Prayers for Australia: How we can help hearts break with every new headline and photo that tell yet another story of suffering, and we mourn every life lost to these fires with immense sadness.  Although not affected, we have reached out to our Lycon Australia Headquarters and they have and gathered a list of organizations that are collecting donations to help those in need.  Australia is in our prayers. 

-Alexander’s Aesthetics


Ways to donate:  

Salvation Army Australia 

Red Cross Australia: 

NSW Rural Fire Service: 

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Bend Beauty: 5 Key Benefits of Ingesting Marine Collagen

If you’re keeping up with beauty and skincare trends, chances are you’ve heard of Marine, or Fish Collagen. What are some health benefits of ingesting marine collagen? Read on to see what the science says.

Fish Collagen produces Anti-Aging Effects
As we age, the type I collagen in our skin (the same kind that’s in marine collagen) weakens, leading to visible signs of aging including saggy and wrinkly skin. Preclinical studies show that ingesting marine collagen repairs skin collagen and elastin protein fibers and produces a significant thickening of the outer skin surface (epidermis). Human studies have reported decreased wrinkles and improved skin hydration and firmness following marine collagen supplementation.
Provides Antioxidant Protection
Marine collagen contains several amino acids: lysine, glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Proline and glycine play important antioxidant roles by protecting against free radicals that cause cell damage. Hydroxyproline is made into glycine and it may help regulate a cell’s oxidative state. Preclinical studies show that marine collagen protects against oxidative skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light (sunlight).
Promotes Bone Growth/Healing
In cell culture, ingesting marine collagen increases collagen synthesis and helps incorporate minerals into the bone matrix. In addition, marine collagen supplementation significantly increases the size and mineral density of femur bones.
Improves Bone Strength
Bone strength depends not only on the quantity of bone tissue but also on the quality, which is altered by its geometry, shape, mineral content and composition, and its collagen microstructure. In cell culture, marine collagen improves collagen quality while supplementation in animals significantly increases bone mineral density and toughness.
Improves Protein Intake and Body Composition
Optimal dietary protein intake beneficially impacts weight management, lean body mass, muscle repair, and immune function, among other benefits. It is also essential to maximize athletic performance by helping to build muscle and improve workout performance and recovery. Marine collagen is a pure protein with no fat or carbohydrate to dilute its impact. In addition, the protein building block, proline, more than any other amino acid, is needed for whole body protein synthesis. Therefore, marine collagen’s proline content can help increase lean body mass.

Bend Beauty Marine Collagen + Co-Factors is available in strawberry, coconut, and unflavored powder.  Simply dissolve 2.5 teaspoons in a beverage of choice daily to reap the benefits of marine collagen.

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Which Bend Beauty product is right for me?

Which Bend products we recommend you to start with, or which one is right for you based on your specific skin concerns. So let’s dive in.

Without question, Bend recommend that everyone start by taking our Anti-Aging Formula. If you’re only going to take one Bend product, this is the one for you. This is a foundational product for a fantastic skincare routine, as it provides the greatest overall benefit in one product. Not only does this product improve skin hydration, elasticity and firmness, roughness and redness (from skin inflammation) and provide antioxidants for skin health – but it also is clinically-proven to reduce skin sensitivity to UV-induced sunburn.

The active ingredients in Anti-Aging Formula work synergistically to produce optimal results in your skin. From omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, to powerful antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, think of Anti-Aging Formula as your superpower skin health elixir. Again, we always recommend starting with this product, to give yourself the best possible foundation for all other products to work even better.

This brings us to Marine Collagen + Co-Factors! Collagen production in our bodies begins to decline in our 20s, but new research shows that collagen peptides can stimulate cells to increase collagen production. Collagen is essential in providing structure to the skin. The decline in collagen production leads to skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. Ingesting Marine Collagen gives your body the boost it needs to formulate collagen, helping you to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. Bend Marine Collagen + Co-Factors is specially formulated with collagen co-factors (vitamin C and silicon) which ensure that the collagen you’re building is healthy and resilient.

These two products are in fact, designed to work together synergistically; think of Anti-Aging Formula as preventing damage in the skin and Marine Collagen + Co-Factors as promoting repair. We like to think of Anti-Aging Formula as the foundation, and Marine Collagen + Co-Factors as the beauty boost. So while you may or may not take both, you certainly will see your best results when you combine these powerful products.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Keep Skin Healthy

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Keep Skin Healthy

Sometimes our clients need to be reminded how important Healthy Skin is and with the New Year here, millions of people have made resolutions.  Resolutions are a way of saying, “I know I can do better.”  While many resolutions will be for quitting smoking or losing weight, remind your clients that their skin deserves attention too.

The following are some simple skin care resolutions to help keep your clients skin looking healthy all year round:  Continue reading

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Subtle Ways to Make Your Wax Business Stand Out

Subtle Ways to Make Your Wax Business Stand Out

Standing out from your competition is key to the overall success of your business. The spa and wellness industry is a service-based industry, meaning that the value you provide is largely based on customer service, advice, and knowledge. Considering various ways to strengthen the overall customer experience will allow you to improve your business and differentiate yourself from others. Continue reading

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