Health and wellness specialist Libby Babet explains why collagen is her secret weapon on how to improve the skin.
We all know that sleeping longer; drinking more water and eating less junk food can benefit our skin (and our overall health). But did you know that consuming collagen could also improve the quality and look of our skin as well?
Why? Well, collagen is essentially the most abundant protein found in the human body. It's the main ingredient in your hair, your skin, your nails, and, most importantly, your connective tissue, which basically connects everything in your body.
Not only can high collagen levels (and therefore a healthy connective tissue) help reduce the appearance of acne, wrinkles, and cellulite, it can also combat the dreaded stretch marks, sagging and loose skin that can come with age.
What Happens With Skin As We Age?
When we are young, we tend to have beautiful, bouncy, full skin and that is because our collagen levels are high, so our connective tissue is moist and kind of like a wet sponge. So in theory, you could stretch it and pull it because it's pretty elastic.
As we get older, our collagen production becomes less and less, which ultimately makes our connective tissue dry and less elastic, less stretchy. This has an effect on the way we feel and the way we look. Wrinkles become more prominent, and our skin appears dryer and more prone to problems.
But the good news is that through healthy living, and the consumption of collagen, you can help to restore the health of your collagen levels.
How Collagen Improves the Skin
Collagen is a protein that we can’t store in our bodies, so as our levels decline as we age, we need to top up our supply. Interestingly, studies have proven that consuming collagen is much more effective in our metabolism than using injections or applying creams topically to your skin.
Consuming collagen via snacks or broth, preferably in conjunction with vitamin C (which helps our bodies form collagen and store it) we can top up our collagen levels and therefore help boost our skin’s health and our appearance. Good-bye wrinkles!
How Can Beauty Food Help You?
"That’s why I rely on Beauty Food (and healthy living) to help me keep my collagen levels topped up. It comes in a variety of flavours, which not only taste delicious but also combine foods, which help collagen absorption in the body." - Says Libby.
That means, the next time I reach for a 3pm snack, choosing Beauty Food means that I’ll boost my vitamins and help treat my skin to a little pampering at the same time!