I’ve dedicated over a decade of my life to researching the connection between diet and the skin and I share so much of this work in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin. Nourishing and healing your skin from the inside out – through what you eat – is just as important as nourishing and healing your skin from the outside in through topical products and treatments! Your skin is a window into your overall health and one of the most accessible ways to take better care of your skin is through your diet.

Today, I’m going to share three of the ways that I incorporate collagen powder into my day to nourish my skin from the inside out and to help promote smooth, elastic, hydrated skin.  The brand of collagen powder I use at home and recommend to my patients is called Body Kitchen. I was so genuinely impressed with the quality and science behind the Body Kitchen products that I agreed to become their Physician Ambassador.

First, when I have my coffee, I add a scoop of the Youthful Beauty collagen powder right in and stir it up. It’s that simple. Now, I use almond milk in my coffee rather than skim milk because skim milk has been linked to acne. And, I don’t use artificial sweeteners, so if I want a hint of sweetness, I will add a bit of stevia and a pinch of cinnamon.

Second, if I’m making one of my favorite smoothies, I just add a scoop of collagen powder right into the smoothie. I call this one my dream smoothie because it’s so delicious and good for your skin.

Because I’m a blueberry fanatic and because they’re rich in antioxidants, I start with these. A handful of greens—baby spinach or baby arugula work here—adds a touch of collagen-friendly vitamin C while almond butter adds protein and skin friendly fats. I add frozen bananas for the thick and creamy texture they give. If your banana isn’t quite ripe, it’s a wonderful source of prebiotics, also known as the food for gut-friendly probiotics, however it won’t be as sweet. If you use an unripened banana and still crave a touch more sweetness, add a few dates, figs or even two stevia leaves from the garden! The plant is really easy to find at your local nursery and just as easy to grow.

Cacao, chocolate’s less processed cousin, is a treasure here. It’s derived from ground cacao nibs which are dried and fermented cacao beans. Sugar-free and loaded with special polyphenols that have been shown to reduce the signs of aging, cacao has a naturally bitter taste that is tempered by the smoothie’s other ingredients. It’s also been shown to put us in a better mood with its dopamine-releasing effects. I call that a win-win!

And – how simple is this? Just add one scoop of Body Kitchen collagen to optimize your body’s ability to help replenish the collagen your body needs to support your skin’s health.

Third, I love golden milk. If you haven’t tried it, you’re in for a treat! As I share in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Golden Milk is packed with skin friendly goodness.

You want to combine all of the ingredients except cinnamon in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Yes, you can heat up your collagen powder and it will still stay intact! Whisk until smooth. Then, bring your mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain the mixture into a mug and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Golden Milk with collagen is delicious for your skin because it includes cinnamon, which has been shown to boost your body’s natural collagen production, it helps stabilize blood sugar because it increases your cells’ ability to use glucose by stimulating insulin receptors, and it lowers your cellular inflammation to help combat skin aging Also, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient which helps to keep your skin soft and elastic while protecting it against the oxidative stress that accelerates skin aging. Top this off with your collagen powder and your skin will thank you!

I’d love to hear how you incorporate collagen supplements into your day! Drop a comment below and share your ideas!

Dr. Whitney

Today, we are all about empowerment.

We work out to tone our muscles, to strengthen our hearts and bodies, and to feel empowered and strong. We eat clean, healthy diets rich in nutrients to nourish and cleanse our bodies. We do yoga and meditate to quiet our minds and to focus our energy.

So why should we sit by, idly and powerlessly, and watch as our skin ages, wrinkles, sags, and loses its youthful glow? Why fight to keep our bodies young and helplessly submit to letting our skin age? And, why is the act of being proactive about our visual aging supposed to be a secretive act or even taboo?

I firmly and unequivocally believe that aging is a GIFT. But, aging skin is squarely within our control. We now have the tools to empower ourselves to keep our skin healthy, firm, glowing and smooth well into our golden years.

We have such a wide range of products and available treatments that this process can be completely personalized to meet your needs, your goals, your aesthetic, your concept of beauty.

Whether you want to exclusively use DIY, home based remedies and essential oils, OR you want a full celebrity in-office treatment including injections and lasers, OR you fall somewhere in between, you have a WEALTH OF OPTIONS to look and feel your best and to control the visual aging process to the degree that suits YOU.

Here are some examples of key information at your fingertips:

*My team of Bowe’s Angels and I provide weekly fruit infused DETOX WATERS to our patients and post them on our social media. We provide hot tips on the many skin benefits derived from nutrient and antioxidant rich fruits.

*Coconut oil is a very inexpensive way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth while a DIY Avocado and Honey mask will hydrate and smooth your skin naturally.

*Microneedling, which I offer at my office, is a painless, minimally invasive procedure that permits your potent serums to penetrate deeper into your skin, making them even more effective so you get the most out of your skincare products. [to learn more about Microneedling, click here: https://drwhitneybowe.com/microneedling/]

*FRAXEL (Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments), which I also offer at my office, resurfaces and rejuvenates your skin while actually decreasing your risk of skin cancer, resulting in fresh, glowing, smooth skin.

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*We do not have to chase wrinkles! Instead, proactively getting botulinum toxin injections BEFORE you have deep wrinkles can actually keep those deep wrinkles from forming for decades and keep your skin tight and youthful well into your sixties and beyond.

This brings me to my FIVE RULES FOR PROACTIVE AGING:

(1) STOP feeling guilty or ashamed of wanting to look and feel your best, inside and out! Taking care of YOURSELF TOO is a gift to you and to your family. I am at my best when I feel my best and I bet the same is true of you. My patients and I discuss guilt a lot. Let’s free ourselves to take care of ourselves.

(2) STOP equating negative aspects of vanity with taking care of yourself and your skin. My patients don’t live in front of a magnifying mirror. They are positive DO-ers, taking control of their destination (and they’re also very successful and cool!)

(3) STOP being so quick to judge others when it comes to PROACTIVE AGING. It is a personal experience – you just need to be comfortable with your own experience.

(4) START understanding that PROACTIVE AGING is within your control and in your hands!

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(5) START empowering yourself with knowledge. This blog is a great place to start.

Xoxo,

Dr. Whitney

@DrWhitneyBowe

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