Available at Lasermed, Pro-Active Liquid Collagen is a unique dietary supplement of premium Hydrolyzed Collagen, rich in specific amino acids that are easily absorbed by the human body.
- For women & men
- Hydrolyzed Collagen (Type II), enhanced with Vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6 & magnesium
- A very high percentage of oral absorption (more than 90%¹,²)
- Available in two delicious flavours: Strawberry & Lemon
- Up to date, no known contra-indications or side effects
Collagen Pro-Active is a unique dietary supplement enriched with magnesium and a vitamin B complex that helps individuals who suffer from joint pain.
- Provides a powerful antioxidant action
- Activates energy production in the organism through Magnesium and Vitamins B5, B2, B6 & B1
- Contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue through Magnesium and Vitamins B5, B2 & B6
- Contributes to decrease joint rigidity and mobility pain
- Contributes to increase the articular cartilage thickness of joints
- Contributes to increase the cartilage mass
- Contributes to the normal function of bones through development and growth
- Assists in the improvement of Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis
- Promotes normal function of the cardiovascular & nervous system through magnesium and Vitamins B2, B6 & B1
- Affects the size of the collagen fibrils in the tendon & may improve the mechanical properties of the tendon
- Contributes to normal psychological function & mental performance, while providing ‘anti-stress’ properties through Vitamin B1
- Maintains strong teeth and gums thanks to magnesium
Benefits for skin and hair:
Collagen Pro-Active increases the density of the fibres and fibroblasts, which are the principal cells of the skin and are responsible for the production of collagen. Collagen Pro-Active once absorbed by the small intestine is distributed from the arteries to the deepest layer of the skin, leading to fibroblast proliferation and increased collagen production. With daily use of Collagen Pro-Active, the skin becomes more hydrated.
- Enhances skin beauty
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal skin tonicity
- Contributes to the maintenance of skin elasticity & hydration
- May help to fight against the visible signs of skin ageing
- Contributes to the stimulatory effect of the Collagen biosynthesis in the body tissue
- May function as a stimuli for fibroblasts to effect repair of damaged tissue
- Improves skin dryness
- Enhances hair strength and appearance from 5% to 45%
Winter is a good time to think about having an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation treatment if you have:
1. Sun damage (freckles and sunspots)
2. Redness (broken capillaries, diffused redness, rosacea)
3. Poikiloderma (sun damage on the neck and chest area)
4. Fine lines, wrinkles and dilated pores
I have been using Ellipse, Specific Waveband Technology, which enables me to customise every treatment to the client’s specific skin needs. When deciding to go for a photo rejuvenation treatment, it is important that you use a high sun protection for four weeks prior to your treatment. If your skin is tanned, it can’t be treated.
IPL treatments can make the skin sensitive to the sun, so continue using your sunblock for at least a month after each treatment.
Sometimes, multiple treatments are required and your results will have to be maintained by repeated sessions in future.
I recommend an initial course of 2 to 4 treatments, according to the client’s skin needs, with a monthly interval between sessions. One to two sessions a year are required to maintain the results, depending on the skin condition. – by Suzette la Grange.
Vitamin C is one of the naturally occurring antioxidants in the skin. Most plants and animals can synthesise Vitamin C, but humans can’t. Therefore we have to acquire it from food sources such as citrus, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, papaya and broccoli, to name but a few.
In the skin, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by neutralising free radicals. Vitamin C also directly activates collagen synthesis. It is clinically proven that Vitamin C increases collagen production in both young and aged human skin.
Vitamin C is also a depigmenting agent. It’s known as a tyrosinase inhibitor, thereby decreasing melanin (dark pigment) formation.
What to look out for when buying a Vitamin C serum?
1. Make sure it’s a concentration of 10% or higher (for maximum efficacy)
2. Vitamin C must be stored in a tinted glass bottle to keep the ingredients stable.
Personally, I like to use a Vitamin C serum in the morning on a clean dry skin, beneath my moisturiser and sunblock. – by Suzette la Grange
I’m sure you’ve been told, ‘You need to use an anti-oxidant on the skin to protect you against free radicals….’ But what are free radicals and how do they harm your skin?
According to Rice University, a free radical is a single atom, with an unpaired electron. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms seeks out other electrons so that they can become a pair. The first free radical pulls an electron from a molecule, which destabilises the molecule and turns it into a free radical. That molecule then takes an electron from another molecule, destabilising it and turning it into a free radical. This domino-effect can eventually disrupt and damage the whole cell.
“The free radical theory of ageing states that we age because of free radical damage over time.” It can lead to a damaged DNA instructional code, causing our new cells to grow incorrectly, leading to ageing.
External factors such as sunlight, pollution and smoking can increase free radical activity on the skin. The best way, besides using a good quality sunblock to protect the skin against the sun, is to apply an antioxidant to the skin daily.
- by Suzette la Grange, Lasermed City Bowl. Image: medicalxpress.com
Dermatologists have given the nod to chemical peels on people with dark skin. According to research at Boston Medical Center in the US, dark-skinned people who have peels experience unwanted side-effects only 4% of the time.
Reporting their findings in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the doctors said they also observed a lower rate of side-effects compared to previous studies that included all skin types. Chemical peels are used to treat acne, premature ageing, plus dark or light spots on the skin. Side-effects include swelling, crusting, reddening, acne and pigmentation changes.
Researchers in Boston followed 132 patients with darker skin who received a total of 473 chemical peels. The same dermatologist performed all the peels, each of which was applied all at once, rather than on section of the skin. 18 participants experienced side-effects, the most common being crusting, dark spots and reddening. The side-effects lasted an average of four-and-a-half weeks.
“These findings should give some assurances to people with darker skin who are considering a chemical peel,” said lead researcher Neelam Vashi. “People with darker skin have long been under-represented in dermatological research, an it’s important to make sure we know how safe and effective these treatments are for them.”
The study also found that side-effects were least likely to occur in winter, which could be attributed to limited sun exposure. People with the darkest skin tones were most likely to experience side-effects and complications. – Article by Dave Chambers. Image: YouTube
Yes, we can’t live without our phones, but in an ironic twist, it’s also taking a toll on our skin.
Dermatologists report that excessive cell phone use is accelerating the age at which younger people develop problems such as sagging jaw lines and wrinkled skin around the chest, in a condition called tech neck.
Tech neck includes symptoms from neck and shoulder pain, stiffness and tingling in the arm, as well as cosmetic issues such as a sagging jawline and jowls, a double chin and a wrinkled chest area. This is due to constant stress on the neck by keeping it bent at a 45-degree angle while looking down at the phone screen, resulting in laxity and drooping muscles in the thin skin of the neck and chest.
For sagging jawlines, the best way forward is Ultherapy, a treatment using ultrasound waves to stimulate the production of collagen, which keeps skin taut and lifted. For more information or a free consultation, phone Lasermed.
Wrinkled skin can be addressed with several treatments: chemical peels, IPL, fractional laser therapy, CO2 Fractional Resurfacing, or Dermapen needling, supplemented with products containing retinols.
However, prevention is the best cure. Set a screen time limit, using apps to limit the time you spend on the phone. Hold your phone up to eye level instead of bending your neck. Get up and walk around every 15-30 minutes instead of sitting in the same position, giving your neck muscles a break.