What if I told you that by the time you reach the age of 45 years, your body would have lost around 30% of your collagen content? And by that time you begin to notice that your skin start to sag and begins to develop wrinkles, especially along your face.
Collagen is a major protein that comprises most of your skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. It is specifically responsible in giving tensile strength and structure to your skin cells. Loss of this proteinleads to loss of elasticity. The skin layers become weaker and you begin to develop wrinkles on your skin surface.
First, you do not need to consume collagen directly, although there are various products that claim to be orally taken. A good example is the hydrolyzed collagen taken from bovine cow hide. Some skin care products use topical application of compounds, sometimes combined with elastin, another necessary protein type that aids in collagen production. Truth to tell, they are not highly effective since these two substances cannot be absorbed by the skin layers beneath the surface. For a treatment to be effective, it must reach all the seven layers of your skin.
Various foods, especially fruits and vegetables, contain beneficial nutrients that deliver the desired effect. Be sure to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. They contain collagen producing elements. Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C largely contribute to significant increase in natural collagen production.
Those healthy diets should also be coupled with various changes in your lifestyle in order to get maximum desired effects. Avoid alcohol, coffee and excessive sugar. They prevent the collagen production line from working properly. Reduce intake of saturated fats.
Avoid skin care products that surreptitiously contain a lot of harmful chemicals, some of them were found to be cancer-causing. Avoid also those high in fragrance and mineral oil. Mineral oil is reported to clog the skin pores, trapping the toxins inside. These all lead to the development of pimples, blackheads and acne. Take regular exercise and drink plenty of water.
All natural food supplements are widely regarded by experts to promote more efficient collagen production. Believe me. Once you start doing these, you will soon discover marked changes in your skin condition. With more collagen beneath, your skin becomes smoother and has significantly lesser wrinkles.