The Modern Rules of Collagen

It may be that you have searched and searched for the perfect serum, oil, moisturiser or mask whilst chugging countless bottles of water but the beauty industries top hidden secret is actually very simple, it’s collagen. No matter what your understanding of the molecule is, this post will give you the modern rules the beauty professionals live by.

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein found in the skin, connective tissue and the foundations of strength within the body. Beauty products aren’t just something you apply to your skin, hair or face. Collagen supplements are the glue that keeps everything together and acts as one of the most effective products with the best long term benefits for every day health.

Collagen’s 16 types and 29 sub-types will help to support everything from the skin, cartilage, ligaments and bones. And- yes, it does have beauty benefits beyond your favourite mascara or lipstick. The molecule supports skin elasticity and has the ability to replace dead skin cells, strengthen nails and increases healthy hair growth preventing brittleness and breakage.

However, the production of collagen begins to reduce at the early age of 25 that decreases rapidly speeds up as age increases. In women this issue arises more so due to the swift drop in oestrogen production causing skin, hair and nails to decrease in strength. Although this can be supported by the ingestion of collagen supplements, there are lifestyle habits which can decrease the production of collagen even more so.

What we don't do:

Sun Exposure

Exposure to the sun can be the biggest cause of premature skin ageing. Wear your SPF and decrease the chance of your skin becoming permanently damaged by the UV rays from sun. UVA rays are short waves which are responsible for sun burn, red skin and freckles. But, UVB rays are long waves which penetrate the skin more deeply and leave lasting effects of sun damage. And- don’t forget your lips. They can be damaged too, so make sure you cover your lips with an SPF lip protector.

Pollution

Unfortunately, it can be hard to avoid in a built-up area, but pollution can actually damage collagen levels by containing harmful radicals that decrease skin’s strength and integrity. Doctors have even warned that some exfoliating scrubs can increase the damage of pollution. Traffic pollution is one of the most toxic substances for the skin. Air pollution in urban areas can cause particles such as PMs, nitrogen dioxide and chemicals such as polycyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons which will attach themselves to the skin for years to come.

Smoking

This is one of the biggest offenders as it riles up enzymes that break down both collagen and elastin. Smoking and wound healing also have a negative relationship due to the lack of collagen proteins which would provide strong skin reparation.

Alcohol

Excessive drinking provides an anti-nutrient affect as the alcohol encourages depletion of essential vitamins and minerals from the body whilst causing oxidative stress to cells that source cellular damage. Alcohol is one of the worse and most aggressive compounds to destroy the skin. Alcohol can also inflame the skin, giving your face a permanent red glow that doesn’t fade.

What we do:

The Collagen supplementation’s at Proto-col have been supported with research and on the market for 15 years. We take care in understanding how we can promote positive health and well-being.

Nutrition

Provide your body with the ultimate diet to support positive collagen health, strengthened skin cells, hair growth and nail development.

Vitamin C is essential for collagen creation and subsidises to healthy cell turnover. Vitamin C can be found in multiple common foods such as berries, citrus fruits, red peppers, kale and broccoli.

Vitamin A is vital for protecting collagen structures in our cells. Foods to integrate into your diet in order to achieve Vitamin A include sweet potato, carrots, and dark leafy greens.

Sulphur is crucial for building blocks of collagen production and helps to remove toxins. It can most commonly be found in eggs, broccoli, leeks and garlic.

Zinc is key for creating collagen and helps to speed up the skin’s healing processes such as meat, fish, sesame and pumpkin seeds.

Hyaluronic Acid- Skin Benefits

Specialising in anti-ageing skincare, we try to provide quality products with quality ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as hyaluronan, is capable of holding 1000 times its own weight in water, therefore delivering intense moisture to the skin. The gooey substance retains the moisture and is naturally produced by the body. Hydrated skin also reduces the appearance of wrinkles over time which explains why several studies show that our products can make skin appear smoother.However, the natural ageing process and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke and pollution can decrease moisture in the skin.

The component is naturally occurring in the skin, connective tissue and eyes but depletes over time making the skin dry and dehydrated. By giving the skin a boost of Hyaluronic Acid, it becomes smoother, plumper and intensely hydrated.

