Collagen for Skin // You’re probably aware of collagen as something people (including myself) are “doing.” I think understanding WHY is so important to making the decision if something is right for you. So, I wanted to highlight some of the specifics of how collagen-rich foods love your skin so much. While we do produce our own collagen, eating collagen gives our bodies the building blocks to produce more, higher-quality collagen, which leads to more supple and better hydrated skin. Collagen production decreases with age, stress (including toxins, dehydration and poor quality food) and too much UV exposure, which means we need more of those building blocks then ever before.
Collagen is the most abundant protein the body and it forms the backbone of our connective tissue in skin, bones, and virtually all our tissues. When we consume bone broth or collagen, our bodies break it down in our guts (not necessary with the peptides because they’re already broken down into amino acids) and is then absorbed and deposited in our skin to make more collagen. Denser and more numerous collagen fibers in our skin makes it more elastic and holds water better in the skin. That means fine lines are smoothed and you get that natural plump glow. Sign me up!🙋♀️
The most traditional way of consuming collagen is through bone broth but I actually really like collagen peptides as a simple way of getting regular collagen in your diet. I’ve personally seen a huge difference in my skin and gut with making bone broths and adding collagen to my morning beverage. Quality is important here so make sure sourcing is from grass-fed happy cows. Check out my Favorite Things page on my website for my favorite collagen peptides. Making sure you’re getting enough vitamin C from foods like broccoli, mango, bell peppers and strawberries is also great for your skin. Have you been consuming collagen regularly? Have you noticed a difference?👇🏼