Like all girls, I LOVE beauty supplements. But, before we start to talk about this my go-to essential, I just wanted to remind you (and myself, of course) that the products we use to enhance our appearance on the outside are just a small part of what makes us beautiful. We shine from the inside, so we need to prioritize how we feel about ourselves first.
Collagen! The new craze in Slovenia, but not so new around the world. It is best known for what gives skin its elasticity, its youthfulness, that bright and bouncy look that we are all after, specially those working in fashion/modelling world. But it’s not just found in the skin, it’s found in your muscles, tendons and bones as well. Collagen basically holds the whole body together (Nutrisslim have a delicious strawberry flavour one that is great as a refreshing drink when just mixed with water by the way.)
So, why am I drinking it?
The theory goes, that drinking collagen and supplementing your morning cup of coffee with it is that it will boost your skin health. Which makes sense, right? Only collagen is a protein, and like every other protein that gets digested, it will breakdown into amino acids and then be taken to where they’re needed in the body. Neurotransmitters, skin, hair, muscles, hormones… Pretty much everything!
Two recent studies, published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, found that taking a collagen supplement daily improved skin elasticity and reduced wrinkles around the eyes by 20 percent after just eight weeks. The first study, conducted in Germany, included 114 female participants between the ages of 45 and 65 – after the eight-week period, they showed a 20 percent average decrease in wrinkle volume around the eye, and some even experienced a reduction of nearly 50 percent. The second study, out of London, involved 69 women, all over the age of 50. They drank collagen dissolved in water for 8 weeks, and following that period, experienced a significant improvement in hydration, skin elasticity and roughness.
With the emphasis these days surrounding outer beauty so much, and as we age our collagen production declines, we’ll do almost anything for better skin. But is collagen going to deliver young beautiful skin to everyone this way?
If you’re not sure about implementing that protein into your day just yet, there are some other things you can try at home that may just do the trick you need to boost that collagen naturally.
- Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in fish (oily ones such as salmon and tuna) and nuts such as almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and chia seeds help to create an ideal environment for collagen production.
- Dark green veggies are also an excellent example of collagen producing agents. Foods such as kale, broccoli and spinach in your meals each day will boost your body full of an antioxidant called lutein, which assists the skin’s elasticity.
- Vitamin C (found in dark green vegetables) the nutrient helps to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and utilise the protein effectively.
Tell me, what is your go-to Beauty must-have for this summer?
Share it with me as I’m always looking for something new to try and love!