7 Easy Steps to Boost Collagen
Collagen production is key when it comes to keeping your skin looking young, plump and wrinkle-free.
However, from our mid 20s we begin to naturally lose approximately 2% of collagen a year, this is the phenomenon known as (dare I say it) “ageing”.
Ageing is a natural process of life, and yet many of us attempt to avoid it like the plague. Often resulting in the “Cat Lady” look that has been dominating reality TV shows and Beverly Hills in general.
But…. should raising your eyebrows really be frowned upon? We think not!
Anti - Ageing is BIG business. With so many options out there, it can be daunting to even know where to begin. So with this being said let’s go back to basics and explore natural and effective options that can be incorporated into your daily beauty regime and diet starting: right now!
Simple: to draw out the life span of young, beautiful skin: up your vitamin C intake pronto!
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels.
Vitamin C is a SUPER vitamin for skin as well as hair and nails. It’s crucial for not only the formation of collagen fibres but also for the natural production of collagen within the body. Without adequate levels of vitamin C, amino acids cannot be linked to form collagen protein.
Good natural sources of Vitamin C are pineapples, oranges, kiwi fruit, tomatoes and dark red leafy vegetables. However, this vitamin is so important to combat anti-ageing that taking a daily supplement of Vitamin C is encouraged. Try Blackmores Bio C 1000mg which will not only benefit your hair, skin and nails but also boost your immune health.
For your skin, at Vida Glow we love Aspect Skincare, it’s Australian made and free of parabens and other nasties and not tested on animals. Part of the range includes their Extreme C Serum which is hydrating, calming and acts as an antioxidant. Its key ingredient is oil soluble vitamin C, which gives a brightening effect on the skin.
Excessive sun exposure is one of the number one contributors to loss of collagen. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the collagen support structures. Being sun smart is essential and the school recess and lunch time rules of “slip, slop, slap” should still be applied daily and all year round!
Wear SPF broad spectrum that protects against UVA and UVB rays. In Australia, our sun is so harsh we recommend a good quality SPF between 30+ - 50+ and Clarins do brilliant one. It’s dry to touch, lightweight, not sticky or greasy as well as sweat and water resistant. Best of all it doesn’t leave your skin looking bright white, and is ideal to worn under makeup.
Polarised sunnies and a hat also helps. Make the most of the hat fashion trend and style your outfit with a gorgeous head piece. Fallen Broken Street has a great range.
Retinoid creams and serums have been proven to boost collagen production. Retinoids reduce substances in the skin that break down collagen after sun exposure and also target receptors in the skin which increase the production of collagen. Essential Shock Intense Retinol Fluid by Nutra Bissē is a silky, ultra-hydrating, anti - ageing fluid with retinol for daily use that envelopes your skin in a veil of softness. Lightly textured, it adds a boost of hydration when your skin needs it the most, effectively fighting the signs of ageing. In addition, thanks to the power of retinol, it renews and smoothes the surface of the skin, visibly softening expression lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin revitalized, supple and even-toned. On a side note though, retinol is not recommended whilst pregnant or breastfeeding because of high levels of vitamin A.
Collagen supplementation is not a fad. Clinical studies have shown that including a natural hydrolysed marine collagen supplement into your diet does increase skin hydration, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, help treat sun damaged skin, boost nail health and hair growth.
Vida Glow marine collagen is a natural hydrolysed collagen peptide powder derived from the scales of deep sea Red Snapper sourced from the Pacific Ocean waters of Australia.
Marine collagen works from within to promote optimal skin function, by delivering essential micronutrients to the collagen matrix below the dermis. Vida Glow uses low weight hydrolysed collagen peptide powder which is highly bio-available, meaning that it has a significant absorption rate above 90%, whereas pills and tablets average from 30 – 40%. Including Vida Glow into your daily diet not only increases your body’s collagen levels, but actually stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.
Herbs of Gold Collagen is also a marine collagen supplement designed to support collagen supplementation. This collagen supplement contains less marine collagen than Vida Glow, it's also derived from deep sea fish and includes other ingredients: Superfood blend (42.2%) (Yangmei Juice Powder, Pomegranate Juice Powder, Acai Berry Juice Powder, Acerola Berry Extract, Guava Leaf Extract*), maltodextrin, marine collagen powder (10%), silicon dioxide, natural strawberry flavour, citric acid, Beetroot powder, natural sweetener (thaumatin).
Qsilica Pro Collagen 30T is another supplement which promotes collagen and improves signs of skin ageing, available at Mr Vitamins in Australia. With ingredients such as ‘Lipowheat’ is a natural wheat seed extract which contains ceramides and DGDG. Ceremides are lipids important for skin biology, containing an 'inside out' moisteriser that works by promoting the right kind of fats into the skins epidermis, filling out the cracks/wrinkles under the skin. DGDG is another lipid that helps to improve skin by making it softer and firmer. There is no marine collagen in this supplement.
Finally, Swisse Ultiboost Hair, Skin and Nails available at Chemist Warehouse is a comprehensive formula containing ingredients to support the production of collagen and provide essential nutrients for healthy hair, skin and nails. This formula contains silica and vitamin C to support the building blocks of hair, skin and nails and maintain their health and appearance. Blood orange extract is also included for its antioxidant properties. This product also does not contain any marine collagen, and is a good multi-vitamin.
The flavoured Vida Glow marine collagen blends do contain Vitamin C. Try two to three servings a day for the first month to accelerate results and give you a significant boost to collagen.
You’ve heard it before; you’ve heard it a thousand times. STOP SMOKING!
Smoking creates enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) which damage the collagen in your skin, often appearing is lines around the mouth and sagging skin.
OK.. That’s hard!
Sugar is in just about everything we eat. From natural sugars in foods like fruit and vegetables to added sugars in processed foods including soft drinks, cakes and biscuits.
Excess processed sugar in your diet, even in small amounts can cause dark circles, wrinkles, dehydrate skin and fast track ageing. Sugar can cause premature ageing of the skin by a process called glycation. This is where excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, especially collagen, to form advance glycation end products or AGEs, which accelerates the ageing process.
Instead of going cold turkey, we recommend cutting it back and replacing processed sweets with natural alternatives – replace the brownie with berries.
If you’re a sucker for the 3pm sugar hit, try drinking a glass of water with Blueberry Vida Glow or if you’re a diehard chocaholic Conscious Chocolate have a variety of “healthy” and most importantly delicious alternatives that taste like the real thing.
By exfoliating you remove the top layer of skin – and this helps to speed up the natural process of skin and collagen renewal. A gentle exfoliating and hydrating mask is the way to go. Ella Baché has a fantastic Enzyme Mask. Simply activate the powder by combining with water in the palm of the hand. Mix into a smooth paste and massage over face, neck and décolleté. Leave on for two minutes for sensitive skin, five minutes for normal skin and eight minutes for resilient skin. The key ingredients are Licorice Extract, Papaya Fruit Enzyme and Pineapple Extract, Rice Bran and Oat Bran, Salicylic Acid. Making it a powerful antioxidant exfoliating mask, that’s also hydrating and calming.
With these 7 Simple Steps you’ll be well on your way to a younger looking and radiant you!