Collagen Building Foods

Collagen is the foundation of healthy skin. It provides the natural support structure that gives skin strength and resilience. It helps our lips stay plump and prevents our cheeks from drooping into jowls. However, as we age, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases. Generally, the first signs of age-related collagen loss are fine lines, which can develop into wrinkles over time. Both men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. For women, however, this loss of collagen escalates significantly in the first five years after menopause.

To help combat this decline, here are nine collagen-boosting foods you can easily incorporate into your daily diet:

  1. Fish

    Omega-3 fatty acids create an ideal environment for collagen production. Find this nutrient in fish such as salmon and black cod.

  2. Prunes

    As free radicals attack the skin, they break down collagen. To combat free radical damage, eat antioxidant rich prunes. Eat five to six prunes daily for a great health boost.

  3. Manuka Honey

    This special honey from New Zealand has long been promoted for its special healing properties. Manuka Honey has been touted as helpful in the formation of strong collagen. Additionally, it is rich in antioxidants and has been traditionally used to help to reduce inflammation and breakouts.

  4. Pineapple

    Your body needs an ample amount of the mineral manganese for collagen production, especially when healing wounds. Pineapple is high in manganese and can help you achieve the recommended daily amount of 2.3 milligrams per day.

  5. Turkey

    Turkey contains carnosine, which research suggests may slow down the collagen damaging aging process called cross-linking. Cross-linking makes collagen stiff and less resilient. Eat turkey two to three times a week to help your skin snap back into shape.

  6. Oranges

    Your body uses Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins that help keep your skin firm. Get 75 – 90 milligrams of vitamin c daily for ideal collagen production.

  7. Grapefruit

    After age 50, it is recommended that you concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables to boost your vitamin c intake. Grapefruit is a great vitamin c-rich alternative to oranges.

  8. Shellfish

    Shellfish contains a concentrated amount of copper, an essential mineral the body uses to bind collagen and elastin for strong, healthy skin. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper a day to help boost healthy collagen and elastin production.

  9. Tomatoes, pepper and beets.

    These red foods are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that boost skin’s own natural sun protection to help prevent collagen damage resulting from UV exposure.

While the body is constantly producing new collagen, since that production naturally decreases with age, adding collagen-boosting foods to your diet is a great way to encourage your body to produce as much as it can, no matter what your age.

It’s a smart step that can help keep skin healthy and supple.

Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Learn more about Dr. Murad.

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Bridal Beauty – top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

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We know you want to look flawless on your big day! Having great skin is just as important as wearing the perfect bridal gown, so start your pre-wedding skincare countdown now. Our Murad skincare experts put together this helpful six-month timeline to follow for glowing, gorgeous skin on your big day.

Pre-Wedding Skincare Countdown: A few tips for a beautiful skin

 6 months to go
  •  Take daily dietary supplements to give your body the building blocks it needs to help every cell in every system.
  • Now that you’re engaged, everyone will be paying extra attention to your hands! Rejuvenate them with a monthly manicure and moisturize daily (We recommend our Youth Builder Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream) to keep them looking and feeling soft and lovely.
3 months to go
  •  Stick to your workouts to reduce skin-damaging stress and wedding-planning anxiety.
  • Commit to a monthly facial routine to keep your complexion healthy and rejuvenated.
1 month to go
  •  Keep your skin smooth and glowing by exfoliating 1-2 times a week (We recommend trying our Skin Smoothing Polish).
  • Get your last facial 2-3 weeks before your big day to allow redness from extractions to resolve.
Week of the wedding
  •  Get a stress-relieving massage.
  • Keep your diet heavy on fruits and veggies and light on salty, processed foods, which can make your eyes look puffy and your body feel bloated. We suggest you read a bit more about the science behind eating fruits and veggies with Dr. Murad’s “Eat Your Water” research.
The Big Day

Remember that it’s likely something won’t go as planned or turn out the way you imagined it, but don’t let that ruin your day. As Dr. Murad says, “When you learn to be imperfect, your life will be more perfect.”

