You'll never be as young as you are right now. It's true. I wake up every morning and look in the mirror just to find another wrinkle, another fine line, telling me that I'm another day older. We're all aging and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Getting older and adulting is just the natural progression of life, but don't you wish there was a way to slow down the signs of that progression?
What Is Collagen?
Producing more collagen, naturally is the key. And No! I am not talking about taking collagen supplements, which are made with ground animal bones) Collagen is an abundant protein within in our bodies; specifically found in the bones, muscles, tendons, and digestive system. Collagen is what makes our skin glow, shine, and forms the elasticity and resilience to hold taut expression when we smile. As we age, our collagen production naturally slows down, showing visible signs of its depletion through the form of facial wrinkles and sagging skin. Even though collagen production will slow down, there are ways to naturally increase our collagen levels to help you fight the aging process.
1. Exfoliation Naturally Encourages Collagen Production
Exfoliating helps stimulate collagen production, as it extirpates dead skin cells to help new skin cells regenerate and grow. Collagen generally resides on the dermal, beneath the outermost layer of skin the epidermis. Deep exfoliation, or shocking the skin is a catalyst for greater collagen production.
Look for a facial scrub and a cleanser that is environmentally conscious; products that are Paraben free and that use all natural ingredients. We recommend the Obagi Nu-Derm System, or Youth To The People
2. Boost Collagen With Citrus Fruit High In Vitamin C
The antioxidant properties found in Vitamin C play a vital role in collagen synthesis, which directly influences skin health. High concentrations of Vitamin C are found in the dermis and epidermis and rapidly decline as we age. Vitamin C also limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Vitamin C is by no means a sunscreen, however the antioxidant activity found in Vitamin C helps protect against UV-induced damaged caused by free radicals.1
Introduce citrus fruit like Kiwis, Oranges, Strawberries, and Grapefruit that are rich in Vitamin C into your diet. Throw some lemon into your water, or strawberries and kiwi into your salad. It’s easy.
3. Omega-3 Helps Produce Beautiful Glowing Skin
Something important to remember is that beauty starts from the inside. Essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3 are derived from linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids, which cannot be produced by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to help reduce UV-induced damage, as well as inhibit wrinkle formation through collagen synthesis.2
Take a Krill Oil supplement. Krill oil is far a superior source of the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) because the polyunsaturated fats are packaged as phospholipids, which can be used immediately by your body. The EPA and DHA in fish oil, on the other hand, are typically packaged as triglycerides and have to undergo additional processing in order to make them bioavailable. Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, which is more potent and powerful than Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and CoQ10.
4. Eating Foods High In Protein Will Naturally Help Collagen Production
Natural lean protein sources such as fish, chicken, and beef contain two key amino acids Lysine and Proline, which help in collagen and elastin production. Ensuring that you’re receiving an adequate amount of essential amino acids, is imperative for collagen production.
Eggs are an (Egg)cellent source of age fighting amino acids, Lysine, Proline, and Glycine, which are essential for collagen production, to help improve the elasticity and texture of your skin. Eggs are also rich in Sulfur, a trace mineral which is required for collagen production.
5. Staying Hydrated Will Boost Collagen
Keeping your skin properly hydrated and moisturized will provide the best environment for collagen production. Regular and plentiful amounts of water will help ensure, that the color and texture of your skin continues to glow as new cells are able to generate.
Drink more water and use a natural, paraben free moisturizer to properly hydrate your skin throughout the day.
6. Collagen Creams Will Help Generate More Collagen
Collagen creams are made to help revive and revitalize the skin with essential amino acids, to provide a supple complexion. But, not just any collagen cream will do! The collagen molecule within most creams can’t penetrate the skin and will end up just sitting on the surface.
Therefore buy a collagen cream with amino acids small enough to penetrate the surface, ensuring they reach the deeper layers of the dermis to restore your complexion to supple, glowing skin. Our recommendation Clinique's Repairwear
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- Michels, Alexander. “Vitamin C and Skin Health.” Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, 23 May 2017, lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C.
- Schagen, Silke K. et al. “Discovering the Link between Nutrition and Skin Aging.” Dermato-endocrinology 4.3 (2012): 298–307. PMC. Web. 13 Oct. 2017.