readily convert into DHA or EPA, something that the human body is terrible at.

A small handful of chick-pea. Beans isolated on a white background. Close-up.

Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans, are another food item that you can look at when it comes to boosting your collagen production. They are a type of legume that commonly find their way into a number of Middle Eastern recipes and they are known to be wonderful for reinforcing your ligaments and improving the skin’s elasticity. Furthermore, chickpeas are rich sources of Threonine, an essential amino acid, as well as Vitamin B.

Red  bell pepper slices arranged on a white background

Red Bell Peppers

Red Bell Peppers contain the antioxidant Lycopene, which makes them the perfect sun protecting ingredient that saves the skin from sun damage and also increases the level of collagen production. Red Bell Peppers are also known to be rich sources of Magnesium, an ingredient that combats wrinkles and prevents acne breakouts and skin allergies.

 

Collagen Boosting Product

To complete your skin care routine with the perfect skin care product that contains soluble collagen, try out the Vine Vera Resveratrol Pinot Noir Longevity Cream. This unique cream from Vine Vera Skincare contains ingredients like Vitamin A, Soluble Collagen and Citrus Fruit Extracts and it has been designed to restore your long lost radiance and bring back your youthful glow.