Collagen Supplements for Health, Beauty and Fitness

IMG_2651.JPGFor Many Years the Japanese have been taking Collagen Supplements to enhance their youthfulness. What the Japanese discovered was when they applied collagen topically it did little for the skin, but taking it orally helped them achieve a healthier appearance.
It takes approximately 3 months to see the benefits from taking collagen, I have been taking my collagen for 4 months and definitely see an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin hair and nails. My supplement of choice is Natures Bounty Advanced Collagen that can be found at Walmart and Shoppers drug mart with a Hair, Skin and Nails option in gummy formula for easy intake.

The following are reasons you should consider adding collagen supplements to your daily beauty regime.

It strengthens bones, joints and cartilage. It reduces cellulite.
It helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin and improving elasticity.
It promotes healthier skin including working on stubborn stretch marks.
It helps with gut health and has been known to help manage IBS symptoms.
It aids in taking down acne swelling because it works as an anti-inflammatory.
It helps your hair and nails grow thicker, longer and stronger.
It helps with regenerating missing amino acids that help to regulate hormones.
It is a pure protein, perfect to take after a work out to help build muscles.                  It is high in glycine amino acid it can help with sleep and stress relief.
It is good for metabolism because it works at maintaining thyroid health.
If you have any injuries especially bruises or cuts collagen can help you heal faster.

Warning: taking supplements can be dangerous especially if the supplements are not from a reliable source as they could contain contaminants and are not always FDA regulated. The opinions in this post are mine personally if you have any questions or concerns about collagen supplements please address them with your physician. Vegans take note that collagen is usually derived from animal proteins.
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Clarins New Instant Light Lip Comfort

IMG_3631.PNGClarins revolutionary formula is a fusion of rich in plant active ingredients, directly inspired by the experts who create their face and body oils.

Leaves a shiny, glossy film veil on the lips that is not sticky and slightly sweet, my lips look very moist candy leaves lips a luscious pink, tangerine leaves my lips a juicy rouge and the honey is the perfect shimmer over a nude lipstick and mint adds only shine.

A cocoon applicator does increase pleasure upon application and allows my entire lips to be coated evenly.

Absolute comfort as soon as I apply to my lips, it feels soothing and relieving with a slight warming sensation.

The scents are subtle and I enjoy the esthetics of the delivery, the whimsical colours, mirrored silver tops and a super soft oversized applicator.

The lip oil formula is rich in active ingredients from a unique fusion of plant nutrition varieties.

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Hazelnut smells luxurious, it hydrates skin and contains vitamin E a potent antioxidant that fights environmental stressors and when applied directly to the skin, hazelnut oil provides moisture. The Hazelnut oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Buriti oil extracted from the buriti nut contains high concentrations of oleic acid, tocopherols and carotenoids, especially betacarotene. Recent studies have found it to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun .Its orangey-yellow fruit produces an amber-colored oil which is traditionally prized for its high content of nourishing fatty acids. The oil extracted from the buriti fruit and used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Field Mint– In the wild, field mint grows in sandy and wetland areas and meadows in Europe. However, unlike other varieties of mint, it is generally cultivated for its essential oil – menthol – extracted by crystallization. Clarins Laboratories use this ingredient for its ability to provide an immediate sensation of intense and invigorating freshness. The Field Mint oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Amaranth Plant – is a symbol of immortality since it does not wither, was considered sacred by the Incas. It has many benefits, including highly nutritious leaves and seeds and various medicinal properties. The amaranth is also an ornamental plant, with its pretty purple flowers that hang in long clusters along its tall, erect stem. Amaranth is rich in antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics that eliminate free radicals. The oil extracted from the amaranth seed is traditionally used to nourish and comfort the skin. The amaranth oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

 

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Kiehl’s Comes to Canada

I recently joined the staff of Kiehl’s Queen Street West for their launch event. I was super excited to see that Kiehl’s opened here in Toronto Canada, because I have been trying to get my hands on their Lip # 1 treatment for years since my cousin brought me back a few from her trip to Korea. The event was fabulous, Kiehl’s didn’t miss a detail.

The event was catered by Kupfert and Kim with fresh coffee from Cali love.

I dug into a few of the chocolate covered strawberries from the locally owned and run shotberry

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Kiehl’s features modern and classic style around their store and their products are all organized by sections making it easy to find just what you are looking for.

Peter Grande is the Assistant manager at the Toronto Eaton Center Kiehl’s location and works with their Canadian Public Relations team he is passionate when it comes to skincare and very knowlegable. I will be returning to Kiel’s Eaton Center sometime over the upcoming weeks for a one on one with Peter so he can create a custom blend oil for my skin. Peter is also a blogger and has some amazing tips and recommendations on his blog  www.itspetergrande.com

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Keihl’s gives back to the community and is a proud sponsor and supporter ofCamp Ooch. 

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Now a little but about the products I took home with me.

