Smart Skin Tips for Summer

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 12 Aug, 2015

Take care of and protect your skin this summer to prevent sun damage.

Smart Skin Tips for Summer
The thought of summer often conjures up images of flip-flops, bathing suits, and tans. Summer is a popular time for people to bare their skin and enjoy the great weather. In addition to bringing warmth and fun days outdoors, however, the summer sun can also cause numerous skin problems if you don’t take preventive measures to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
Sun exposure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it is a key source of vitamin D. However, you should avoid overexposure to sunlight. The maximum amount of sunlight you should get each day is 15 minutes before 10am or after 4pm. If possible, avoid mid-day sun exposure because that is when the sun is the harshest.
How Overexposure to the Sun Affects Collagen

Exposure to UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can lead to premature aging. Not only does UV radiation cause skin damage, it also increases your risk for skin cancer. UVA radiation penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB radiation. In fact, UVA radiation leads to a higher rate of collagen breakdown in the dermis than chronological aging.
The dermis is the middle layer of the skin, between the skin’s deepest fatty tissue and the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin. The dermis consists of a thick mesh of collagen fibers and plays a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s proper functioning and appearance. Collagen is a fibrous protein containing essential amino acids. It is responsible for maintaining the skin’s firmness, elasticity, thickness, and suppleness. When collagen in the dermis begins to decline, signs of premature aging start to develop.
Sunlight damages collagen fibers and leads to the accumulation of abnormal elastin. Enzymes called metalloproteinases are produced in large quantities when this abnormal elastin accumulates. These metalloproteinases break down collagen, which leads to the formation of solar scars, where skin cells haven’t been replaced or repaired. Accumulative solar scars lead to visible skin damage and wrinkling. UV radiation also creates free radicals, which activate the metalloproteinases that cause collagen breakdown. Below are some tips for taking care of your skin throughout the summer to prevent collagen breakdown and keep the signs of premature aging at bay.
Cover Up

One of the best things you can do for your skin in the summertime is cover up. Try to stay indoors between 10am and 4pm. If you must be outdoors during this time, wear sunscreen and cover up with hats and clothing made with dark, tightly woven fabric because it absorbs UV light better. You should also use sunglasses for eye protection.
Apply High-Quality Sunscreen Religiously

Apply sunscreen to your skin around 20 minutes before going out to give it time to absorb into your skin. You should apply enough sunscreen that it takes you a full minute to rub it into your skin. If you are at the beach or another very sunny place, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen to your face and body. An ounce is about how much it would take to fill a shot glass. Reapply sunscreen every few hours or as often as needed. It’s important to spread on enough sunscreen because a thin layer can reduce sunscreen’s effectiveness by as much as 50%.
Choose sunscreen that offers UVA and UVB protection and has an SPF of 15 or higher. You can determine whether sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection by checking whether it contains sulisobenzone, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, cinnamates, salicylates, and benzophenones. Sunscreen that doesn’t contain these agents may only filter UVB light. UVB light is responsible for skin cancer and sunburn, but UVA light can also lead to the development of skin cancer and cause premature aging. In addition, be sure that the sunscreen you select is water-resistant so that it cannot be easily removed by sweat or water.
Boost Collagen Levels with Ingestible Collagen

Regularly taking a liquid collagen supplement can delay or minimize the effects of skin aging. A collagen supplement, such as a collagen drink, maintains the integrity of the skin’s dermal collagen network. Choose a collagen drink that also contains hyaluronic acid, which preserves the skin’s moisture level, firmness, and elasticity.
Take a Vitamin C Supplement

Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin and aids in the production of collagen. Exposure to UV light, pollutants, and cigarette smoke exacerbate the decline of vitamin C and contribute to premature aging. The good news is that you can replenish your body’s vitamin C levels by taking a vitamin C supplement. While a vitamin C supplement cannot replace sunscreen, it can be used in conjunction with sunscreen to protect against and potentially repair UV damage, such as fine lines and discoloration.
Exfoliate

Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week if you have dry skin and three to four times a week if you have oily skin. Exfoliation helps shed dead skin buildup and stimulates new collagen production. This leaves the skin looking softer and brighter.
Use a Collagen Mask to Relieve the Effects of Sun Exposure

A collagen drink can restore youthful skin from within, but it’s also helpful to target the signs of aging on your face with a topical solution. Collagen mask tones, brightens, and hydrates your skin while protecting it from the harmful effects of the sun.
Collagen mask packs a punch, delivering essential nutrients directly to your skin. Regular use of a collagen mask offers the skin and its collagen significant protection from sun damage when used in conjunction with sunscreen. Over time, collagen mask can reduce the size of your pores and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. For the best results, apply collagen mask two to three times per week.

Prevent Sun Damage and Premature Aging with Nutricosmetics

Nutricosmetics are nutritional supplements that treat the underlying cause of skin problems rather than the symptoms alone. RenewAlliance offers a complete range of nutricosmetics and skincare products designed to restore youthful skin from both the inside and outside. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our products.

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What does it take to achieve glamorous looks and a youthful complexion worthy of the red carpet? Celebrities often have access to a team of hair and makeup pros who can glam them up at a moment’s notice, but they also cling to their fair share of anti-aging beauty secrets – collagen drinks being one of them.

The likes of Drew Barrymore, Lady Gaga, and the Kardashian sisters swear by these nutrient-rich beauty drinks. Below are some of the reasons why more and more celebrities are incorporating collagen drinks into their routine.

1.   Repair, strengthen, and rejuvenate skin with collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin. Skin with healthy collagen levels looks smooth, plump, and youthful. After the age of 25, however, collagen production slows and you start to lose approximately 1.5% of your collagen each year. The breakdown of collagen causes the skin to get thinner and leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Collagen gives the skin its strength and smooth appearance, so it’s crucial to protect and promote collagen growth. The active collagen fragments in collagen drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body and to the skin. Skin cells called fibroblasts produce collagen. 

Collagen drinks containing hydrolyzed collagen promote collagen synthesis by stimulating these fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Clinical studies shows ingesting 10,000mg a day for a period of 8 weeks help to increase skin thickness and collagen density, reduce wrinkles. See Clinical studies.


2.   Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream, and stay in the dermis of our skin

In their natural state, collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, so the effectiveness of many topical collagen products is limited. Collagen molecules are also too large for your body to absorb when ingested. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into fragments that are small enough for your digestive enzymes to break down completely. Hydrolyzed collagen consists of small peptides with low molecular weight that are easily digested, absorbed, and distributed throughout the body.

 While traditional collagen serums only penetrate the top layer of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen is more easily absorbed by the body and can thus boost collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. A 1999 study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that orally administered hydrolyzed collagen was digested and more than 90% of it was absorbed within 6 hours, with measurable accumulation in the skin and cartilage.


3.   Collagen drinks are better than powder or pills

Collagen supplements come in all forms, including tablets, capsules, chewables, softgels, powders, and even marshmallows. The problem with collagen pills and powders is that they could pass through your digestive system without being broken down. Pills are also hard for some people to swallow. Moreover, they typically contain fillers, binders, stabilizers, and chelating agents, making them less potent than liquid supplements.

The secret to success with collagen supplementation is taking collagen in liquid form. Collagen drinks are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than other supplements because the collagen is already dissolved in the liquid. Collagen drinks are also a lot more convenient than pills and powders. They come ready-made in small bottles that you can easily carry in your purse, so you can drink them on the go. No messes or mixing necessary.  Additionally, collagen drinks are a lot more potent than other collagen supplements, so you can get a higher dose of collagen.


4.   The higher the potency, the better

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Yes we can! 

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Collagen from cows, pigs and chickens are extracted from their skin, tendons and cartilage. They are mainly Type II collagen (for joints and tendons) and very little Type I.

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