Keeping Up With Skinanigans (Part 2)
This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
Waking up to an unwelcome acne on the face is so common that it seems normal. That dry skin that you constantly feel all over your body even though it's not winter, is also very common. But these are not supposed to be normal. It is your body crying for help! And that help is (definitely) not coming from those over-the-counter remedies you added to your cart in a frenzy recently.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, also often, the most ignored one. Not to forget that it is the one organ that keeps most systems and processes in place, inside the body. In order to find a solution for the growing needs of skincare and maintenance, we need to understand how your skin works.
The skin (and everything related to it - hair, nails, oil glands) is very dynamic. It is constantly evolving, shedding old cells, regenerating, and more. All the things that happen behind the scenes help maintain the skin, protect your body, regulate its temperature, build immunity and give you all the sensations from touch.
So it's pretty clear that keeping it healthy is of utmost importance.
Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the human body. (no it is not just a skincare product you keep seeing on Instagram. It is what forms the framework of your cells and tissues.) It is made of amino acids and is found in connective tissue, bones, and skin. Connective tissue cells called fibroblasts are the main source of collagen, hyaluronans, and elastin production. They play an important role in keeping skin elasticity, preventing joint pain, aiding digestion and wound healing, in which they travel to the damage site and deposit collagen. As you age, fibroblasts and connective tissue become weaker, and collagen production drops. Starting in our mid-20s we begin to lose collagen and start seeing skin sag, age, acne, pigmentation, and more. But this drop is reversible. Your skin barrier needs to be protected, and it can be!
Of course with technology, and we would like to call it detrimental technology, lasers, fillers, retinol based creams etc, you sure can stimulate the production of collagen, hyaluronic acids and tretinoin in your body, but these are temporary. Its like jumpstarting a car that’s out of fuel. Now when your body is perfectly capable of making its own Collagen and Hyaluronic, why pump unnecessary processed chemicals into it?
So for permanent solutions, we say that there is nothing good food and nutrition cannot fix. Foods rich in antioxidants like dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries, garlic, chicken, fish, and eggs, help boost natural Collagen, Elastin, and Hyaluronic production. Foods that cause adverse effects like sugar and refined carbs are collagen killers and arch enemies of your skin. The more sugar you consume, the harder it is for collagen to keep up with the consistent damage that these bad carbs cause.
A variety of foods is not always possible for us to eat. Ensuring your grocery list and meals include all of these is next to impossible. That is why supplementing with natural plant-based ingredients has become the need of the hour. Not only does your body get its share of nutrients, but it also ensures that you get them in the correct quantity and quality. Check out our Replenish range of gummies to help boost fibroblast production in your body.
That brings us to a much-asked question - do collagen creams work? The short and simple is NO! Creams formulated with collagen cannot penetrate your epidermis, so at best, their mechanism of help is restricted to only moisturizing your skin without boosting natural collagen production. As we always say, great health starts from your gut. Eat the right foods and your skin will be hydrated, plump, rosy and you will literally be in the ‘pink of health’.
So do the right thing by your skin, no shenanigans, only skinanigans!
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