Collagen is a protein that supports the skin and aids the healing process whenever the skin is damaged. It also plays an important role in the way the skin ages. The sagging skin, uneven skin tone, and lines and wrinkles that appear on the face as the years progress come about because the cells that provide the skin with collagen become less productive as the body gets older.
The 5 Signs That Reveal Your Skin Needs More Collagen
- Wrinkles and Fine Lines
For many people the day they look in the mirror and realize their face is showing fine lines and wrinkles is likely to their first wake up call to the fact they are getting older, but age is not the only culprit. When the skin is exposed to too much sunlight, or the diet is lacking in important nutrients, it can also lead to a drop-off in collagen production. Smoking can have a similar effect.
Most of the skin’s collagen is located in the dermis (bottom layer of skin). It gives the skin the support it needs and helps maintain elasticity. When collagen starts to diminish, these benefits are no longer so pronounced and the lack of collagen support makes the skin more prone to showing its age and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear around the mouth and eyes.
- Poorer Skin Tone
Like any protein, collagen can be broken down into smaller parts called amino acids. The amino acids in collagen are responsible for feeding the epidermis and keeping it smooth and healthy-looking. Three of these amino acids (hydroxyproline, alanine, and glycine) are particularly important for preventing the appearance of confidence-sapping facial thread veins. They also help provide a better complexion.
- More Pronounced Scars
Collagen can be very efficient at hiding acne scars and other facial legions. When collagen levels drop, such scars are more likely to be clearly visible.
- Dry Skin
Skin that is lacking in collagen is more prone to becoming dry because it has become starved of the amino acids that help keep it sufficiently hydrated and naturally moisturised.
- Sagging Skin
The fact that a lack of collagen causes the skin to lose much of its support makes the areas around the face and neck more likely to fall victim to sagging skin.
Turning Back the Clock
Although science is unlikely to come up with a way to turn back the clock, collagen treatments and injections can make the face look younger. Such injections are painful and can present a number of health risks, but they firm up the skin, smooth it and diminish the look of wrinkles, by forcing extra collagen into the dermis. Unfortunately the effects often only last for 6-12 months.
Not all collagen creams are effective, but the best ones are absorbed through the skin and stimulate the fibroblast cells responsible for manufacturing collagen, causing them to produce an increased amount. This is a safer and more natural way to make the skin look younger. Some creams are also 100% vegan friendly. Collagen injections are not. They usually contain collagen taken from cows, pigs, or fish.
Collagen is a protein that supports the skin, keeps it healthy looking, and helps ensure lines and wrinkles are less likely to make the face look old. The body’s manufactures its own supply of collagen, but smoking, poor diet, or too much sun can make collagen production drop off, causing the skin to age prematurely. These problems might be partially solved by making the necessary lifestyle changes, but collagen production also decreases with age.
Collagen levels can be temporarily improved by collagen dermal fillers. An alternative method is to apply a skin cream that is capable of encouraging the fibroblast cells to start manufacturing extra collagen.
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