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How to Stimulate Collagen 500 333 Facercise

How to Stimulate Collagen

collagenCollagen is essential for youthful skin. It’s a naturally occurring protein that provides cellular structure and is responsible for skin elasticity, firmness and plumpness. Factors like aging, UV rays and environmental stressors break collagen down and slows its production. By age 20, our collagen stores deplete at a faster rate, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Here are easy ways to stimulate collagen production.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is collagen’s worst enemy. It restricts circulation and strips away our collagen supply, leaving dull, dry, wrinkled skin it its wake. This is especially visible in the skin around the nasolabial folds, lips and eyes. Avoid smoking altogether!

Eat Right

A diet filled with lean protein and antioxidant-rich produce boosts collagen production. Studies show that vitamin C and minerals like copper, zinc and sulphur increases collagen supplies. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce and protect against sun and free radical damage that breaks this protein down. Some excellent foods that aid in collagen formation include chicken, bone broth, shellfish, fish, eggs, garlic, citrus, berries, tomatoes, leafy greens, beans and bell peppers. Nuts including cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and peanut are great sources of sulphur.

Cut Down on Sugar

Studies show that refined sugars and simple carbs cause inflammation and deplete collagen supplies. Sugars attach to collagen fibers permanently, weighing them down and hindering flexibility.

Facercise

Facial exercise boosts circulation and collagen production. It strengthens the synergistic muscles of the face and neck and helps define and contour. A regular practice firms and tightens skin to give the face a more lifted appearance.

Facial Massage

Facial massages stimulate lymphatic drainage to help detox skin, while bolstering collagen production. By engaging in this type of self-care, you will reduce stress that causes wrinkles and inflammation.

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Why You Need Sunscreen All Year Round 1000 666 Facercise

Why You Need Sunscreen All Year Round

facial exercisesClients of my facial exercises program always ask what the most important anti-aging product is. The answer is easy: sunscreen. People often mistakenly think that since summer is over, they can store their sunscreen for the season. This is the worst mistake you can make—sunscreen is essential all year long, rain or shine.

The sun emits three types of ultraviolet (UV) rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC are the least talked about, they are the most powerful. Thankfully, the planet’s atmosphere shields us from most of these harmful rays. However, we are not naturally protected against UVA and UVB rays, which cause everything from sunburns and sun spots to fine lines, wrinkles and melanoma.

While UVA and UVB rays are strongest during the summer, the sun never powers down. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, 40 percent of these powerful UV rays can reach the earth on a cloudy day. This means they can cause unsightly and serious issues any time of year. UVB are the stronger of the two—they can immediately burn the skin’s top layers. In extreme cases, these burns can result in peeling, blistering and skin cancer. While the surface damage causes by UVA rays seems weaker, they affect the skin’s deeper layers. Too much UVA exposure causes long-term damage, including deep wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Worse yet, they cause various forms of carcinoma and melanoma.

Sunscreen is imperative all the time—even when you’re leaving the house just for a few minutes. It only takes about 20 minutes of sun exposure for skin to incur damage. You’re not safe in your car either. UVA rays can penetrate glass windows, so you need to wear sunscreen for the car ride. It’s very common to see clients with uneven skin tone or sun damage on the side of their face that normally faces the car window.

You can reduce the risk of sun damage and discoloration all year long with our Protective Sunblock SPF 30. This lightweight sunscreen doesn’t cause breakouts yet provides excellent protection against the sun’s dangerous rays. Wearing hats and sunglasses can also help prevent UV damage and the squinting that causes wrinkles.

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5 Ways to Reduce Dark Circles 500 333 Facercise

5 Ways to Reduce Dark Circles

reduce dark circles with facial exerciseOne of the most annoying signs of aging are those dark circles under the eyes that never seem to go away. The skin under our eyes is extremely thin and delicate, which is why we need to give that area a little extra care. Here are five tips for reducing the appearance of dark circles (hint: one of them is a facial exercise) and preventing them from getting worse in the future.

1. Sleep on Your Back

One of the best things you can do to prevent puffiness and dark circles is to sleep on your back. When you sleep on your side or your stomach, fluid tends to collect under your eyes. Sleeping on your back will also help prevent wrinkles on your face, neck and décolletage.

2. Do the Eye Opener Facial Exercise

One of our favorite facial exercises is the Eye Opener. This Facercise boosts circulation in the area to help address puffiness and dark circles. Do your entire Facercise set twice daily for best results.

3. Eat and Drink Right

Reduce the salt in your diet as much as possible, as it causes water retention in the worst places. Excessive sodium intake also hinders circulation, which makes the blood vessels underneath the skin appear darker. Drink lots of plain, cucumber or lemon water. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich produce to help combat unsightly dark circles.

4. Quit Bad Habits

Don’t smoke, rub your eyes and try to avoid crying. If you have hay fever or allergies, get medication to treat these conditions.

5. Use Natural Remedies

Make sure this vulnerable area is properly hydrated with moisturizer and then enhance these efforts with natural solutions. Go old school and place cucumber slices or steeped, cooled down tea bags under your eyes for 10 minutes while you relax. Another great trick is to put spoons in the refrigerator for one hour and then hold them gently over the area until the spoons are warm.

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Dancing Keeps You Young

Dance FitnessMany studies show that physical activity, specifically dancing, offers a wealth of anti-aging benefits for the body and mind. Just like facial exercise firms your skin and improves the appearance of your face and neck, dance has a profound effect on your entire body.

Dance offers multiple cognitive and physical health benefits, as well as social perks that promote overall well-being. Multiple studies show that older individuals who exercise regularly, especially by dancing, can reverse the signs of aging on the brain.

A 2017 German study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience studied participants with an average age of 68 who engaged in dance socially or did interval training. The results showed that both groups experienced growth in the size of their hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory, learning and equilibrium. However, only those who chose dance as their workout experienced improvements in their gait and balance as well.

Balance becomes increasingly important as we age, especially since falls are the leading cause of injury and death among the elderly. Dancing promotes increased flexibility, stability and balance, all of which help reduce risk of injury. It also improves strength, muscle function and cardiovascular health, which decreases risk of heart disease.

Dancing may also reverse the signs of aging in the brain. An older study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found social dancing to be the only physical activity associated with reduced dementia risk. Unlike many other cardio activities based on repetitive activities, dance demands more sustained mental effort and coordination. Participants also stimulate memory by learning new steps and routines.

In general, physical exercise helps us look and feel younger. It improves overall health and boosts collagen production, which promotes firmer, more elastic skin. The additional benefits that dance yields makes it the ideal choice for fighting the signs of aging.

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