You think I’m talking about being able to touch your toes and bend your body, don’t you? While it is wonderful to be lithe and limber, today I’m thinking about the beauty of supple skin.
Essential to radiant looking skin, collagen is a protein which exists naturally in our skin and acts as a support structure, keeping our skin firm and plump. Our skin constantly regenerates but as we age, collagen production slows, resulting in weaker skin which can lead to sagging.
The good news is that there are ways to naturally boost your skin’s health and collagen production, helping to keep you looking fresh and youthful.
Regular exercise stimulates collagen production which reinforces the elasticity of the skin, it also boosts blood flow, providing oxygen and ridding the cells of debris. A healthy glow is yet another benefit to add to the long list!
Crucial to the formation of collagen. Good sources are kiwi, dark leafy greens and red peppers, to name a few.
Well known for its ability to keep your skin soft and healthy looking. Try upping your intake of natural sources of omega 3 fatty acids in mackerel, salmon walnuts and flaxseed.
Coming into the summer months it is especially important to make sure your moisturiser or makeup contains sunscreen, or just apply it separately. Don’t let those harmful UV rays ruin your beautiful skin.
Plump your skin from the inside out by ensuring you drink enough water each and every day. The daily recommended intake is 3 litres for men and 2 litres for women.
Long periods of stress can cause an increased level of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol can slow the body’s natural repair, leading to stressed out skin! Find out what helps you relax and schedule it often... Yoga is a fantastic de-stressor!
Remember all-natural products are just fabulous.... Why not show your skin some love and try this homemade facial mask and a bit of time out too:
- ½ cup – oatmeal, uncooked
- ½ cup – water
- ½ cup – milk
- 1 tablespoon – pure honey
Oatmeal and honey have soothing and antibacterial properties, a wonderful boost for delicate faces.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook oatmeal, water, milk and honey for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Apply mask to your face with upward strokes. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove with warm water and pat face dry.