When it comes to skincare, we hear many things. Sometimes it gets confusing as to what works best for our skin and keep it healthy and young. But the truth is there is one key to keeping skin strong and glowing— it is a type of protein that makes our skin elastic and youthful. It’s called collagen!
While many are aware of collagen, there’s just too much hype surrounding it. It is perhaps because we often misunderstand how certain nutrients are actually produced and how they work in the body.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It makes up about 35% of our body’s total protein content. It acts like a ‘glue’ that holds our bones, organs, skin, teeth, and practically our whole body together. It gives our body structure, shape, and strength. Without collagen, we can fall apart!
Why is Collagen Important for our Skin?
Collagen makes our skin both firm and elastic. When we’re young, our skin stays plump and rejuvenates itself thanks to this fibrous protein. But when we start to age, our body’s collagen production decreases, resulting in wrinkling and skin sagging.
How do we get Collagen?
Collagen proteins are produced in our body, within our cells. There are a few nutrients that our body needs to make collagen naturally. We need vitamin C and the amino acid lysine to maintain a healthy supply of collagen. Other nutrients like vitamin A help stimulate collagen synthesis or creation.
While there are lots of OTC collagen pills and powders available, they may not be as effective as collagen naturally produced by our cells. The best route is to ensure we get ample supply of the nutrients that increase and stimulate collagen production.
How to eat for healthy, glowing skin?
Load up on foods rich in amino acids and antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A. It is quite easy to eat for beautiful skin. There’s a wide range of fruits and protein-rich items where we can get vitamin C and lysine. Citrus fruits, berries, legumes, yogurt, bananas, and leafy greens are abundant in these nutrients.
Finally, it is great to add a good vitamin supplement into your skin regime. Vitamin supplementation ensures that we get enough levels of collagen-boosting nutrients each day. Antioxidant vitamins do not just help increase collagen, they also help protect our cells from free radicals (pollution) and ultraviolet rays that deplete collagen within our cells.
Would you like to have radiant and plump complexion? Now you know the secret to youthful skin. Start your journey to more beautiful skin today!