ANTI-AGEING IS A BIG TOPIC. If you google the words in question, the search engine comes up with more than 8 million instant hits and you haven’t event touched the value of the industry, concerned with providing youthful looks at all costs. If we leave facelifts and Botox injections aside, any expert will be able to tell you that it is never too early to start taking proper care of your skin.
Good news? You don’t have to invest into moisturisers and face masks that cost as much as your monthly rent or start saving for that beauty surgeon across town. It happens that the best, most thorough and holistic solution is also the easiest and the cheapest: it’s called collagen latte and it kills two (or rather, three!) birds with a single stone.
According to Dr. Sara Gottfried (an expert in natural remedies for common hormonal imbalances) collagen lattes should become a part of every young woman’s morning routine: not only does it contain a whooping 16 g of protein and will keep you full until lunch, it also detoxes the body and provides all ingredients for an effective anti-ageing from the inside out.
Collagen, the essential protein
According to Study.com, collagen is a type of protein fiber found abundantly throughout our body. It provides strength and cushioning to many different areas of the body, including the skin. More specifically, collagen is found in our various types of connective tissue such as cartilage, tendons, bones, and ligaments.
If we could look closely at a collagen fiber, we'd see that its structure is similar to that of a rope. Each individual fiber of collagen is made up of many small fibers, called macrofibrils, all bound together. And all of the macrofibrils are themselves made up of even tinier fibers called microfibrils. This structure accounts for the strong nature of collagen. Like a rope, collagen has great tensile strength and can be pulled without breaking.
Apart from its strength, collagen is also celebrated for its elasticity and that alone is the one desired characteristic of youthful skin. When skin ages, it looses its elasticity, which consequently leads to wrinkles and that well-known dullness that can at best be described as “grey and glow-less complexion”.
In the name of beauty
Despite many common cosmetic products that promise instant gratification, collagen molecule is fairly large in size and can hence hardly be absorbed through the pores on the surface of our skin. Most mass-market products include a derivative of collagen, which might be good for the marketing department, but is fairly as good for your beauty routine (let alone your wallet).
As Gottfired suggest, the best solutions should always be holistic. By drinking collagen, the nutritients are instantly absorbed by the body, providing a healthy glow from the inside out.
First-hand experience? After 2 weeks of morning collagen lattes, the skin feels fresh, glowing and (we kid you not!) younger as ever before. While Gottfried suggest mixing decaf coffee with two tables of collagen in a blender, we did our best to adapt the recipe and make it a perfect replacement for your morning go-to smoothie.
Try this, we promise you won’t ever spend a fortune on ant-ageing again.
MELON & LIME MORNING COLLAGEN LATTE
- 2 teaspoons of collagen
- 200 mL organic almond milk
- 1 teaspoon organic matcha powder
Blend in, enjoy (and report back)!
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