The Extraordinary Secret to Firm and Youthful Skin

Source | Vinicius Costa

Source | Vinicius Costa

The extraordinary secret is actually very ordinary: Collagen.

I don’t know about you but when seeing the word, “Collagen” I think of plumping lip glosses and skin creams.

It turns out that collagen is actually the secret to maintaining firm and smooth skin. It also seems to be making waves of popularity in the wellness community.

But what is collagen from a scientific perspective? It is a protein that makes up about 80 percent of the deepest layers within the skin. It acts like a foundation holding up the top layer whilst keeping the skin firm.

Having that biological support system is great until you hit your mid-thirties when your natural collagen starts to break down and loosen. The saving grace: your ability to boost your supply and have your body makes more it. How does one do this? By adding the right foods into your diet, the supplements you take and an effective skin care regimen.

Your diet can be one of the sources to acquire more collagen. Both bone broth and stews contain a generous helping of collagen found in the bones. You can also consume wild caught salmon which protects the collagen from sun damage. But if the animal product is not your thing, you can also opt for the following to boost your collagen production:

  • Dark, leafy greens

  • Garlic

  • Carrots

  • Avocados

  • Tomatoes

  • Berries

  • Almonds

  • Kiwis

  • Pumpkin seeds

Most experts recommend that taking a 100 percent collagen supplement like NeoCell’s Collagen Protein Peptides which you can easily find at any health store or Whole Foods. This product comes in a powder and can be added to your morning smoothie or favorite beverage. But no matter how you consume the supplement, the body goes to work by breaking down the collagen’s big molecular chain into smaller di-peptides. Your body goes into repair mode; this breakdown helps to absorb into the bloodstream and transport the protein to the damaged areas.

In addition, to supplement your diet and supplementation, there are skin care products designed to increase collagen production. Two of the most notable ones are Retinol and prescription retinoids. However, using these products should be introduced slowly in smaller application sizes as they can irritate the skin. If you intend to use retinol, much like benzoyl peroxide, be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every day to protect your skin and collagen from UV damage.

There. Now, you know the secret to firm skin.

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