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Proto-col Have Discovered Animal Health!

Most people are now convinced about the importance of collagen to the human body (if not, have a look at this article) but what about the collagen health of animals?

Most of our pets need collagen as much as us humans to stay supple and healthy and several pet owners have been using Proto-col collagen capsules for their animals.

One horse owner in Spain, Jane, has been giving her horse, Don Kiryl, a regular dose of Proto-col collagen and found the results remarkable. Read her account on Horsemart.co.uk .

As of this week, however, Proto-col have launched their Proto-flex range collagen capsules particularly prepared for animal health use.

There are two types: Pet Collagen and Equine Collagen. The Pet Collagen has a three-for-the-price-of-one promotion running at present and the Equine Collagen comes in a 200g trial size or a 900g tub size.

To find out more go to LookRavishing.com – I think your animals will thank you for doing so!

Why can’t animals Look, Feel and Be Ravishing too?


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About Proto-col Skin Cleanser And Toner

The skin cleanser and toner from Proto-col together offer a gentle and effective natural skin treatment.

The cleanser uses a variety of natural ingredients to hydrate, soften and condition the skin and the skin toner has gentle astringent qualities without the use of alcohol. Neither is tested on animals and indeed contains only plant-based products and no animal products.

Both are suitable for sensitive and dry skins. The lack of alcohol means each natural skin treatment can be used on broken skin too.

The Proto-col skin cleanser is a natural skin treatment containing plant derived collagen to nourish the skin and camomile, which in itself is a good cleanser and it also soothes the skin whilst improving elasticity.

Other ingredients include orange oil for decongesting and detoxifying, neroli oil (from the blossom of the bitter orange tree) for skin regeneration, palm oil for lubricating and hydrating, aloe vera for soothing and healing and guava and kiwi to strengthen the skin and promote its general health.

Interestingly, the natural skin treatment ingredient neroli oil is well known for helping combat skin conditions such as thread veins, stretch marks and scarring. Equally aloe vera is renowned for helping heal burns and other conditions such as dermatitis and dry, chapped skin.

The other natural skin treatment, the Proto-col toner is just as useful, containing not only plant derived collagen, aloe vera and guava and kiwi but also witch hazel, a mild astringent that still soothes the skin. Also included are panthenol containing vitamin B5, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can sooth and heal as well, and, intriguingly, coral seaweed. The coral seaweed is rich in amino acids and contains magnesium and calcium to soften and oxygenate the skin.

How To Apply

Application is easy. A small amount of the cleanser is spread with a gentle circular movement across the whole of the face and neck using the fingers. It can then be removed either with a damp cotton wool pad or by gently splashing the face with water.

You will find this will effectively remove all the residue makeup (including lip stick and eye makeup) as well as traces of pollution and grime.

After cleansing, apply the toner with another damp cotton wool pad, brushing gently in an upward and outward direction. As an alternative, you could also give your face a light spray directly.

Proto-col skin cleanser and toner are together a natural skin treatment which are very effective in giving you healthy, supple skin but also give you the knowledge you are using the very best natural and ethical products.

From 1 October until Christmas, you can try both these natural skin treatment products as part of promotional packs at offer prices. Visit LookRavishing.com to find out more.


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Collagen Mimetic Peptides (Video)

A fascinating video by John Hopkins University gives a glimpse of the work by Michael Yu indicating that collagen could be used for life changing therapy.



Proto-col’s revolutionary collagen capsules are the subject of several amazing offers from 1 October 2010 until Christmas. To find out more about the capsules and the offers, please go to LookRavishing.com.

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The Dangers Of Sunbeds

Justine Sheils has used sunbeds since she was 15 years old to get a tan before a holiday then top it up when back at home. At the age of 32 she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (skin cancer) and had to have two operations to remove tumours. “I get so angry when I hear young celebrities say having a tan makes you look sexy. It’s only when you get older you understand the risks.”

Every year in the United Kingdom alone 40 000 new cases of skin cancer are reported with around 2000 proving fatal. Most cases are as a result of over exposure to the sun but the use of sunbeds may well contribute to this.

At fault is the drive to develop a healthy tan. The fashion for brown skin developed throughout the twentieth century. Earlier a paler skin was considered a mark of high social status and still is in countries such as India. Perhaps we are beginning to understand why.

