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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Time-saving Skincare and Beauty Hacks

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Celebrity makeup artist Nikki DeRoest, has an extensive amount of knowledge on makeup and beauty, so we asked the pro. What are her tips and advice on applying makeup when time is limited?

She starts by sharing how to get a glowing, radiant look in just a few steps. The key to a bright, radiant skin? The preparation before makeup with skincare. We all know that beautiful skin is first healthy skin, so her beauty hacks focus on using skincare together or before makeup.

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The first step is to use the Active Radiance Serum in order to prep the skin before the foundation. Nikki explains how that is going to brighten skin so that it looks even more radiant before working on the foundation.

Next step is to apply a moisturizer. Don’t skip it! In order to give your skin an extra boost of hydration without making it feel greasy, Nikki uses the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. The light-weight texture is going to hydrate skin and help the foundation melt on the skin for a smoother skin.

An important part of achieving a glowing, radiant is to brighten up the eye area. Using an eye cream together with a concealer is a great idea to get the full benefits. Blend a pump of the Renewing Eye Cream with your favorite concealer and apply under the eyes.

Now quickly before you leave the house, add a touch of color to your lips! Mixing a lip treatment and a cream blush, Nikki explains how fast and time saving this process is. Simply mix your chosen blush with our Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips to give your lips some color and treating them at the same time.

Ready, Set, Go!

Check out the full video of Nikki’s best beauty hacks for the busy gal on the go:

 

Shop the look:

Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

Renewing Eye Cream

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Advanced Active Radiance Serum

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Get the Look: Contour and Highlight with Rapid Collagen Infusion

 

Skincare is the key to great makeup application. When your skin is treated and prepped to looks its best,  makeup follows easily to make your complexion look even better. With our Rapid Collagen Infusion you’ll be able to prepare your skin to any makeup application. In fact, using it together with your favorite makeup pigment will be key for a bright complexion.

Rapid Collagen Infusion is a fast-acting treatment with great hydrating and plumping benefits. Follow these simple steps to learn how to mix up a dewy highlight that can really brighten up your complexion.

Mix it up

Mix one pump of Rapid Collagen Infusion with a sprinkle of your favorite translucent, shimmery pigment using your fingertips on the back of your hand.


Apply

Dab the mixture onto the top of 1. your cheekbones, 2. the center of your nose, 3. underneath the arch of your brows and 4. on the bow of your mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finish off with a touch of our Soothing Skin and Lip Care to sooth away dryness and relief dry and chapped lips.

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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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Which Serum is Right for you?

Quite a few of our customer ask us: “Should I be switching to another serum now that I’m a bit older?” or “Is this serum what I need for my skin concern?”. Those are all fair questions, as it is always valuable to re-evaluate your skincare routine every now and then. With quite a few serums to choose from, it can be a challenge determining which one is the best for your skin type or skin concern.  Therefore, we decided to create a friendly chart to help guide you to the serum that will provide exactly what you are looking for.

Infographic: Finding the right serum

Click on the serums below to learn even more about each of them:
1. Rapid Collagen Infusion
2. Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum
3. Advanced Active Radiance Serum
4. Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
5. Complete Reform

We hope this helps, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, or comment below we’ll be happy to help!

 

Article by Elodie Rivet – Murad Beauty Advisor

 

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How to Reduce Redness and Skin Irritation

Whether you are suffering from Rosacea or experiencing light redness and irritation, your sensitive skin requires special care as it is susceptible to irritants of all kinds. Here at Murad Canada, we know genetics are not the only ones to blame for the causes of redness and irritation. Powerful environmental factors, such as the strong cold wind we often experience, can intensify the first signs of dryness and sensitivity.

Murad Redness Therapy

Dr. Murad has developed the Redness Therapy skin care products to help his patients soothe and calm irritated skin. The discomfort of dry, tight skin is definitely not something you want to ignore as it is proven to have an impact on concentration and self-confidence.
To help you regain the soft and hydrated skin you once had, here are 3 ideal products that will deliver nutrients and moisture to you skin in order to bring back that healthy glow.

Step 1: Calm Skin SoothingGelCleanser_6.75oz_LR

Comfort and cool your skin with our Soothing Gel Cleanser. Designed to wash away irritating impurities, this cleanser will not only gently clean your skin it will also alleviate redness, tightness and discomfort.

Step 2: Boost Moisture

Being one of the best serums for sensitive skin, our Soothing Serum is like a “drink of water” for your skin. With chamomile extract and arnica, it soothes and improves suppleness of skin while helping skin attract and retain vital moisture. Say good-bye to redness and irritation!

Step 3: Strengthen and Recondition

With Azelaic Acid and Peppermint Extract, our Recovery Treatment Gel calms inflammation for all day relief. This soothing moisturizer will also accelerate healing of the skin and strengthen it so you can now focus on you daily tasks without worrying about dry, irritated skin.

