Collagen a Facial Fountain of Youth
Along with hyaluronic acid, collagen is a key factor in the quest to turn back the clock. So what exactly does that mean? How does it help your skin look younger? Read on to know more about collagen and how it helps your skin.
1. Your Skin's Building Block
Collagen is naturally found in the body, mainly in your dermis, muscles, and bones. It is an essential protein produced by fibroblasts and makes up around 5% of your body weight. It is an omnipresent substance that is fibrous in texture and ensures that your skin tissue is cohesive, flexible, and able to regenerate. It works like a mechanical spring and 'body glue' that form an inner scaffolding to support your face. Just like hyaluronic acid, it is an essential component that is also affected by the passage of time.
2. Collage’s Lifecycle
Collagen production starts to slow down from around the age of 25. Its decline is progressive and once you hit 40, a process called glycation comes into play. This is when collagen fibres become rigid and lose their suppleness. The result is the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
3. How to Increase Your Collagen Levels
Concentrated creams, injections, food supplements - there are loads of ways to boost your skin's collagen levels. Collagen may be sourced from cattle (rare nowadays) or fish. Whatever the case, the idea is to supplement the loss of your naturally produced collagen and delay any signs of ageing. Boosting your skin's collagen levels will smooth facial features, combat wrinkles, and hydrate your skin, helping you look younger.