How to Prevent Collagen Loss?
Around the age of 40, collagen production naturally slows down in our body which contributes to wrinkled, sagging, loose skin.
Other factors such as smoking and sun exposure make the proteins degrade, also leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Thus, collagen both degrades due to aggravating factors and slows in production as we age.
Healthy habits serve to help prevent general aging signs such as applying sun screen when outdoors during the day and a balanced diet.
There are also medical conditions and unhealthy lifestyle habits that may adversely affect collagen production, including:
- Cigarette Smoking: The chemicals in cigarettes are harmful to collagen. So, don’t smoke!
- Sun-Bathing: Sunlight can cause collagen to be destroyed at a faster rate. Use sun protection at all times!
- High Sugar Consumption: This leads to an increased rate of glycation which harms nearby proteins and may contribute to dry, brittle, and weak collagen fibers
- Autoimmune Disorders: Select autoimmune disorders drive antibodies to create mutations in the genes responsible for coding collagen alpha chains. This may lead to a reduction in collagen production or to the secretion of dysfunctional mutant collagen.
Healthy Choices That Can Help You Maintain Collagen Levels High
Taking care of your skin takes more than eating right and avoiding the sun. Below is a list of healthy choices that only take a conscious effort to execute:
- Drink plenty of water: Keeping your skin hydrated will prevent it from looking dull and flaky
- Limit your sun exposure: Early morning rays of sun are a great natural source of vitamin D, however, sun-bathing or long exposure to the sun will take a visible toll on your skin
- Choose organic over processed foods: We need all the nutrients we can get from the food we eat, especially essential amino acids and vitamin C for great skin
- Choose natural over synthetic skin products: Make up and lotions can contain harsh chemicals that can have adverse long term effects on the skin. Going natural is the way to go
- Take up an activity that relieves stress: The mind and the body work in unison. Take up meditation or a fun activity that takes worries away
- Sleep long enough to wake up energized: A body well rested is revitalized. Our bodies regenerate during sleep.
- Add exercise to your daily routine. A sweat inducing exercise helps the body release toxins through the skin while the increase circulation adds nutrients to the skin
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.