You could call it beauty for lazy people, but it has nothing to do with your face and won’t cost you a fortune.
Do you inject collagen? Eat it? Pump it into your veins or sprinkle it into your cereal to achieve perfect skin?
And what about supplements? I’ve taken so many over the years I’ve lost track of what I was trying to achieve in the first place.
The beauty world can be overwhelming. And just the other day our resident beauty columnist Beck Sullivan tweeted advice from French designer Isabel Marant saying forget about supplements and “a good salad with half a lemon is much better than using a supplement”.
Unfortunately I read this after embarking on a beauty diet.
Here’s what happened.
EATING YOUR BEAUTY
It started when I was sent some collagen beauty bars to try. I passed them around the office and my colleagues and I were pretty impressed by how tasty they were.
What was this untapped world I had stumbled into where my arvo snack could plump up my skin while I’m sitting at my desk?
So off I went to find out more. As someone who’s never tried injectables and until a couple of months ago had no skincare routine at all, this (somewhat strange) idea appealed to me.After speaking to naturopath Charlotte Williams at Healthy Life Bondi Junction, I found there was a whole range of things I could be doing to plump up my skin naturally.
Locako collagen bars, stocked by the Sydney health food store, contain about 10 per cent collagen, or about half the recommended daily intake of the protein for maximum health benefits.
Charlotte also recommended incorporating bone broth for a collagen boost, which could help with my gut too.
All I knew about bone broth was the Pete Evans controversy and I wondered what people would think if I started living off the stuff.
But there I was the next day sipping on my beef broth for breakfast, accompanied by my mushroom tea — also good for the gut.
You wouldn’t know the chocolate flavoured bars actually have collagen sourced from beef ligaments and joints.
“It might not sound very tasty but once it’s hydrolysed into a powder form, it becomes tasteless,” Locako owner Ally Mellor said.
“We’re used to hearing about people putting collagen in their lips but putting it past your lips is actually a healthier and more natural way to make the most of its anti-ageing benefits. “While collagen supplements have been trickling onto the market for about a year, many people still don’t know that they can take it internally, or how best to consume it for their health.”
The bone broth was surprisingly tasty — but not when I combined it with the tea and a digestive supplement. Rookie error.
It gave me flashbacks to the time an acupuncturist gave me some kind of powder to mix into my water that tasted like dirt and made me heave every time I sipped it.
Being the trooper I am, I still gulped this new mix down because, you know, health.
After I began by beauty diet, combined with a regular skincare routine, for the first time ever people were complimenting me on my glowing complexion and my skin felt smoother and brighter.
Flannerys Organic and Wholefood Markets naturopath Caroline Robertson also recommends using bone broth for your skin. She even calls it a game-changer.
“Bone broth is rich in nutrients, such as high amounts of collagen, and makes your skin baby-soft by treating with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,” Ms Robertson said.
“And that’s whether you’re eating it or smearing it on topically. Maybe don’t apply this before a hot date though.”