With the flurry of ingestible collagen supplements popping up everywhere, it’s easy to forget this skin-plumping essential protein is found in a lot of the foods we eat – or should be eating – every day.
Think of collagen as the glue that holds our body together. It helps build strong muscles, bones, hair, nails and tissues and, while we’re all born with loads of it, collagen production starts to slow down in our 20s – which is way too early, agreed? You probably won’t notice it until your 40s, though, which is when our face begins to lose that beautiful plumpness and firmness. Yet, in good news, our bodies make collagen from what we eat daily.
So, as well as protecting the collagen you already have by wearing SPF 50+ every day (the sun accelerates collagen breakdown), make sure to regularly put the following foods in your shopping trolley as well.
What your skin needs
Bone broth (have a small cup before dinner every night and see the difference to your skin in four weeks); fish, particularly the fatty kind such as omega-3-rich salmon; leafy greens, such as spinach and kale; eggs, especially the protein-rich white bit; berries (buy frozen when out of season); and tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, avocado, cashews, oranges and capsicum.
Did you know?
Bone broth may promote a deeper, more restful sleep thanks to the amino acid glycine, according to a 2015 study.*
*In journal Neuropsychopharmacology