How Can I Reduce the Loss of Collagen in My Face?
Collagen is important in maintaining healthy-looking, supple skin, but time and other habits can cause our bodies to produce less of this protein. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to slow this loss and help stimulate your body’s production of collagen.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that’s produced by your body and exists in connective tissue. It’s most noticeable in your face, where it helps your skin look firm and supple and helps maintain the renewal of skin cells. When your face has less collagen, it’s more prone to damage, sagging, and wrinkles.
What Causes the Loss of Collagen?
Collagen loss can be caused by the following:
- Aging: As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and our existing collagen starts to break down.
- Smoking: Chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage collagen.
- Sun Exposure: Collagen breaks down when it’s exposed to the sun’s UV radiation.
- High Sugar Consumption: This causes blood sugars to attach to proteins and form new proteins that can make collagen weak and brittle.
How Can You Reduce the Loss of Collagen in Your Face?
There are many things you can do to help reduce the loss of collagen in your face:
- Stop smoking
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
- Exercise: Muscle development stimulates the growth of collagen
- Get enough vitamin D: If you have a vitamin D deficiency, it can reduce collagen synthesis
- Eat a healthy diet
- Work sources of collagen into your diet by using bone broth (made by simmering bones and adding the liquid to soups, stews, rice, and quinoa) and powdered gelatin
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C: Foods like oranges, red peppers, broccoli, and strawberries help your body synthesize hyaluronic acid, which may help boost collagen production
- Eat foods rich in AHAs: Alpha-hydroxy acids can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin. They’re found in fruits like grapefruit and oranges and in the lactic acid found in milk
- Lower your consumption of sugar
- Get enough protein: Women need 46 grams of protein a day and men need 56 grams to support the growth and health of collagen.
- Use aloe vera: Applying it directly to the skin or taking supplements can increase collagen
- Apply a cream with retinol: Use a cream containing retinol every day, since retinol helps heal the breakdown of collagen caused by the sun
To find out more about how to reduce the loss of collagen in your face, make an appointment with Dr. Katayoun Motlagh in her Encino or Palmdale, CA office. She specializes in areas of medicine including dermatology and cosmetic services and is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.