Wrinkles, wrinkles, go away and please come back another day! In fact, never come back again please! Fine lines and wrinkles — some people get them sooner, some people get them later. But no one ever wants them. What can we do to make wrinkles and fines line a history? We can boost the collagen levels in our skin.
Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in our skin. It works to keep our skin looking supple, lifted, plump, and wrinkle-free. You can eat foods to boost the collagen levels in your skin such as sunflower seeds, pomegranate seeds, oysters, and guava.
Did you know our bodies product three types of collagen? Type 1, 2, and 3. Collagen type 3 is the most stable and long-lasting collagen, collagen type 1 is the most fragile, and collagen 2 is found in our joints.
There are three ways your body loses collagen. Let’s look at them:
- Sugar eliminates collagen in your body. Why do you think I tell all of you to cut down on sugar and live a healthy lifestyle?
- Leaving your skin exposed to the sun reduces collagen levels in your body. Why do you think I emphasize the need to wear sunscreen on every blog post I write?
- Aging causes you to reduce collagen levels in your body. Why do you think I offer so many tips on how to reverse the aging process?
What Can I Do?
Here are three ways you can boost the collagen levels in your skin:
1. Collagen Creams
Even though there is no scientific evidence that collagen creams work to promote the production of collagen, people who used them have noticed a difference in the texture of their skin, reporting a decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can invest in collagen creams, as they will benefit your skin.
When you apply a cream containing collagen, it prevents molecules from penetrating into the deep layers of your skin, but they still remain on your skin’s surface. If you don’t want to use collagen creams, you can use creams containing peptides, vitamin C, and retinol — all which work to boost collagen levels in your skin.
2. Collagen Injections
Now, this method of boosting collagen levels in your skin may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to reduce wrinkles and fine lines instantly, you can go for this. It will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, but may require frequent trips to the doctor.
3. Collagen Supplements
You can take collagen supplements if you do not want to try collagen injections. You can use a collagen cream in combination with collagen supplements for maximum results. You should get collagen supplements that boosts all three types of collagen i.e. type 1, 2, and 3.
However, you will still need to take preventive measures to protect your skin and keep your collagen levels from decreasing. If you stay out in the sun all day, basking in it without wearing sunscreen, collagen supplements will not help you.