Collagen is an amino acid protein found throughout our bodies. It is primarily concentrated in our skin and serves as a vital part of the skin’s connective tissue and elasticity. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less of the protein, leaving our skin prone to sagging, dullness, and wrinkles.
The good news is there are ways you can prevent further collagen loss and even increase current collagen levels in your skin. Eating a collagen-rich diet, taking supplements, avoiding environmental stressors, and using masks as part of your skincare routine are all excellent ways to help stop collagen loss as we get older.
Eat a Collagen Rich Diet
Collagen is made up of the amino acids proline and glycine, as well as Vitamin C and copper. Eating a diet rich in these ingredients can help slow your body’s collagen loss and even encourage the production of more of it.
Make sure you get enough proline by eating foods such as egg whites, mushrooms, asparagus, and wheat germ, and enough glycine by eating protein-rich foods like gelatins, pork, chicken, soybeans, and spinach.
Vitamin C is abundant in lemons, bell peppers, oranges, and strawberries, while copper is found in organ meats like kidneys and livers as well as cashews, sesame seeds, and lentils.
Take Collagen Supplements
If you have dietary restrictions or believe that eating collagen-rich foods isn’t working for your skin, you can try collagen supplements. The two most popular types of collagen supplements are hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin.
Gelatin is made when you cook collagen and is what gives Jell-O its unusual, bouncy consistency.
Hydrolyzed collagen is made by reducing the protein molecules into peptides. The colorless, odorless powder is easy for the body to absorb and can be added to your morning coffee, afternoon smoothie, or simply taken in pill form.
Avoid Collagen Killers
Stop future loss by avoiding environmental factors that diminish existing collagen levels and make it harder for your body to produce more. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke, minimize stress, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and always wear sunscreen when out in the sun.
Use Collagen Face Masks
Collagen face masks are applied directly to your skin and can stimulate new production wherever you place them. Collagen masks can be applied on the entire face or placed on more targeted treatment areas such as under the eyes, the neck, and décolleté. When pressed to the skin, the collagen proteins permeate the pores to get to the deepest layers, boosting collagen production and leaving skin feeling hydrated, more youthful, and healthier looking.
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