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Look Young Across The Ages

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Many of us have a certain level of fixation on skincare as it offers the promise of being able to care for our skin in such a way that can end up seeming comparatively ageless. We might not be able to entirely escape the effects of time, but we can ensure that our skin looks as young as possible. That’s why there are so many anti-aging products. There are a lot of things we can actually do to help keep our skin looking its best even if we can’t avoid aging fully. We have control over a lot of the factors governing that. Many of us simply aren’t aware of that fact. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at the various ways people can look younger throughout their lives. Not all of these are something we can control, but many of them are and with enough dedication can be moved towards supporting us rather than being a problem.

Genetics
This is one of those factors that we simply can’t control. It is out of our hands by the time we’re born and there’s no real way to correct things we don’t like it our genetics yet. Some people simply end up aging more gracefully than others. You’ll generally have an idea of whether you’ll be fortunate based on your immediate genetic relatives. They tend to offer a decent glimpse into how time will treat you long before you ever get there. Additionally, those of us who look younger on average tend to end up benefiting from a similar kind of timelessness throughout life as long as we don’t do anything to damage our skin extensively. Genetics may be largely out of our control, but they can provide us with clear signs of where we’ll need to focus our care over time. Knowing what needs particular attention can better prepare us for giving the right care to maintain a comparatively ageless look at the years pass.

Sun Protection
Whether or not we protect our skin from the sun tends to be a tremendous factor when it comes to determining how gracefully we’ll age. That’s because of the insidious nature of sun damage. Most of the time you won’t even see it unless it has become severe enough to become sunburn. The damage happens at an invisible level within your cells where damage is done to the DNA as well as to helpful structural proteins that keep your skin firm and prevent it from sagging. That’s why ensuring you protect your skin is one of the best things you can do for your skin’s overall health and appearance. Make sure that you use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that offers broad spectrum protection each day. This will ensure your skin gets the basic level of protection necessary for keeping your skin healthy while giving you room to go up in protection as you age. Additionally, consider looking for a mineral sunscreen to give your skin an extra boost.

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Nourish Your Skin
Human skin gradually loses its ability to care for itself as we age. This is due to an increased difficulty in maintaining enough of a supply of two key structural proteins for the skin: collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps your skin firm while elastin, true to its name, is what keeps your skin elastic enough to snap back into place after being pushed or pulled. The one way to offset this is to ensure that our skin is getting enough of the proper nutrients to create more of these proteins so that the natural healing process isn’t too hampered by lower levels of these materials. That means using anti-aging products rich in vitamin A, C, and E while eating an overall healthier diet and exercising. The former option has a very obvious and direct effect while the latter needs a short explanation. Eating right gives your body the right nutrients while the exercise ensures better blood flow throughout the body that in turn ensures equitable distribution of the nutrients as well as a slight boost to collagen production simply from the increased blood flow. Nourishing your skin will keep it healthy for years.

There’s no surefire way to look as if time cannot touch you, but taking the right steps to reduce its effect will keep all of us look that much better as we age. The necessary steps aren’t that hard either. Protecting your skin from the sun while nourishing it with the right products will do wonders. We can’t all have good genetics, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on looking our best as we age. A little effort goes a long way towards defying the passage of time for at least a little while.

The Lowdown on Collagen

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.

What Is It?
Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.

Habits To Avoid
Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.

Supporting Your Skin
The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.

Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.

The Connection Between Hormone Therapy and Your Skin

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Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It serves are, in many ways, one of the first lines of defense for your general health. By serving as the outermost barrier, it helps prevent countless collection of bacteria, debris, and other things from ever reaching your more sensitive insides. That’s why it has such a sophisticated series of systems that help it to support and maintain itself. Our skin is also the first thing many will notice about us. All of these reasons are why we try to take good care of it. Most of us have an idea of the conventional ways in which to do this and maintain at least a passable skincare routine. Not everyone is aware that there are more advanced ways to care for your skin to make up for some skin issues we begin to experience as we age. Shifting hormone balances throw our skin off from what it was and hormone therapy can sometimes be just the thing to help deal with these problems.

