The Health Benefits of Collagen Peptide

Posted by Ada Hersko on October 26, 2013 0 Comments

Aging is a reality that brings with it the inevitable wrinkles and aches.

Revolutionary products with medical backing allow us to fight this certainty -e.g. Collagen Pep. Collagen peptide is mainly responsible for the healthy maintenance of bones, cartilages and joints. It protects the skin from pathogenic substances and environmental toxins and renders young, smooth and healthy appearance to the skin devoid of wrinkles.

Collagen is the most plentiful protein present in the bodies of mammals including human beings. It is the focal building protein in bone, cartilage, skin and other connective tissues that constitute about 30 to 60 per cent of our total body protein.

As the largest protein in the body, collagen is the connective tissue for almost all our structures, including bones, cartilage, joints, skin, hair, nails, blood vessels, muscles and other organs. It provides structural scaffolding that aids the surrounding cells and organs in maintaining their form and structure, just like that the metal rods that hold a concrete building. Like any other protein, collagen is composed of amino acids, the most important ones being glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These amino acids are absorbed into the blood and regenerate collagen in our body.

80 per cent of the world’s hip fractures are being attributed to osteoporosis and the percentage is expected to go up over the years. With over 27 per cent of the world’s population being affected by osteoporosis, especially females in the post-menopausal stage, collagen Peptide is a savior in making sure those joints don’t creak so badly.

Intensive and modern research has proved the safety and efficacy of collagen peptide as a successful therapeutic supplement in the management of osteoporosis.

In India, an independent, double blind, randomised, placebo controlled clinical trial conducted in 2009 reconfirmed the efficacy and safety of collagen peptide in the sample population with osteoarthritis and with osteoporosis. The studies showed highly promising results in reducing the medical conditions and restoring their quality of life.

Collagen peptide naturally occurs in colored fruits and vegetables. Essentially, colour in such food translates to lycopenes, which are antioxidants, in turn increasing the production of collagen in our body.

Collagen peptide when taken orally is absorbed and amassed in your joints and cartilage thereby counteracting the degeneration process. Collagen peptide is found to be safe for consumption even in people with diabetes and cholesterol problems. It has no side effects and shows no interaction with other drugs.

Collagen peptide may be a wonder protein but it is a smart protein too. Collagen peptide, as discussed, acts on our body by stimulating repair and replacing cartilage, and so the effects do tend to wear off if you discontinue use. But with smoother skin and lesser joint aches, collagen peptide asks very little of us.

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What are the Benefits of Facial Masks?

Posted by Ada Hersko on July 14, 2013 0 Comments

Facial masks have been popular for many years particularly among women. It has become common to see women with different types of masks on their faces although not everyone understands what it is for. What are the benefits of facial masks? Basically, face masks help in nourishing and rejuvenating the skin. It also helps people to achieve a clearer and brighter skin complexion. There are different types of facial masks that contain various ingredients, each of which targets specific a specific skin problem such as acne, sebaceous glands' overproduction or oil and dry skin. There definitely is a face mask designed for you no matter what you skin type is. While it is true that some people use it once or twice a week, it is important to know that there are some facial masks that can be used daily as long as the person has enough time to do so. Here are the different types of facial masks and its corresponding skin benefits.

  • Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

Deep cleansing facial masks are able to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to reveal brighter and clearer skin. It is important to be able to use this particular type of facial mask at least twice a month as it effectively remove deep seated impurities. As we know, when it is not removed it can lead to acne and blackheads. Another benefit of a deep cleansing facial mask is that your skin will be able to better absorb your moisturizer.

  • Peel Off Mask

Peel off facial masks has been designed for all skin types. This type of face mask is able to clean, refresh and rejuvenate the skin. Most often, peel off masks are in gel form and it becomes rubbery once it has been applied on the skin. This will allow you to easily peel it off after a few minutes. Dead skin cells and impurities on the skin's surface will go with the facial mask once it has been removed and some people are even able to notice the difference almost instantly.

  • Cream Facial Mask

Cream facial masks have been made particularly for people with dry and sensitive skin. It is able to get rid of impurities on the skin but is at the same time mild enough to prevent irritating the skin. Cream face masks are also good in providing nourishment and moisture to dry skin.

  • Medicated Facial Mask

This particular type of face mask has been designed to help people with skin problems such as acne, rashes and other skin irritations. Medicated facial masks contain ingredients to help people achieve brighter skin without aggravating the condition of their skin.

  • Homemade Facial Mask

If you want to be all natural, you can just make your own facial mask at home. The ingredients that are usually used to make homemade face mask are fruit, honey, milk, lemon juice, avocado and yogurt. These are mild on the skin yet are effective in making it look reinvigorated.

These are only some of the different facial masks that people can choose from today. If you would like to have clear and fresh looking skin everyday, you should definitely include using a face mask in your skin care routine.

Here are some facial masks available to improve your skin:

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4 Beauty Benefits of the Sage Leaf

Posted by Ada Hersko on February 15, 2013 0 Comments

Sage leaf has many health and beauty benefits. The oil contained in the leaf is extracted and added to skin care products. Sage spice is made from dried sage leaves and can be sprinkled on foods to enhance their flavor. Regular use of sage oil or spice will improve the body’s skin renewal process, resulting in healthier skin and hair.

1. Improves Skin‘s Appearance

Sage oil stimulates cell renewal and increases blood circulation. The herb is rich in calcium and vitamin A, which are needed for daily cell regeneration. This renewal process helps minimize and delay the onset of facial wrinkles. Sage oil improves the appearance of unsightly varicose veins and broken capillaries by reducing redness and restricting capillaries.  

2. Relieves and Improves Annoying Skin Conditions

Sage oil assists in improving acne, athlete’s foot and chapped skin, and relieving symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Oil from the leaf is often added to face and body washes, deodorants and anti-fungal creams due to its astringent properties. It can be added to shampoo to eliminate dandruff or applied directly to the skin as an insect repellent. A simple face wash can be created by brewing a tea from sage leaves. Bring one cup of water with a handful of sage leaves to a boil. Strain and allow the brew to completely cool. The cooled tea can be splashed on the face after washing. It is soothing to acne-prone skin and a refreshing toner.   

3. Reduces Cellulite

Increased blood circulation helps to eliminate toxins stored by the body, which in turn reduces and prevents the appearance of cellulite. Massaging cellulite affected skin several times a week helps unlock trapped toxins and fat cells that cause the unsightly condition. Using a massage butter containing sage oil enables the oil to be absorbed directly into the affected area.

4. Promotes Healthy Hair

Healthy hair is the result of proper grooming and the use of quality hair care products. Products that contain sage oil can improve weak or brittle hair. Sage helps the body control oil secretion, which reduces oily hair. Sage oil can be massaged directly into the scalp to increase blood flow to the hair follicle, which encourages hair growth and minimizes hair loss. It is a natural gray reducer, too.

To prepare a homemade gray elimination spritzer, combine 1 teaspoon each of sage leaf and rosemary leaves to 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. Put the cooled liquid in a spray bottle and apply every day directly on the scalp and hair where the gray appears.  Leave on for up to 10 minutes, then shampoo and style as normal. It will take a few weeks to restore the hairs to their normal color, but only takes one or two applications per week to maintain the results.

A healthy lifestyle and proper grooming enable the skin and hair to prepare for the external stressors they face every day from the environment. Smooth and blemish-free skin is beautiful skin. Could sage leaf be the spice missing in your life?

Lavilin Intimate Wash

Lavilin Intimate Wash contains Sage Extract to soothe your skin, prevent unpleasant odor and relieve any redness and irritation. It's a powerful hydratant - for balanced skin tonus.

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Benefits of Brazil Nut Oil

Posted by Ada Hersko on February 08, 2013 0 Comments

Brazil Nut Oil, Bertholletia excelsa, is a light  yet highly nourishing oil rich in essential fatty acids, selenium and vitamins. It's texture and aroma gives it great versatility for use in a wide array of innovative personal care products. Brazil Nut Oil's high selenium content offers strong antioxidant properties. When used in personal care products, Brazil Oil hydrates and softens the skin.

