Natural Beauty Boosters [VIDEO]
Today we're chatting all about three natural beauty boosters that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.
How Collagen Peptides Act as a Natural Beauty Booster
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, rolling in at around 30% of our total protein makeup, and is essential to our connective tissues. Collagen is found (via different degrees of rigidity) in our ligaments, bones, teeth, skin, hair, cartilage, muscle tissue, and beyond! It can be thought of like the frame that holds up and provides structure for an overnight camping tent. That frame can be firm or elastic, but those fibrils provide a great deal of structure for our tissues.
Collagen helps promote healthier, more vibrant skin. As we age, collagen regeneration slows down, which is what contributes to wrinkles and a loss in elasticity. Consuming collagen peptides provide our skin the tools it needs (glycine and proline) to build more of its own collagen. Those who consume collagen regularly have noticed a more elastic texture to their skin in addition to less dryness.
Collagen also helps encourage heathy hair and nail growth. Same as for skin, offering up more building blocks for the connective tissue that's crucial for hair/nail growth can go a long way to promote faster growth!
Finally, collagen can help to strengthen and rebuild the gut while also helping to restore a proper lining. Proper gut health can help support your skin, hair, and nail health from the outside in!
Best Ways to Incorporate Collagen Peptides
I personally like to incorporate collagen peptides in my morning coffee or tea for a great boost to my day. You can also dissolve collagen peptides into any beverage (warm or cold) and I also enjoy this Collagen Beauty Water for a flavored beverage and these collagen chews when I'm on the go!
How Vitamin C Acts as a Natural Beauty Booster
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants available to us and the most common water-soluble antioxidant found in the skin. Vitamin C actually helps protect collagen from damage from free radicals so it can stay in tact, and provides collagen with a regenerative boost. Vitamin C has also been shown to provide moisture to the skin, brighten the skin, prevent hair loss, and protect against sun damage.
Best Ways to Incorporate Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a very fragile vitamin, so incorporating it straight from the source is the perfect way to get more of it! I love to have a grapefruit half or orange alongside my breakfast in the morning, and use lime and lemon juice for a delicious boost in my food and beverages throughout the day.
How Leafy Greens Act as a Natural Beauty Booster
It is widely known that leafy greens are one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there, but did you know that they can also be great for your skin? Leafy greens are anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants (including Vitamin C), and high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which all contribute to proper hydration. Additionally, leafy greens are helpful in aiding the detoxification process.
Best Ways to Incorporate Leafy Greens
I love to start off my day with a side of lemony greens, especially kale! This helps me start off my day with a great nutritional boost and provides an extra source of energy. You can also bake them into a breakfast casserole, enjoy them as a salad, use them as a wrap, or throw them into soup!
By making these three components part of your morning routine, you'll be well on your way to a nutritious, beauty-boosting breakfast every day!