BY: Lively Staff

May 20, 2014

Healthy Skin: What To Do

Skin can start to become unhealthy from a number of different factors such as aging, environment, your diet, and your lifestyle. It’s easy to take the steps to help promote healthy skin and get the glow you’re after.

Diet

Foods high in Vitamins A, C, and E can help promote healthier skin. Proper hydration is also crucial for skin health. A balanced diet full of whole based foods can get you started towards healthy skin.

Excessive alcohol intake should be avoided as it can have a negative effect on how your body works. Poor digestion can also lead to bad skin. Eating foods that promote a healthier digestion can lead to better skin.

Environment

While the sun is good for our bodies and getting Vitamin D, too much can also be detrimental to our skin. If you are outside, make sure to cover up with sunscreen or clothing when you’re feeling a bit too warm.

Smoking can also effect your skin health, as does pollution and smog.

Lifestyle

Excess stress can lead to negative effects on the whole body, including skin.

Getting good quality sleep can help reduce stress. Breathing exercises through meditation or yoga can also reduce stress. Regular exercise is crucial for helping to maintain a healthy lifestyles, which can reduce stress and also promote quality sleep.

Supplements For Skin

There are plenty of supplements that can help skin health. Our Vital Proteins Collagen Supplements can have a positive effect on skin.

Collagen Peptides are a natural bioactive ingredient that improves epidermis moisture content and prevents skin aging. Several studies have demonstrated that collagen peptides are highly digestible. If native collagen is very resistant and regarded as indigestible, collagen peptides can be easily attacked by proteolytic enzymes. More than 90% of collagen peptides are digested and quickly absorbed after oral ingestion. [1], [2] As a food ingredient, oral ingestion of collagen peptides has been reported as safe [3]. In order to be active, collagen peptides must have an excellent bioavailability. This has been confirmed in animals and human after oral administration wherein 95% was absorbed within the first 12 hours. These studies show that collagen peptides reached their peak value in cartilage after ingestion of collagen peptides and remained relatively high after 96 hours [4].

[1] Asghar, A and Henrickson, R.L. 1982. Chemical, biochemical, functional characteristics of collagen in food system. Advances in food research, 28 :231-372.

[2] Iwai, K., Hasegawa, T., Taguchi, Y., Morimatsu, F., Sato, K., Nakamura, Y., Higashi, A., Kido, Y., Nakabo, Y. and Ohtsuki, K. 2005. Identification of food-derived collagen peptides in human blood after oral ingestion of gelatin hydrolysates. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 53: 6531-6536.

[3] Wu, J., Fujioka, M., Sugimoto, K., Mu, G. and Ishimi, Y. 2004. Assessment of effectiveness of oral administration of collagen peptide on bone metabolism in growing and mature rats. Journal of bone and mineral metabolism, 22:47-553.

[4] Oesser, S., Adam, M., Babel, W. and Seifert, J. 1999. Oral administration of 14C labeled gelatin hydrolysate leads to an accumulation of radioactivity in cartilage of mice (C57/BL). Journal of nutrition, 129:1891-1895. Referenced from http://jn.nutrition.org/content/129/10/1891

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