All the answers to your questions about collagen
Starting with: no, it is not necessary to inject.
In the world of beauty, something new appears every month. These micro-trends come and go so fast that we hardly have time to get to know them that the next one already appears. However, there is one that you have always heard of, and even today, it continues to occupy the throne. It is said to be “miraculous”, that it transforms your skin and takes years off you. But beyond that, do you have a thousand more questions? Here you will find everything you need to know about collagen and its benefits.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein in the skin, in fact, it makes up one third of the protein in the human body, and its main function is to give elasticity and strength to the skin, which contributes to a youthful appearance. You can find it in various products, from serums and moisturizers to injections, and consumer products such as some waters or even beers.
Over the years our body produces less collagen, so our skin becomes thinner and therefore more prone to developing wrinkles and sagging.After age twenty, your body produces one percent less collagen each year, and the process is even faster after age thirty-five. In addition to natural aging, collagen production is also diminished by other factors, read on to discover what they are.
What are the benefits of collagen?
Although it is found naturally in our skin, giving it an extra dose can restore the damage caused by sun exposure and other environmental factors. But in addition to being “miraculous” for the skin, it can also be used to restore brittle and weak nails, to reduce back pain and even to prevent and help treat heart disease.
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How safe is it to inject collagen?
The time has changed. It is now much safer to inject collagen as the old complicated formulas have been updated. Science has advanced significantly and the control entities are much stricter , yes, to be sure you have to go to a specialized and certified center.
Why consider collagen?
Aesthetically speaking, collagen is ideal for hiding deep lines and wrinkles, as well as for smoothing facial scars, including acne scars.
What about ingestible collagen?
It really is very safe to ingest collagen. However, current studies show mixed conclusions about whether the collagen we consume orally will be effectively stored in the skin to improve elasticity and strength. So before you start adding collagen to water or crushing a couple of pills into your smoothies, you may want to look at more beneficial ways.
What should you look for in collagen products?
The most important thing is that they are approved by the control entities, thus you make sure that their effectiveness has been proven and supported by science. Second, but not least, check and read that these three main ingredients appear on the label: collagen, elastin, and keratin . When all three ingredients work together in one formula, they provide the reinforcement and rebuilding of dead cells for a youthful look.
How to take care of your natural collagen?
That natural collagen levels are going to decline is set in stone, and nothing and no one can change it. But, like any factor in skin aging, several factors are known to accelerate it. What are the most notable collagen aggravators?
* Smoking: it is one of the worst since it irritates the enzymes that break down both collagen and elastin so they do not end up being of any use.
* Excessive sun exposure: it causes damage to the DNA of cells and affects the skin’s ability to protect itself.
* Pollution: harmful free radicals can damage the strength and integrity of the skin, and in turn degrading collagen levels.
* Alcohol: in the beauty world it is called the ‘anti-nutrients’, since it encourages the depletion of essential vitamins and minerals in the body while promoting oxidative stress in cells that can cause cell damage.
* Excess sugar: consumed in high doses, sugar can crystallize in the skin (a process known as glycation) and ruin your collagen levels. If this happens over a long period of time, it can tighten the skin and accelerate visible aging .
What to eat to boost your collagen?
The skin needs a variety of nutrients to stay healthy. So eating your way to better skin is possible.
The vitamin C is essential for the creation of collagen and contributes to a healthy cell renewal. Find it in: red bell peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries.
The vitamin A is essential to protect collagen structures in our cells. Find it in: carrots, green leafy vegetables, dried apricots.
The zinc is crucial for the creation of collagen and can accelerate the healing process of the skin. Find it in: meat, fish, sesame and in pumpkin seeds.
The sulfur is an essential element for the production of collagen and helps to eliminate toxins. Find it in: eggs, broccoli, leeks, garlic.
Although collagen is a large molecule and makes penetration into the skin difficult, in the end you can “fool” your skin with topicals, supplements or even natural care to increase your levels and defy the passage of time.