What Every Person Who Desires Youthful Looking Skin
MUST Know About Collagen!
In a few words… Collagen is “the protein” the gives your skin that glowing, supple, wrinkle free appearance.
Collagen works like a bridge to hold our skin together. It produces firmness, structural support, strength1 and a degree of elasticity (in combination with elastin).
Additionally, Collagen is found in all structural and connective tissues in the body including bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. There are 29 types of Collagen2 that form about 1/3 of all proteins in our body.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body.
After all, who wants sagging, loose skin, right? By now, you’re probably asking yourself…
How Do I Increase Collagen?
Well, there are several ways. Some more effective than others.
Let’s stats with the natural way… Collagen is produced in the body through synthesis3 of the foods we eat. There are no studies that prove any specific diet will rejuvenate the skin.
Collagen is made up of a number of amino acids including glycine, proline and hydroxyproline4. As a result, a diet rich in essential amino acids is considered appropriate. Essential amino acid rich foods5 include:
- Lean meats
- Poultry and seafood
- Eggs and dairy
- Plant-based protein
Also, the formation of Collagen requires Vitamin C as a cofactor. So add foods rich in Vitamin C to your diet such as:
- Bell peppers (yellow, green, red)
- Green leafy vegetables (kale, chard, spinach)
- Citrus fruits (orange, lemons, grapefruit)
Getting the nutrients we need from food alone is hard.
But don’t worry, there are other ways to increase Collagen!
Products Containing Collagen
If you come across a skin care product that contain collagen in their formula, run the other way. Topical creams containing Collagen have been proven to be ineffective for anti-aging because the Collagen protein is too large to be absorbed through the skin.
Some creams containing Retinol, Niacinamide or Hyaluronic acid also claim to increase Collagen. Every cream is different and each cream has its pros and cons depending on the formulation. Results vary and are subjective because every woman’s skin care regimen does not consist of one just one step or even one product.
Use these creams with caution and make sure you read the side effects they may cause.
Regardless of which cream you try, the anti-aging effect of “any” cream, are most often not dramatic enough for others to notice.
Medical Grade Skin Care
You may opt for medical grade skincare to advance collagen production at a greater level. This includes Retinols, AHA’s and Vitamin C in the L-ascorbic acid form.
The main difference between over the counter quality skin care and pharmaceutical grade skin care is the amount of the active ingredients.
Side effects such as irritation may increase. Let your aesthetic doctor or dermatologist know right away.
Collagen Supplements & Injections
Nutritional supplements have been studied and tested to be effective for many ailments and conditions but not for anti-aging effects of the skin.
A 24-week clinical trial of Collagen hydrolysate6 revealed improved joint pain in physically active athletes with no evidence of joint disease.
Collagen injections on the other hand are fillers that give your skin a plumper, smoother appearance. The effect is temporary and you may need 2 to 4 treatments per year to maintain its effect.
2. http://www.news-medical.net/health/Collagen-Types-and-Linked-Disorders.aspx 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collagen#Synthesis 4. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php#collagen_and_the_body
5. http://www.livestrong.com/article/237785-list-of-foods-that-contain-the-most-amino-acids/ 6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885
Kevin Earl, MD
Kevin Earl, MD is a board certified physician and graduated from Arkansas Tech University Magna Cum Laude.
Dr. Earl specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive anti-aging and body contouring procedures.
His practice, EARLMD in Bentonville, AR, is a patient-centered medical aesthetic practice that uses the latest technology and medical advances to rejuvenate your skin and restore your body to a more youthful appearance.