 

Here are top picks to prep your skin on the big day.

eye-lift-firm Say “Eye Do”

While the early-morning beauty prep gets underway, start with this professional-strength eye treatment. Its exclusive surface-filling and firming technologies work beneath the eye pads to instantly lift, firm and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

hydrating-toner Happily Ever Hydrated

Spray a few spritzes of this refreshing toner to rehydrate skin and restore pH balance. The fresh peach scent also helps set the relaxing, pampering mood for the makeup and hair prep to come.

oil-control-mattifier Joined in Matte-rimony

Save yourself from a makeup meltdown during any outdoor photo shoots by applying this mattifying moisturizer with SPF 15. It helps control oil for up to 8 hours so you’ll stay picture-perfect all throughout your wedding day.

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Between battling the never-ending to-do lists, last-minute crises and wedding jitters, getting a full night’s sleep might slip down the priority list. Keep under-eye creasing and puffiness at bay with this multi-active eye cream that firms, brightens and hydrates.

invisiblur Toast to a Flawless Future

Before you apply foundation, finish with this breakthrough product to treat, blur and protect. Its silky smooth formula blurs lines and imperfections, conceals pores, and primes skin, so you’ll look flawless in all your wedding photos.

We wish all the brides-to-be out there a joyful, stress-free, beautiful wedding day; one filled with moments you will cherish forever!

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6 Easy Rules of Summer Skincare

Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but it is recommended to change a few of your skincare products with the change of seasons. While in winter we tend to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas. Here’s what you should change this summer:

1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer

In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.

2. Increase your SPF usage

Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected)
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Nature’s High-Performance Moisturizer: Hyaluronic Acid

Regardless of your skin type, once you reach adulthood, your skin becomes a little drier every day. How you respond to that loss of moisture may be the single most important factor in determining how old you look. For people with skin that is naturally less oily, dry-skin-related issues are often apparent at an early age. They can begin to experience symptoms such as dullness, rough texture, flaking, cracking and tightness as early as their 20s. People with more oily skin tend to see different symptoms of water loss and see them a bit later, typically in their 30s or 40s. Common symptoms include fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume. But no matter when you begin to see signs of persistent dehydration, restoring lost water is a central component in any anti-aging skincare program. Fortunately, there are some amazing super-hydrators available to help you to replenish your skin.

Moisturizers help to renew skin with 3 classes of ingredients: water, hydrophobic agents that seal water into the skin’s surface, and hydrophilic agents (also known as humectants) that attract water and create a reservoir within the skin to help keep moisture at an optimal level. One of the most important humectants in high-performance skincare is Hyaluronic Acid, a long, elastic molecule that is naturally abundant in young skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a component of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF), the water-soluble compounds responsible for the wettability, water-holding and absorbing powers of the skin’s surface. It also plays an important role deep within the skin and throughout the body where it binds with water to form a slippery gel that provides cushioning and lubrication. It is part of the synovial fluid that keeps our joints comfortable, and it also forms part of the intercellular matrix—the watery medium between cells through which nutrients and cellular waste products flow. Because each molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, it allows topical moisturizers to provide the sustained supply of water needed to keep skin plump, smooth and well hydrated.

In addition to the ability to enhance the moisturizing power of topical skincare, the natural plumping properties of Hyaluronic Acid have also made it a popular ingredient for injectable wrinkle fillers. New Hyaluronic filling sphere technologies, however, now give topical anti-aging moisture formulas the power to deliver results comparable to injections.

Beyond its remarkable power as a topical hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid is also used to give skin an exceptionally beautiful finish—what skincare chemists call the “after feel.” If you are looking to take your anti-aging hydration strategy to the next level, be sure that the moisturizer you select includes this remarkable substance.

Doctor Murad Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

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Meet Elodie Rivet, Esthetician and Makeup Artist

We had the opportunity to interview Elodie, a licensed esthetician with over 7 years of experience in the beauty industry. Elodie’s passion for skin care and makeup has been proven through her experience working with top cosmetic and skin care brand. She is also a freelance makeup artist, where she applies her passion and expertise to beauty and fashion photo-shoots. We are excited to share with you her vision on and advice for beautiful, healthy skin!

What’s your favorite part about working in the beauty industry?

