How to Collagen Boost your lifestyle
Intrinsic Factors of your lifestyle will make an impact to your skin health. Clients often tell me they want healthy skin & a glow.
How do you achieve this? Well it works on a cellular level. From what you consume, how you live/environment factors to what cosmeceuticals you chose to add to your daily beauty/ skin health regime.
To start out I like to explain to my clients.. What is collagen??
Collagen; found within the dermis (below your outermost layer of skin) it is the foundation of connective tissue thats role is to support the skin's structure & is a key element in keeping your skin looking plum & youthful. as we age, the body will produce less collagen, naturally occurring enzymes in the body break the collagen down. Lifestyle factors such a smoking, sun damage, hormonal changes, stress & poor diet also will contribute to breaking down the collagen. Your body is constantly creating new collagen cells to repair damage from free radicals and lifestyle, however from about the age of 35 your production will begin to diminish & the quality of your plump youthful skin will not be as good as it was in youthful days. What can we do about this?? well the good news is you can create a lifestyle that will benefit your collagen production & have simple key parts of your daily routine & foods that you consume that will boost your collagen production naturally.
I love inspiring my clients to chose a lifestyle that will regenerate, restore & repair damaged collagen, stimulate & boost new production & at the same time feeling healthy & vibrant for it!! (for more tips see my Anti Aging Grocery List Blog)
Collagen Boosting foods
In addition to giving your body a dose of healthy protein that it needs, egg whites are high in both lysine and proline, as well as collagen itself, so adding more egg whites into your diet could help support your body's natural production of collagen. Vegetarian or vegan add nuts as your protein source to your handbag snack which also supply lysine release.
Dark green vegetables
Rev up collagen production: Rich in vitamin C, dark green vegetables like spinach and kale can speed up collagen production. In topical products, Vitamin C has antioxidizing properties that stabilise the messenger enzymes that break collagen down. It also protects against free radicals to prevent weak collagen,
Vegetables that are orange in colour, like sweet potatoes & carrots, are rich in vitamin A, which restores & regenerate damaged collagen.
Creates stronger cells: “Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acid,” says New York nutritionist Brook Alpert. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin.
Ward off damage: Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.
Pump up sun protection: Tomatoes, capsicum & beetroot contain the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene acts as a natural sunblock, protecting the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels.
Easy to place in so many recipes. This flavoursome ingredient is one of the best sources of sulphur, which is necessary to collagen production in the body, garlic also provides lipoic acid and taurine that help rebuild collagen fibers that have been damaged.
Blocks aging: Whether sources from soy milk, cheese or tofu, soy contains genistein (plant hormones that serve as antioxidants), which prompts collagen production and helps to block enzymes, like MMPs that can age the skin.
A delightful seafood treat, especially when fresh from the ocean, oysters are a naturally rich source of zinc—an essential element of the collagen-building process. Also jam packed with vitamins & minerals including iron and vitamin B12, oysters provide a low-calorie option and a long list of health benefits.
Supports structure: Studies have indicated that White tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It’s believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles. This beautiful blend of tea is a perfect way to wind down from a busy day whilst giving your skin cells a boost.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons & grapefruit are super super rich in vitamin C. Citrus beauties have the ability to help amino acids—lysine & proline—convert to collagen. They are abundant in antioxidant's & the high levels of vitamin C are also extremely important in helping to neutralize free radicals, which attack and break down collagen & elastin in the skin. It really is nice when all these foods taste so delicious & are doing wonders for your complexion,
For more ways to pump up your collagen boosting lifestyle head to my blog written on Collagen loving Topical Products &
Collagen stimulating Skin Treatments.
Kellee Thomson Cosmetic Nurse LUX SKIN HEALTH