How To Boost Collagen Naturally
Collagen is one of the most common proteins in the human
body and is essential for our overall health. Apart from “holding our bodies
together”, by forming a net of connective tissue, collagen is the protein that
maintains your skin elastic and firm and keeps wrinkles at bay. Sadly, with the
age, its levels decrease and its synthesis slows down.
While collagen-based products sound very promising, truth be
told, they do nothing for your skin. External collagen doesn’t penetrate the
skin and even if it does, there is no way for it to “intercalate” into the
already existing net of collagen and elastin that keeps your skin firm.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you have to give up on
trying to preserve your skin youthful. Though collagen itself, when added to creams
and serums, doesn’t improve skin’s
elasticity, there are other means to boost the collagen synthesis and maintain
the levels of collagen high. Let’s see what you can do to achieve all that!
Use Products Enriched
with Vitamin C
Apart from its remarkable antioxidant activity, vitamin C plays key role in the collagen synthesis, which makes it vital molecule for
skin’s health. Vitamin C is naturally present in the skin, but its level can
decrease due to excess exposure to sun, poor diet, etc. The best way to maintain
the levels of Vitamin C in the skin is by consuming food rich in ascorbic acid
(i.e. Vitamin C), and also by adding products formulated with Vitamin C to your skin care routine.
The regular use of products enriched with vitamin C, not
only improves skin’s elasticity and firmness, but also brightens and evens the
skin tone and reduces discoloration and UV damage.
Note: For those of you who have hypersensitive skin and want
to use products with vitamin C, I’d recommend ordering/buying a sample first, before
purchasing full size product. Vitamin C can be irritating for some individuals,
due to its acidic nature, therefore you should be cautious if your skin is
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Follow The Right Diet
foremost – Vitamin C! As mentioned above, vitamin C supports collagen formation,
therefore, if you want youthful, healthy-looking s kin, you need to include as many vitamin C rich foods as you can
in your diet. Some of the best sources of vitamin C are: avocados, citruses,
chilli peppers (and peppers in general), kale, broccoli, red and blue berries,
papaya, pineapples, kiwi and tomatoes.
collagen is a protein (hence built from amino acids, like every other protein)
it’s very important to ensure all amino acids needed for its synthesis are
present. Two of the amino acids that are vital for the formation of collagen
are lysine and proline. Good sources of lysine and proline are egg whites,
wheat germ, legumes, yoghurt and seafood, so make sure they are included in
what you should eat, now let’s see what you shouldn’t. The biggest enemy of the
healthy skin is sugar. Once in our bloodstream, sugars can attach to various
proteins in a process called glycation. One of these proteins is collagen. When
sugar attaches to proteins, AGEs (advanced glycation end-products) are formed.
To put it in layman’s terms AEGs are “damaged protein” with altered structure
that are no longer able to “do their job”.
suggest that regular exfoliation, not only removes the layer of dead epidermal
cells from the skin surface, but also boosts collagen production. The way it
works is very simple – when you exfoliate you “damage” the skin to a certain
extent, which activates its natural healing process (a process that always includes
the synthesis of collagen fibers). Exfoliation speeds up skin’s natural process
of renewal and along with it collagen formation. If you were lacking reasons to
start exfoliating more often, now you have two – and both are totally worth
devoting 5 minutes of your time, 2 times a week to renew your skin with a good organic facial scrub.
careful not to go overboard with exfoliation, trying to achieve better results,
because you might end up doing more harm than good. If you have questions regarding
exfoliation, we’ll give you all the answers here: How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Skin?
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