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While we'd really like to blame the winter air for our dull, dry skin, the truth is that it's only partly the weather's fault. Is it just us, or is it really hard to eat healthier in the winter? All the comfort foods we crave lack the nutrient punch that our fave crisp veggies and lush fruits of summer offer, so we often find that we have to supplement with some vitamin support. One add-on we're loving for its glow-inducing potential is collagen protein. It naturally occurs in our body, and one of its jobs is keeping skin hydrated and firm. As we age, collagen breaks down, which is one of the reasons skin gets drier and less plush-looking. Enter collagen supplements, which have been the rage in Asia for years (brands like Shiseido have entire supplement ranges devoted to collagen), and are quickly catching on here thanks to their glowy effects on the skin, hair, and nails. 

Our go-to collagen sprinkle is Sparkle, a science-backed skin food that pairs collagen peptides with Vitamin C to aid the body's absorption and boost the skin-perfecting effects of the supplement. Taking a beauty-from-the-inside-out approach to our health and adding a scoop of the stuff to our morning smoothie is a no-brainer way to amp up the health properties of an already nutrient-rich treat (smoothies as self-care, anyone?) and we have to say that after a few weeks the effects really are noticeable. Sparkle is one of the newest additions to The Wanderlust, our subscription box which ships the best in health, beauty, travel, fitness and style gear directly to your door. We love the portability that it lends to our globe-trotting lifestyle — no matter where you travel, you can dose yourself with this magical beauty powder. 

 

 

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If you're looking for a go-to smoothie, this creamy, decadent recipe has ingredients packed with amazing powerhouse vitamins and gets a further boost from adding Sparkle's Mixed Berry boost powder. 

Sparkle Pomegranate Chia Collagen Smoothie

2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds⠀

1 frozen banana⠀

1/2 apple⠀

1 tablespoon tart cherry juice concentrate⠀

1 scoop pumpkin seed protein powder⠀

1 tablespoon of chia seeds⠀

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice⠀

2 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut milk⠀

1 1/2 cups of kefir water (or filtered water)⠀

1 scoop of Skin Boost Mixed Berry

Toppings: chopped banana, low-sugar granola, shredded coconut, almond butter and chia seeds.⠀ 

Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth and creamy. Garnish with desired toppings, sip and glow. 

You can find Sparkle in the Havana edition of The Wanderlust, which is available now. Are you subscribed