6 ways to boost collagen production and keep wrinkles at bayUpdated on: 23 April 2020, 19:25 pm IST
Has a recent picture of you smiling made you concerned about wrinkles? Although ageing is something we all have to slowly accept, the process of ageing can be slowed down. Collagen can be the boosting rescue for all your wrinkle worries.
Whenever you think of supple and glowing skin, what you’re actually looking at is an abundance of collagen. What is collagen though? A collagen is an abundant form of protein found in the body. It can be found in the tissues of the muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, and the digestive system.
Interestingly, collagen has always been known as synonymous with skin health.
How does collagen impact skin health?
With the natural process of ageing, the body begins to produce less collagen. Due to the lack of collagen, the appearance of wrinkles gradually becomes more prominent.
When the skin loses its elasticity, the skin begins to sag and there is an appearance of wrinkles. This gradual change of appearance is the most commonly visible sign of collagen reduction.
However, fret not ladies. You can replenish your skin’s collagen and slow down wrinkles. Here are seven effective ways of boosting collagen:
1. Trust products with hyaluronic acid
You must have heard a lot of skincare enthusiasts talk about the magical impact of hyaluronic acid in skincare products. Hyaluronic acid is an integral compound for collagen in the skin.
One way to bring hyaluronic acid into your life is by choosing serums and creams with this ingredient. That said, foods that are abundant in amino acids (such as beans, root vegetables, and soya) can also get you a dose of hyaluronic acid.
2. Vitamin C can also do the trick
Vitamin C has always been synonymous with fresh glowing skin. Although this phenomenal vitamin can’t be made in the body so it must be consumed through healthy foods.
In a study by Indian Dermatology Online Journal, it was found that vitamin C plays an important role in protecting skin health and creating more collagen in the body. You can consume it through natural foods and also try products formulated with vitamin C.
3. Or try aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a common nuskha for sunburn and rashes, but it has more to offer. In a study done by the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, it was found that individuals who applied topical aloe vera had double the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen.
It was also found that aloe vera stimulates the cells to grow which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. You can either choose to directly apply aloe vera gel on your skin or use skin care products that contain it.
4. Then there’s good-old dhaniya
Dhaniya or coriander has interestingly been found to replenish collagen production in the body. Coriander contains vitamin C (which has collagen-boosting powers) and linolenic acid, which has been proven to be a powerful anti-ageing element for your skin.
In a study done by the US National Library of Medicine, it was found that linolenic acid contains antioxidants that fight the free radicals in your bloodstream, which threaten to break down healthy skin cells.
5. Of course, antioxidants can also do the job
Your body uses antioxidants to protect itself from free radicals. But what are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules that harm the body. And while antioxidants can’t help with collagen production, they protect the collagen in the body, allowing them to do their job.
Many antioxidants can help protect and replenish the skin. Although there is an abundance of antioxidants in many foods, a study done by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that the most collagen-effective antioxidant foods are: green tea, blueberries, pomegranate extract, cinnamon, Basil, oregano, and thyme essential oils.
6. Use retinol-based skincare products
Retinol is a common ingredient in skincare products. A type of antioxidant, derived from vitamin A, it is commonly used to boost collagen levels in the skin.
It helps increase the lifespan of collagen, as well as block certain enzymes that destroy it, making it an apt ingredient choice to consider while buying skincare products, especially if you already have wrinkles. .
So it’s time to get protective about the collagen in your skin and keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay.