As we grow older, our skin gradually loses its ability to produce collagen. The decrease of collagen production leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and saggy skin.
This inevitable process. But before we discuss on how to improve collagen production, let’s learn more about it.
What is Collagen?
So, collagen is a type of protein found in connective tissue that holds our body’s skin, bones and tissue together.
Simply, it’s a sort of glue that keeps our body joined together.
Also, did you know that about 80% of our skin is composed of collagen?! Therefore skin that is smooth and supple has a much more collagen than saggy and wrinkly skin.
Collagen, along with keratin & elastin, which are two other proteins found in skin and hair, all give the skin its firmness, strength and elasticity.
The body naturally produces collagen, but this production can be disrupted due to a variety of factors. And those factors are UV radiation from the sun’s rays, poor nutrition, cigarette smoke, alcohol consumption as well as environmental pollution.
Even without any of these factors, collagen production still reduces as part of the natural aging process.
But luckily, you can increase collagen production naturally.
And on of the way is proper nutrition because there are some foods that can help you to boost collagen production:
1. Fish and Lean Meat
Omega-3-rich fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel along with grass-fed meat (which is also high in omega-3) protect the fatty membrane around skin cells.
The omega-3s plump up the cells, making them bouncy and full, which leads to more youthful-looking skin.
These foods also help reduce inflammation and provide essential amino acids to keep your skin firm and elastic.
Especially dark greens like kale and spinach go a long way in helping you to increase collagen in your skin.
These dark leafy greens are abounding in vitamin C and lutein which helps the body to produce collagen.
Not only that, but there are other nutrients present in them which are beneficial to your overall health. So make sure dark green vegetables and leaves feature in your daily meals.
Garlic offers lipoic acid and taurine, both of which help rebuild damaged collagen.
It’s also an excellent source of sulfur, which is an essential part of collagen production.
4. Green Tea
Another item that will help you to increase collagen in your skin is tea, especially green tea. So make sure you drink one cup every day.
Green tea is full of flavonoids, a kind of antioxidant. Antioxidants are necessary for your body to fight those free radicals that cause the most harm to your body. From the breaking down of collagen fibers to causing cancer, free radicals are the reason for many of our ailments.
Berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries are on of the best sources of antioxidants. And antioxidants fight those skin-ravaging free radicals while boosting collagen.
Boost Collagen Production with Essential Oils:
Essential oils are naturally concentrated substances extracted from aromatic plants. And they have a tiny molecular structure that enables them to penetrate deep into the skin and enter the bloodstream.
- Lemon Essential Oil
What makes lemon one of the best essential oils for collagen production is its super high vitamin C content.
How to use:
Dilute 3 drops of lemon essential oil with 3 Tbsp of coconut oil. Store in a glass dropper bottle!
Now, use 3 drops of the mixture and gently massage on your skin.
And remember to use this treatment during the night because lemon is sensitive to the sun.
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil is another collagen-boosting champion in the world of anti-aging.
It is and an excellent choice for mature and sun damaged skin because of its high antioxidant properties as well as skin nourishing & tissue repairing qualities.
If you are not a fan of the smell of this essential oil you can mix it with another (citrus, lavender) before you dilute it with coconut oil (or any other of your choice).