How to boost your skin’s collagen levels
-Mar 4, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
Forget erasing wrinkles, they’re a sign of a life well lived. It’s the skin’s collagen levels that are worth protecting as we go through life, we’ve taken a look at ways to do this.
It’s easy to blame wrinkles for making you look older than you are but here at Lumity we say it’s time to shift your focus from your laughter lines and embrace them! But there is an enemy that’s worth looking out for.
Health, beauty and nutrition consultant Karen Cummings-Palmer tells Lumity: “Fine lines are not your enemy, saggy skin is. By about the age of 40 we have roughly 40% less collagen than we started out with so the key is to get the right amount of vitamin C in your diet to boost your own natural collagen production.”
But it’s not just about adding a few oranges to your diet, there are lots of other ways you can boost collagen, which is key to keeping your skin firm and fresh looking.
Cut Down on Sugar
Sugar weakens collagen via a process called glycation meaning sweet treats are playing havoc with the skin. In fact it’s not just biscuits and sweets causing your skin to sag. Unhealthy carbohydrates like white pasta, bread and rice cling to the collagen and elastin too. Try swapping out your white carbs for whole grains instead. And switch up refined sugar for healthy versions of your favourite treats.
Get More Sleep
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. If you don’t get enough rest each night then your skin cells don’t have a chance to regenerate and you won’t wake up looking refreshed. As we sleep the skin makes new collagen to heal and repair itself. So it’s crucial to aim for the recommended eight hours each night.
Take Lumity Day and Nighttime Supplements
Lumity Day and Nighttime Supplements are packed with ingredients to keep your skin, hair and nails in optimal health and when it comes to boosting collagen, the all important vitamin C they contain is vital. As is vitamin E which is essential to collagen rebuilding. Add these supplements to your balanced diet to be your most radiant self.
Massage Your Skin
Massage stimulates collagen production. Follow A-list facialist Nichola Joss’ facial massage using Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil. You’ll also reap the rewards from this lightweight oil that’s a powerhouse combo of 32-ingredients to treat and balance your skin.
Ensuring you drink enough water is an easy way to boost collagen. Elastin and collagen will thrive in a hydrated environment. Try to consume eight glass of water a day and eat plenty of water based foods like watermelon and cucumber.
You can get bouncier skin by improving your diet. Add sulphur rich food like cabbage, beans and garlic to aid collagen formation. Adding vitamin C in the form of leafy greens, kiwi fruit and broccoli to your diet will not only help the production of collagen but also assist in reducing oxidative damage to the skin too.