Keep Skin Firm By Avoiding These Collagen Killers
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. Providing the supporting structure underneath the epidermis that keeps the skin firm and tight, collagen is responsible for the smooth, youthful skin appearance free of wrinkles and sagging.
Collagen production slows down and naturally diminishes due to aging. In order to reduce the appearance of aging and promote beauty it is necessary to find a means of protecting from this slowdown in production to keep the skin support structure in place as it was in our younger days. One way to keep skin youthful is by adding our new Cell Revive Collagen Complete to your skincare regimen to help avoid these collagen killers.
Death By Free Radicals
According to Skin Inc. free radicals are charged chemical particles of oxygen that enter into destructive chemical bonds with organic substances such as proteins. The result is an oxidation, or chemical burning, of the substance, which destroys it. Exposure to free radicals in the environment, such as pollution and sun exposure, is known to lead to oxidative destruction of the skin and the collagen-destroying process that causes wrinkling. Fight free radical damage with antioxidants – from the inside and the outside. Increase your intake of vitamin C, which is a necessary component of collagen production. And check the ingredient list on your skincare products for encapsulated and stabilized vitamin C, which will deliver a stable and consistent dose of antioxidants directly into your skin.
Death By Sun Exposure
One of the worst enemies of collagen is excessive sun exposure. Direct UV exposure can harm collagen fibroblasts. Long-term sun exposure can cause collagen and elastin to breakdown and degrade, faster than normal. Help your skin out by always wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Save time by using a moisturizer with SPF every morning on your face. And don’t forget to always apply sunscreen to your arms, neck, chest and hands.
Death By Smoking
Okay, seriously, just don’t smoke. It is bad for about every part of your anatomy…including the collagen in your skin. Smoking destroys collagen and elastin and decreases estrogen, which helps keep skin firm. So, if you are a smoker and want to save your collagen, quit smoking. If you are not a smoker, don’t start! Even casual smoking is a collagen killer!
Death By Dehydration
Dehydration leads to oxidative stress, which produces free radicals. Without moisture, the skin isn’t able to repair itself and suffers even more damage. It’s a vicious cycle. Ensure your collagen is safe by using a moisturizer that infuses skin with moisture while strengthening the skin’s barrier to keep moisture in the skin.
Death By Sugar
A high sugar diet and high blood sugar can cause collagen glycation resulting in a lumpy skin appearance. Collagen is a complex protein; make sure your diet has plenty of healthy proteins (we opt for plant) which supply the amino acids needed for collagen production.
Death By Squinting
Throw on your favorite “sunnies” and keep them on! Constant squinting into the sun causes wrinkles around the eyes and crows feet, damaging the collagen in the skin around your delicate eye area.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue, which means we need to take care of it! Avoiding any potential collagen killers and aiding it in self-repair with collagen-rich skincare products will help keep skin firm and youthful.