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Published: Thu August 07, 2014
Categories: Top 5 Advice
Collagen is found in tissues such as skin, ligaments and tendons, as well as in the bones, blood vessels, the cornea of the eye, and in the gut. As we age, collagen production diminishes, throughout the body leading to ageing concerns such as stiff joints, bone, vision and cardiovascular issues. Collagen is therefore vital for strengthening blood vessels and giving skin its elasticity and strength.
As we age, collagen production slows and collagen fibres can become interlinked or matted due to a phenomenon known as glycation. Poor diet and lifestyle choices will worsen the decline and quality of collagen production. This leads to facial sagging and wrinkles and can even lead to dryness and visible capillaries or redness of the skin.
Do not fear! There are professional skin treatments such as dermal rolling, chemical peels, laser and RF procedures that can help to stimulate new collagen production and help to tighten sagging skin. Skin products containing growth factors, peptides and retinol can be a wonderful accompaniment to professional treatments to boost and maintain skin rejuvenation. Collagen containing creams will aid in hydrating and plumping the skin due to collagen being a polar molecule and a natural moisture magnet however contrary to popular belief collagen cannot be replaced in the skin by a collagen containing cream.
Collagen injections were a popular trend a couple of decades ago. These injections involved injecting collagen (usually of bovine origin) into the dermal layer of the skin to replace human collagen and as a result diminish lines and wrinkles. Collagen injections are no longer used due to the increased risk of the use of contaminated animal collagen and the possibility of rejection by the body. Today synthetic hyaluronic acid is the preferred safe choice of dermal filler due to the exceptional natural plumping of facial wrinkles and dermal volume. These fillers are rapidly gaining popularity amongst the masses.
There are also practices you can incorporate into your daily life to start replenishing your body's collagen.
Apply SPF 50 daily. A good majority of the collagen loss in your face can be attributed to UV sun damage.
Use a collagen booster serum daily. Look for ingredients such as l.ascorbic acid, matrixyl 3000, peptides, edelweiss, plant stem cells and retinol.
Try Skinstitut pure vitamin C powder or Rejeuvenate 15 serum to target visible signs of ageing.
Eat foods that contain the amino acids lysine and proline. Natural collagen contains large quantities of these two amino acids; consuming foods high in them can help to replenish your body's supply. Lysine can be found in lean meats, fish and low-fat dairy while egg whites and wheat germ are good sources of proline.
Vitamin C. Ensure plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants in your diet such as oranges, mangoes, strawberries, kakadu plum, goji berries and blueberries. Vitamin C is essential for production of hydroxyl proline, a crucial factor for healthy collagen formation.
Cut back sugar. A diet high in sugar accelerates the glycation of collagen leading to premature ageing, skin discolouration, lines and wrinkles.
So there we have it. Collagen cannot be replaced by collagen pills or collagen containing creams however good quality skin care ingredients and professional treatments can assist with boosting the skins own natural collagen production. Combine this with a healthy diet and lifestyle and be sure to prolong those wrinkles for a little while longer.