Collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin and is responsible for giving it that soft, glowing, and youthful look. However, as you age, collagen production slows down, which is why wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin increase as years go by.
Apart from aging, factors such as pollution, sun exposure, and bad habits like smoking all play a part in having noticeably reduced collagen in the skin. The natural process of aging, combined with these factors, can take a toll on the skin’s collagen production.
With minimized collagen in your dermis, the glow turns dull, tight skin sags, and soft skin becomes filled with wrinkles and fine lines. To keep your skin glowing, follow these collagen-boosting tips:
Eat foods rich in collagen and vitamin C
Here’s the good news: the food you normally eat contains collagen. Meats like beef, pork, chicken, fish (salmon, especially), as well as egg yolk and bone broth are all rich in collagen. Apart from these collagen-rich food, you should also make it a habit to eat foods rich in vitamin C, which is known to actively boost collagen production.
That means fresh fruits such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, and kiwi, and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and green, leafy vegetables (preferably lightly cooked). All these are bursting with this skin-nourishing vitamin.
Collagen protein powder, which is made of ground beef and fish skin, bones, and cartilage, helps boost collagen in the body. This powder can be mixed with any of your favorite beverages or even soups. To stimulate and protect collagen, you can also take antioxidants, which help get rid of free radicals and reduce inflammation. Overall, antioxidants such as vitamin C and E help your skin maintain a natural glow.
Exposure to the sun’s harsh rays contributes to the degradation of collagen, which causes your skin to sag and show visible signs of aging. To protect your skin from the sun, apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.
Some people think that they should only apply sunscreen when the sun is overhead or when they’re outdoors. The truth is, UV rays can damage your skin even when it’s cloudy. To be sure, put sunscreen during the day and reapply as necessary.
Add collagen to your skincare routine
You don’t really need to make major adjustments in your routine. Just add skincare products that trigger collagen production, such as those packed with DNA repair enzymes. You can also let your skin soak in all the goodness of snail collagen.
When shopping for new products to add to your skincare arsenal, look out for ingredients such as tretinoin, retinol, peptides, and growth factors. Products infused with vitamin C can also do wonders for your skin by minimizing the appearance of deep wrinkles, keeping your skin soft and supple, and reversing sun damage.
Invest in collagen-stimulating procedures
While collagen-rich foods and topical products are effective, collagen-stimulating treatments offer more immediate results. We recommend undergoing procedures that increase collagen production such as microneedling, dermal filler injection, and light therapy.
As the name suggests, microneedling uses tiny needles to pierce small holes in the top layer of your skin, stimulating the release of fresh collagen and elastin. Meanwhile, fillers target wrinkles and stimulate collagen-producing cells. Light therapy, on the other hand, causes thermal injury in the dermis, triggering body repairs that cause the regeneration of collagen.
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