Hi Miss Beauty Nerd,
In one of videos, you mentioned about collagen supplements. Do you have any recommendation for women entering their late 30’s?
Thanks for your question! Most undoubtedly, our skin changes as we age, and with each new decade – 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc., you should be adapting your skin care regimen to accommodate new concerns. Typically, women in their 30’s will start noticing a decrease in moisture and plumpness in their skin, early losses of collagen and elastin (skin becomes visibly less elastic), and a gradual slowing of skin cell turnover, meaning that skin cells are no longer regenerating quite as quickly (normal cell turnover occurs every 28 days). To address these issues, I always recommend taking care of your skin both externally and internally.
Your skin care regimen: First, as you must have heard from countless beauty magazines, beauty advisors and dermatologists, you should always wear sunscreen. I recommend using a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 for every day use. If you can find sunscreens with the PA++ symbol on it, that’s even better (many Shiseido products containing sunscreen has the PA symbol). This means that the company has tested specifically for the sunscreen’s ability to block UVA rays (SPF only measures how well UVB is blocked). Second, you should also be using an exfoliator regularly to help speed cell turnover and combat dull-looking skin. I would recommend using an exfoliator at least once a week, or even every other day, if you can. Third, make sure you have a proper night-time skin care regimen. Using a good serum at night, loaded with anti-aging ingredients and other goodies before your beauty sleep, will help with your skin’s night-time restorative processes. Even if you do not use a serum, at least invest in a good night cream that is richer and more nourishing to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night. Finally, I would try to do a mask at least once a week. My favourite masks are the cloth face masks, because they are so easy to use. Just apply it to your face for 10-15 minutes and discard – no rinsing required! Choose a mask to address your particular skin concern of the moment (this may change due to stress levels, travel, climate, etc). I love the ones from My Beauty Diary. They can easily be picked up at your local Asian grocery store or purchased online at yesstyle.com.
Your skin nutrition: However, just using fabulous skin care products is not enough, I’m afraid. What you do on the outside should be harmoniously paired with what you do on the inside. Therefore, selecting foods optimal for skin health will help you optimize the results of your skin care regimen. Let me first address your question regarding FANCL’s HTC collagen supplements, as mentioned in my Boscia Product Review video. According to FANCL, their HTC collagen supplements are made up of shorter molecular chains, meaning that they are more optimally absorbed by the body. This is in contrast to regular collagen, which has longer molecular chains and are obtained from everyday foods. I, personally, have not been been trying these supplements long enough to notice a perceptible difference on my skin. Although, you might find this interesting: FANCL’s clinical trials revealed that subjects taking the HTC supplement for 10 weeks had higher collagen levels than subjects just getting collagen from regular foods. But… do subjects actually perceive a difference in their skin? Now that’s a study I would like to see!!
Whether or not you choose to use supplements as part of your skin care regimen is really your prerogative. Personally though? I think I just love food too much, so the whole idea of taking supplements is just not very appetizing to me. I rather seek out real foods loaded with nutrients, use them in some delicious recipe, and just enjoy! In some of my previous posts, I talked about selecting high antioxidant fruits like blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, etc. So this time, let me focus on other foods, particularly ones rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs). The two main EFAs are omega 3 and omega 6, both crucial for skin health. Foods high in omega 3’s include salmon, fresh tuna, flaxseed, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. I love sushi, and salmon and tuna in general, so I frequently opt for fish over beef and pork. Find creative ways to cook salmon or tuna, and you’ll find that getting your optimal omega intake can be surprisingly pretty simple! Flaxseed or pumpkin seeds can easily be added to salads, which I always love, because it adds a nice crunchy texture and nutty aroma. Omega 6 can be found in vegetable oils (like sunflower oil), evening primrose oil or even borage oil. By filling your diet with fruits, vegetables (especially dark leafy greens) and foods that are high in omegas 3 and 6, you are on your way to preserving that glowing complexion.
And of course, a daily dose of happiness will also keep lackluster, wrinkly skin at bay – you are as beautiful as you feel! The more we educate ourselves about skin, health and nutrition, and execute on these learnings, the longer we can stay youthful looking. So let’s embrace the fact that 30’s are the new 20’s baby!!