Why Collagen Should Be an Important Part of Your Diet
Continuing off my post about adaptogenic beauty, I thought this week would be a good one to continue talking about ingestible beauty products. One of the most popular trends in beauty supplements has been the emergence of collagen add-ins. Popularized by the availability of collagen protein powder and drinks, you can now drink and eat your way to wrinkle-free, healthy skin.
Sounds too good to be true, right? But research continues to show that the health of the largest organ in our body (the skin!) is highly linked to gut health. The idea is that by regulating your body through prebiotics, probiotics, and collagen supplements, as well as other vital vitamins and nutrients, that the health that occurs on the inside will be reflected on the outside.
Collagen itself is a structural protein found in every connective tissue in our body, meaning that it accounts for 30 percent of our structural proteins by residing in the skin, hair, muscles, bones, and blood vessels. Though we get some collagen from the amino acids and vitamins we regularly ingest, collagen production naturally decreases as we get older - starting as early as your 20’s!
Because collagen makes up 75 percent of our skin, it only makes sense that as we get older and this naturally decreases, our skin begins to lose elasticity, wrinkle, and see an increase in discoloration and cellulite. This is why collagen supplements have become such a huge trend in the wellness, and now beauty, communities. Topical treatments can only do so much for your skin at a certain point, but working from the inside out can make a true difference in the toxins that are expunged through your skin in the form of acne, sallowness, and inflammation. By introducing collagen supplements at an early age, the extra support will not only slow down the effects of aging and environmental stressors, but give you a healthy glow.
Though collagen supplements come in several different forms, one of my favorite is The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost. This brand was started in Australia and just recently became available in the U.S. through Amazon and Sephora. I’ve been using their supplements for a year or so now and whenever I’m taking them consistently I always get complimented on my skin. I find that this elixir in particular helps with brightening my skin, reducing redness, and virtually gets rid of any hormonal acne I typically have.
What’s extra special about this liquid formulation rather than a protein powder is that it has prebiotics and probiotics to help regulate your system and keep your gut healthy as well! Some supplements can taste powdery or super herbal, and I love the liquid elixirs by The Beauty Chef because they taste so good when just added into plain water. As someone who has trouble drinking water in my daily life, I’ve found that adding this in really helps me to drink more of it because of the taste and knowing it’s going to help my skin. It’s not syrupy and has no sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, nuts or dairy and diffuses nicely into any drink with a little added flavor.
Adding collagen into your diet is something I always recommend to friends to who come to me asking how to clear up their skin. If you want more information or blog posts on beauty supplements comment below or direct message me on Instagram!