By Ugochi Obiajunwa
One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. We last gave you hints on how to know that your skin is lacking collagen. Now, here are ways to restore that vital supplement:
The words “retinol” and “retinoids” sound like nothing we’ve ever heard of existing in nature, but surprise—both terms are basically just another name for the active form of vitamin A, which is a potent antioxidant. That gives retinoids their ability to unclog pores, boost collagen, and fight signs of aging. These easily get the gold star for their tried-and-true anti-aging benefits. Topical retinoids have the strongest and best evidence for slowing down collagen breakdown in many different ways. They also stimulate the production of new collagen
These are the individual building blocks that link up to create protein. Collagen is a protein, so, in theory, more peptides equal more collagen. There’s no shortage of different types of peptides out there, all of which do have varying degrees of efficacy. Peptides applied topically to the skin can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen, and voila, you have the appearance of more youthful, supple skin.
- Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is vital for the production and maintenance of collagen, the protein that makes up the connective tissues in our skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bones. Vitamin C helps to keep joints flexible, and studies find that it can help slow the progression of arthritis. You probably pop it whenever you feel a cold coming on, but turns out vitamin C can ward off wrinkles, too. Not only is it a co-factor for the enzymes that directly produce new collagen, it also helps block UV-induced collagen breakdown.
- Antioxidant + Sunscreen:
Everyone should apply sunscreen every time they go outside. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your skin. Wearing sunscreen should be on daily basis to help shield skin from the damaging UV rays that speed up collagen breakdown. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. A sunscreen with SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays.
Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of the sun, aging, and some facial skin disorders. Treatments are safe, effective, and convenient. Lasers generate microscopic, controlled wounds in the dermal layer of the skin. The skin then responds to this trauma by making new, stronger collagen that leaves the skin thicker, firmer, and smoother. Your skin may look slightly pink for a little while after a laser treatment, but it’s really more about what’s happening underneath the surface of the skin where all of that new collagen is being stimulated.
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