The Healthy Way To Increase Collagen With Your Nutrition
When we turn on the television, open a magazine or walk
through the cosmetic departments of any department store, anti-wrinkle creams
are presented to us. Creams, lotions and treatments that claim to have the
secret to holding back time and allow us to keep our youthful appearance. The
magic ingredient that grabs our attention is collagen. We have accepted the
explanations marketed to us that the loss of collagen and the reintroduction of
collagen to our skin will make us look younger. Though we have grown as a
society and recognize that it is the essence of a person that creates their
beauty; we still want our exterior to reflect the beauty of our substance. But
do the products presented to us with promises of younger skin really work?
The truth is most anti-wrinkle creams contain collagen
and elastin and if they could easily enter the skin perhaps they could provide
some minimal results. However, in order for them to be absorbed they would have
to undergo major and far-reaching processing (not obtainable for a cream). So
yes, the ingredient is there in our cream, but when we apply it; not enough of
it is absorbed. So it sits on the top of the skin and does nothing to change
We are born with an abundance of collagen. It is the
protein that glues everything together. It is in the second layer of our (3)
layers of skin. It gives us more elasticity in our skin and a youthful glow;
such as the face of a child. As we age we produce less collagen and our skin
breaks down a bit which is why we begin to see lines and wrinkles form. Our
initial reaction and urge to rub a chemical on our face to stop nature
sometimes causes more skin issues than they correct.
Our skin changes as we age. Perhaps that is nature’s way
of telling us our nutritional needs also change as we age. When we are a child
we have certain nutritional requirements that insure healthy growth of our
bodies. The fuel we give our children has a direct effect on the outcome; which
is a healthy body. At a point, we require less milk and more solid foods. This
change insures our health as our bodies evolve to the next level. Our
nutritional requirements must keep up with the state of our bodies. This
evolution does not stop. As we age we must continue to adjust the fuel we use.
Proper diet is rewarded with health and wellness. When we neglect any part of
the diet, we are made aware with symptoms. Not enough calcium leads to weak
bones. So perhaps, our dull skin, wrinkles and lines are simply a symptom of a
needed nutritional adjustment that has come due.
If we want to restore and replenish the collagen in our
skin, we must do so with healthy diets. We must give our body the proper fuel
to adjust itself.
Just as we learned that true beauty comes from the
inside; we must accept that we must address any issue with our bodies from
inside. If we want healthy skin, it starts with proper fuel.