Collagen is one of those words that many people might hear from skincare advertisements, fitness advertisements, or anti-aging advertisements. But do you really know what it means, or what it does? In this article, we will review the benefits of collagen, and how to add more of it to your life.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein found in your body that helps with skin elasticity, provides protection to your joints, and can be found throughout the connective tissue in your body, in your bones, your tendons, and even in your teeth. Its popularity as a supplement has grown over recent years, and it has been increasingly added to many skincare products as its benefits continue to prevail.
How does it help your skin?
Skin elasticity is a hallmark for youthful-looking skin. As you age, collagen production decreases significantly. Collagen production in postmenopausal women is also significantly lower than in women of younger years. Collagen levels can also be depleted by excessive exposure to UV rays, and from smoking. By adding collagen back into your life through means of moisturizer, supplements, and targeted foods, you will notice the elasticity return to your skin – not to mention an increase in muscle mass and potential arthritis relief.
If you are looking for cost-efficient ways to add collagen to your life, consider doing so with your diet. Adding these collagen-rich foods to your diet will help increase your body’s collagen production.
Foods that will boost your collagen:
By simply adding these foods to your diet, you are automatically increasing your collagen intake. Paired next to each food, we will list the reasons and properties that make it an ideal choice for collagen production.
- Fish (the ligaments of collagen)
- Chicken (the connective tissue)
- Egg Whites (the amino acids)
- Red and yellow vegetables (antioxidants)
- Bell peppers (vitamin C and anti-inflammatories)
- Leafy greens (chlorophyll aka antioxidants)
- Tomatoes (vitamin C and antioxidants)
- Avocados (omega-3 and vitamin E)
- Berries (vitamin C)
- Citrus Fruits (vitamin C)
- Cashews (zinc and copper)
- Beans (amino acids)
- Soy (genistein antioxidants)
- Herbs (vitamin C)
- Garlic (sulfur)
Whether these foods contain necessary amino acids, collagen ligaments, connective tissue, vitamin C, sulfur, or antioxidants, you know these foods are working hard for your skincare.
For example: Vitamin C helps brighten the skin, helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and helps even out hyperpigmentation.
These foods are also pretty popular staples for a lot of recipes, so adding them into your meals will be quite easy, plus there are lots of options.
Double up on collagen production with this moisturizer:
Adding these foods to your diet is a great way to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Likewise, adding this moisturizer to your daily routine will help accentuate those skincare benefits. The Fièra Apple Stem Cell Cream is made with natural hemp oil, vitamin E, hydrolyzed collagen, vitamin A, and apple stem cells, all with the purpose of bringing you youthful, hydrated skin free of fine lines and wrinkles.