The basics: collagen & our skin

Updated: Aug 16

Collagen has been a bit of a hot topic lately, and for good reason!

Most of us gravitate towards wanting collagen in our diet to promote healthy and vibrant looking skin. A fact that some of us might not know is that collagen is a protein found around the body and it makes up 70-80% of our skin.

The good thing is that our (amazing!) body naturally creates collagen by combining amino acids with vitamins and minerals. However, as we age or expose our skin to unfavourable environmental factors such as: the suns UV, pollution, stress or inflammation held in the gut etc. we slow down and interfere with our collagen production respectively, which can result in less plump skin, causing it to sag, gain wrinkles, build up of free radicals, ezcma and acne.

Thankfully we can do things to help protect or promote our collagen production.

Firstly, you can consume collagen and there are different types of collagen that you can take. It can be vegan and filled with fermented and concentrated superfoods (such as a range of berries and fruit with added vitamins) as well as marine, animal base that come in a liquid or powered form. Or! Like you'll see in our Bloom Box, cookie version!..which is a powered form.

In addition to taking collagen, there are other things we can do to help our skin look healthy and promote collagen production. Here are a few below:

  • Being conscious of the amount of sun exposure we get. Are you getting too much unprotected harsh sun rays on your skin?

  • Add nutrient dense foods to your diet focusing on: healthy fats, enriched antioxidant fruits and dark leafy greens

  • Reduce inflammation where possible. This could be through regular sweating, regular bowl movements (e.g. making sure you’re drinking lots of water, adding fibre to your diet and eating whole foods), hit the sauna to break a sweat, add turmeric to your diet. See our article on detoxing for more ideas!

  • Reducing free radicals within your diet i.e. remove or reduce alcohol intake

  • Improve gut health. This could be adding pre and probiotics to your diet. Check out our gut health article for more details

  • Adding bone broth to your diet which is rich in amino acids, aids with reducing inflammation in the gut and skin (BONUS: bone broth is also good for nails and hair!)

  • Increase vitamin C through greens such as broccoli or fruits such as oranges, there are also supplementations which can help combat free radicals and oxidation damage

So now knowing this, what could you add or adjust in your weekly routine?