As the skin care industry continues to ramp up their technology promising more youthful, radiant, bright, glowing, plump, smooth, organic... have I missed any of the main buzz words yet? Being a skin care enthusiast for more than half my life - some of the products out their actually do work. But here's the hot tip: There's no quick fix... Adding collagen inducing ingredients to your diet will make sure you are combating the ageing process internally as well as externally. Pay attention ladies because once its too late - it's too late!
Try adding these collagen-rich foods to your diet to stimulate your skin's natural production and kick start the collagen process that you already own.
1. Soy products - There is an element known in soy products called genistein. Genestein gives soy its collagen inducing qualities. There is also an enzyme in soy products that inhibits the break down responsible for ageing the skin.
2. Dark green leafy vegetables - Kale, asparagus, and spinach are packed with an anti-oxidant called Lutein. You need 10mgs to start achieving results. You only need half as much kale as you do spinach. These products also help to boost the skin's natural hydration and elasticity. Vitamin C rich, regular consumption helps to strengthen the body's ability to manufacture collagen.
3. Red and Orange fruit and veg - Watermelon, tomatoes, capsicum, beetroot are high in lycopenes which are a great source of anti-oxidants which in turn increases the collagen within the skin. Oranges, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are high in Vitamin C which stimulates and strengthens the skin's natural collagen process.
4. Omega acids - Tuna, salmon,nuts and avocado are excellent sources of omega fatty acids. The presence of omega fatty acids within the skin promotes the ideal environment for collagen synthesis.
5. Prunes - Who knew!? Prunes contain one of the highest levels of anti-oxidants in the fruit world. Neutralising the free radical damage done to our skin every day which compromises and breaks down our skin's collagen.
Tips for the week:
1. Why not make a collagen inducing stir fry?
Saute the strips of meat of your choice, garlic and onion until cooked, then add in 1/2 cup of kale, 1/2 cup of red capsicum, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/4 cashews, sliced firm tofu and lightly toss untill warmed through - try not to over cook, this will help keep the nutrients in the ingredients. Bon apetite!
2. Prepare some trail mixes for your work day - Try: diced capsicum, carrot and almond or: Blueberries, goji berries, diced prunes and brazil nuts.
3. Try adding a few of the above mentioned to the shopping list and prep your list before you go to the supermarket so you are organised and don't stray too far off the path (unfortunately there's not too many health benefits in lollies and icecream!).
4. Using Marine collagen topically helps to infuse the skin with collagen, making the skin look saturated in hydration. My favourite form is Vigor Skin therapy Radiance serum. Not only does this product contain marine collagen which is absorbed directly into the skin, it also has a plethora of vitamins and omega fatty acids which also help to stimulate and encourage the skins natural collagen synthesis - check it out here: