Want to have smooth, elastic, and tight skin? We need to maintain healthy collagen levels to maintain young-looking complexion. Collagen is an important protein that makes up about 25-35% of the total protein content in our body. It works like a ‘glue’ that holds our entire body together. Thus, it is abundant in our muscles, bones, and skin.
Without sufficient collagen proteins, our skin structure will collapse resulting in skin tears (stretch marks), wrinkling. sagging, and other signs of premature skin aging. Because of this, collagen supplements have become a fad among many other age-defying supplements out there.
But synthetic collagen products may not be safe from side effects. We can use a natural face serum instead that contains nutrients that increase collagen production naturally.
How to make your own collagen-enhancing serum
Option 1: Vitamin C Serum
- ½ tsp. Vitamin C (powder)
- ½ tsp. distilled water (to dissolve your vitamin C)
- 1 Tbsp. glycerine (thickening agent)
Dissolve the vitamin C powder in water. Then stir in the glycerine and place in a clean, dark-colored glass dropper container.
For ladies with extra sensitive skin, you can dilute vitamin C with some more water. You know your skin best. If it burns then rinse right away!
Option 2: Vitamin C Toner
You may also opt for just the water and the vitamin C (without the glycerine) toner. This is applied after cleansing the face.
Option 3: Vitamin A Liquid TherapyAn easy way to increase collagen proteins is by taking a good quality Vitamin A supplement. Most OTC anti-aging creams contain retinoic acid. Vitamin A retinol is a good oral and topical anti-aging solution. For topical retinol it is best to apply it just once or twice a week before bedtime.
Both vitamin C and A are potent nutrients. Thus it is not advisable to use them all at once. You can choose either of the two tor use alternately. For example, take vitamin C during the day and vitamin A at night. Set a schedule of application.