As we age, our body’s natural ability to produce collagen for elasticity may slow down, causing wrinkles and as many people might say, “saggy parts.” Many people feel the need to use more anti-aging creams, injections, or other beauty treatments after they reach their 20s and 30s. The truth is, the effects may take time and the results may not last as long as you’d wish.
Our skin loses its elasticity as we age, because our body is slowly deprived of essential nutrients, which stops it from producing collagen, a protein found in the tissues of the skin especially around the face and neck area. This protein helps in binding the skin cells together to produce natural elasticity.
Collagen is abundant when we’re young. That’s why our skin looks smooth, healthy and fresh. Over time, we become more exposed to natural sunlight, pollution, questionable ingredients we may put into our body, and other bad habits we may pick up along the way, like smoking. All of this can cause a negative effect to our collagen production.
How to Enhance Your Skin’s Collagen Levels
Is there a way to reverse your body’s natural effects of collagen production? Absolutely! Here are a few suggestions:
1. Protection from UV rays
The sun’s UV rays has the power to naturally damage our skin. These rays can penetrate through its layers right into the tissues that produce collagen. So be sure to cover up and protect yourself as much as you can. Even something as simple as wearing a hat and sunglasses can go a long way with your skin’s health.
2. Eating healthy
Many say, “you are what you eat.” Eating a healthy diet is the best and most promising solution to increasing your body’s collagen levels.
Including citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, garlic, eggs, avocado oil, carrots and green tea into your diet can make a significant difference to the way your skin looks. A healthier diet has the ability to make your skin, hair, and nails look healthier, younger, and even glowing.
Exfoliating or massaging is very helpful in proper circulation of our blood, which ensures the proper distribution of nutrients through our body and the tissues that produce collagen. Exfoliating is also helpful with the removal of dead skin cells from the skin and makes it look fresher and healthier.
4. Staying happy and lively
The key to a healthy skin is staying happy and lively all the time, even during stressful situations. Anxiety and depression are known to spread toxins in our body. You may see it when people look haggard and tired with deep bags under their eyes.
In stressful situations, you may consider meditation, calming exercises, and especially a healthy diet. All of these can contribute to more positive outlook in life.
5. Light therapy
There are many skin care facilities, such as Tru Skin Rituals that carry advanced light therapy systems, like Theralight’s VersaClear™ system that can be very beneficial in collagen production. After decades of using light therapy, there have been no side effects ever found for using it. It is non-invasive and one of the safest, longest lasting treatments for anti-aging.
So before you waste more money on lotions and potions and creams that may or may not work, you might consider the healthier, more natural options listed above.