Why you should be boosting your Collagen from as early as 20!
As we age, the body begins to lose its collagen, and production slows down dramatically. It’s thought that we lose 1% of our total collagen a year after the age of 20 – meaning that skin gradually appears thinner, less supple and the structure is compromised.
When the collagen in the skin starts to break down – fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear. Over time, our levels of collagen in the skin lead to deep wrinkles, dull skin, uneven skin tone and thinning.
Maintaining and supporting collagen in our skin is a vital way to keep skin healthy, and there’s significant evidence that strong, skin collagen makes the signs of ageing less noticeable.
While we often talk about collagen as one thing there are actually 4 main types of collagen in the body.
Type 1: The most abundant collagen in the body, this densely packed collagen is found in high concentrations in bones, tendons and skin.
Type 2: Found mainly in cartilage, type two collagen is looser and more elastic than type one. It helps to cushion joints in the body.
Type 3: Thin fibres of this collagen help to form the structure of our muscles and organs – including the heart.
Type 4: This helps to form the “basement membrane”, a layer that provides tissue support and helps in filtration. It is found in high levels in the skin.
What does collagen do in the skin?
Collagen is found in the dermis of the skin – the middle layer – where it plays its vital role in providing structure and elasticity. Collagen molecules connect to each other, and bind with other molecules, such as elastin, to create the scaffolding or foundation for skin – providing support, structure and texture.
Helping Collagen production from within the skin
A balanced and nutritious diet can also support skin. By eating a broad variety of high quality protein, vegetables and fruits, you can help your body get the nutrients it needs to synthesise collagen effectively.Taking a supporting collagen supplement like Skin Collagen Synergy.
How to help your collagen production topically?
Using ingredients such as vitamin a will help in the support of collagen production and vitamin c also helps in the synthesis of collagen both these ingredients can be found in Environs AVST moisturiser along side lots of other great peptides such as matrixal 3000 which helps to trick the skin into actually producing more collagen.
How to protect your collagen?
Firstly sun protection is so important, protection from UVA and UVB rays is a skin health necessity, alongside its other important benefits, protecting the skin from UV damage can help maintain healthy collagen in the skin. I would recommend using Heliocare its a light cream with an advanced hydration system that leaves skin soft and hydrated with a dewy finish it also helps to even the skin tone.