Collagen is a natural protein found in our bodies that makes up the majority of our skin, bone, joints and connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons. It is literally the ‘glue’ that holds us together but as we age, production starts to decline resulting in weaker joints, ligaments etc and the creation of wrinkles in our skin.
Skin ageing is a complex biological process, influenced by a combination of intrinsic (genetics, cellular metabolism, hormone and metabolic) processes and extrinsic (chronic light exposure, pollution, ionizing radiation, chemicals, toxins) factors. At first glance, all efforts to combat the signs of age in our skin’s appearance might seem futile but evidence shows the best way to keep our skin looking smooth, plump and supple is to look after our collagen.
To protect the healthy collagen you currently have = avoid UVA and UVB radiation:
If you’re not already on a proper daily sun care regimen, this should be your first priority. Use sunscreens to block or reduce skin exposure to UV radiation and increase your use of antioxidants skin-care products – vitamins C, B3, and E are the most important antioxidants because of their ability to penetrate the skin through their small molecular weight.
To forestall future collagen degradation = prevent free radical damage:
We’re made up of millions of microscopic molecules that work hard to keep us healthy. Free radicals are molecules that become unstable when damaged by the environment, UV rays, chemicals, pollution, cigarette smoke. They instinctively try to repair themselves by bonding on to the nearest healthy cell to gain stability. This in turn damages the healthy cell, which then latches onto another healthy cell and so on and so forth. The damage this ‘free radical chain’ causes eventually becomes visible on the skin, particularly on the face and neck.
The answer, once again, antioxidants! These clever compounds can donate an electron to a free radical so that the free radical doesn’t have to take the electron from the skin’s atoms.
DRINK Green Tea, its well noted for its antioxidant effects, preventing skin cancer caused by UV damage.
EAT carrots, red peppers and dark leafy greens all of which are natural protectors of UV light damage.
Keep your skin HYDRATED with water and plant foods. The more hydrated your skin, the better environment it gives for collagen and elastin to thrive.