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Plumping It Up!

How Do you Replenish Collagen and Improve the Quality of Your Skin?

I’m beginning to really notice the signs of aging on my skin. I eat pretty healthily and exercise regularly. What can I do to improve the quality of my skin? -Melissa, Milton.

The skin is the body’s biggest and most visible organ. It is often a reflection of how balanced and healthy the body is on the inside.  Getting regular exercise and eating a well balanced, predominantly organic diet with lots of colourful fruits and vegetables is a great start to keeping your skin glowing.  However, as we age, we might need a little extra help to maintain the skin’s integrity.

First and foremost, it’s important to stay hydrated! The skin is made up of cells. These cells, like every other cell in the body, are predominantly made up of water. Without water, the cells and organs cannot function properly. Dehydrated skin is dry, flaky, saggy and more prone to wrinkles.

Collagen is an essential building block in the body. This structural protein makes up approximately 70% of skin, 30% of bones, and plays a part in hair, nail and joint health.  Its unique arrangement creates a resilient, flexible and tight matrix, giving skin its elasticity and preventing wrinkles.  Unfortunately, with age, collagen can diminish and this tight matrix can loosen, resulting in less firm skin.  Thankfully there are ways to replenish your body’s collagen supply. Bone broths are a nutrient dense food ideal for Canadian winters and are a fantastic source of collagen, while silica, a trace mineral, is a great supplement that actually helps the body generate its own collagen supply.

GLA (Gamma linolenic acid), is part of a group of healthy fats called “essential fatty acids”.  GLA is a major component of skin. It helps keep it hydrated, strong and creates that desired dewy glow due to its role in maintaining the skin’s natural barriers to prevent water loss. It also plays a role in helping reduce the inflammation associated with wrinkles. GLA can be a game changer for skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, cradle cap, acne and dry skin when part of a wholistic treatment plan.

Seabuckthorn is another oil that benefits the skin on many levels. This bright orange fruit grows high in the Tibetan Himalayas and is often exposed to harsh weather. The plant’s resilience comes from the variety of powerful nutrients it produces. It has over 190 bioactive nutrients and compounds like organic acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and is rich in omega 3, 6, 9 and the very unique omega 7. Omega 7 is a strong antioxidant, helps the skin retain moisture and keeps skin cells plump and is a key building block for skin, hair and nails because of its collagen-boosting activity,

To keep skin looking healthy, eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, ingest healthy fats and support collagen production. Both your skin and the whole body will benefit.