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Is Lost Collagen Lost Forever?
As we age we lose collagen. As we lose collagen we get sagging skin and wrinkles. Luckily all may not be lost. Find out what you can do to help bring it back.
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Collagen protein loss is yet another one of those unfortunately noticeable effects of aging –think sagging skin and wrinkles 1. Chances are you’ve heard about collagen used as a beauty booster, particularly in lip injections. It’s also in a slew of topical creams, serums and glosses. But do these “wonder products” actually work to help bring back the collagen?
Before we tackle that part, we should get to know a little more about the collagen benefits for skin.
Scientifically speaking, collagen is the major insoluble fibrous protein in our connective tissue2. So basically the role of collagen is to act as a glue that holds everything together (fun fact: the word collagen was inspired by the Greek word kolla, which literally means glue) 3.
Collagen is incredibly multi-talented. It gives our skin its strength and elasticity. It helps our nails stay strong. It makes our hair shine and our skin glow. It also makes up 30% of the protein in our bodies and 70% of the protein in our skin 4 .
Men and women are affected about the same, but if you expose yourself to the collagen killers, it may be depleting even quicker. These no-nos include smoking, sunbathing, stress and poor diet 5 - the usual suspects.
It actually starts as early as your 20s, especially if you indulge in any of the aforementioned collagen killers. Unfortunately you continue to lose it at the rate of approximately 1% each year 6.
The good news is, though you may not be able to bring back the lost collagen, there are ways to help get things moving and slow further loss. With the right skin care products and treatments outside and in, there’s so much you can do to get back that spring back in your skin.
This potent antioxidant wonder is the basis for so many beauty products, and for good reason. It’s been known to help with every skin condition from hyperpigmentation to UV damage and aging 7. It’s also the only antioxidant that’s been proven to increase collagen synthesis 8 . Wonder vitamin, indeed.
A Colourful Diet
You don’t need to buy expensive pills and powders to help with collagen production. In fact, you should look no further than your own kitchen for the best internal nutrient source. Here are the top foods that encourage collagen production and help protect skin from further damage.
Red Vegetables – Tomatoes, beets and red peppers are high in the antioxidant
Lycopene –which helps protect skin while preserving collagen levels. You can also find lycopene in watermelon and pink grapefruits.
Dark Leafy Greens – As we’ve just learned, Vitamin C can help topically, but it can also protect collagen from within. Think kale and spinach, both incredible sources of this powerful vitamin 9 .
Orange Roots – Want a tremendous source of Vitamin A? Go underground and get your fill of carrots and sweet potatoes to help restore and regenerate lost collagen.
Citrus Fruits – Aside from being another great source of Vitamin C, citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes have the ability to help the amino acids lysine and proline convert to collagen 10 .
Garlic – Though not as colourful looking as it is smelling, garlic is a powerhouse of collagen fans. It offers lipoic acid and taurine, both of which help rebuild damaged collagen. It’s also considered a sulphur, which is highly important for collagen synthesis in the body 11.
Most every beauty regimen touts some form of exfoliating (unless you have ultra sensitive skin). That’s because of its incredible ability to make skin look brighter. Exfoliating is the process of removing the topmost layer of dead skin cells so naturally once the dullness is out of the way, skin can start to repair itself, stimulating collagen along the way.
Another great benefit of exfoliating is that it actually helps with the efficacy of your skin care products. Once the dead top layer is out of the way, products can penetrate much deeper into the skin’s surface 12 .
This isn’t something you’ll want to do daily as too much exfoliation can irritate the skin but getting into a routine of exfoliating once or twice a week is good idea. You’ll also need to follow up with a killer skin care routine.
The Daily Skin Care Routine That Promotes Collagen Production
Created by renowned dermatologist Dr. Rivers, this 3-step routine is effective enough to help stimulate collagen production while gentle enough to use every day after washing your face with a good cleanser.
Step 1: Riversol Eye Repair Treatment
This anti-aging treatment nearly doubles the production of collagen, thanks to key
ingredient Matrixl. It also contains Haloxyl that promotes firmness in the eye area and helps with the appearance of dark circles, as well.
Step 2: Riversol Anti-Aging Serum
Vitamins C & E team up here to boost collagen production by hydrating the skin, healing the tissues underneath and protecting it from further UV damage. This wonder-product can also help diminish the appearance of already there fine lines and wrinkles.
Step 3: Riversol Exfoliating Glycolic Peel
The peel stimulates the exfoliation of dead surface cells while tightening and brightening. Packed with Vitamin C, E and a potent anti-oxidant extract from the Western Red Cedar tree, exfoliation with this peel ensures that skin acquires an even-toned texture.
So you see, all is not lost when it comes to collagen reproduction. Though it’s tougher to control as the years pass, it’s good to know that a healthy diet and a great skin care regimen can go a long way. As always, talk to your dermatologist to see what products work best for your skin type. And don’t forget the sunscreen.
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