THECollagen is the real secret to toned and elastic skin: learn here how to stimulate its natural production.
Have you ever woken up in the morning with pillow marks on your face? Definitely yes and you must have noticed how long it took for your skin to return to normal. If within minutes of waking up your skin is smooth again, congratulations, it means your levels collagen it is high and your skin is very elastic. However, if there are still marks on your face between the time you wake up and the time you leave the house, it means your collagen is not at a very high level.
You may have heard a lot about it lately collagen and skin care and the reason is simple: together with elastin it is what gives strength to our skin and is necessary to maintain elasticity and therefore to have toned and wrinkle-free skin.
Until the age of 25 collagen production it is regular, but from this age onwards it begins to deteriorate, with the consequences which are then seen in the face, such as the inevitable loss of tone and firmness. Obviously we don’t all lose the same amount of collagen, even if it’s an average of 1-2% per year, but diet and lifestyle are important factors that have a significant impact and can significantly improve or worsen the quality of your skin.
What is collagen and what is it for?
The Collagen is a protein which our body produces naturally and is the one that is present in the largest quantity. Together with elastin, it provides support to the cells of our body, not only for the skin but also for hair, bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, cartilage and connective tissues. A high percentage of collagen is therefore important not only for aesthetic reasons, but serves to maintain the health of the joints, protect the kidneys, ensure the functioning of the cardiovascular system as it should and blood clotting.
How to increase collagen
It is not only genetic and environmental factors that influence collagen degradation, but also the way of life. Unbalanced diet, smoking, stress and UV radiation are equally guilty collagen loss.
To increase collagen it is therefore important to act on two fronts: first with diet, which provides the vitamins and nutrients necessary to maintain high levels of collagen or stimulate its production. the second is obviously with adequate skin care, to address the problem with the right products.
Collagen and nutrition
Bad news for vegans: Collagen is found mainly in the skin and bones and joints of animals. Therefore, it is a good idea to include fiber-rich cuts of meat in your diet such as neck, shoulder and breast. Pork skin, salmon and chicken are just as rich in collagen as beef, chicken and fish bone broth, followed by seafood and eggs.
However, sugars and all foods containing them in high doses should be avoided. Glycation is a reaction in which sugar molecules stick together collagen fibers and harden them, making the skin very stiff and less elastic. Too much sugar accelerates skin aging and wrinkles, so it’s best to avoid it – or take it with moderation – foods rich in sugar such as soft drinks, fruit juices, ready meals, dried fruit (only great if you don’t overdo it) and sweets in general.
Collagen and vitamin C
There vitamin C is another important factor for stimulate it collagen production, but also to preserve what already exists. However, our bodies do not produce it naturally, so a diet of foods that contain it, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, chili peppers and spinach, is essential.
Collagen and skin care
If on the one hand we take care of the collagen production with diet acting from the inside, the capital of the skin of the face always remains open, which undoubtedly benefits from a healthy diet, but as time goes by it is more and more important to take care of it in a localized way with an ad hoc routine.
Inevitable in the skin care routine is the retinolwhich performs numerous functions and among them there is the stimulation of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which help to keep the skin firm and elastic and its exfoliating action makes it look brighter.
To be included in the skin care routine and not only in the diet, there is also the vitamin C (but not together with retinol, so better in the morning obviously followed by SPF). Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps keep the skin youthful and firm, glowing and even-toned. stimulates collagen formation and reduces wrinkles improving skin elasticity. Finally, vitamin C neutralizes the action of free radicals such as UV rays and pollution.
Collagen and hyaluronic acid
The combination collagen and hyaluronic acid often found in skin care products. The reason is simple. Hyaluronic acid is indeed a humectant, but it is also responsible for skin tone and firmness, just like collagen. Another thing they have in common is that both are degraded by age and lifestyle and small amounts of both lead to a loss of tone and elasticity and the drier and more dehydrated the skin, the more and deeper the wrinkles that mark it .