Collagen is a crucial element of your skin. This protein is responsible for giving your face that youthful bounce, and as it declines, fine lines appear.
You can’t stop the natural drop in collagen production, but there are some things you can do to help promote healthy collagen levels in your body.
Eat antioxidants, especially vitamin C
Antioxidants like vitamin C fight free radical damage. Whether taken internally or applied to the skin, antioxidants can reduce collagen breakdown by decreasing the number of free radicals in the skin.
Vitamin C, in particular, has been found in research to support the production of collagen and to help manage its stability. It is a necessary co-factor for the production of healthy collagen, and without it, new collagen cannot be properly made.
It also promotes fibroblast proliferation, and fibroblasts are the cells that produce collagen.
Take a collagen supplement
Collagen supplements—or more specifically, hydrolyzed collagen supplements—have been shown to promote collagen production. These supplements are made of collagen peptides, which are short chains of amino acids that make up collagen but are small enough to be absorbed easily by your body.
Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed as is and circulate throughout the body
Collagen does more than promote your body’s natural production; it also helps temper some of the causes of collagen’s decline. Namely? Inflammation.
Collagen’s anti-inflammatory powers come from the role that it plays in our gut health.
A healthy gut can reduce inflammation throughout the whole body. Poor gut health, on the other hand, leads to stomach lining permeability, where particles can leak into the rest of the body, which then triggers inflammation in the body.
Collagen has been shown to support the gut’s lining and has key amino acids for gut health. It contains glycine, an amino acid with proven anti-inflammatory and immune system supporting effects.
Good lifestyle choices, like wearing SPF and eating a healthy diet
There are certain factors in collagen decline that you can’t control, like your genes and your age. But there are some things you can do to slow the decline. Wearing sunscreen regularly is one of them.
Sunscreen is one of the most important anti-aging skin care products since UV exposure is a direct hit to collagen in your skin.
A healthy diet is necessary to provide the body with the necessary building blocks for optimal functioning.
There’s only so much you can do to slow the natural decline of collagen in your skin. But knowing the factors you can control, like avoiding UV damage and doing your best to support your collagen production—by taking a supplement—can go a long way toward giving you healthy-looking, firm skin in the future.
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