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Preventing collagen damage


As promised in my last blog post, I’m back again with more golden knowledge on collagen. As I mentioned, prevention is always better than treatment, so, this time around, I’m sharing some top tips on preventing collagen damage.  

Stimulating your collagen production requires two essential habits: excellent skincare and a healthy diet. 

With that said, contrary to popular belief, there are no superfoods when it comes to collagen production. Instead, certain foods offer the specific building blocks for collagen & boost our antioxidant levels which in turn, protect our body from oxidative stress which degrades collagen over time. 

The same goes for natural ingredients, rather than reaching for aloe vera in the hope that it will instantly boost your collagen levels, you need to understand that we’re looking at the bigger picture here. 

I have rounded up some of the ‘unsung heroes’ for collagen production so I can explain how exactly they can contribute to the prevention of collagen damage: 

Aloe Vera 

Aloe Vera gel has been used for healing and soothing wounds for centuries. Whether applied topically or taken orally, the aloe vera plant is said to increase collagen production thanks to its cell-growth stimulating properties. Simply put, if you were to use aloe vera on a wound, it would speed up the healing process, which includes the production of new collagen. 

Vitamin C rich foods 

Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid; a powerhouse praised for speeding up recovery time, relieving painful joints and boosting collagen production. Without sufficient levels of vitamin C, your body will not gain the full benefit of foods rich in hyaluronic acid. 

Bonus: retinol is your friend too. While Vitamin C helps our body to synthesise collagen, retinol helps to retain the effects of boosted collagen production. 

Algae 

Marine plant ingredients are growing in popularity, and rightly so. The reason being that most skin damage is caused by oxidation; the exposure of your skin to pollution, which can, in turn, damage cell growth. Thankfully, algae prevent oxidation from draining your skin of its elasticity and collagen. You’ll find algae in both skincare products and as oral supplements. 

Ginseng

The anti-ageing effects of the mighty ginseng plant are well-documented. Ginseng is absorbed into the skin without any adverse reactions that chemical pharmaceuticals cause. Simply put, ginseng is an all-natural solution to helping your skin keep its original shape while releasing powerful antioxidants into your bloodstream. Furthermore, studies have also shown that ginseng helps to protect skin against UVB damage, which is a major culprit of collagen damage. 

The science 

Our natural collagen begins to diminish in our early twenties and continues to do so as we grow older. As well as natural reduction, factors such as genetics, lifestyle and UV damage will contribute too. This is where Vitamin C and plants such as Aloe Vera and Ginseng come into the equation. While they’re certainly not a quick fix, they do a play a part! However, we need to move away from the idea that one plant or certain foods will instantly boost our collagen – it’s not that simple. 

Collagen Stimulation Therapy 

As explained earlier on, excellent skincare and a healthy diet are the two most significant factors when it comes to preventing collagen damage. As well as the products you put on your skin every day, the treatments you enjoy can also work wonders. 

I’m a big believer that collagen stimulation therapy is much more useful than fad drinks and pills. Collagen stimulation therapy is a method of inducing controlled injury to the skin’s dermal and epidermal layers which causes growth factors, new collagen and elastin. 

Similarly to other essential parts in new and healthy skin formation, we can find collagen in the deeper layers of our skin, namely, the dermis. Collagen makes up around 10-30% of the weight of our dermis, so by using collagen therapy, we’re able to stimulate the production of new collagen by targeting the specific area. 

 The benefits of collagen stimulation therapy: 

  • Does not damage your skin
  • There’s no discomfort after treatment
  • The healing phase is short
  • It’s safe on all skin types
  • You won’t experience any sun sensitivity 
  • It can be carried out on all areas of the body 
  • It can be repeated safely

Rather than spending your money on collagen drinks or supplements, it would be best if you focused on your skincare and what you’re consuming internally and externally. I can help you to find the right balance between skincare products, treatments and diet to achieve healthy, happy skin. Get in touch to start your journey today! 

 

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