6 Ways to Keep Your Collagen & Skin Young

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Collagen is a protein that our skin cells produce to “hold” our skin together keeping it’s firmness and elasticity. Young skin is plump and smooth because it constantly naturally re-generates itself. As we age our collagen production slows down, from 25yrs collagen slowly decreases and by 45yrs it’s 30% less meaning your skin can get damaged due to sun exposure or bad habits and result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

Sun damage made simple – UVB Rays are the rays that burn our skin, UVA Rays are the rays that age our skin. So UVA Rays break down fibres and elasticity in our skin creating wrinkles. So here’s what you can do to help boost your collagen preventing ageing skin:

1.Up Your Vitamin C Intake Vitamin C is crucial to the formulation of collagen and it’s difficult for our bodies to restore vitamin C so the more you can get the better. Also add Vitamin C to your daily skin care routine like these Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream from Dr Sebagh available at Liberty Beauty Hall to reactivate your collagen levels.

 

 

2.Cut Down Your Sugar Habits Eating too many sugary foods can be a beauty disaster! It causes premature ageing by a process called glycation (the cellular level of the skins structure resulting in wrinkling and loss of elasticity)

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3.Use an SPF SPF’s protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use an SPF 15 – 30, there are lot’s of skin creams and tinted moisturisers with added SPF’s. Add a shield of protection under your make-up like this Dermalogica product available at Liberty Beauty HallIMG_3457

 

4.Exfoliate This seems like an obvious one but I’m always surprised how many people skip this part of their weekly routine relying purely on their magic lotions and potions to do the trick. I advise both! Removing the top layer of dead skin helps speed up the natural process of skin and collagen renewal. You can also use Acid Peels or Glycolic Overnight Peels in addition to a good old fashioned exfoliation – use gentle products that aren’t too harsh for the face. I like to use just a face flannel to gently exfoliate my skin with after cleansing.

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5.Add Antioxidants To Your Routine Adding antioxidants to your skincare and your diet can do wonders for your skin keeping you looking young. Sip on green tea (I do struggle with green tea so opt for a green tea infused with peppermint to hide the taste) Also use creams and active serums containing antioxidants like this Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator available at Liberty Beauty Hall 

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6.Massage Your Skin Massaging your face daily will help boost the production  of collagen giving skin a plump appearance for smoother younger looking skin. Massage also stimulates the lymph glands to promote clearer skin, massage with a collagen boosting face oil. I massage my skin for a minute in the morning while applying face serum before my moisturiser. (when you have more time and not rushing out the door you should massage your face for at least 5 mins)

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Oh one last thing, always treat your skin to a face mask once a week, choose a day and stick to it so you get into a routine. The best day is on a Sunday or on your day off so you’ve got at least 15mins to relax and for the mask to do it’s job well.

What anti-ageing skin care advice do you have? I’d love to hear your tips and ticks.

Secondblonde x

Perricone MD Chloro Plasma Face Mask

One of the perks of working in the hair/beauty industry is at times I get to try out samples/testers of products. I was given this 12ml tester of Perricone’s Chloro Plasma Mask long before Christmas but only just round to using it. Why did I wait so long….

I LOVE it!

IMG_8325.JPGThe packaging is simple (which I like) the mask itself comes in a frosted glass jar with a matte black lid, it’s in a box which displays the usual “how to use” the ingredients and the benefits.

The promise….
Instant tightening of pores, smoothing of wrinkles and softening of skin texture. Intensely illuminating and revitalizing for a healthy glow and flawless complexion. Deeply purifying and detoxifying for an immediate improvement in skin’s suppleness and smoothness.

IMG_8353.PNGHere’s the science bit…
Chloro Plasma is an anti-aging treatment mask formulated with Plasma technology and Phytonutrient-enriched Microcapsules/Blue Green Algae and Watercress. Abundant in Chlorophyll, these Phytonutrients deliver deep detoxification and purification benefits.
IMG_8336.JPGThe application was a really pleasant experience, I could move it around my face with ease and as I massaged in gently in circular movement the gel to clay texture changes colour to a richer green releasing bursts of Chlorophyll. As it dried it turned to a clay texture but did not feel tight or dry. I would actually say it is the most comfortable mask I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t have a strong smell either.

After 10mins I rinsed off with warm water and a face cloth. My cheeks looked a little pink when I removed the mask but not in a irritated kind of way but in a healthy glowing way.

