Thursday, October 20, 2011

What is Collagen?

Think of collagen like a thick rope similar to those found on ships. The strands are tightly intertwined and strong, which helps it keep its form. Over time, the individual fibers begin to break , and the rope frays and it begins to loose its strength.

In our skin, collagen literally plays a supporting role, lending structure to the skin, and maintaining its smooth, youthful appearance.

Collagen is the primary connective tissue found in the skin, muscles and tendons-and makes up the framework for all soft tissues. Collagen gets alot of attention in terms of the aging process, and its decline is the main culprit for fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows.

Collagen is abundant in young skin, and its rate of production is able to keep up with the rate of its degradation until about the age of 25. After age 25, collagen begins to be destroyed faster that it can be replaced, which leads to signs of aging.

UV Radiation is the main culprit for the breakdown of collagen, as it damages the actual structure of the protein as well as the DNA of the fibroblasts. Other factors that contribute to collagen damage is, excessive heat and cold, hormones, smoking, poor nutrition, and of course, free radicals.

The good news is, is you can preserve the naturally occurring collagen in your skin by shielding it from environmental aggressors like the sun and cigarette smoke, along with a proper skincare regimen. Sun protection, antioxidants and extra hydration go a long way for making your skin's environment healthier and less damaging.

I recommend monthly Microdermabrasions (mechanical exfoliation and resurfacing)
to help keep a youthful look and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, as well a IPL (photo facial) every quarter for tightening. I also recommend great products for your home skincare regimen. Kinerase is a product I love, because it actually changes the DNA of your skin, which is what is compromised when collagen is decreased. Vitamin C has also been shown to increase the skin's collagen production.

My Favorite Products:
Kinerase C8 Peptide Treatment
Kinerase Day and Night Repair


Monday, October 17, 2011


Is Makeup Primer worth the extra step? My opinion is YES! Primer is meant to serve as a layer between skin and foundation to create more of a surface and flawless look. I definitely recommend it for people who are oily, have larger pores, and have any acne scarring. It is a quick and simple step to making your makeup look even, smooth, and lasts all day!

I also recommend Lid Primer. This a a great way to prevent creasing from eye shadow. It makes your shadow more pigmented as well.

My top Primer recommendations:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer ( there are may different primers in this line based on your skin type and condition.)

Benefit POREfessional Primer

Make Up For Ever Primer

Stila One Step Correct Triple Swirl Helix Primer

Lid Primer:
Smashbox Lid Primer
Urban Decay Lid Primer ( the Original and Sin )

I recommend applying Primer with your foundation brush!

~ Jamia xo

Monday, October 3, 2011


Retinol is essential for preventing and reversing signs of aging. It is one of the most studied-and proven- skincare ingredients. Retinol helps increase cell-turnover (which helps skin look "fresh " and young), increases collagen production, keeps pores clear and improve acne.

I recommend Kinerase Tretinoin Gel 0.05%

Apply once daily, before bedtime, using a thin layer. If dryer, use every other day.

Contact me on how to purchase!

Jamia Hoffman Advanced Esthetics