Hormones and Your Skin
Most of us generally don’t think about hormones in relation to our skin. They are this nebulous concept that we tend to use to handwave teenage behavior or any particular desires we feel when looking at someone we deem attractive. Hormones are a lot more than that though. They are responsible for helping to regulate the complex interplay between the various systems of the body. Your body receives cues from its hormone levels and what specialized ones get released due to various circumstances. Skin is far from immune to this and in fact many of the things we see as different between broad categories of people, such as men and women, are caused by varying levels of hormone balances. Estrogen and testosterone each play a major role in how the skin behaves as much as they regulate other functions. How oily or how dry your skin is, apparent pore size, softness to the touch, and other factors are all related to the balance of hormones in your body.

Estrogen And Skin
Most of the time you’ll find that estrogen tends to have the most profound impact on the skin. This is for a number of reasons. A major one is the simple fact that estrogen actually helps to constrict your pores. People with high estrogen levels tend to look like that have smoother skin because the overall appearance of their pores is diminished. This actually helps and hurts at the same time too. Constricted pores reduce the overall amount of natural oils that your skin can secrete to protect itself. This helps make it easier to resist some conditions, but at the same time increases the susceptibility such skin has to drying out. Estrogen is also important for helping to motivate the production of collagen within the skin. People with higher estrogen tend to maintain firmer and younger looking appearances longer because estrogen keeps motivating a higher production of collagen and thereby allowing the skin to repair itself more effectively. This is why menopause tends to have such a dramatic impact on the skin of many people and why some seek out hormone therapy.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is a larger category that defines several forms of treatment. There are forms for men, transgender people (which is further subdivided into smaller categories), and women undergoing menopause. The last one is the one we’re going to highlight here. True to its name, this form of hormone therapy focuses on maintaining estrogen levels in many cases or maintaining them at a lower level that will have a less pronounced impact on the body overall. In this case, you won’t be looking at improvement of the skin so much as it maintaining itself without getting worse. If you wanted to start, you might notice a minor improvement to the skin in response to returned estrogen levels as the skin reacts to a more familiar balance of hormones. This is the same reason that transgender people who desire estrogen experience their skin changing. The human body knows what to do with any healthy balance of hormones and adjusts its systems accordingly.

Hormone therapy is an option to help maintain or boost skin after levels of estrogen have fallen due to either a medical procedure or menopause. It is important to note that it will note that there are risks associated with such therapy, but they can be mitigated by talking to your doctor about healthy practices during hormone therapy. Most of them will focus on staying healthy and potentially taking your medication in a specific way. In the long run, it can help your skin remain healthier, but it is up to you to determine if you wish to start a therapy you may need to maintain for a long time to maintain its benefits.

Choosing The Right Collagen Supplement?

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Collagen is an important structural protein in your body. We’re most familiar with its role in our skin where it provides a great deal of the structure. It helps keep skin filled in and helps to repair damage as it happens. Without enough collagen, our skin starts to collapse on itself. It also makes it harder for your skin to heal itself. In fact, a gradual loss of collagen is why our skin gets harder to manage as we age. It makes perfect sense that the beauty industry has so many products designed to support the production of collagen and help your skin replace it. Most anti-aging products are like this. The vast majority of the collagen supporting products available on the market are topical. In recent years there has been a push to try using collagen supplement to further boost the health of the skin and body. We’ll be looking at those so you have a clearer picture of the potential use of a collagen supplement.

On How Supplements Work
Oral supplements are pills designed to be swallowed and broken down within the body. Most of the time supplements are for vitamins or other nutrients that our body needs. It makes perfect sense to swallow a supplement and let your digestive tract break it down to distribute the nutrients are needed to the body. Despite this, there has been a lot of scrutiny as to the actual effectiveness of these supplements vs. eating a balanced diet. It turns out many companies don’t bother to ensure the form of a nutrient your body can use is being used in their formulas and as a result this can make supplements of somewhat dubious effectiveness depending on the brand. Plenty of them are still useful though as your body can use at least some of the nutrients. Collagen, by contrast, isn’t a nutrient. It is a complex protein. This presents some problems.

