These days, it seems like everyone’s talking about collagen. Collagen creams, collagen drinks, collagen powders – is it all just hype? Maybe you’ve heard that it’s the secret to youthful skin. Or perhaps you’re wondering if it really can give you the healthy hair and nails of your dreams.
Lucky for you, we’re digging into all the deets on collagen. Here’s what you need to know about collagen and what you can do to keep your skincare routine on point.
Collagen is a protein – but not just any protein. It’s responsible for keeping your hair, skin, and muscles looking and feeling their best. Collagen is kinda like the glue that holds everything together.
There are over 28 types of collagen, but there are three main types that your body uses: I, II, and III.
Your body naturally produces collagen. But here’s the thing; as you age, your natural collagen production levels slow. And that process can start as early as your mid-20s. Other factors – like sun exposure, smoking, and diet – can all contribute to collagen breakdown in the skin. That’s why you’re never too young to establish a solid skincare and nutrition routine.
Collagen is one of the primary ingredients in maintaining skin elasticity. It also plays an essential role in keeping your hair and nails strong, supple, and healthy. Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less collagen naturally. And, as a result, we soon see wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging.
But it doesn’t just keep your skin firm and plump. Collagen is also essential for healthy hair and nail growth. So weak or brittle hair and nails might be a sign that it’s time to start supplementing your body’s natural collagen production.
There are collagen creams available, but their effectiveness is still widely debated. The problem is that most collagen molecules can be too large to get absorbed by your skin. That’s why a topical collagen cream might not be the best option. It will leave your skin feeling extra moisturized – but it won’t affect your fine lines or wrinkles.
Instead, look for skincare products that work with your skin to help boost your natural collagen production levels.
Ingredients like retinol and Vitamin C help activate your body’s natural collagen production. Retinol activates the genes in your skin that are responsible for making collagen. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that triggers your skin’s fibroblasts to produce fresh collagen. Just make sure to apply your SPF daily to help prevent collagen breakdown.
An alternative way to boost your natural collagen levels is through your diet. Many common foods contain the three types of collagen that you need most. Meat, eggs, and bone broth all have loads of natural collagen. Add in foods rich in vitamin C – like oranges, berries, and peppers – to support your natural collagen production.
Collagen can feel like it’s all hype. And while some of it is too good to be true, there are easy ways to modify your skincare and nutrition regimens to boost your natural collagen production. Although some collagen molecules are too large for your skin to absorb, you can use other topical treatments to get the job done.
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