How to Boost Your Collagen Production Naturally Now

From important nutrients and lifestyle habits, here are the ways to preserve & boost your collagen levels!

Self-care is the key to stay forever young, so if you are a gal like us, looking to stay fresh and flawless as well as trying to prevent fine lines, aging, and premature wrinkles expression … you are in the right place! Here we put together the necessary nutrients as well as the lifestyle habits to preserve and boost your gold collagen production naturally. Well, there is no need for an introduction about the precious collagen, the most vital protein found in the body which provides us not only with a strong bone structuremuscle mass and healthy hair, but also gives us volume so as the skin to be smooth and wrinkle-free. Several studies have shown that collagen peptides or hydrolyzed collagen supplements may help in strengthening skin while boosting hydration and elasticity, and thus reducing dryness and the formation of wrinkles. But according to Dr. Garshick, New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, did you know that collagen loss begins in the early twenties? That’s why it is very crucial not only to keep the collagen you already have but also to stimulate your skin to produce it faster and faster. Smoking, eating too much sugar and refined carbs as well as getting too much sunshine, along with environmental factors like pollution, can break down collagen, making it more likely to see your skin less firm and supple over the years. So the question is how could we boost our collagen production naturally and free of cost at home?

 

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Nutrients that increase collagen production:

Well, we should use our moisturizing cream every day, but given the fact that change comes from within it is very important to take care of what we are eating. More particularly, it is necessary to add some nutrients to your diet to enhance your collagen levels in your body for youthful and smooth baby skin as well as shiny and healthy hair. Which are they? Vitamins C and E, omega 3 fatty acids, and zinc. Specifically, eating foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids are the key factors to increase the levels of hyaluronic acid and collagen production in your body as both are important for the skin. Foods such as oranges, rose hips, acerola cherries, strawberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lemons, kale, parsley, blackcurrants, sweet yellow peppers, papaya, strawberries, and kiwifruit are a great source of vitamin C. Especially when you combine vitamin C with vitamin E, the so-called “beauty vitamin” where you can find in green leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds and almonds, you create a super antioxidant bomb against the harmful effects of free radicals while helping improve skin hydration and elasticity. In addition, beyond all the amazing benefits omega 3 fatty acids offer to our health are also an excellent source for our skin health as well. Found in fish, seafood, and plant foods like walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds, omega 3 fatty acids can hydrate your skin as good or better as applying a moisturizer, and reduce inflammation – a huge problem that causes accelerated aging – and acne as well as protect against red, dry, and itchy skin. Last but not least, according to the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communicationscopper, one of the first metals used in cosmetics in ancient Egypt, found in oysters, almonds, crabs, sunflower seeds, lentils, and dark chocolate helps in forming elastin when it joins with the mineral zinc and vitamin C.

Lifestyle Habits For a Youthful Skin Complexion:

  • Sleep, sleep, sleep: Maintaining a regular sleep schedule may help with collagen renewal. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should complete 7 to 9 hours of (literal) beauty sleep per night.
  • Vitamin C Needed: Apply a vitamin C serum directly to your skin in the morning. The super antioxidant benefits will stabilize collagen formation as well as protect your skin against UV damage.
  • Sunscreen is necessary: By applying sunscreen all over your skin, you can keep it young as long as you can. Uv rays cause premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles expressions so it’s very important to reapply it throughout the day especially the days with extended exposure to sunlight.
  • Focus on De-Stressing Strategies: Make a list of de-stressing activities when you feel you are getting stressed because stress triggers inflammation and weakens the body’s ability to repair itself, speeding up skin aging.
  • Work out hard, play hard: Did you know that regular exercise slows down the aging process? Yes! One of the biggest benefits of exercise is that keeps our skin, body, and mind young! So start moving!
  • Put Aloe Vera in your daily routine: Miraculous Aloe Vera has long been used for healing and soothing wounds. Why? Because aloe plant increases collagen production and thus heals burns and cuts. You may apply it topically to your skin or take it as an oral dietary supplement after your doctor’s advice. Both ways will help you improve your skin quality.
  • Berries intake: Choose to eat dark berries like raspberries, blackberries, and blackcurrant that strengthen collagen by connecting the fibers together.
  • Prefer green tea: The catehins of green tea offer super antioxidant benefits, acting against collagen breakdown.

 

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