How to protect and boost collagen in skin
-Apr 13, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
If you want to put the spring, quite literally, back into your skin then boosting collagen is key. We take a look how you can do so at home.
This abundant protein is what keeps the elasticity in your skin making it look youthful and plumped up, but as we age the amount of collagen we produce reduces and our skin gets saggy and wrinkled.
Fortunately though there are ways to not only protect collagen but to boost it too.
Try Facial Massage
Massage stimulates collagen production and also exfoliates dead skin cells. You don’t need to book in for a professional massage either. Simply massage your favourite oil or moisturiser into your face on a daily basis, incorporating upwards movements into your routine.
Quit smoking for better skin
Easier said than done, but putting down the cigarette packet is imperative if you want to keep wrinkles at bay – and for your health in general for that matter. Smoking decreases the production of collagen in the skin and causes premature ageing.
Load up on vitamin C to boost collagen
Changing your diet to incorporate more foods that are rich in sulphur, like beans, garlic and cabbage will help collagen production. Also vitamin C has been shown to play a crucial role in maintaining and creating collagen. Increase your intake of vitamin C rich foods such as broccoli, kiwi fruits, tomatoes and spinach.
Try this easy green smoothie recipe if you want to load up on your daily dose of vitamin C before noon.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water
Drink up! Collagen and elastin thrive in a healthy environment so staying well hydrated is important to its production.
Cut down on refined sugar for better skin
Just as smoking can kill off collagen, so can too much sugar. The sweet stuff attaches to collagen and weighs it down which leaves skin dull and dry. It also causes wrinkles, through a process called glycation.
Don’t skip on the suncream
Ultraviolet radiation from sunbeds and sunshine can hinder the production of collagen. A 2004 study in the ”American Journal of Pathology” found that UV exposure reduced the synthesis of type I collagen and prematurely aged the skin.