Life can be pretty tough on our skin, especially our faces. If you're after that youthful glow (and let's face it who isn't), there is no need to go under the knife or chemically peel your face off. Beauty really is on the inside. Stress and other lifestyle factors have a tremendous effect on our collagen levels (the good stuff that gives the skin its firmness and elasticity). So how do you get it your glow on? By eating more of the below super foods.
1. Eat the rainbow
Eat more plants. It's our mantra. Don't just stick to the same old favorites and get more colour on your plate. Dark leafy greens like good old spinach and kale, are rich in free radical butt kicking antioxidants Free radicals are the evil guys that breakdown collagen, so get more greens on your plate. Lycopene rich foods are traditionally reddish in colour and include beets, tomatoes and red capsicum all boosts collagen and protect against sun damage. Orange coloured veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which restores collagen that’s been damaged. So bring on this week's Moroccan Delight which pretty much has all of the above.
2. The big O (mega)
Omega-3-rich foods like sustainably sourced oily fish, grass fed meat (high in omegas because of all that grassy goodness), flax oil and blue green algae like spirulina are all natural antiinflammatory and provide your skin with essential amino acids. Omega-3 also help protect the fatty membrane around skin cells making them more plump and full, which means luscious skin!
3. Vitamin C
The best way to boost collagen is not through some expensive medical procedure, it’s by getting more vitamin C.Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, strawberries and red capsicum.
Garlic offers lipoic acid and taurine, both of which help rebuild damaged collagen. It’s also an excellent source of sulfur, an essential part of collagen production.
5. Bone broth
Bone broth is quite literally drinking collagen. Skin is made of collagen. Gelatin-rich broths help build connective tissue, which makes skin smoother (less cellulite, fewer wrinkles) and healthier. There’s also some evidence that it helps reduce the signs of aging.
So next time you're tempted to jab yourself with botox, try these guys first.
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