6 Ways Boosting Collagen
Sep 30, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi
The word ‘collagen’ is actually originated from the Greek word ‘kolla’, which means glue. This name perfectly matches its functions as collagen is a fibrous protein found in connective tissue that holds together our skin by providing the skin structures with integrity, firmness and elasticity. It can help to prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, it can also help to improve skin tone, remove scars and moisturize the skin. In short, collagen contributes to flawless skin.
Collagen is produced by the skin and other parts of the body and most young people have abundance of collagen in their body. Unfortunately, as you grow older, the collagen production of your body starts to decline and your skin weakens, which results in dull skin, wrinkles and saggy necks. But not to be worried because this article is going to teach you some useful tips to maintain and boost the collagen level in your body.
Eat for collagen:
Your diet can help you to build up your body collagen level. Soy products such as soymilk and cheese contain genistein which can help to produce collagen. Besides, you need to consume food that contains omega fatty acid as it facilitates collagen production and common sources of omega acid are fish and nuts. Beans, cabbage and garlic contain sulphur which aids the formation of collagen. In addition, you may consume food that is rich of Vitamin C such as broccoli, spinach, goji berries and kiwi fruits as Vitamin C supports collagen formation as well.
Reduce sugar intake:
Various studies show that people who consume high level of sugar look much older than people who do not consume or consume low level of sugar. This is because through the process of glycation, sugar will attach itself to protein including collagen and produce a substance called advanced glycation end products. This harmful and heavy substance will attach to the collagen and thus reducing the effectiveness and quality of collagen in your body. When you have high sugar intake, the collagen will become more rigid and it will become easier for wrinkles to form. Besides, it also makes it harder for the cells in the skin to repair normal damage.
Say no to smoking:
Although smoking increases elastin production, this elastin produced is much thicker than the normal elastin and it can reduce the quality of collagen in your body. Besides, nicotine in the cigarettes causes the blood vessels to contract and limits the supply of oxygen-bearing blood to your skin. This can lead to collagen degradation as well as reducing the ability to make new collagen.
Apply collagen serum:
This sounds easy as you just only have to apply the collagen serum on your face and wait for the result. However, the collagen molecule can’t actually penetrate into the skin and it stays at your skin surface. To have effectiveness, you need a collagen serum with collagen amino acids that are small enough to get to the deeper layers of the dermis.
Massage your face:
Massaging your face has been proven to stimulate collagen production. Besides, with regular stimulation through massaging, it can lift, tone and tighten the skin and boost blood circulation. All these effects combine to give you a fresh youthful skin. Massaging your face in an upward movement when applying your skincare products and collagen cream can increase absorption as well.
Try collagen hydrolysate or collagen peptides:
Hydrolyzed collagen peptides is a form of gelatin that is derived from the bones of animals. It can take the forms of powder or liquid. Unlike gelatin which is in the gel form, hydrolyzed collagen peptides is easier to digest and thus collagen can be effectively absorbed by your body. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides also provide glycine, proline and lysine that help your body to build healthy connective tissue.
Last but not least, boosting collagen level in your body for anti-aging and flawless skin is a continuous process and requires much efforts from you. This is because the collagen producing ability of our body will not stop declining as you age and only a consistent healthy lifestyle and habits can solve the problem.