Healthy living habits along with herbs, essential oils and collagen can really enhance the appearance of your skin as well as offer support for your overall structural health.
What is Collagen
Collagen is a fibrous protein that our connective tissue makes. It is what gives support to your structural system, as well as many of the tissues throughout your body. Your skin also needs it for support and a more youthful appearance.
Our body actually absorbs the collagen peptides in groups of two or three amino acids. These small compounds travel throughout your body and reach tissues like cartilage and skin where they give support to the many collagen-producing cells.
Unfortunately, as you age your body makes less of it. By the time you are 40 year old, your body makes 20% less collagen. By the time you are 60 your body makes 50% less collagen. WOW – It’s no wonder why so many people are talking about!
Collagen and your Skin
Not only does your body produce less collagen as you age, the fibers in your skin become less organized which results in reduced elasticity and more sag. If you add collagen to your diet it can really help. The structure of collagen helps to provide shape and rigidity for your skin to resist stretching. Studies have actually shown that when you take it, your body is influenced to create more which can improve your skin elasticity as well as its hydration.
Aging breaks down the structure of your skin. Weight gain, weight loss and sun exposure contribute as well. These 3 main culprits are what contribute to skin wrinkling and a loss of skin elasticity. Since collagen is a major component of skin, supplementing with it will help give your body what it needs to provide overall structural support as well as assist it with restoring skin appearance and tensile strength.
Shiny Hair and Strong Nails
You may be noticing as you age that your hair is becoming thinner and not quite as shiny. Maybe your nails are also becoming more brittle. Many of us as we age tend to eat less protein which adds to this as well, however supplementing with collagen can also help. The connective tissue that supports your hair follicles is partially made up of collagen. In fact, taking it helps to provide the protein needed for stronger and more healthy looking hair. Our fingernails, which are made up of a hardened protein known as keratin, also relies on collagen for support.
As we age, wear and tear kicks in on your joints as your bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Studies show that if you take a collagen supplement it not only supports overall joint health, it may actually reduce deterioration. Your heart is also made up of muscle tissue and cardiovascular health is also supported. Taking a supplement of it can help you maintain a more active lifestyle and stronger body.
Gut health is also key to overall health and by adding collagen to your daily regimen it can improve your gut health by helping your body maintain tighter cell junctions fending off leaky gut. Plus combining it with protein drinks or meal adds to helping you feel fuller longer which contributes to less snacking and leaner muscle mass.
Taking a high quality collagen supplement is important. Make sure your source offers easily absorbed peptides. You may also look for it to include electrolytes and minerals to further promote skin moisture and hydration. NSP has a non-GMO, grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine that is dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo and keto friendly. It also contains 15 grams of protein per serving.
Facial Rejuvenation with Collagen and the E-Power
I love the E-Power Machine because it utilizes negative potential and high frequency energy to stimulate the fibroblasts in your skin which increases the activity of the connective tissue helping to regenerate the cells. Making your own facial mask with essential oils and collagen as well as supplementing with it can really help promote its benefits. Below is a facial mask recipe you can try.
- Bentonite or Kaolin Clay – 1 Tablespoon
- Collagen Powder – 1 Tablespoon
- Honey – 1 Teaspoon
- Lavender Essential Oil – 2 Drops
- Frankincense Essential OIl – 2 Drops
Create a paste by adding water. Apply to your face, let dry and rinse off with cool water. Apply a Facial Moisturizer when done.