Young skin, forever!

How many times have you spend a good few extra bucks for the anti-aging cream which has collagen and promises to make your skin youthful in no time?

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Collagen face creams and masks are quite in vogue these days. But how effective are they? Unfortunately, apologies to burst the bubble, it makes little or no sense to use these creams since the contained collagen molecules are too large to penetrate and absorb into the skin. However, luckily, there are some key effective ways to stimulate collagen production in your system through an intake of some beneficial nutrients simply by implementing them into your regular diet.

What is collagen?

Collagen is connective tissue that creates a mesh holding everything together from our skin and bones to organs. You can easily imagine this as the cement holding the bricks of the wall together.

How does collagen affect skin?

When collagen production is strong, it makes us look young by making skin firm and by giving it ample elasticity. Collagen is naturally present and produced by the body but as we age, collagen production slows down causing young looking skin to lose that firmness and elasticity resulting in aging skin and wrinkles.

What should we do to boost collagen production naturally?

The best thing to do is create a natural environment that stimulates collagen production for younger looking skin. I’ve made an absolutely handy list of collagen power foods to get your skin to plump up again. Integrate the below foods into your regular diet to effectively boost collagen production and de age from the inside out.

Collagen production thrives in a high antioxidant, omega fatty acid and mineral diet. Take a serious look at some nutrients that your skin loves.

Also, don’t forget to read:

“5 “Super”-foods to keep ageing away!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/5-super-foods-to-keep-ageing-away/

“Superfood for skin, hair, nails”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/superfood-for-skin-hair-nails/

Now comes the Collagen power-foods! If you find the chemical names of some nutrients distressing, just remember the sources!!

Selenium – Protects skin from sun damage and promotes glutathione production. Glutathione is a super powerful antioxidant that reduces deterioration of collagen and elastin by neutralizing free radicals, which damage cells and age skin.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Red meat
  • Grains
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Liver
  • Garlic

Zinc – Reduces dry skin, inflammation in the skin and promotes skin cell growth and maintains collagen and elastin.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Turkey
  • Horsetail herb
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Kiwi
  • Potatoes
  • Dark green veggies (kale, spinach, collards, asparagus, broccoli, peppers)
  • Red and orange fruit and veggies (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits papaya)

Omega fatty acids – Fight dry skin and provide an ideal environment for collagen production.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds
  • Salmon, tuna
  • Avocados
  • Flax seeds
  • Soy foods
  • Canola oil
  • Beans

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Vitamin A – Repairs skin and acts as an antioxidant.

Source:

  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Dark Leafy Greens like Kale
  • Apricot, Mango
  • Sweet Red Peppers

Vitamin C – Helps collagen formation by fighting free radicals produced.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, sweet lime
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Red fruit and veg (carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe citrus fruits, papaya, tomatoes)
  • Dark green veg (kale spinach collards, asparagus, broccoli, peppers)
  • Kiwi
  • Potatoes

Vitamin E – Stimulates collagen production.

Source:

  • Leafy greens like spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Tofu
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Avocados
  • Shellfish like shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Broccoli

Catechins – Phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and prevent the breakdown of collagen.

Source:

  • Green Tea
  • Cocoa
  • Blackberry, raspberry, cherries
  • Red wine

Anthocyanidins – Phytonutrients strengthen collagen by linking the fibers together.

Source:

  • Dark berries like raspberries, blackberries, cherries, blueberries, black currant, acai.

Silica – A mineral that heals connective tissue.

Source:

  • Horsetail herb
  • Oats
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Cucumber
  • Potatoes

Genistein – Stimulates collagen production and blocks enzymes that break down and age skin.

Source:

  • Soy milk
  • Cheese
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Tofu

Lycopene – Acts as antioxidants increasing collagen production and protecting skin from the damage induced by exposure to sun rays.

Source:

  • Red/orange vegetables – red peppers, carrots, beets, tomatoes, red cabbage
  • Guavas
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Asparagus
  • Mango

Sulphur – Supports collagen production.

Source:

  • Olives (green and black)
  • Eggs
  • Crabs and scallops
  • Apricots
  • Chicken and turkey

If you can add an antioxidant rich anti-aging face cream to this diet and your skin is assured to look firmer and hence, younger. As mentioned at the beginning of the article Remember, collagen creams will moisturize but are not the ideal solution for wrinkle reduction or prevention due to the large molecules. Antioxidant rich creams, on the other hand, will reduce dryness of skin, fine lines and as well as reduce inflammation.

So, let’s have the best approach to fight ageing, eating judiciously and adding a suitable skincare regime!

Please write back if you find the article interesting and informative!

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