Collagen Loss – Aging!

Did you know?

You loose 1% of collagen every year after the age of 30!

30% of your collagen is lost in the first five years after menopause.


The skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen diminishes and more gaps and irregularities develop in the mesh of collagen. Estrogen is stored in fat, so dieters will look older & faster if they are being too extreme in the dieting.

What is collagen?

It is the main structural protein of the various connective tissues it makes up 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.

What about hyaluronic acid?

type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. – See more at:

Aside from hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in a multitude of tissues throughout our body such as skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is needed for wound healing, cartilage and joint functioning, pain management, tissue repair and skin regeneration.

Estrogen also affects collagen and elastin levels. And hormonal dips thin the skin, making it less pliable.This process eventually leads to wrinkles.
Some causes of collagen are: sun damage, free radicals, some age-related hormonal changes, prescription/illegal drugs and smoking.

Peptides, growth factors, and retinols will help rebuild the collagen, but elastin is difficult to replace. When topical applications don’t work any more try lasers, ultrasonic, high frequency and injectable fillers to plump out the padding.

What is elastin?

It is responsible for elasticity, so skin becomes looser and less flexible over time. Wrinkles happen when the skin becomes looser than the tissue underneath, you’ll start seeing fine lines is around the eyes, where skin is the thinnest.

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Enzymes Anyone?


Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System™


Omegas To Get That Glow!

Wholemega® Whole Fish Oil



 A Multi-Vitamin That Packs a Punch!

Contains everything but the kitchen sink!


See my article on Hyaluronic Acid for health & skin benefits

The Anti-Inflammation Fighter!


LifeExtension Super Bio-Curcumin (400mg)

Absorbs up to seven times better than conventional curcumin and inhibit enzymes that help produce inflammation in the body.




The UV Fighter!

Heliocare with PLE




Heart Healthy!

BioActive Q

CoQ10 paired with another powerful antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid.



The Bruise & Swellings Fixer Upper!

SinEcch Surgical Recovery or Dermal Injections Recovery


or  For General Bruising & Swelling!

VitaMedica Arnica Montana 30x

& with both

VitaMedica Bromelain with Quercetin


While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

My Favorite Products For April!

Swanson Hyal-Joint

(Hyaluronic Acid) Supplement


Baby Wipes


Grape Seed Oil

Great Topically For All Skin Types


Cremo Cream Shaving Cream


OPI Sheer Mini Hints Of Tints

Hyaluronan Your Skins Best Friend!

What is it?

Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate or HA) is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. It is unique among glycosaminoglycans in that it is nonsulfated, forms in the plasma membrane instead of the Golgi, and can be very large, with its molecular weight often reaching the millions. One of the chief components of the extracellular matrix, hyaluronan contributes significantly to cell proliferation and migration.

Properties of hyaluronan were first determined in the 1930s in the laboratory of Karl Meyer.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in a multitude of tissues throughout our body such as skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is needed for wound healing, cartilage and joint functioning, pain management, tissue repair and skin regeneration. There are a plethora of foods you can eat that are rich in this needed acid.

It is a substance which aging bodies typically lose over time. Ingesting supplements containing Hyal-Joint (NIH studies have proven the effectiveness) and foods containing high levels may ward off the aging process by helping the cells of the body thrive and retain moisture, keeping joints lubricated, protecting the retina in eyes and keeping skin smooth and elastic.

Hyal-Joint® is a unique natural product with a high content of sodium hyaluronate, the chief component of synovial fluid. It also contains collagen, the main protein present in joints and the key to flexible, strong tissue, as well as other glycosaminoglycans, which also play an important role in joint performance. Hyal-Joint® supplementation helps keep hyaluronic acid concentrations within a healthy range, thereby promoting comfortable joint mobility and reducing stiffness. Hyal-Joint is 2 to 4 times more active in nourishing synovial fluid and supporting its health than regular hyaluronic acid. The Author is not affilated with Hyal-Joint in any way.


Satsumaimo, a type of sweet potato

Satoimo, a sticky white potato

Konyaku, a gelatinous root vegetable concoction

Imoji, a potato root

Root vegetables do tend to have high amounts of magnesium which work with hyaluronic acid to repair & maintain collagen.

Beans & some legumes (soy anyone?)

Cocks coombs

Foods with skin, tendons and joints

Foods high in retinol, a component of vitamin A, will contain high amounts of hyaluronic acid, according to a 2008 study conducted by Gary J. Fischer, PhD (Professor of Dermatology) of the University of Michigan Health Systems. The study, cited in the Archives of Dermatology, claims that a cross-linked blend of hyaluronic and retonic acid is beneficial to skin healing and collagen regeneration due to their vitamin A antioxidant properties.