IMG_8351.JPGThe results…
I’m blown away! This mask is quite pricey however it HAS delivered on ALL of it’s promises. My skin is very smooth and so illuminated it’s almost like glass. My pores are definitely less visible, the wrinkles around my eye area (yes I know well I am turning 40 this year) are smoother and my skin feels so soft and looks flawless. What more do you need from a mask?
This is a winner and I will be using every last scrap of my sample pot. Will I re-purchase?
If I wasn’t on a budget then my answer is a big fat YES!
Purchase Perricone MD Chloro Plasma here £67

CHANEL MASQUE DÉSTRESSANT PURETÉ Purifying Cream Mask 75ml

A luxurious face mask that is devoted to purity and is very relaxing and indulgent.

20140302-164624.jpg The packaging is as expected luxurious and iconic CHANEL.The tube is matt, the lid glossy black with the Chanel logo embossed in white on the top.

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This mask is ideal for oily skin, it purifies leaving your skin smooth with a satisfying matt completion. Apply a think layer to your skin avoiding the eye area.

20140302-170200.jpgThe consistency is thick, the smell is very refreshing. It feels tingly when first applied. Lay back in comfy clothes (I’m in my pj’s) relax and take deep breathes, allow your shoulders to hang low and close your eyes. The mask turns from a thick creamy consistency to clay and sets, it doesn’t feel dry but has that funny limited movement feeling which I quite like as it means I can’t speak! Yes me not speaking for a whole 10mins! Bliss.
20140302-170655.jpgIt turns to a chalky white Colour. Now it’s time to remove the mask. Wet your fingers and massage gently. Wash off with warm water, I like to use a soft face cloth. Rinse well and do not rub your skin. Pat your skin dry and ta-dah!! Refreshed radiant skin that is rid of oily areas and feels soft and smooth.

20140302-171845.jpgThe price tag £39 for this mask in my opinion is spot on for its results. It can be used weekly, I like to use it as a once a month beauty indulgent treat rather than a weekly essential.

Secondblonde x

Glam it up! with GLAMGLOW® YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I tested this back in the summer and absolutely loved the results of this high performance mud mask.

20140108-155914.jpgStraight out of Hollywood this youthmud treatment was created for Hollywood stars as an instant pick me up prior to filming. The results are noticeable immediately and last for 3 days.

20140108-160325.jpgThe impressive ingredients is different to other mud masks, thus enables the mud to treat your skin and deal with it! In other words it won’t pull everything out and leave it on the surface for you to deal with looking spotty or red and inflamed, instead you are left with smooth glowing calm youthful and pimple free skin!

Here are a few of the key ingredients:

French sea clay
Volcanic rock
Green tea leaf
Chamomile

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Apply to clean dry skin using enough for full coverage. Leave on for up to 10mins while the mud gets to work, the more your skin needs it the longer it will take for the mud to dry. The tingle is instant (that’s the mud removing all the nasty dead skin cells) The more your skin needs the bigger the tingle!

20140108-161744.jpgIt’s dark green when first applied and you can see the green tea leaves.

20140108-161917.jpgThen after 10mins of relaxation it turns to a pale green colour and has completely dried, but surprisingly doesn’t feel tight or dry and smells so clean and healthy and natural. (Ha, look at my sleepy eyes, so relaxed)

To remove you gentle massage in some water using circular movements, this product now doubles up as a gentle exfoliator! GENIUS wipe away any bits you’ve missed with a soft flannel and Ta Daa! You’ve now got smooth, glowing, fresh baby like skin that’s firmer and brighter.

20140108-162529.jpg It’s hard to justify the £49.99 price tag for the 50ml jar of mud but I think it is worth it. You will get a minimum of 7 applications from one jar, so that’s just over £7 per treatment which ain’t bad for the HOLLYWOOD Sexy Mud treatment!

*TOP TIP* Use just before a special occasion for an instant lift!

Kelly’s Beauty Picks This Week

20130908-120251.jpg1. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD £44.99
a detoxifying mask straight out of Hollywood it’s all the buzz right now as it actually works! Use as 17 full face or 1000 spot treatments. It de-clogs and minimises pores.

2. WELLA SP LUXEOIL KERATIN RESTORE MASK £20.50
a restorative mask that reconstructs the hair fibre. Contains iconic Argan oil, almond oil and jojoba oil, rich with fatty acids and omegas.

3. VASELINE LIP THERAPY £1.99
a little versatile tin of protection from the elements with soothing properties. An all time cult favourite.

4. BARIELLE NAIL SHADES $8.00
a late summer shade in Ocean Breeze, look out for the new Fall Shades 2013 I’ve got my eye on Edgy,Dinner at 8 and No not now!

5. No 7 PERFECT BLEND TRIO £9.50
a very affordable trio of concealers to cover blemishes, hide dark circles or blend uneven skin tones…ta dah!