Collagen is a protein present in all the body's organs and tissues. Its main function is to sustain the body’s structure, tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides integrity, firmness and elasticity.
Children have a nice padding of collagen under their skin, so even if they're slender, their faces look full, radiant and healthy. As people age, they produce less collagen. As the collagen layer becomes thinner, the skin on top starts to sag and develop lines and wrinkles. The amount of collagen loss people experience as they age can vary based on genetics and environmental factors. The basic rule here is simple: Less collagen means more and deeper wrinkles, the most recognizable signs of aging. As science and the practice of dermatology have shown, the signs of aging can be slowed if your collagen is increased. Also, advancements in skincare now offer us ways to let cells communicate to repair age related skin damage.
The bad news is that collagen production slows as you age. The good news is that incorporating “stimulators”, such as Retinol, Peptides, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Natural Plant Extracts, into your skincare routine help boost new collagen production. Having key ingredients penetrate into the skin can work to encourage skin elasticity, increase hydration and diminish the appearance of aging skin.
Here are a few other tips YOU can use to BOOST COLLAGEN production:
1. HYDRATION HYDRATION HYDRATION
Keeping your skin hydrated with water, plant foods and hydrating skin care is possibly the easiest way to boost collagen. The more hydrated your skin is, the better it is for collagen to thrive.
2. EAT FOR HEALTHY LOOKING SKIN
You have heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” It's not all about topical skincare. Diet is as important. Foods such as beans, cabbage and garlic are rich in Sulphur which aids the forming of collagen and maintains the skin's natural healthy pigmentation. Vitamin C also supports the process of collagen formation.
3. QUIT SMOKING & PROCESSED SUGAR
Smoking can kill off collagen and ages the skin by eating away at proteins, thereby restricting blood flow - this results in dry, leathery and wrinkled skin around the lips and eyes. Unfortunately, sugar can have the same effect.