I really enjoy creating regimen for my customers. Listening to them and understanding their skin concerns to find answers and solutions is rewarding. I like explaining how each products will help them achieve the skin they want. That’s what really makes me happy. When a customer reaches out to me for more advice a few months later, this is when you realize that you have created a connection with this person, and that is priceless!

What’s your biggest beauty secret?

This is not a secret, but I love trying new skin care products!
I am very loyal to my night routine in terms of cleansing. I NEVER, ever skip using my Renewing Cleansing Cream on my Clarisonic brush. Nothing is can compare to that result. My skin always feels incredibly smooth and deeply clean. Any products that are going to be applied after will be absorbed deeper into the skin, for better results. Cleansing is for me the number one step that will make a big difference for a perfect healthy, glowing skin.

Who is your beauty icon and why do you admire her?

Jessica Alba is my beauty icon, stylish but never over the top. Her career as a business woman and as a mom is incredible. She is a real example for everyone.
In terms of beauty, she believes in having an easy but daily skin care routine, which is also essential to me. In terms of makeup, she always goes for a flawless but luminescent complexion with either bold lips for a pop of color or a nice sexy smoky eyes which is a classic but so modern at the same time.

What are your favorite Murad products and why?

Over the past months, my skin seemed to have changed a little. It is not as dry as it used to be. So to make sure that my makeup is staying on all day, I use the Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15. Not only does it provide a matte finish, but it also hydrates my skin. For less of a matte look but deep hydration, I choose the Skin Perfection Lotion.

If you could only have one makeup item, for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Only one? This is difficult. If I had to choose one, I would go for a concealer because I have red cheeks. If this had to be my only makeup item, I would still be able to mix it with a lip balm for a nude lip look or apply a touch of it on the eye lid for a bright, eye-opening look.

What is your favorite treatment to give clients and why?

Facials are without a doubt my favorite kind of treatment. Before each treatment, I consult with my clients in order to understand their skin concerns and their expectations. I love seeing how they relax and forget about their stressful life for a moment. A facial treatment is very beneficial for the skins overall health and wellness and it allows me to connect with clients on a deeper level, which I am all about.

Photos by: Sebastien Panouille.

 

Recommended products from this story:
Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
Skin Perfecting Lotion Renewing Cleansing Cream

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Anti-aging Ingredients, The Solution In a Jar

Anti-aging products take so many forms nowadays: from creams to cleansers, from serums to exfoliants, all of these promise a specific ingredient that addresses the anti aging skin concerns. While formulas become more and more complex, and the range of products designed for aging skin is being diversified, not all products present major differences in terms of ingredients.

But of course, there are ingredients that are almost an imperative for any anti-aging product formula and need to address dryness, flakiness, spots and wrinkles. Moisturizers, in particular, are a must in any anti aging product, in order to maintain healthy skin and to help fight aging signs. Whether it’s hormonal or genetic or environmental, the symptoms of aging can be alleviated with topical skin care, but not permanently overcome.

Some of the most popular ingredients in anti aging creams and treatments are on everyone’s lips but not everyone is totally aware of their role in skin care. The best anti-aging ingredients are usually hydrators, vitamins, proteins and botanicals:

Collagen

The skin protein is responsible for maintaining elasticity by binding water molecules and preventing the cellular water loss; collagen fibers are the ones that provide support and strength to the skin. Their loss can be compensated with collagen in creams, or by stimulating the body to produce more collagen on its own. Nutrition plays an important role in our body’s collagen production.

What is collagen and why is it important for my skin?

Retinol

It is a natural form of Vitamin A which is essential for maintaining the skin functions and necessary for cell renewal; supplements can make up for the lack of this vitamin in our bodies.

Coenzyme Q10

This is a potent antioxidant which is praised for its anti-aging benefits, usually quite efficient in body aging prevention; it occurs naturally in our skin but its presence decreases with age, so internal or topical supplements are recommended.

Plant Based Estrogens

Replacing the loss of natural estrogen that comes with aging, they deliver hydration and improve elasticity when skin needs it mostly. Estrogen is a female hormone involved in the development of the female characteristics and in maintaining skin elasticity.