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Lip Balm #1 SPF 4 sunscreen. Relieves Cracked or Chapped Lips. Not Tested on Animals. Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
I Love this lip balm and so does my hubby, great for both men and women it keeps my lips hydrated and smells amazing.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25  Made with coconut oil, instantly melts onto lips, providing a cushion of soothing moisture. With antioxidants, including lemon butter, combined with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen, Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 provides year-round protection for lips. Lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.
Having been a fan of Lip Balm #1 I was so excited to try the Butterstick in pop of peonies, it is the perfect shade of summery pink, perk of this product is its long lasting I feel this product working its magic hours later as they claim and in the past few weeks I have seen a reduction of lines around my lips due to the amazing natural ingredients.
Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil This all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently, yet effectively dissolving even difficult-to-remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. It leaves skin not only fresh and clean but also skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. made from an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils: Squalane, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin; Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids; and Lavender Essential Oil. And it’s Soap-free, Sulfate-free, and Mineral Oil free. Perfect one-stop cleanser.
This cleansing oil and makeup remover is the best one I have tried to date, it takes off all of my stubborn mascara and is so gentle and smells luxorious.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning. Skin’s moisture level is replenished overnight. 99.8% Naturally Derived Ingredients. Helps to recover radiance by morning. Paraben-Free.
This product works so well on my fine lines in my forehead and puffiness around my eyes that happens on mornings after nights when I do not get my recommended 8 hours of sleep.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Unique, concentrated texture.Does not migrate into eyes.Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested. Rich and creamy non-migrating formula that delivers moisture to the delicate under eye-area. Gently protects the skin against external aggressors.
Everything recommended to treat my eyes always makes them burn, not Keihl’s, I love how thick the product goes on without looking thick and I do see a reduction of puffiness and dark circles once I use this treatment.
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate Line-reducing skin concentrate, containing 10.5% Vitamin C.Helps reduce the appearance of marionette lines from the corners of the mouth, leading towards the chin.Improves the appearance of crows feet lines and wrinkles as well as Sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area. Helps to improve skin appearance and texture.
Vitamin C is proven to fight signs of ageing so I was really excited to see Keihl’s brightening concentrate had a high concentrate of vitamin C. This Eye-Brightening Concentrate is like coffee for tired eye and it works fast.

Summer Skincare with The Lotus Project

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Recently  I joined Aisha and friends of The Lotus Project for a day of summer sangria and participated in a skin care workshop where we gave ourselves facials and learned techniques to use during our every day daily skin- care routine. I wanted to share with you what I learned and a few of my tried and tested favorites by the Skintelligence skin care line.

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I met Aisha part time “Mompreneur”, currently working in the insurance industry, and also founder of The Lotus Project, whose admiration of the Buddhist practice provided a foundation for The Lotus project. The Lotus Project is a lifestyle brand designed to build a community for driven millennials, multi-preneurs and the like to provide a one stop online resource to support growth, inspire and connect. A lotus flower grows from murky waters, blooms out of the darkness and radiates into the world.  Like the lotus, we all have the ability to grow and be successful in everything we do despite what the origin of our beginnings may be- mud and all. The Lotus encourages you to live by your own rules, be fearless, remember community over competition and always give back. With your feet planted and head to the sky: “Rise and be beautiful in everything you do.”

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The workshop was lead by fellow blogger Khristine KCHEZELLE https://kchezelle.wordpress.com her blog explores fitness, knitting, skin-care, makeup and general lifestyle, she is a diverse girl and I look forward to learning more from her at upcoming workshops.

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Khristine was assisted by instagramer Marigold Bandida , she is full of great tips for makeup and skincare and a makeup application teacher at workshops around the gta.

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Skintelligence is a skin care line that uses natural extracts to soothe and maintain healthy skin, I found the products were not only natural but also did not irritate my sensitive skin.

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I learned the following tips about skincare product application.

  1. Make sure to pat products into the skin and not rub them in, rubbing wastes product and causes sagging and wrinkles.
  2. The applicator on the eye cream was made of metal, the ladies suggested putting cold metal under the eyes to activate and stimulate the dead blood that cause our eyes to look puffy and dead.
  3. tFor a more radient glow, treating skin issues from the inside is recommended, we tried the twice a day liquid antioxidants which have 95 % absorption rate.
  4. When using a facial wash, always rub a bit of product in your hand before applying to activate and emulsify the cleanser.
  5. Proper pH balance is essential for your skin, the surface of human skin is acidic with a pH ~5. This low pH value is maintained through the production of free fatty acids during cell maturation and our secretion of fatty and lactic acids in sweat.

I was rather impressed with the line of products that I used in my facial mini session A Facial Cleanser, A Facial Mask, A Facial Spray and a Facial Serum.

Skintelligence Hydra Derm Deep Cleansing Emulsion  cleanser activates in water and is a deep penetrating cleanser that loosens and removes dirt, makeup and oil and contains aloe vera, chamomile extract and lavender extract.

The Skintelligence Facial Firming Masque facial mask promotes circulation and improves visual signs of aging caused by stress and the environment.The amazing natural ingredients in this product include aloe leaf extract and lavender oil to help to soothe any irritated skin.

I personally loved how fast this product worked, after 12 minutes I could see a difference in my skin tone and appearance it looked radiant and more firm, the mask was different than most because it was clear.

Skintelligence pH Skin Normalizer spray assists your skin to maintain normal pH levels while helping the skin fight the effects of pollution and other environmental conditions while improving skin’s natural barrier function.

I loved that the product exfoliates dead skin cells and removes dirt, makeup and oil that clog pores while having an alcohol-free formula that supports elasticity and an even skin tone. This product is perfect for spraying on after a summer swim or when it gets hot as a freshening mist.

A drop of Skintelligence Skin Perfecting Complex serum promotes smoother skin. I loved that this product contained proteins and amino acids and natural ingredients such as dandelion, carrot, lemon grass and violet.

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