The Basics of Collagen
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body and is essential to many aspects of our health. It provides structure for our skin cells and forms our connective tissue, such as cartilage and tendons. Collagen literally keeps our skin and bodies together! It’s a vital skin layer that provides elasticity, firmness and a cushion for the skin’s movements. It’s important to boost collagen with diet, skincare products and facial exercises.
Here are the basics of collagen so that you know what depletes it and how to promote its production.
Collagen production starts slowing down anywhere from age 18 to mid-20s with visible signs showing up around age 30. Research shows that we lose up around one percent per year after that, with production dwindling even more after menopause.
The things that deplete collagen the most are aging, excess sugar, UV exposure, free radicals and pollutants like smoking. Drinking alcohol has also been shown to slow collagen production.
Protecting Collagen Reserves
Sunblock with a SPF 30 is critical for protecting skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.
Boosting Collagen Production
Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis. Use a topically applied vitamin C product like our Vitamin C Complex Serum and eat an antioxidant-rich diet that includes citrus and other good sources of vitamin C. Vitamin A and minerals including copper and iron also help promote collagen production.
Collagen is present throughout our bodies and supports many functions. It boosts metabolism, helps heal a leaky gut, promotes lean muscle mass and improves skin, hair and nail health. Research shows that it also may increase energy, reduce joint pain and degeneration, bolster heart health by stimulating circulation and improve sleep quality.
Boosting collagen production reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, while increasing elasticity and firmness.
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