Sodium PCA

It is a natural ingredient derived from vegetal sources that is also a very efficient emollient on the skin. It is usually used for intensive hydration of aging skin.

Glycerin

One of the best humectants in skin care, it improves smoothness and hydration and is used in most of the topical products because of its water retaining properties.

Essential Fatty Acids

Vital elements that regenerate and restore skin while providing intense hydration, they are considered some of the most nourishing ingredients; internally or topically, they are “essential” for our bodies.

Botanicals and Fruit Enzymes

Nature has its riches, like ingredients that have regenerating, nourishing, soothing and moisturizing properties; fruit enzymes are also very efficient exfoliators for aging skin.

AHAs & BHAs

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are the most popular exfoliators out there. AHAs are stronger and BHAs are known to be milder, suitable for normal and sensitive skin.

Lactic Acid

An exfoliator as well (it is basically an Alpha Hydroxy Acid), it is suitable for almost any type of skin and softens while exfoliating the dead skin cells layers on the surface. Its main benefit is that it doesn’t dry out the skin.

 

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Age Spots – Not just an age problem

One of the first signs of aging is hyper-pigmentation, manifested through dark spots on your skin. Also known as liver spots, they have nothing to do with the liver, as almost in all cases they are caused by long-term sun exposure. At first, one may notice dark brown spots and patches on the hands or on the face, the areas that are almost all the time exposed to the sun. That’s why the spots will appear darker in these areas, more than they appear in other areas of the body. There can also be a genetic predisposition to developing age spots in a lifetime.

The first spots can appear in the early twenties and can go away in time through the skin’s natural regeneration process, if skin is protected when exposed to sun. Most of the dark spots appear with the aging process because that’s when skin loses its ability to regenerate fast. The dark color is caused by the melanocyte cells which produce an excess of melanin – the skin pigment, and this is gets deposited in the top layers of the skin.

These unpleasant spots can occasionally appear as a result of the use of birth control pills, hormonal imbalance, insufficient vitamin B in your body or skin reactions to perfumes and creams after sun exposure. Make sure you have a diet rich in Vitamin B and don’t apply perfumes (or products containing fragrance) directly on your skin prior to sun exposure. It is important to protect these spots from UVs even if they’re not sun related, because more sun can worsen the appearance

Treating hyper-pigmentation is best done with a melanin suppressant, its action leading to the slow recovery of the area and the lightening of the spot. Hydroquinone is the best known solution for dark spots but there are other useful alternatives like antioxidants, Azelaic Acid or Kojic Acid. It is important to avoid sun exposure – any direct UV exposure will darken the spots even more. Wear sunscreen or cover the area with clothes as much as possible; some of the melanin suppressants usually sensitize the skin and the reaction to UVs can darken the age spots even more.

Can you prevent dark spots and age spots from forming on your skin just by making lifestyle choices?

Dr. Howard Murad explains how a combination of skin care and Inclusive Health® can help you to prevent dark spots on your skin.

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Introducing: Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

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When it comes to skincare treatments, lips are often overlooked. However, it is good to remember that they are as exposed and vulnerable to aging as any other part of our face. As we age, the decline in collagen in our skin can cause lips and the skin around them to thin and wrinkle. We can all agree that only a few other things will age the face as dramatically as prominent lip lines., which is why we are happy to announce our latest lip product launch. To make it easier to give your lips the treatment they deserve, we’ve created a new kind of targeted care for lips based upon the breakthrough technology that powers our enormously popular Rapid Collagen Infusion.

Now you can start preventing lip lines, with Murad. This new product is suitable for all skin types and is now available for purchase on MuradCanada.com

Purchase Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

 

10746What does it do for you?

Designed to target the signs of ageing on and around the entire mouth area and lips, the translucent serum uses enhanced collagen technology to instantly plump and restore volume while powerful hydration boosters give silky smooth and soft lips.