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Adventures in Product Development: Rapid Collagen Infusion

By Jeff Murad, VP of Product Development

Collagen is one of the most important elements of healthy skin. In fact, the gradual decline of our bodies’ natural collagen is one of the main factors reapidof what we see and feel as aging. Lower levels of collagen in the dermis appear as thinner, sagging skin and wrinkles. But collagen is an important building block throughout our bodies, from our blood vessels to our tendons. The effects of its decline in our skin are just the visible manifestation. Often when people say they feel “old” they are referring to the internal effects of collagen loss.

For these reasons, collagen is a big buzzword in the anti-aging industry. Unfortunately, it is generally not much more than that because it is very difficult for the body to utilize collagen that it does not create. The oral collagen in supplements or drinks is broken down in your digestive tract and never gets a chance to supplement the body’s lost collagen. Topically applied collagen is also often less than hoped for. The collagen protein is simply too large to penetrate into the skin, let alone penetrate all the way down to the skin’s dermis where our natural collagen creates youthful structure. In fact, until now, the only way to achieve this was to get a collagen injection.

That is why the technology behind Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion is so exciting. For the first time, topically applied collagen can actually be functional in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Before being added to the formula, Murad’s unique collagen is broken down into its component amino acids, while maintaining the same ratio and arrangement as in intact collagen. Unlike the non-optimized collagen protein generally found in products, these collagen amino acids are small enough to penetrate into the surface of the skin where they absorb moisture to visibly plump up fine lines and textural imperfections.

 

Listen to Jeff educate more about the ingredients that make this formula unique in the following video:
 

 

 

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Three Myths about anti wrinkle creams

If you’re using an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle cream as part of your skin care regimen, then we applaud you for taking the necessary steps to ensure that you’ll have youthful looking skin for a long time to come. However, there is actually quite a lot of misinformation out there regarding what an anti-wrinkle cream should and should do and what it should and shouldn’t contain. Here are three myths about anti-aging skin care.

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Myth 1: One Anti-Wrinkle Cream is enough!

It’s actually not true that you can buy one anti-aging or anti-wrinkle cream and have it provide all of your needs! After all, the skin on your face isn’t all the same, is it? Nor are your needs during the course of a twenty-four hour period the same. We recommend that you use three basic anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products:

  1. A daytime anti wrinkle moisturizer or cream that is lightweight enough to not feel too heavy during the day,
  2. A night time anti wrinkle moisturizer, cream or serum that provides more intense results, and
  3. A separate anti wrinkle eye cream for the more sensitive and often more wrinkle-impacted area around your eyes.

Myth 2: Anti Wrinkle Creams Will Solve All Signs of Aging

While it’s true that a good, quality wrinkle cream will remedy many of the signs of aging in the form of fine lines and wrinkles that come with age, there are other signs of aging that you will need to address in other ways. The most common of these are age or sun spots, which are darker discolorations that come with age and which can be treated with a lightening or fading agent. The second most common is an overall loss of firmness in your skin, which is the result of hormonal aging. Murad Resurgence® anti aging skin care products are designed specifically to address this loss of firmness.

Myth 3: Only Old Women Use Anti Wrinkle Creams

This just isn’t true! It’s never too early to start addressing the signs of aging on your skin. Whether your first tiny lines and winkles are already visible or whether you’re using an anti wrinkle cream preventatively, you don’t need to be a senior individual to begin ensuring that you have youthful, beautiful skin for as long as possible!

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What is the right amount of facial care product to use?

Are you using too much or too little and what is the right amount to use for the best results?

Here is a guide of how to use your facial care product and how much you should use:

Cleanser and exfoliator

  • Squeeze a small amount of cleanser, size of a hazelnut, into the palm of your wet hands.
  • Rub them together and apply gentle on your face,
  • Massage for a few minutes
  • Wash and rinse your face with warm water.

Toner


Spray one or two spritz on your face to refresh and moisture. Toning your face can help to absorb the beneficial anti-aging ingredients in the skin care products that you use.

Eye cream


The ideal amount of eye cream to use is a pea size for both eyes. A pump is often too much for your eyes. This area is very delicate and the skin can only absorb a small amount of cream. Gently massage or pat the area around the eye. Give your eye cream about a minute or longer, to absorb before you put makeup on.

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Serum


We tend to use a lot more than what we need because serums are light and fast-absorbing. One pump or one and a half are enough for your entire face and neck. These few concentrated drops are super-efficient. Apply the serum to your face and neck, patting it evenly but avoid the eyes area.

Day/Night cream


One or two pumps or the size of a small hazelnut is the perfect amount to moisturize your face and to get the best benefits of the ingredients (anti aging, acne, SPF).

Face mask


A thin layer of the mask will provide the best results without wasting. Keep in mind that more does not mean better. Your skin will only absorb what it needs and adding extra product will not give you better end results.

After you finish your skin care routine your skin should feel fresh and well moisturized.

Does your skin feel greasy after your skin care routine? It could be because you are using too much or that the products and not well suited for your skin type or skin concern. Try switching to a different moisturizer or serum.

Article by Elodie Rivet – Murad Beauty Advisor

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