According to, a variety of organ meats are high in retinol. Organ meats include gizzards, livers, hearts and kidneys. Raw and cooked versions are both high in the component. Veal, lamb, beef, turkey, goose, duck and turkey are all rich sources. As an example, a 1-ounce serving of cooked turkey liver will supply you with 6,300mcg of retinol, which is the equivalent of 422 percent of your daily recommended allotment of retinol and vitamin A. Cod liver oil contains a high amount of vitamin A and retinol, according to the USDA. says that a 1-ounce serving of fish cod liver oil contains 8,400mcg of vitamin A and retinol. This is the equivalent of supplying you with 560 percent of your daily recommended allotment of the vitamin.

FYI: vitamin C helps you make the collagen that keeps skin firm. And regular exfolation stimulates hyaluronic acid.

Yuzurihara Diet

Skin provides a barrier to the external environment and acts to prevent  infectious agents from entering the body.Once injured, the tissues beneath are exposed to infection; therefore, rapid and effective healing is of crucial significance to reconstruct a barrier function. Skin wound healing is a complex process, and includes many interacting processes initiated by haemostasis and the release of platelet-derived factors. The following stages are inflammation, granulation tissue formation, reepithelization and remodeling. Hyaluronic Acid is most likely to be instrumental in these cellular and matrix events.

Although inflammation is an integral part of granulation tissue formation, for normal tissue repair to proceed, inflammation needs to be moderated.  Hyaluronic Acid can protect against free-radical damage to cells. This may attribute to its free-radical scavenging property.

Hyaluronic Acid content increases at the presence of retinoic acid (vitamin A). The proposed effects of retinoic acid against skin photo-damage and aging may be correlated, at least in part, with an increase of skin Hyaluronic Acid content, giving rise to increase of tissue hydration. It has been suggested the free-radical scavenging property of Hyaluronic Acid contributes to protection against solar radiation. High concentrations of hyaluronan in the brains of young rats, and reduced concentrations in the brains of adult rats suggest hyaluronan plays an important role in brain development.

How much does my body have?

The average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized).


Hyaluronan has been used in attempts to treat osteoarthritis of the knee via injecting it into the joint.

Dry, scaly skin (xerosis) such as that caused by atopic dermatitis (eczema) may be treated with a prescription skin lotion containing sodium hyaluronate as its active ingredient.

Hyaluronan may also be used postoperatively to induce tissue healing, notably after cataract surgery. Current models of wound healing propose the larger polymers of hyaluronic acid appear in the early stages of healing to physically make room for white blood cells, which mediate the immune response.

Hyaluronan has also been used in the synthesis of biological scaffolds for wound-healing applications. These scaffolds typically have proteins such as fibronectin attached to the hyaluronan to facilitate cell migration into the wound. This is particularly important for individuals with diabetes suffering from chronic wounds.

Eye surgeons use hyaluronic acid to supplement natural fluids during surgeries, including corneal transplants, cataract removal, retina repair and other procedures.

Cosmetic surgeons use hyaluronic acid as fillers in various plastic surgical procedures. Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland report more than 85 percent of dermal filler procedures involve the use of hyaluronic acid, according to research published in “Facial Plastic Surgery” in May 2009.

You can also use hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin and help heal burns, wounds and ulcers it is found in many skin care products.

Visco-elastic properties it reduces friction between cartilage surfaces.

via Hyal-Joint

via Hyal-Joint

Metabolic properties in Homeostasis of the synovial fluid.

Look for supplements from natural resources , not fermented products which are synthesized by biotechnology using a genetically modified organism. The impurities profile is different and also the molecular weight (typically fermented AH has a much higher molecular weight).

While I’ve attempted to use
credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s
advice as he/she will know you
and your medical circumstances.

Dragon’s Blood: Skin Care Ingredient Or Something Out Of Game Of Thrones?

Dragon’s Blood

What it is: A naturally derived, Amazonian rainforest sap that some say may act as an alternative to the effects of what hyaluronic acid fillers can produce, albeit with short-term results.

How it works: The modernized version of the herb forms a protective layer on the skin to shield it against damaging elements and inflammation. A “cure-all” of sorts, the antioxidant-rich sap is brimming with phenols and collagen-repairing proanthocyanidins.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

Via New Beauty

Choosing Skin Care Products: Know Your Ingredients

Via WebMD

pot of foundation

This guide is an introduction to some of the latest ingredients being used in skin care products that may benefit your skin. Use this information to sort through the various lotions, creams, and gels on the market. If you’re still unsure which are right for you, ask your dermatologist or esthetician.

