Did you know, protein is not just for building muscles?! Protein is also a key player in strengthening the structure of your skin and promoting skin cell repair.
Collagen is the strongest and most abundant protein in our body, made up of amino acids winding together to form long fibres to help keep skin smooth and soft as a baby’s bottom. Talk about skin goals!
As collagen is crucial to healthy skin, we thought you should know what influences might be affecting your collagen production…
What damages collagen?
The Environment: Environmental stress could be slowing collagen renewal. If you live in a city, pollution is your number one issue, as it can decrease collagen due to harmful free radicals, and reduce skin elasticity. We recommend taking time out to visit an area outside of the city, feeling the fresh, clean air against your skin. p.s for all you plant mums out there, your indoor plants can help to purify the air in your home, making your addiction the perfect thing for your skin!
While spending some time breathing in the fresh air, be sure to beware of the sun! UV rays severely damage collagen, causing it to break down and create abnormally short fibres, which incorrectly rebuild beneath the skin, forming wrinkles.
Now all you sweethearts
with a sweet tooth, you may also need to cut down your sugar consumption. High
levels of sugar consumption damage the proteins needed for strengthening
collagen. Instead, your skin may experience dryness instead!
(You can read more about this in our previous blog post HERE)
Finally, as you enter your mid-30’s, collagen levels decrease and deplete naturally. It is completely unavoidable! But don’t worry, we’ve got some simple tricks you can do to help stimulate that collagen production back to the way it was when you were 21.
Boosting you collagen:
It’s time to take a look at what you are eating. Make sure you are consuming a balanced diet that contains proteins in the form of fatty fish high in Omega-3 (Salmon), and Vitamin A and C, which has anti-inflammatory properties that protect the skin! Consider eating oranges, blueberries, avocados and tomatoes—all of which boost collagen production.
If your struggling to change your diet, take a look at our Vita-Bright Radiance Serum, containing Vit-A-Like, an advanced natural alternative to Retinol, and Maritech Bright, a superior antioxidant clinically proven to restrain enzymes known to accelerate signs of ageing. The use of these powerful ingredients, will help protect your skin against environmental stressors, like UV rays, improving skin elasticity and firmness.
You can also boost your collagen by looking for products containing Aloe Vera, known for its soothing and calming properties. Recent studies have shown that as Aloe Vera stores water, it begins to create a gel-like substance in the leaves, containing vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. As a result, Aloe Vera stimulates fibroblast activity, creating an acceleration in collagen production and fibres, helping tighten pores to achieve the most youthful effect. You can find Aloe Vera across all our skincare range!
Keep an eye out for our Blog Post, We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all the latest skin care tips, tricks and need to know!