Are you worried about ageing?
Thinking about what you could do to retain your collagen and keep your skin looking young?
Then look further, as we’ll be covering the 8 ways you could do just that!
Scroll down to find out more:
Increase your Vitamin C intake
Did you know: Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen in your skin!
According to a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles compared than those who consumed lower levels.
You can increase your intake of vitamin C by consuming more citrus fruits (for e.g. oranges, lemon, etc), dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, etc.
You could also incorporate skincare with vitamin C to encourage collagen repair.
Give up smoking
Smoking destroys your skin’s collagen, elastin and it also decreases your estrogen level, which is necessary to keep your skin looking young and firm!
Use Sun Protection
Sun exposure hastens collagen loss in your skin. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there. Long-term exposure causes your skin’s collagen to break down and elastin to degrade.
So it’s best to be applying your sunscreen everyday. Opt for ones that are broad spectrum (keeps you protected from both UVA and UVB). To learn more about sunscreen, SPF, etc, do click HERE.
Reach for Retinol
Retinol (Vitamin A) reduces substances in your skin that break down collagen after sun exposure. And that’s not all, it also targets receptors in your skin and causes your production of collagen to increase.
It’s no wonder that this has been the star ingredient in anti ageing for years! For more tips on how to choose retinol products, do click HERE.
Curb your Sweet Tooth
Did you know: Eating too much sugar can cause you to age prematurely through a process known as glycation.
What happens is excess sugar in your blood attaches itself to fats and proteins (especially your collagen) to form “advanced glycation end products” (AKA AGEs). This accelerates your ageing process and causes wrinkles and saggy skin.
Exfoliate (at least once a week)
Exfoliation is a process to remove the top, dead layer of your skin. It helps speed up the natural process of your skin and collagen renewal. At the same time, it also improves the efficacy of skincare you apply. As the active ingredients can be absorbed better.
Massage and Circulate
Make some time daily to do a facial massage. This will help boost your skin’s production of collagen. At the same time, this will also help stimulate your lymph glands and promote clearer skin!
Keep active with physical activity
Physical exercise, yoga and breathing exercises are not only good for your health, they’re good for keeping you young as well! Increased blood circulation and oxygen flow keeps your cells rejuvenated!
Every little helps..
The breakdown of collagen, elastin is normal as you age. However, there are still steps that you can take to slow that down or even reverse some of it! You might be able to do all of them initially. But do try to incorporate as many of these steps into your routine to fend away premature ageing!