Is your skin looking and feeling a little lacklustre after the long winter? Put the prep work in now and proudly flaunt glowing skin this summer (and all year round!).
Here are our top tips for beautiful, well-cared-for skin –
1. Take collagen
As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/ However, several studies have shown that collagen peptides or supplements containing collagen may help slow the ageing of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.2https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259628887
One study has shown that female participants who took a supplement containing 2.5–5 grams of collagen for eight weeks experienced less skin dryness and a significant increase in skin elasticity, compared with those who did not take the supplement.3https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23949208/ Another study found that women who drank a beverage mixed with a collagen supplement daily for 12 weeks experienced increased skin hydration and a significant reduction in wrinkle depth compared with a control group.4https://www.jmnn.org/article.asp?issn=2278-1870;year=2015;volume=4;issue=1;spage=47;epage=53;aulast=Borumand
Additionally, taking collagen supplements may promote the production of other proteins that help structure your skin, including elastin and fibrillin.5https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259628887
So, to get that glow, start supplementing with collagen – but not just any collagen –fish collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body, which means it has superior bioavailability over bovine types. This is due to its smaller particle size, allowing an easier and faster uptake and transportation of the collagen peptides to the skin, bones and joints for the synthesis of new collagen. Because it’s absorbed more efficiently and enters the bloodstream more quickly it is considered the best source for medical purposes.6https://draxe.com/nutrition/fish-collagen/ You can shop Chuckling Goat’s Pure Fish Collagen here.
2. Use probiotic skincare
Remove the chemical-heavy products from your skincare routine and switch to probiotic kefir skincare. Your skin is home to millions of bacterial ecosystems. Some of these microbes reinforce your skin’s natural barrier against bad bacteria, balance your skin’s pH levels and help prevent premature skin ageing.7https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2019/03/30/why-probiotic-skin-care-is-worth-the-hype-according-to-experts/?sh=4a4db5611aa1 So it’s important you maintain a healthy level of these ‘good’ microbes and keep the ‘bad’ to a minimum. Using probiotics topically creates an optimal environment for the good bugs, swinging the balance in your favour against the bad8https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2019/03/30/why-probiotic-skin-care-is-worth-the-hype-according-to-experts/?sh=4a4db5611aa1 and ensuring your skin is happy and healthy.
Check out our range of probiotic soaps and lotions to help naturally nurture your skin, ready for summer.
3. Cooler showers and cleaner shaving
Long, hot showers are more likely to dry out your skin; switch to lukewarm water and finish with a quick blast of cold to close pores and leave your skin looking fresh. If you shave, change your razor blades often and keep your skin well lathered during shaving – there’s nothing fun or pretty about a shaving rash! BUT, if you happen to experience irritation from shaving, our probiotic skincare is the perfect remedy. Our Soothing Kefir Lotion contains rosemary essential oil, a natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce redness and soothe irritation.9https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7491497
For more tips on how to take care of your skin, check out How to nurture your skin (+ 3 DIY facemasks!)
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