Collagen is essential for youthful skin. It’s a naturally occurring protein that provides cellular structure and is responsible for skin elasticity, firmness and plumpness. Aging, the sun’s UV rays and environmental stressors break this valuable substance down and slows its production. By age 20, our collagen stores deplete at a faster rate, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Here are easy ways to stimulate collagen production.
Smoking is collagen’s worst enemy. It restricts circulation and strips away our collagen supply, leaving dull, dry, wrinkled skin it its wake. This is especially visible in the skin around the nasolabial folds, lips and eyes. Avoid smoking altogether!
A diet filled with lean protein and antioxidant-rich produce boosts collagen production. Studies show that vitamin C and minerals like copper, zinc and sulphur increases collagen supplies. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce and protect against sun and free radical damage that breaks this protein down. Some excellent foods that aid in collagen formation include chicken, bone broth, shellfish, fish, eggs, garlic, citrus, berries, tomatoes, leafy greens, beans and bell peppers. Nuts including cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and peanut are great sources of sulphur.
Cut Down on Sugar
Studies show that refined sugars and simple carbs cause inflammation and deplete collagen supplies. Sugars attach to collagen fibers permanently, weighing them down and hindering flexibility.
Facial exercise boosts circulation and collagen production. It strengthens the synergistic muscles of the face and neck and helps define and contour. A regular practice firms and tightens skin to give the face a more lifted appearance.
Facial massages stimulate lymphatic drainage to help detox skin, while bolstering collagen production. By engaging in this type of self-care, you will reduce stress that causes wrinkles and inflammation.
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