We all know the word collagen, but what exactly is it, and why do we need it? Maybe you’ve heard us talk about it at Pure Touch Skin Center and how it can limit wrinkling. Here we’ll discuss what it is, and how to increase collagen production in your body.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a fibrous protein that makes up approximately one-third of the protein in your body. As the most abundant protein in your body, it can be found in your muscles, skin, bones, and tendons.
Collagen is the substance that holds your body together. Think of it as a framework for your body that helps hold your body’s firmness.
Your body naturally has collagen production. However, after the age of 21, your body starts producing one percent less collagen per year. This is when people start to eventually notice their skin doesn’t have as much bounce as it used to, and they begin noticing wrinkles.
While you won’t be able to duplicate how much collagen your body used to make, there are things you can do to help your body continue to have as much collagen production as possible.
1. Increase Vitamin C And Hyaluronic Acid Intake
Increasing your intake of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid will help with your body’s natural collagen production. There are 28 types of collagen in your body, and vitamin C is in 18 of them. The vitamin C will combine with two amino acids—lysine and proline—and will form procollagen. This comes before the collagen in your body is formed. Because of the antioxidant nature of vitamin C, it will also help protect the collagen already in your body.
Hyaluronic acid helps the collagen in your body bind together. Increasing your hyaluronic acid intake will help the newly-forming collagen to bind together. This acid already naturally forms in your body, but there are foods you can eat that contain high amounts of it. Both sweet potatoes and carrots are high in hyaluronic acid.
2. Eat A Healthy Diet
Keeping a healthy diet really does wonders for essentially every part of your life. When it comes to collagen production, adding a good amount of healthy protein to your diet will help. Eating proteins filled with amino acids such as arginine, hydroxyproline, proline, and glycine will help with collagen. Those four amino acids are the main acids found in collagen.
3. Do The Right Types Of Exercise
If you’re already spending time in the gym, that’s great. If you’re interested in improving the collagen production in your body, you’ll have to work on improving the HGH production in your body.
To improve HGH production, you’ll need to make sure you’re hitting the weights. Doing resistance training will help increase the HGH in your body. Try lifting heavier weights, but with fewer repetitions.
We also recommend doing high-impact interval training (HIIT) as well. Instead of running on the treadmill for an hour, try and introduce exercises in short bursts. For example, you can include quick one- or two-minute sprints in between your resistance training. The short-burst training will help with your HGH production, which in turn helps with collagen production.
4. Quit Smoking
Regardless of its effects on your collagen production, you should already not be smoking. It’s a nasty habit to pick up. Smoking will eat at the proteins in your body, affecting the amount of collagen. The results are drier skin that almost resembles leather. People who smoke are basically aging themselves much faster than they need to be, and inviting a host of unhealthy conditions into their bodies.
5. Drink More Water
Drinking water already has truly outstanding benefits. Making sure you’re hydrated will help with the hyaluronic acid in your body. The acid works better when it has plenty of water to work with. Staying hydrated will also help with the elastin in your body, which helps your skin and tissues regain their shape whenever they’re pulled or poked at.
Remember, these are ways to simply promote collagen production. Despite your best efforts, Mother Nature is going to do her thing. After a while, forming wrinkles and seeing loose skin is a part of life. It gets even the healthiest and most beautiful of us, despite our efforts. In these cases, there are dermal fillers which can help plump your skin to a more radiant, youthful appearance. If you’re interested in seeing how we can do this for you, please contact us for a free consultation.