Plump, dewy, and bright… these are the signs of a youthful skin. And once we hit our 30s, both time and gravity can soon be taking their toll. The great news is that there are simple and inexpensive steps that we can implement right now to help boost collagen and keep a youthful appearance for the next couple of decades!
Prevent collagen degradation
Collagen is the secret to our skin’s plumpness and elasticity. No wonder many companies are marketing topical collagen creams! However it is good to note that there’s a difference between store-bought collagen creams and the collagen proteins that our body naturally produces.
Natural collagen is derived from the protein nutrient that we get from food. With the help of other nutrients, our body makes these structural proteins a.k.a collagen to use in our skin, bones, and tissues. They act as a “glue” that holds our skin and connective tissues together. Just imagine if our body stops producing this protein… our skin will sag prematurely and lose its elasticity and plumpness.
To prevent this from happening, all we need to do is to increase our protein intake and make sure that we load up on fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A helps maintain collagen levels in our skin; while vitamin C helps in producing collagen proteins.
Two very simple and inexpensive ways of boosting your collagen are drinking lemon water and snacking on carrot sticks!
Cigarette smoke is a collagen killer. It contains thousands of toxic chemicals that not only deplete vitamin C but degrade collagen levels. Smoking is one of the most harmful habits for our skin.
There are several things that we can do instead and avoid smoking. For example, develop healthy snacking such as munching on fresh veggie or fruit to beat the cigarette craving. Smokers usually feel this urge to bring something to their mouths. Food items such as carrot or celery sticks or apple slices would be perfect for this.
Try switching to green tea
We all love our morning cup of joe. However studies suggest that drinking green tea is a lot better for our complexion. It is rich in antioxidants, specifically catechin, which is a very effective anti-aging nutrient. It also helps stop free radicals from damaging our skin cells, resulting in premature sagging or wrinkling.
Also for people who don’t like the taste of green tea, that is no problem at all. You can still enjoy green tea’s anti-aging benefits by simply applying it directly on your skin!
Use vitamin A retinol
Women in their 30s need a more active skin solution for preventing early signs of aging. Regular moisturizers help; but they also need a treatment that works in maintaining and increasing dwindling collagen levels.
Retinol creams and even vitamin A supplements help restore and rejuvenate skin cells in aging skin by reactivating collagen production.
Shift to natural skincareMost shop-bought items are filled with chemicals, which are harmful for our skin. Most of them also can dry up our skin and speed up skin aging. The great thing about natural products is they don’t contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol. In fact they contain nutrients and natural oils that boost your skin and retain natural skin moisture to prevent dryness.
Our skin needs gentle and nourishing care to stay youthful and bright. By using an all natural solution that helps increase collagen and maintain skin moisture, you can be assured of going through your 30s looking beautiful and youthful!