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Kobido is one of the oldest massage art forms in the world. The ritual derives from ancient Chinese medicine and is based on strict rules as to its performance. Literally translated as kobido, it means “the path to beauty,” which was imported and perfected by Japanese massage masters around the 14th century. For many centuries, only the imperial family was allowed to enjoy the amenities of kobido massage, however, over time this form of massage has become so widespread that it is now a practice used by the most prestigious beauty salons and beauty parlors.[1]

Compared to other massage techniques, most of which have a superficial and temporary effect, cobido affects the deep layers of skin and facial muscles. The technique is a combination of Japanese medical traditions and various forms of hand manipulation. A specific feature of kobido is the varying speed at which the fingers and hands should move in order to effectively affect the massaged areas of the face. Intense movements are meant to stimulate the facial skin and its muscles to produce specific substances designed to produce the desired lifting effect, while slow movements are meant to relax and calm.[2]

A very important aspect of kobido massage is that it should not cause pain, although some of its sets of manipulative techniques (such as fast “flying” hands) oscillate on the border of painful stimuli. An effective facial massage using the kobido technique stimulates nerves and muscles, increasing the flow of Qi (energy), resulting in a natural lifting effect. Thus, it is not without reason that kobido is called a non-surgical facelift.[3] Performed regularly, it eliminates the muscle tension in the face that determines the formation of facial wrinkles, slows down the aging process, and significantly improves the condition of the skin by increasing regenerative capacity and removing harmful toxins. In addition, the cobido massage stimulates the production of two key substances for a healthy appearance: collagen and elastin, which improve facial contours.[4]

How do collagen and elastin affect the skin? It should be borne in mind that these proteins are included in the structural basis of the skin structure, which they protect from harmful external factors. Fully formed fibers of these proteins form a kind of spatial mesh, which is responsible for maintaining elasticity and structural unity of tissues and tensile strength. Abnormalities associated with the biosynthesis and/or biodegradation of these proteins directly affect the condition of the skin, hair, skeletal and immune systems.[5] The presence of these proteins is essential for the undisturbed functioning of the human body.

Elastin is a structural protein that is characterized by high tensile strength. Depending on the external factor acting, the work of the elastin can be compared to the action of a rubber or spring, which tightens or returns to its original form according to the situation. In combination with collagen, elastin fibers are responsible for the strength, firmness and elasticity of the tissues and organs in which it is found in significant amounts.[6]

Collagen, like elastin, is a structural protein ubiquitous in the human body. It is an essential component of connective tissue. It is the building block not only of bones, muscles and tendons, but also, blood vessels, the cornea of the eye and skin.[7] It is responsible for its elasticity, tension, resilience and proper hydration, additionally playing a significant role in improving its condition. Over the years, the skin’s metabolism slows down, and with it the production of collagen – resulting in a loss of skin firmness and elasticity, and dehydration which is the cause of facial wrinkles and furrows. Insufficient collagen levels can also lead to excessive hair loss (which is one of the most commonly cited complications of COVID-19 outbreeding by women). Collagen deficiency is the cause of thin, brittle and dry hair and a significant weakening of the roots, as a result of which the hair begins to fall out. Collagen is a carrier of essential amino acids, which not only improve the condition of the hair, nourish its roots, but also ensure its revitalization and guarantee proper growth. Deficiencies of collagen can be seen not only on the face and head, but throughout the human body: it is responsible for, among other things. for regenerative processes, accelerates wound healing, and is a transmitter of some therapeutic substances (such as interferon). It influences the immune system by reducing the absorption of toxins, as well as the proliferation and multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms and cancer cells. Aberrations in the synthesis and evolution of collagen fibers are the reason why bones are more fragile and prone to all kinds of injuries, trauma and fractures. This is because the human skeletal system is made up of 90% collagen and its connections with other building blocks (magnesium, calcium, phosphorus). In addition, collagen is responsible for the condition of cartilage and the production of joint lubricant. It makes joint cartilage resistant to stretching and has the correct shape, and in inflammatory and rheumatoid joint lesions it accelerates the regeneration of cartilage tissue and nullifies pain-causing enzymes.[8]

Keep in mind that elastin is as important as collagen for maintaining proper skin elasticity. Studies show that oral consumption of elastin in the form of a dietary supplement increases its natural production in the body. Therefore, in slowing down the aging process of the skin, reducing hair loss that causes premature baldness, but also improving the condition of the skeletal and immune systems are helpful medications that contain in their composition easily absorbable collagen and elastin – Dr.OHHIRA Collagen OM-X®.

Dr.OHHIRA Collagen OM-X® is an innovative Japanese product that contains low-molecular-weight collagen of marine origin.Studies show that it is better absorbed by the body than that of animal origin. In addition, it is based on low molecular weight (so-called tripeptides), which further determine better and faster assimilation of collagen into the body. Tripeptides consist of 3 amino acids, which contribute to increasing the number of fibroblasts in the skin that produce collagen and elastin. When Dr.OHHIRA Collagen OM-X is ingested®, it is broken down by digestive enzymes in the stomach into small molecules and then absorbed in the intestines into the body. This process stimulates fibroblasts to produce their own collagen. The faster the body absorbs collagen, the faster the response of fibroblasts to increased production of this protein. As a result, the positive effects of its consumption are not only visible on the skin, but also felt throughout the body, which is comparable to the effects obtained after regular kobido massages.

[1] O. Zwolinska, Kobido, or the ancient road to beauty, Young Medicine No. 8(163) November 2018.

[2] T. Tomasik, KOBIDO – non-surgical facelift, Beauty inspiration 4/2017, https://beinspiration.pl/
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[3] N. Osminina, Facial rejuvenation. Revolutionary methods to naturally reverse the age of the skin, ed. II, 2018 and Dr. Summit, Cosmetology. Kobido Japanese facelift, https://www.drszczyt.pl/zabiegi/kosmetologia
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[4] O. Zwolinska, Kobido, or the ancient road to beauty, Young Medicine No. 8(163) November 2018.

[5] M. Morąg, A. Burza, Structure, properties and functions of collagen and elastin in the skin, Journal of Health Study and Medicine, 2/2017, https://www.liposhell.pl/images/ascolip-beauty/Structure_Properties_and_Funda
ction.pdf, accessed 18/10/2021.

[6] Solomon E. P., Berg L. R., Martin D. W. Biology. MULTICO Oficyna Wy-dawnicza, Warsaw 2007.

[7] Mustard G. Preparation and characterization of new biomaterials with antimicrobial activity based on chitosan, collagen and gelatin. Gdansk University of Technology, Department of Chemistry. Gdansk 2015

[8] A. Nowicka-Zuchowska, A. Zuchowski, Collagen – role in the body and effects of deficiency, Pharmacotherapy, https://depot.ceon.pl/bitstream/handle/123456789/17816/Kolagen.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y, accessed 18.10.2021.

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