Collagen and Aging Skin

 

A client recently asked me why her skin didn’t look like it did when she was in her twenties. Good question. There are many reasons for this. Some of the culprits are sun damage, poor diet, lack of sleep, smoking, poor circulation and even lack of exercise. Your skin just won’t take the abuse anymore. What is actually happening in your body? All the above-mentioned abuses are breaking down collagen.

Collagen is crucial to supple skin. The wrinkle-preventing protein that naturally occurs in our bodies keeps skin plump and youthful. Responsible for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, it’s the skin’s structural net, which makes it resilient, strong and elastic.

In order to give the skin increased elasticity, it would need to be absorbed deep into the skin. … Collagen in the body is assembled from amino acids in our diet, so it is not possible for collagen in a skincare product to move directly into the skin.

Tough bundles of collagen called collagen fibers are a major component of the extracellular matrix that supports most tissues and gives cells structure from the outside, but collagen is also found in certain cells. … It strengthens blood vessels and plays a role in tissue development. It is found throughout the body, not just the skin. How can we prevent collagen from breaking down? Eat healthy foods that have collagen:

  •  Fish. Creates stronger cells: Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acid
  •  Red vegetables. …
  •  Dark green vegetables. …
  •  Orange Vegetables. …
  •  Berries. …
  •  White Tea. …
  •  Citrus Fruits.

You can also take a safe collagen supplement found in a product called Vital Proteins. This great powder supplement is tasteless and you can put a scope or two into you warm beverage like coffee. It dissolves instantly. I have been taking it for several months now. My skin feels softer and more supple than it did. And my hair and nails are growing like crazy! You can find it at stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts. The other thing you can do is stop the abuse of your skin that I mentioned above.

Protect your skin! Keep your collagen! Your skin will thank you.

If you want more info about preserving the collagen in your skin, book a consultation today and let’s talk. Use the BookNow button at the top of this page.

 

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