Antioxidants for Sun Damage and Wrinkles

Antioxidants are natural substances made up of vitamins and minerals, most notably polyphenols, which are found in most plants to in varying amounts. They have the ability to fight “free radicals” — unstable compounds that attack human cells and damage DNA. Damaged skin cells can lead to accelerated aging in the form of wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles under eyes, dull skin, and more.

Free radicals are in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, sunlight, and pollution — basically, just about everywhere. Eating foods rich in antioxidants is one way to ward them off.  Another is to apply them on the skin, where they can seep underneath to strengthen skin cells and keep them healthy.

The antioxidants some antioxidants listed help to repair damage and slow the aging process:

Other plant-based or natural treatments for aging skin found in skin-care products include:

  • Alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Hyaluronic acid


Acai Oil

Berries that are native to Central and South America, cold-pressing acai berries extracts the oil, which may fight aging by healing sun damage and smoothing wrinkles. Antioxidant levels in acai oil remain high, even after it’s stored.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is produced by the body and is found in every cell. As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body — it can penetrate skin-cell membranes to destroy them. Alpha-lipoic acid is  a substance that is thought to help erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.


Green Tea Extract

The high concentration of polyphenols found in tea also have been shown to fight free radicals. The ingredients in tea can reduce sun damage and may protect skin from skin cancer when applied topically. Using green tea extract under sunscreen may yield a double dose of protection. An anti-inflammatory, polyphenols in creams and lotions may also slow signs of aging and reduce sagging skin and wrinkles.


Vitamin A and its derivatives are powerful and proven anti-aging antioxidants. Retinol is a topical ingredient proven to promote collagen production and plump out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and color, and reduces mottled patches (hyperpigmentation) on the skin.

Many dermatologists prescribe retinol’s stronger counterpart, tretinoin, or similar products, to slow skin aging, improve irregular pigmentation, and clear up acne. Over-the-counter products containing retinols may be weaker, but are still effective in improving skin appearance.

Using a retinol-based product may cause the top layer (the epidermis) to become dry and flaky. Be sure to wear moisturizer and sunscreen when using it or speak to your dermatologist or esthetician about alternatives.

Vitamin C

As you age, your body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, which keeps skin strong, flexible, and resilient. The antioxidants found in vitamin C may stimulate the production of collagen and minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.

CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)

Your body naturally produces CoQ-10 to neutralize free radicals in cells, but as you age, the levels of CoQ-10 decline. That may make skin cells more susceptible to damage by free radicals. That’s the rationale behind the use of the antioxidant in skin care products such as toners, gels, and creams, to be used alone or with a moisturizer. One study shows that CoQ-10 helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet).  CoQ-10 is bright orange, so products containing it will be orange or yellow.


Caffeine is also a powerful antioxidant it can  in topical form, may help reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially ”crow’s feet” around the eyes.


Other Popular Ingredients

More and more, skin-care and cosmetics companies are incorporating natural components such botanicals into their product lines. The following are some of the most common new ingredients:

Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

This group of natural-based acids found in a vast number of skin-care products includes glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids. Glycolic acid was the original AHA and remains popular for its ability to remove dead skin cells and leave skin smoother, softer, and more radiant.

AHAs are used to exfoliate the skin, reducing fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and irregular pigmentation. Peels with higher concentrations of AHAs are usually administered by a beauty specialist esthetician or dermatologist, but you can use lower concentrations — between 5% and 10% — in creams or lotions on a daily basis. To help avoid irritated skin, start with a low concentration and apply every other day, gradually increasing to every day. Even at lower doses, however, the acids may irritate and dry skin, as well as increase sensitivity to the sun. Doctors recommend using moisturizer and sunscreen when using any products that contain AHAs.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is used in many over-the-counter and prescription products to treat acne. It penetrates pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads, with less irritation than may occur with alpha-hydroxy acids. Like AHAs, salicylic acid in certain amounts exfoliates the skin, which can reduce signs of aging.

If you are allergic to salicylates (found in aspirin), you shouldn’t use salicylic acid. And pregnant or nursing women should ask their doctor before using any product with salicylic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is incorporated into skin care products to reduce the effects of aging. Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, keeping tissues cushioned and lubricated. It’s found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues. Age, smoking, and an unhealthy diet lead to drops in production over time.


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