Ah, collagen. We don’t think much of it when we’re younger but as we age, collagen is a much sought-after substance. That’s because collagen, the connective protein that gives skin tissue its firmness and elasticity, begins to decrease as early as our 20s leaving us many many years to combat the signs of aging. Beyond your skin, collagen also helps make your hair and nails shine and aids digestion. The good news is that there are ways to boost your collagen and today we’re sharing five of them.
Boost your Collagen with a Collagen-Rich Diet
Experts agree that to really ramp up collagen production you need to do it from the inside out. A diet of collagen-rich foods can help your skin look years younger. And guess what, the foods are good for your entire body too. Collagen-rich foods include sources of protein like fish, chicken, eggs and soy, as well as fruits and vegetables including green leafy veggies (kale, Swiss chard and spinach), red and orange veggies (carrots, tomatoes and red peppers), berries (blueberries, blackberries and raspberries), citrus fruits, garlic and white tea.
Boost your Collagen with Collagen Supplements
The powder supplement craze is overwhelming but collagen powder may be one worth looking into. By adding a few spoonfuls of collagen powder to your food – such as oatmeal, soup or smoothies – you can reap the benefits of a bunch of the collagen- rich foods we just mentioned. A study showed that women experienced 20% less wrinkles when they incorporated collagen powder into their diet for 8 weeks. Because it is full of protein it also helps satiate the body for longer. And it can reduce joint pain and even chronic digestive issues. Also available in the marketplace: pre-mixed collagen drinks.
Boost your Collagen with Bone Broth
Beef bone or marrow soups are a new health trend for many reasons including their collagen skin-firming content. In addition to collagen, bone broth contains amino acids, glycans, hyaluronic acid, magnesium, calcium and potassium that help support skin cells as well as digestive disorders. Bone broths also help reduce inflammation, brighten, tone and hydrate skin.
Boost your Collagen with Collagen-Infused Beauty Products
Adding collagen to beauty products such as lotions, creams, serums and foundations has been taking place for many years. While they are absorbed through the skin, they typically only have a temporary effect. Once you discontinue use of the product, the benefits dissolve as well. Nonetheless, they are very popular and can make a difference in the short term.
Boost your Collagen with Red Light Therapy
Another approach to boost your collagen is through red light therapy. Heat and light from red and infrared rays stimulate circulation and help reactivate collagen production. Furthermore, red light therapy helps release cytokines that trigger fibroblasts to create more collagen. And it’s not only used for anti-aging purposes; Red light therapy can help heal scars and skin wounds as well.
Get your skin ready for spring in summer with these five ways to boost your collagen!
Sources: Natural Alternative Therapies, NewBeauty, Prevention and Well + Good