Collagen is a crucial element to help skin retain its elasticity and youthful appearance. Simple collagen-based products will not do much to decrease fine lines and regain a plump sub-dermal layer, which is why chemists and biologists process collagen and it’s building blocks so that it will be easier to subsume into the many layers of the dermis (skin) when applied topically. We here at Michelle Douglas do all we can to help your skin from the outside in, and we can also help you increase the collagen in your skin from the inside out.

It might surprise you to know the number of foods that contain the building blocks of natural collagen. These dietary proteins, carotenoids, and acids can be readily absorbed by the body. Adding collagen- friendly foods to your diet can only help to increase your skin's youthful appearance. If you think Fall—green, red, orange, and brown colors on a rainy day—you’ll gain most of the collagen-friendly material you need.

Dark Greens

Spinach, kale, asparagus, and more provide not only healing vitamin C, but also lutein. Lutein has recently been linked to the production of collagen in the body in a European study.


Deep red fruits and vegetables are all about the lycopene. It gives them their bright, luscious hue and is a close cousin to the often-discussed Beta Carotene. Most people get lycopene from tomatoes, but it can also be found in papayas and watermelon. The antioxidant properties associated with lycopene make it a natural for collagen building.

Oranges and Browns

Antioxidants are a huge contributor to the body's ability to create a vast array of necessary proteins, collagen among them. Some of the antioxidant nutritional heroes are the foods that carry Beta Carotene, like carrots, yams, and cantaloupe. Another orange-hued food to add your list is salmon; both it and tuna are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, another very important ingredient to healthy skin, maintenance. Every dermal cell has a fatty surface layer, composed in some part of Omega fats. Strengthening it with the foods mentioned above will plump the surface of the skin by thickening the fatty cellular wall. Vegetarians can look to flax seeds as a great Omega alternative. The other surprising brown food to build healthy skin is chocolate! Remember that the chocolate must be dark-- with a 60% or higher cacao content to afford your skin its antioxidant effects.


Our bodies are up to 75% water. When we dehydrate, the natural buoyancy of all of our cells, including our dermal cells, is affected. Skin can begin to dull, take on a crepe-like appearance, and lose a great deal of elasticity from water loss alone. Sometimes its difficult to drink enough water (8-10 8 oz. glasses are recommended), so try adding some fresh ingredients, like lemon or lime wedges, strawberries, or cucumber and ginger to give your plain water some zing.