Collagen is an essential protein in the body that keeps the skin supple, young and glowing. It is found in abundance in the body, but as we age our body produces less collagen leading to dull skin, wrinkles and stiff joints. An unhealthy lifestyle can make matters worse.
Fortunately, there are many ways to boost collagen levels and prevent premature ageing. Bringing about a few changes to your daily routine, making healthy choices and avoiding certain habits will boost the production of collagen and help the skin cells repair and renew themselves. Here are five ways to naturally restore skin collagen.
Vitamin C is an excellent ingredient for skin health. It is added to a lot of skincare products due to its skin lightening and collagen-producing properties. Since our body cannot make this vitamin on its own, it is essential to get it from your diet. Citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, broccoli and strawberry are rich sources of vitamin C.
Facial yoga and massages boost blood circulation, tone facial muscles and boost collagen production. You can either visit an aesthetician for these massages or do it yourself for a couple of minutes every day before going to bed. This will relax your muscles and also help you sleep better. Ensure that your hands are clean and you are using a facial oil or serum for best results.
You already know the importance of a healthy diet, but it is essential to know what works better when your goal is to boost skin collagen. The next time you’re at the grocery store, pick red vegetables such as tomatoes, beetroots and red bell peppers as they prevent sun damage and boost collagen. Garlic, berries, dark leafy vegetables and bone broth also help boost collagen.
While boosting your collagen levels is essential for healthy skin, preventing the breakdown of collagen is equally important. The easiest way to protect your skin from damage is by applying sunscreen daily and reapplying it every four hours for maximum protection.
Exfoliation is an important skincare step, not only because it buffs away dead skin cells but also because it allows your skincare or collagen-building ingredients to penetrate into the skin better. When skincare products reach into the deeper layers of the skin they offer better and quicker results.