Products from our collection in which we use Hyaluronic Acid as a key ingredient:

6 Fitness Trends in 2019

It can be difficult to squeeze in the advised three workouts a week, especially if you lead a busy and hectic lifestyle. Gym memberships are becoming increasingly more expensive and it’s not something we particularly fancy after a hard day working. So, we’ve done the hard work for you to find out which are the most effective fitness trends of 2019.

Wellness festivals

If you’re lacking motivation this could be the focus for you, get ready for a wellness festival such as Soul Circus, Festival No.6 and FloVibe. They all combine social exercises such as yoga and pilates with wellness programmes, meditation and delicious food. The large grounds often offer a vast amount of activities and workshops. What could be a better excuse to get fit?

HIIT yoga

No matter your timeframe, the hardcore yoga training programme is designed to strengthen the core of the body and improve balance with relaxing poses in-between. The cardio and strength- training bursts are designed to burn calories with calming in-between sessions to allow the body to breath.

Stay home

Not having to leave the house has an appeal especially for those who lead a busy lifestyle. However, home fitness is no longer centred following a reality star’s latest fitness DVD or doing half-heart’ed squats in front of the TV. Fitness trends have pushed for high-tech workouts tailored to your health and goals. Social media is full of inspiration from a variety of fitness and lifestyle bloggers who offer advice and workout suggestions. Distractions therefore become reduced and the technology will provide you with motivation and mini goals. It is important to make time for yourself and to connect spiritually and physically with your own well-being.  

Working out for less

It has been recorded that the majority of those who book gym classes opt for 45mins or less as opposed to hours on end, nobody has the time but wants quick results. If the work is put in, short and regular workouts can be just as effective when reaching goals and target.

Tracking apps

Nutritional and fitness apps combine your health, results and goals to create lifestyle patterns filled with advice, suggestions and realistic mini- goals in order to achieve your end target. This can be used to improve general well-being or to raise your fitness level which will provide you an easier healthy life to maintain.

Bodyweight training

Strength training has always been focussed on weight plates, barbells and dumbbells which are used to generate building muscle and toning the body. However, exercises which are cheaper and more readily available including squats, sit- ups and lunges can create just as effective results using nothing but body weight.

A Stress Reliever a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Allow yourself time to be mindful as we enter the new season, freshen your outlook and calm any worries or anxieties. Stress is not only bad for your well-being but also has negative side effects such as headaches, poor sleep or skin blemishes. Clear your mind for Spring with these simple stress relievers.  

Monday- Use a planner

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, a really good method of simplifying your mind and not worrying about forgetting vital information is to write it down and plan ahead. By preparing your next few days, weeks or months this type of organisation can help to reduce anxiety as well as help with bad habits such as spending money or unhealthy eating.

Switch up your diet

Stress can be a result of processed, salty or sugary foods which will increase blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. This combination can not only be poor for your health but can be also a trigger to feeling stressed.  

Wednesday- Get active, stay active

There is not a better feeling than after a workout or taking part in an activity. Not only is this a perfect distraction, it helps provide the body with better health but also releases endorphins in the brain. Physical activity can increase feel- good chemicals which enhance a sense of well-being. Exercise can also refocus the mind which is perfect when anxious about a situation or event. Join your local gym, partake in activity classes in your towns leisure centre or even walk and jog with friends. A perfect way to socialise or settle the mind singularly.

Thursday- Learn to meditate

Whether you have tried it before or not, meditation is a great way to experiment with channelling your energy and focus into more productive purposes. When suppressed, stress can be calmly dealt with. Guided meditation is an effective method for beginners to learn new skills and can then apply in your day to day life.

Friday- Try Vita Balance

This potent source of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, bioflavonoids, antioxidants and over 20 botanical herbs have been blended to maintain optimum health and well-being. The proto-col vita-balance helps to improve the immune system and digestive system which can be a side effect as a result of stress. Try 3 per day with a meal.

Saturday- Create a playlist

Listening to, singing along to or playing music is a creative approach to dealing with stress. Relaxing tension muscles with this gentle distraction cannot only lift stress and frustrations, but replace with mood-enhancing endorphins. If you also worry excessively this is can be an element which can be woven into your day either studying, in the workplace, at home or even exercising.

Sunday- Be selfish

To be able to take time for yourself is a very important skill and not enough people recognise when they need to take a day or evening to themselves. Whether that is to catch up on sleep or enjoy your favourite television episodes, learn to enjoy your own company.