Proteins and Your Body
Think about what you eat regularly. Some foods you eat for fiber. Others you eat for the vitamins in them. You also eat particular foods for the protein. Eating for protein means that you’re necessarily eating a source for a complex protein that your body will need to break down and process into its component parts to actually be able to do anything with it. Collagen supplements are no different. Swallowing one is not an immediate benefit to your skin as the collagen will need to be broken back down into the component amino acids that were used to make it before it can be potentially of any use. Additionally, your body uses human collagen. Many companies actually use plant collagen for their supplements and products. These are mostly useless to your body as the collagen is from an entirely different species and as a result is likely to have a different structure. You may get some amino acids out of them that your body can use, but it won’t be much.

Eat A Healthy Diet
Taking a collagen supplement is, at best, a highly inefficient way to boost collagen in your body and would have a minimal effect at most. There have been only a smattering of studies without much replication, which is necessary in science, that suggest even a minor benefit to collagen supplements. It makes it difficult to gauge if there is much of anything to taking the supplements. Most scientists that have chosen to publicly comment on the matter have expressed serious skepticism on the actual utility of taking such supplements though. This makes it hard to recommend taking collagen supplements as a serious part of beauty culture. Collagen is very important to your skin, yes, but you are far better off it if you make the time to eat the kind of diet that provides your body with what it needs to keep your skin healthy than you are taking a dubious supplement of it.

Sometimes it can be hard to separate the fads that have something to them from the ones that are simply misguided. Collagen should be respected for the roles it plays in our bodies, but that doesn’t make it easy to replace by simply taking it. Like most important components of our body, our body needs to do the work to make the component to ensure our overall health. Let your body do what it does best and remember to take proper care of it if you want more collagen.

Natural Collagen Boosters

Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your skin. It is with you from before you’re born and will stay with you your whole life. The catch is that not all of it will stay with you. Collagen naturally decays some and gets damaged from various sources of time. This would rapidly reduce the firmness and youthfulness of your skin if your skin didn’t naturally replenish collagen to a degree. Natural regeneration slows as we age though. Infant skin is the most resilient as it is still operating as close to peak efficiency as possible. By the time we reach adulthood, collagen product has slowed some, but typically not drastically. The rate will keep slowing no matter the steps you take though. This is why so many products focus on boosting collagen production. Fortunately, you can adjust your diet to include some natural collagen boosters as well.

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Dark, Leafy Greens
One of the single best options both for your overall health and your skin’s health is to ensure you get plenty of dark, leafy greens like spinach or kale in your diet. These foods are absolutely packed full of nutrients that your body needs to remain healthy. Vitamin E and C are both present in them and the vitamins both act to boost collagen and elastin production in the skin as well as boosting other aspects of your skin’s health. Greens, in general, are a good option, but these kinds of greens are the most nutrient rich. It is best to incorporate these foods into a healthy diet to ensure that you get the most results possible. Simply cramming yourself full of dark, leafy greens won’t do nearly as much good for your body and the complex interplay between the components of a healthy diet are equally part of what benefits skin and the rest of your body.

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Vitamin C Rich Foods
Oranges likely immediately came to your mind, but citrus, in general, is often rich in Vitamin C. This is one of the best vitamins in skin care. As highlighted before, it is associated with both increased collagen and elastin production in your skin. Both of those compounds contribute directly to maintaining a firm, youthful face. You should be aware that you can get vitamin C from others sources beyond citrus and dark, leafy greens. Additionally, studies frequently find that while eating vitamin C rich foods does benefit your skin, but topical used of the vitamin tends to offer more immediately result due to not being filtered throughout the body before it reaches the skin. As a result, eating citrus or other foods in your diet alongside using vitamin C products will generally offer you the best long term results.