Ironically a tan is not healthy at all. Too much ultra violet radiation (UVR) creates a tan, which is a symptom of skin damage. It is in fact the beginning of photoaging or premature aging of the skin. We have all seen the effects of this in people who have spent too long in the sun and develop leathery, wrinkled and sagging skin. The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the outer layer (the epidermis) and contains collagen and elastic fibres, which provide the support and elasticity to the skin. In photoaging the collagen fibrils become disorganized and abnormal amounts of elastin material accumulates. This is known as solar elastosis. A tan fades but the damage to the skin does not.

The most common types of skin cancer are actually non-threatening, including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, but the risk of the potentially fatal malignant melanoma cancer is always present. Cancer Research UK reports that the incidence of skin cancer has quadrupled since the 1970s.

The debate on sunbeds is part of the wider debate on over exposure to the sun or more specifically to the UVR. In response to the evidence, the Sunbed Association have pointed out that there are regulations available on the use of their products and there is no evidence to show the use of sunbeds alone is dangerous. In reality no one person uses a sunbed alone without lying in the sun as well. Nonetheless it is believed the extensive use of sunbeds has contributed to the levels of cancer. It is reported some sunbeds give out more UVR doses than the Mediterranean sun at noon.

Generally the risk of skin cancer increases with age but worryingly younger people are more at risk of malignant melanoma. In fact the condition is now the most common cancer in the 15-34 age range and is twice as common in women up to the age of 34 than in men of the same age. For this reason the British Medical Association is now calling for a ban on under eighteen year olds using sunbeds and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has called for all local authority leisure centres to ban their use on their premises.

So can we safely get a fashionable tan? Self-tanning lotions have improved markedly over the years and bronzers and tanning pills offer possible alternatives. As with many products the quality can vary so it is best to research the brands but natural tanning products are available and may be the better option.

The drive to have what is considered a ‘healthy’ tan encourages too many to take risks. Clearly it is wise to be sensible and find safe alternatives to using a sun bed or staying out in the sun.


 

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Grazia Article On Collagen

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Collagen – Essential To Health And Beauty

It Might Be Wise To Think About Collagen Now

James Greenwell was the captain of the British modern pentathlon team. Six years ago, at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a tendon injury to his ankle, which threatened to end his career. He was told it would take at least three months to restore fitness. James decided to research alternative therapies in an attempt to speed up the healing process.

His research took him to Professor Greg Whyte, Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, at John Moore’s University, Liverpool. Professor Whyte recommended the use of collagen hydrolysate, so James was put on a course of fifteen tablets a day. He returned to training in an incredible 22 days. Other Olympic athletes now use collagen health supplements to treat injuries.

Collagen is the most common structural protein in the human body. It makes up some 76% of the muscles, skin and connective tissues. From the age of 25, we lose 1.5% of our collagen every year so by the age of 45 30% is lost.

This collagen loss accounts for the ageing of skin and the loss of peak physical performance, particularly if you undertake vigorous physical exercise. The reduction of collagen in tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and connective tissues obviously reduces the support for the joints and leads to conditions such as arthritis and muscular skeletal injuries. The immune system can even be affected by a reduction. Collagen health is therefore of great benefit to the body.

Cape Western University undertook a study of four hundred patients suffering with arthritic knees from the USA, Germany and Britain. Some of the patients were given a placebo and the remainder were treated with collagen. 93% of the latter group showed positive results, some after only two weeks, and there was a general improvement in joint mobility and reduction in pain. A similar study at Harvard Medical School showed 90% of the respondents treated with collagen reported an improvement in movement.

More recently, a joint study at Stamford University and the University of Munich examined two thousand sufferers of osteoarthritis in the hip and knee. Both sexes were included and of those treated with collagen 75% reported a reduction in pain and increased mobility.

Collagen has been used as a supplement in several forms including injections and creams. However the most effective delivery of the protein is in the form of capsules taken orally.

After his retirement from athletics James Greenwell teamed up with Professor Greg Whyte to market a collagen health supplement tablet. The brand they created, Proto-col, now distributes these and other health and beauty products from a base in Bradford-Upon-Avon in Wiltshire. Not surprisingly, celebrities and beauty specialists are already beating a path to their door.

If you want to find out more about Proto-col collagen capsules and try them yourself please go to LookRavishing.com.

A Bottle Of The Amazing Collagen Health Capsules

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