As we age, our skin takes a beating.Our diet, hydration, sun exposure, exercise habits, weight loss/gain, and nutritional deficiencies all start to show right on our face. Wouldn’t it be nice if a different part of our skin aged first? Like the soles of our feet, maybe? Our skin ages because it becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. Collagen production plays an enormous role in our skin’s elasticity and plumpness. Our collagen production slows down with each decade, so by our 50s, it’s very low or non-existent. This causes our skin to sag and wrinkle. Many beauty treatments at the dermatologist’s office involve stimulating collagen production in our skin. Costly and painful treatments like laser therapy and chemical peels work by injuring our skin so our body ramps up and makes more collagen. They work, but is there another way?
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do at home to help plump up your skin and to make more collagen.
1 - Make more collagen with FloraSilFloraSil (US/CA) is a great source of silica from the horsetail plant (US/CA). It’s this type of silica that has been keeping celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Joan Collins looking almost timelessly young. Silica provides silicon to the body, which is a major component of collagen, and horsetail provides the most absorbable form of silica and silicon to the body. It also plumps up the skin and helps it retain moisture. You’re going to get an added benefit when you take FloraSil: it also helps your hair, nails, and even your bones. Silica has been clinically-proven to strengthen your bones, so it’s much more than just a beauty supplement!
Step 2 - Stay hydratedOver the last few years, I’ve noticed that my face ages about 5-10 years when I’m enjoying an extra drink or two. This is due to dehydration. I’ve always been a big water drinker, so I see these extra wrinkles only when I’m dehydrated. But many of you might be chronically dehydrated and it’s written all over your face. Focus on staying hydrated for a full week and watch your skin improve. Your diet, the humidity of the room, your level of physical activity, and the amount of talking you do in a day will all affect how much water you need. Instead of counting glasses of water, watch your urine. You’re hydrated when your urine is pale yellow or clear—except after taking a vitamin B. You’ll have to wait until the fluorescent color passes before you can tell if you’re hydrated.
Step 3 - Moisturize from the inside out with healthy fatsAn overall healthy diet gives your skin a beautiful glow, and healthy fats are key. Dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizer is screaming for more fat in your diet. And your eyes, hair, nails, and joints will be happier too. Add 1 tsp - 1 tbsp more per meal to start and increase if necessary. Great examples of healthy fats include Udo’s Oil (US/CA), evening primrose oil (CA), avocado, raw nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil (US), virgin coconut oil, and any unprocessed plant-based fats. Enjoy them until your skin shines. Your skin is a reflection of your health, so eat well, drink lots of water, and gobble up some silica for lovely, glowing, and younger-looking skin.
Lisa Kilgour is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), founder of LisaKilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.