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  • Collagen Support for Your (Already) Beautiful Skin

    Underneath our skin there’s a process happening every day: It’s collagen production, and it helps keep our skin plump, our tendons flexible and our bones strong. Indeed, collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body.

    “Collagen provides structural support for the bones, skin and ligaments,” says Dr. Tori Hudson, ND, a member of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board. But with the normal aging process, there is also a normal loss of collagen, she says. In fact, decreased collagen production can begin as early as our mid 20s, and, by some estimates, our total collagen makeup decreases by as much as 1.5 percent per year. “That manifests in all of us as skin wrinkles to some degree or another,” Dr. Hudson says.

    Dr. Hudson adds that the loss of collagen can be exacerbated by the decrease in estrogen that comes with the onset of menopause in women. Smoking, sun exposure and dry climates can also aggravate the effects of collagen loss. In these cases, Dr. Hudson says, supplementing with collagen support for the skin can be a good preventive strategy.

    So how do we support our own collagen production? “This protein called collagen is dependent on certain nutrients,” Dr. Hudson says. Vitamin C actually increases collagen growth, she says, and vitamin E can help rebuild collagen and prevent oxidative stress. Amino acids such as threonine and proline are also essential to collagen production.

    That’s where supplementation comes in. Here are a few different ways to boost collagen.

    Vitanica’s Luminous: Formulated by Dr. Hudson, this combination formula features vitamins A, C and E, calcium and other ingredients specifically designed to support skin, hair and nails.

    NeoCell Super Collagen +C Type 1 & 3: Supplementing with this type of hydrolyzed collagen (along with vitamin C) can increase the density and growth of collagen fibers.

    Natural Factors’ BioSil: Made of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid, this complex helps active the biological pathways that generate collagen.

    Of course, a standard supplement regimen, including omega-3s, vitamin D, antioxidants and probiotics are also vital to overall health, as well as the health of the skin.

    Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about other ways to support your skin health.  

  • Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

    It's no secret that good nutrition, proper hydration and a great cleansing regimen can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. But what about supplements? Here are a few our practitioners love.

    New Chapter Wholemega
    Essential fatty acids are key to healthy, moisturized skin. Omega 3s and 6s help reduce inflammation, (which can deprive the skin of nutrients) and are involved in the production of phospholipids and ceramides, which contribute to overall skin health and moisture. Get the full complement of omega 3s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 9s in this one fabulous supplement.

    New Chapter Supercritical Omega-7
    "It's actually been proven in women to help skin retain its youthful appearance longer," says Lisa Sawabini, Pharmaca esthetician. "When someone has intense dryness, I might recommend omega-7 and they'd be able to see a difference in as little as a week." The richness comes from the omega-7s found in Sea Buckthorn, which has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia for its medicinal properties.

    Reserveage Collagen Booster

    This mix of the potent antioxidant resveratrol, hylauronic acid and chondroitin can help fill in fine lines and fight cellular damage while it's supporting the strength of joints, hair and nails. It was also just named Best Beauty Supplement of the year by Delicious Living magazine!

    Natural Factors BioSil
    Because collagen begins to diminish rapidly after the age of 30, a good supplement can make all the difference. This one can help generate collagen, elastin and keratin, according to esthetician Carolyn Racke, and can help strengthen bones and joints.

    Vitamin C
    This nutrient is not only vital for protecting skin from environmental assaults, it's also fundamental to the production of skin moisture factors, says Ben Fuchs, formulator for Sanitas Skincare. Get your daily dose through fizzy Emergen-C or tasty Pharmaca Chewable Vitamin C.

    Vitamin A
    "Overall skin health is closely connected to vitamin A metabolism," says Fuchs. "Supplementing with this important nutrient can have a profound effect on skin hydration and the proliferation of excess skin cells." Find vitamin A in a good daily multivitamin.

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