You know it's a must for skin that looks youthful and plump— but what do you really need to know about collagen?
Here are the basics:
Collagen is an abundant protein in your body; you'll find it in muscles, tendons, bones, teeth— even blood vessels. For beauty purposes, we want to talk about the collagen in skin, since it's actually the main structural component of your skin that creates a framework of support. It concentrates in the dermis, the thick middle layer of your skin.
When collagen starts to degrade (due to natural aging, a diet that's not beauty-friendly, stress, smoking, UV damage), the skin loses its support and strength— and wrinkles happen. To mask this collapse, you could get an injection of collagen into trouble areas (or just use it to plump up lips, cheeks, etc.), but there are risks to that route and I think there's a much healthier plan for maintaining a youthful complexion.
Check out my path to keeping collagen strong from the inside out:
Fill your diet with the components of collagen (high-quality protein, silicon, sulfur) and the beauty nutrients that support collagen production, like vitamin C and zinc. Here's where to get them:
- Protein. Top beauty proteins come from plant sources like quinoa, sea vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, hemp and pea protein, lentils and tempeh, as well as animal sources like wild salmon, pastured eggs and sardines.
- Silicon. Collagen contains lots of silicon. To get more in you diet, eat cucumbers, celery, radishes, red cabbage.
- Sulfur. Sulfur is an important component of collagen, and it's incredibly beautifying! Eat arugula and radishes to get more sulfur.
- Vitamin C. This one is much easier; I bet you can name a dozen foods that contain vitamin C. Fruits and veggies like kiwi, bell pepper, kale, pineapple, strawberries and Brussels sprouts are good sources.
- Zinc. Zinc is essential to the collagen formation process. Eat pumpkin seeds, cashews and oysters.
Eat your antioxidants. Free radicals damage your skin and leave you prone to wrinkles, so add extra antioxidant-rich foods into your diet as collagen support.
Get your beauty sleep, and make time to workout regularly. Both promote the release of growth hormone that supports collagen production.
Cut down on sugar-packed foods. They interfere with healthy collagen production and steal moisture from your skin. Dry skin looks even more wrinkled.
Add extra inside-out support with a supplement. ResVitale's Collagen Enhance Supplement contains 1,000 mg of BioCell Collagen, a special blend of collagen and hyaluronic acid that helps hydrate and plump skin at once. This supplement also contains ResVitale's powerful resveratrol polyphenol complex, packed with antioxidants that defend your skin from damage and aging.
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***This week, I'm giving away a bottle of ResVitale Collagen Enhance (60 capsules, $45.99 retail) to one Beauty Is Wellness reader!***
To enter to win a bottle of ResVitale Collagen Enhance, leave a comment on this post or on the Beauty Is Wellness Facebook page, telling me your favorite fall beauty food! One winner will be chosen at the end of the day on Monday, November 4th.
Til then, keep building your collagen from the inside out, and you'll have strong, smooth, supported skin for years to come!