If like us, you’re always searching for the next best beauty product available on the market, then you’ll know that the latest beauty trend is all around collagen. Even stars to the likes of Kourtney Kardashian (whose first product collaboration with her newly launched company Poosh was a collagen powder) promote this ingestible form of anti-aging formula. It sounds glamorous, who wouldn’t want to eliminate the signs of ageing? The less glamorous part of it? Collagen consists of animal bones, skin and connective tissue… I’ll let that sink in. Apart from this being a little less than enticing, it’s actually not proven to increase your body’s own collagen production and the results thereof.
THE GOOD NEWS?
There are other (non-boiled-animal-part) products that can encourage the production of collagen.
The hype around collagen is formed on the basis of its properties reducing the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of cellulite, speeding up the metabolism and strengthening hair and nails. Natural collagen production is made up of amino acids, but these amino acids start to reduce with age, bringing on unwanted signs of aging. Amino acids that make up collagen include Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Hydroxylysine.
Luckily for us there are natural and vegan sources of these amino acids. Firstly, the never failing, Spirulina. Spirulina is all the rage amongst health enthusiasts, and for good reason. Consisting of an algae sourced from the desert, Spirulina contains iron and more Glycine and Proline in one teaspoon than in one large egg white. Secondly (but not less importantly), the essential mineral, Silica. Silica is an absolute necessity for building collagen and contains minerals that promote hair, nail and bone health. Use these in conjunction and you’ve got yourself the ultimate natural collagen production recipe. You’re welcome ;)
WHERE TO SOURCE THESE GLORIOUS COLLAGEN BOOSTERS?
SPIRULINA: VITUS Pure Desert Grown Spirulina is a 100% vegan wholefood available in tablet and powder form with an amazing nutrient rich profile including protein, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and essential fatty acids for increased nutrition, energy and immunity.
SILICA: Qsilica Pro Collagen tablets contain a combination of wheat ceramides (Lipowheat™), vitamin C & mineral silica. Together, these nourishing ingredients work to promote healthy, radiant skin and reduce the signs of premature skin ageing.