Important Facts about Collagen and Fighting Skin Aging

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The good fight against aging becomes easier when you know more about the key elements that could improve the texture of your skin. If you are an avid user of anti-aging products (who isn’t?) then you might be familiar with collagen. What is collagen and how can it help prevent aging?

Collagen refers to the body’s structural protein. It’s comprised of three protein chains linked together in a tight triple helix to provide tensile strength. This compound makes up 75% of our skin. Collagen is created by fibroblasts – a specialized skin cell located in the dermis. These cells – in turn – produce elastin. Elastin is a protein that gives the skin the ability to snap back or stretch. Fibroblasts also generate glucosaminoglycans. These compounds keep the dermis hydrated.

Collagen is responsible for the texture of your skin. It can make the skin smooth, wrinkle-free and youthful looking. It also helps repair damaged skin tissues, replace dead skin cells and build new cellular structures in the skin. Needless to say, increasing collagen in the skin helps preserve its youthfulness. Below are other important facts you need to know about collagen:

Collagen Prevents Oxidative Stress

Apart from producing elastin and glycosaminoglycans, collagen also protects from free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that destroy healthy cells. Unfortunately, it’s hard to avoid free radicals because they are everywhere. Boosting collagen in the skin is a preventive step in enhancing the effects of antioxidants. This leads to younger-looking skin.

Women Lose Collagen Faster Than Men

Here’s the grim truth: women lose collagen faster than men at a rate of 1.5% every year. Why? Maturation and eventual aging cause women to lose this nutrient faster. Once you hit 25, the levels of collagen in the body decline at a rapid rate. Worse, there is no food that provides collagen. As such, you have to take supplements to obtain this compound.

Check Anti-Aging Creams Before Buying

Not all collagen-based anti-aging creams are created equal. You want anti-aging creams made with marine collagen precursors, hyaluronic acid, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, seaweed or microalgae (astaxanthin) and isoflavones or those enriched with vitamin A, C and E. These products contain collagen that’s absorbed easily by the skin.

Some anti-aging creams contain collagen with too large molecules. And so, they are not absorbed by the body. The collagen is just washed away or excreted by the body.  Other anti-aging creams contain too little of the stuff, rendering them ineffective in banishing wrinkles.

It’s Not For Everyone

Some collagen based anti-aging products will not work as effectively on other people. Its effectiveness will depend on the user’s lifestyle and diet. You cannot expect an eye cream or face cream to work its magic when you habitually sleep at 3 AM and smoke like a chimney.

Any skin care product will work best if you eat cleanly and healthily and you don’t smoke. If you want to keep the skin younger-looking, abstain from cigarettes and alcohol. Avoid greasy foods and exercise daily. Do all these and your skin care products – that you spent a fortune on – are guaranteed to work better.


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