The best way to increase collagen production in the skin is to lead a healthy lifestyle. There are many things that can damage collagen production. These include smoking cigarettes, excessive exposure to the sun, and excess consumption of sugar.
Prevention is usually better than trying to repair damage, but it’s always possible to improve your lifestyle. Although that can sometimes seem to be more easily said than done, here are some immediate steps you can take to increase collagen production.
- Minimise or Eliminate Smoking
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, along with nicotine, that have the potential to damage collagen and elastin in your body. Nicotine causes the blood vessels to narrow, and that diminishes oxygen delivered to skin cells. Skin cells contain a lot of collagen.
- Protect Your Skin from UV Rays
Use sunscreen the year around, even if it doesn’t seem as if there’s a lot of sun. If you can’t use sunscreen because of allergies or other issues, wear a big, shady hat when exercising or working outside. Minimise sunbathing and wear a light-coloured cotton shirt to protect your arms and shoulders from sun damage. Excessive exposure to the sun damages collagen and can cause other sorts of skin problems.
- Limit Caffeine Intake
Maybe you can’t make it through the day without your morning cup of coffee or tea but try limiting or cutting back on intake during the day. There’s evidence that caffeine might slow the healing of wounds and can have other adverse effects too.
- Cut Down on Sugar
Collagen is manufactured in the liver. The liver is also the regulatory agent for blood sugar levels in your body. Too much sugar can overload your liver, making it work harder. That might cause problems with collagen creation.
It isn’t all about cutting down on things or using preventative maintenance, however. You can boost collagen creation in your body by eating good food and through some medical assistive procedures.
- A good diet counts, especially one that’s high in those all-important Omega 3 fatty acids, right along with those super antioxidants that are packed with Vitamin C. Blueberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, broccoli, kale – the list goes on and on. It’s a delicious way to support collagen production and general good health in your body.
- Moisturise from within and without. Drink plenty of plain, ordinary clean water, and eat foods that are moisture rich as well. Again, those fruits, berries and vegetables that contain super vitamins also contain moisture. Use a good moisturiser that will protect your skin. Don’t worry about getting one that contains collagen because collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed by the skin. Instead, get one that contains the building blocks for collagen.
- Get a massage. Massages stimulate the skin and muscles, helping you relax and promote good blood flow.
- Use Aloe Vera, within and without. There are indications that it helps with collagen production. You already know that it is good first aid for burns and general skin irritants, so it only makes sense that it would help with collagen. Recent studies indicate that extracted Aloe Vera sterols help with collagen production.
- Add ginseng to your diet and to your skin cream selection. This ancient herb has long been part of the anti-ageing pharmacopoeia. Use skin creams that include ginseng as an ingredient, use an infusion to wash your face, and, of course, drink it as tea.
The good news is that many of the ways to improve collagen production in your body are pleasant and delicious. Just think about it. A nice massage with a pleasantly scented skin lotion that leaves your skin supple and feeling good, a diet full of fruits and vegetables of all colours, most of them eaten fresh and tasting delicious, or soothing herb teas that can replenish the fluids in your body and replace a cup or two of your caffeinated beverage.
There are supplements that you can take, there are surgical procedures that can be administered by professionals, but you can begin to improve your collagen production with your next trip to the grocery store.