Brazil Nut Oil Properties:

  • Highly Moisturizing
  • Natural Emollient
  • Light Texture
  • Quick Absorption
  • Sweet Aroma
  • High in Essential Fatty Acids
  • Rich in Selenium, a powerful Antioxidant
  • High in Vitamins A, B, C and E
Brazil Nut Oil is a highly recommended ingredient in products for:

  • Mature, Aging skin
  • Dry, Cracked Skin
  • Eczema, Psoriasis and Other Skin Conditions
  • Dry, Brittal and Damaged Hair
  • Lip Care

Lavilin Body Wash-Deodorant

Lavilin Body Wash Deodorant contains Brazil Nut Oil to soften your skin while removing traces of body odor and improving skin appearance. It's a lovely refreshing body wash that is delicately textured. It cleans and lets your skin breathe.

  • Anti-odor plant complex - protects against toxins and air pollutants.
  • Stimulating anti-oxidant - improves skin structure, soothes and leaves skin silky.
  • Moisturizing agent – Innovative complex, enhances moisture level by 34%, balances moisture for 8 full hours.

Synergy of Active, Natural Herbal Ingredients: Brazil Nut Oil, Clove Extract, pro-biotic agent, moisturizing complex.

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10 Steps to a Perfectly Clean Face

Posted by Ada Hersko on January 06, 2013 0 Comments

Did you know that you have a great deal of control over the texture, clarity, suppleness and long-term health of facial skin just based on how and how often you cleanse? Whether you’re young or old, man or woman, you can do your skin a big favor by cleansing correctly.

Cleansing is arguably the most important part of your basic skincare routine. Proper cleansing gets rid of old surface skin cells, dirt and dust, grime, make-up and bacteria, and keeps skin pores free of clogs and able to breathe freely.

Cleansing also aids circulation and prepares the skin to receive topically applied nutrients and lipids.

Here are some tips for proper facial cleansing from the 5,000-year-old healing tradition of Ayurveda:

1. Cleanse twice a day, no more. Unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution, twice-a-day cleansing is more than adequate for any skin type. Cleansing too often strips your skin of precious natural oils. Not cleansing regularly, particularly before you retire for the night, may lead to build-up and eruptions.

2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A cleanser for dry skin should contain nourishing herbs and oils. One for oily skin should include herbs that balance oil production and support clarity. Sensitive skin benefits from an ultra-gentle, fragrance-free, non-irritating cleanser.

Traditional ayurvedic cleansers are made fresh with natural ingredients such as ground oats, lentils or chickpeas, complexion enhancing or clarifying herbs such as turmeric, Amalaki, Neem and sandalwood, emollients such as milk, cream yogurt or honey, and floral or citrus waters for pure healing fragrance. You can make your own by mixing the dry ingredients to last a week or two and blending the mix with milk or cream right before use. Otherwise, look for a natural cleanser that’s gentle and fortified with skin-friendly herbs.

3. Always cleanse with tepid water. Hot water dries and damages skin over time, and cold water won’t dissolve and take away embedded dirt and grime as well as lukewarm water.

4. If you use sponges or washcloths, make sure they are clean and soft. They are not necessary for effective cleansing: your fingertips can do just as good a job.

5. Wash your hands thoroughly before you cleanse your face, or you will be working dirt into facial skin. Use a headband to secure hair away from the face.

6. Start by splashing tepid water on your face and neck.

7. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a soft sponge, using gentle circular massaging strokes and moving upward on the face and neck. Do not scrub too much…gentle massaging strokes are enough to help improve circulation as well as loosen grime and old surface skin cells. Too much scrubbing will stretch skin and irritate it, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

8. Rinse with lots of tepid water. Don’t forget to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue can clog pores and attract dirt.

9. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel. Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin.

10. Follow immediately with a water-based toner and a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to seal in surface moisture and offer nourishment when skin is receptive.

Note: This ayurvedic information is educational, and is not intended to replace standard medical care or advice.

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