As skin gets older, it starts to lose a protein called collagen – a molecule that binds it together and makes it look supple, voluptuous and beautiful. The bad news is that your skin will look older as you age, no matter how good your lifestyle is or how much you avoid the sun. But the good news is that there are things you can do to slow down and even reverse collagen loss, helping you appear younger for longer.
Perhaps the most exciting development so far has been the effect of pea protein on collagen production. As women age, estrogen levels drop. Estrogen, however, is essential for keeping skin healthy and bouncy and without it, creases and wrinkles start forming. Pea protein, as well as many other plant proteins like soy, contain estrogen mimickers – proteins which are similar to regular human estrogen. These estrogen mimickers help to keep your skin looking young, often taking years off your face when eaten long term.
Eating peas isn’t the only thing you can do to make yourself look younger either. Take a look at some of these collagen-boosting ideas.
Up Your Vitamin C Intake
According to a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, women with the highest level of vitamin C in their diet were the least likely to develop wrinkles. Whether this is the effect of the vitamin C itself or the overall effect of the foods that contain vitamin C is still unclear. However, there is clear evidence from the lab that vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen. The more broccoli, tomatoes, and sprouts you eat, the better.
Exfoliation just means removing the top layer of dead skin to reveal new, fresh skin underneath. But according to Amanda Elias, the founder of a skin care company from London, it can also boost collagen production. Her favorite type of exfoliation is to use chemicals, like glycolic acid. These dissolve like glue and bond to dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, helping to remove them more effectively than many scrubs.
For those who want to take things a little further, there are also chemical peels, designed to help remove more stubborn blemishes. You can find procedure details at Robinson Cosmetic Surgery. These procedures help to remove fine lines and scars left by diseases like chickenpox.
Add Antioxidants To Your Skincare Regime
According to Amanda, one of the greatest risks to your skin are free radicals – little particles that go buzzing around causing damage to your cells before they react with oxygen. Once they attach to the skin, they trigger an enzyme that causes collagen production to slow down which is why she is so focused on preventing them from causing any damage. Her advice is to sip on green tea. It contains catechins which bind to the free radicals, preventing them from harming your skin. Also, she says, eat foods that are high in lutein, like green leafy vegetables. Phytonutrients from these plants get underneath your skin and form a protective barrier.