How To Boost Collagen Naturally
Collagen is one of the most abundant 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 can not do much 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 network 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 and firm. Today, we'll share with you 3 easy and affordable ways to boost collagen synthesis and maintain the levels of this vital protein as high as possible.
Use Products Enriched With Vitamin C
Apart from being a potent antioxidant, vitamin C plays a key role in the collagen synthesis, which makes it an essential molecule for skin’s health. Vitamin C is naturally present in the skin, but its level can decrease due to excess sun exposure, poor diet, smoking, etc. The best way to maintain high 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 skincare 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 discolouration and UV damage.
What To Try: La Mav Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar
Some sources 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 fibres). 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 gentle organic facial scrub.
Note: Be 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?
What To Try: La Mav Jojoba Beads & Argan Oil Scrub
Follow The Right Diet
As mentioned above, vitamin C supports collagen formation, therefore, if you want youthful, healthy-looking skin, you need to make sure that your diet includes enough vitC-rich foods. Some of the best sources of vitamin C are avocados, citruses, chilli peppers (and peppers in general), kale, broccoli, red and blueberries, papaya, pineapples, kiwi and tomatoes.
Since collagen is a protein and consists of amino acids (like every other protein) it’s very important to ensure all amino acids needed for its synthesis are present in your body. 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 your diet.
After saying what you should eat, now let’s see what you shouldn’t. The biggest enemy of 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 proteins” with an altered structure, hence are no longer able to perform their function.