There comes a point in our lives when we stare in awe or horror in front of the mirror at the sight of fine lines that seeming just appeared overnight.
We can’t turn back time but there are many ways to make you look like you did. The key to looking young and radiant is to boost or increase the collagen production in your skin. Keep reading to know the best ways on how you can achieve that youthful look for longer.
Let’s start with the basics. What is collagen?
To put it simply, collagen is what makes up most of the skin’s structure. It’s what makes your skin strong, thick, and smooth. In other words, it might as well be dubbed as the foundation of the skin. It’s commonly mentioned with another skin component called elastin that is responsible for the skin’s elasticity.
You want to increase the production of collagen in your skin because the collagen in our body is constantly being destroyed as we age. Lifestyle and environmental factors influence how fast the degeneration of the collagen occurs. The faster collagen is destroyed, the faster you get wrinkles.
How do I boost or increase collagen production in my skin?
- Retinoids – Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and can be purchased in different forms. Topical retinoids are known to be the most effective retinoid when it comes to slowing down collagen destruction and trigger collagen formation. Retinoids have some side effects that may be mistaken as irritation (flaking, redness, dryness), so make sure to only use a pea-sized drop of the retinoid on your face. If your skin is irritated due to everyday use, try applying retinoids every other day. The sun activates the ingredient so make sure you include this in your before-bedtime routine.
- Peptides – Peptides, in simpler terms, are individual building blocks that cluster together to create protein. And because collagen is a type of protein, more peptides would give you more collagen. Unlike retinoids, peptides are safe for pregnant women.
- Vitamin C – The very popular Vitamin C isn’t just for those times when you feel a cold coming on, but it can also prevent wrinkles. Vitamin C is a multi-tasker because it cares for your skin in different ways. It’s a co-factor for enzymes that create new collagen, it blocks collagen breakdown caused by UV ray exposure, and it’s a great antioxidant that fights off inflammation and free radicals that are known to destroy collagen. A Vitamin C infused serum under your sunscreen will go a long way.
- Sunscreen – Like they all say, prevention is better than cure. Wear sunscreen daily and use a product with at least 30 SPF. Sunscreen shields your skin from UV rays that are responsible for destroying the collagen in your skin.
- Lasers – It may not be your go-to remedy, but laser treatments is one of the best ways to increase collagen in your skin. The laser creates microscopic wounds on the skin. The skin responds to this attack by making new collagen that makes the skin thicker, smoother, and firmer.
- Fillers – You may be less inclined to “go under the knife” but injectable fillers are commonly used to make the skin or lips plumper and reduce visible fine lines. The skin thickens and the textures improve.
- Microneedling – This method is similar to lasers in a way that it also creates micro-trauma to the skin not visible to the naked eye. Topical products are usually used right after microneedling because the skin’s absorption capacity is much better.
Have you tried any of these methods? Let us know in the comments!
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