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Antioxidants
The broadest potential class of collagen boosting foods you have access to are antioxidants. Foods with plenty of antioxidants don’t necessarily increase production of collagen, but what they do is equally important. They help slow how fast collagen gets degraded by free radicals in your body. Your body only has so much collagen repair it can do even when being boosted. Cutting back the amount of damage that the skin needs to repair is the best way to ensure that your other measures can do the best job they can do. Fortunately, antioxidant rich food come in many forms and some of them are in the groups of food we’ve previously discussed. Just keep an eye out for antioxidant-rich foods and ensure you incorporate them into your diet along with other skin-boosting foods to help boost your skin’s collagen naturally.

Collagen production is vital to remaining youthful looking. The gradual decline of your skin’s production capabilities doesn’t have to be something you lament though. Carefully ensuring you eat foods and use products that make use of ingredients rich in natural collagen boosting potential can go a long way to staving off the signs of aging. This will help you age with a natural grace rather than showing the signs of years of sun damage or poor skin choices years before you would otherwise begin to look older. You should never forget that beauty is as much about how you take care of your whole body as it is about the products you put on your skin.

Collagen’s Role in Youthful Looking Skin

Age has a way of making us wonder “What happened?” when we look in the mirror and notice signs of aging. The appearance and feeling of our skin seems to have changed overnight if we haven’t paid careful attention to it over the years. The truth is that all of these changes are a gradual process that comes from traits of our skin changing gradually. The signs of aging are characterized by a loss of structure and moisture in our skin. Moisture is part of what keeps your skin looking youthful and healthy and we have a consistently decreasing level of moisture in our skin starting from infancy going forward. OROGOLD would like to highlight that one of the worst culprits involved in the signs of aging is collagen though. Its presence is your best friend when it comes to having youthful looking skin and its gradual loss leads to wrinkles, fine lines, and other malformations of the skin.

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What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a form of connective and structural tissue located in your skin’s dermis, the middle layer of your skin, and hypodermis, the deepest layer of your skin. It acts to hold the layers of your skin together, but this isn’t the most obvious function that it serves. The presence of collagen helps to fill out your skin as a whole. The firmness and structure of young skin comes from the presence of a lot of collagen in the skin. Collagen tends to break down as we age. This leads to less support for your skin, and in turn, it begins to develop folds. Additionally, certain skin troubles, like acne, can have a negative effect on collagen as well. Fighting the loss of collagen is one of the primary goals of most anti-aging skin care products.

What Products Help?
Fortunately, you have a lot of options when it comes to finding products to help stimulate collagen production in your skin. Products rich in vitamins C & E are particularly useful options when you’re willing to take a patient route towards gradually restoring and fortifying the amount of collagen in your skin. Cleansers and masks are other popular options as well. OROGOLD particular favors the use of masks due to the fact that a mask is allowed to rest of the face for an extended period. This provides time for the active ingredients to appropriately penetrate the skin and begin their work. Other products aren’t necessarily less useful, but masks certainly enjoy a slight edge. Retinol products for aging skin around the eyes are another good choice. They help calm puffiness and improve the tightness of the sensitive skin as well as improving collagen production.

Is There Anything Else I Can Do?
We’ve touched on applying products properly before and this actually connects collagen. Most cleansers or scrubs directly benefit from applying in careful circles on the skin. This isn’t just about ensuring proper coverage of your skin. Applying a product in this methodical method offers the skin a light massage that stimulates blood flow within the skin. Increased circulation is another factor that contributes to boosting and maintaining collagen production within your skin. This makes products that can help increase circulation another, if less direct, option for you to consider for your skin care routine. Thermal products are a good choice in this area as the warmth they imbue on the skin offers similar benefits and they can help if it is hard to find the time to methodically massage a product into your skin.

Collagen is one of the most important components of your skin when it comes to looking youthful. Its gradual loss with age is something you can reduce though and, as a result, you can remain confident in your appearance if you’re willing to carefully select your skin care products. OROGOLD hopes that we’ve given you a few ideas on the sort of products that will help. Careful product selection and dedication to your skin will help you continue to look radiant for years you come.