 

BENEFITS:

• 81% of users said lips appeared plumper and more youthful after one week*
• 77% of users saw an improvement of lines and wrinkles after one week*
• Mustard Sprout Extract encourages circulation to increase volume and hydrate the lips
• Collagen Support Complex, an anti-aging peptide blend, boosts collagen production to reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines and wrinkles
• Apple Extract imparts long-lasting hydration for silky soft lips
• Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid balance moisture levels to enhance absorption and application

Find out more on how to use the Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips on its product page. And for more skincare tips as well as tips and tricks to keep your entire body healthy from the inside out continue browsing our blog!

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Fade and Prevent Age or Sun Spots

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Regardless of your skin type or color, the most important step to prevent age and sun spots is to wear “Broad-spectrum protection”. This specific protection in SPF products means that it will protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Sun spots are preventable, so seek shade as much as you can and do not over-expose your skin to the sun during which the sun’s harmful UV radiation are stronger: between 10 AM and 4PM. Have a look at Murad’s SPF products and find the one that best fits your skin concerns.

Protection is step 1, now let’s look at fading age and sun spots.

Essential-CThe first step to fading age spots is, of course, to actually fade the pigmented areas of the age spots. Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum uses Resilient-C Complex™ that maximizes collagen production and skin brightening while providing all-day free radical protection. The product is formulated using Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate both surface skin and dead skin cells beneath the skin’s surface within follicles. Its Myrtle Extract also encourages new cell growth and help boost cell vitality. That means that the Vitamin C in Murad’s active radiance serum can penetrate deeper and work more effectively to lighten hyper-pigmented areas. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids also encourage the movement of the pigmented cells to the skin’s surface where they are more easily and rapidly treated.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum can be used in both your morning and evening skin care regimen. Your Advanced Active Radiance Serum helps to restore tone and smooth texture and is clinically proven to improve skin firmness by up to 64% in just 15 minutes. To fade your age spots and sun spots, apply Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum after you cleanse your skin and then Starter Kit Essential Cfollow up with a skin or face moisturizer. In addition to fading sun spots and age spots, this serum also improves skin’s overall tone by lifting away other darkened or dull areas of skin discoloration for an overall even skin tone. Its faster-acting formula with double the brighteners boosts radiance and reverses visible signs of environmental damage. It will preserve clarity and defend against future damage for lasting youthful radiance. Try our Environmental Shield line with an affordable starter kit to see if these products are a match.

Although daily SPF moisturizers and serum just like our Advanced Active Radiance Serum are essential, it is helpful to double up on your sun protection through healthy food. In fact consuming more food which contains Polyphenols, Carotenoids, and Vitamin C such as vegetables and fruits, will help your skin keep its natural glow and avoid inflammation. Read more about eating the right food for your skin: Eat Your Sunscreen!

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Dr. Murad’s Power Green Salad

greenAlways keep a “Power Greens” salad base and healthy “add-ins” in the refrigerator. New Power Greens mixes available in many markets include great greens such as baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach. These blends make a terrific healthy base for you to customize and create your own special salads. If you cannot find a prepared power greens mix in your local market, experiment with what you can find—you may need to start with bagged spinach or kale and mix it with one bag of cabbage prepared for coleslaw.

 

When your power greens lose peak freshness for salads, lightly steam them for side dishes; sauté them with poultry, fish, or egg dishes; or make a vegetable soup or smoothie with them. Be creative with vegetables and you will love the results!

Dr. Murad recommends that you use your imagination and have fun adding in a selection of favorite healthy foods that you have on hand to the power base. See all our Recipes on the blog: Dr. Murad’s recipes.

 

DR. MURAD’S FAVORITE POWER SALAD “ADD-INS” INCLUDE:

Whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, tofu, tempeh, seafood, fish, poultry or lean meat, cucumbers, fennel, baby bok choy, broccoli, the entire cabbage family, celery, turnips, all colors of peppers, fresh herbs, carrots, the radish family, fresh sprouted veggies and grains, sugar snap peas, chayote squash, cauliflower, avocado, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, shredded beets, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, fresh chopped ginger, lentils, quinoa, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, slivered almonds, pine nuts, pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, citrus segments, sliced pear, sliced apples.

Download recipes for a younger YOU – Meal Plan and Recipes by Dr. Howard Murad

 


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 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

 

 

 


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