How to Boost and Protect Collagen
The more we know about collagen and its supportive role in skin, bone, and cellular health, the more we know we don’t like the idea of losing this precious protein. Without sufficient collagen, we will notice that the skin becomes thin, less resilient, and saggy. Even though there are several treatments that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it makes sense to become proactive about boosting and protecting collagen as we age.
Ways to Boost Collagen
- Massage the face. Facial massage has been shown to support muscle memory and also to encourage collagen production. It is possible to massage the face gently as a part of your daily cleansing routine. Microcurrent facials, which may be obtained by qualified estheticians, are like the facial massage on steroids.
- Feed the skin. When the body is well-fed, the skin reflects a high level of nourishment. There is no lack of options for collagen-boosting foods. Look for freshness, such as oranges, broccoli, and other foods rich in vitamin C.
- Supplement as needed. Collagen production slows as we age so that supplements may be a necessary aspect of anti-aging. Vitamins A, C, and E may be paired with zinc for increased collagen proliferation.
- Maximize skin care. Topical products may support collagen production, but only if they reach deeper tissues where the protein is made. To increase the effectiveness of skin care products, exfoliate the skin on a regular basis. This can be achieved with monthly, light chemical peels.
Ways to Protect Collagen
- We don’t mean purchasing an expensive product; we mean moisturizing from the inside out. A hydrated body means hydrated skin cells that remain plump and supportive of collagen.
- Smoking that is. Cigarette smoke comes in direct with the skin on the face. The chemicals in that smoke are absorbed, where they then break down collagen. For healthier skin, and a healthier body, stop smoking.
- Supplement as needed. Supplements can both build collagen and protect what you’ve already got. One way to stimulate cell growth and support collagen is with aloe vera. Extract from this plant, taken orally, has been shown to preserve healthy collagen strands. Antioxidants, as well, such as grape seed extract and resveratrol are skin-saving chemicals.
As we make our way through summer, remember that collagen is also affected by UV exposure. Take good care of your skin with help from your Sugar Land dermatologist.