How Collagen Affects the Appearance of Your Skin

When the signs of aging show up uninvited, you don’t have to just accept the fine lines and wrinkles that can make you look older than you feel. At PerfectSK Medical Laser Center in Mansfield, Texas, we understand the devastating impact of aging skin, and we are here to help you look and feel your best.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the health of your skin and get a more youthful look is with collagen, a naturally occuring substance in your body.

Collagen 101

Collagen is a protein that creates a supportive framework for your connective tissues and skin. It creates a fibrous network that helps your skin stay hydrated and elastic. But as you age and expose your skin to the environment, your body’s natural production of collagen decreases, causing signs of aging to appear on your skin. As your levels of collagen decrease, you’re more likely to develop:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Loose skin

Benefits of collagen in your skin

When your skin gets ample amounts of quality collagen, you and your skin reap the benefits. One of the first signs you may notice is that your skin feels more moisturized. This benefit arises because collagen slows the rate of skin dehydration, keeping skin soft and supple.

In addition, collagen helps your skin’s texture and tone, making it smoother and firmer. The protein can reduce the appearance and depth of fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduce the prominence of scars, like those from acne.

When your skin has plenty of collagen, your skin will naturally glow as its support structures are reinforced and moisture is retained. Studies have shown that collagen not only erases some of the signs of aging, but it can also slow the skin’s aging process, reducing future wrinkles and dryness.

If you’ve lost volume, particularly in your cheeks or lips, collagen can restore it, improving your skin’s contour and your facial profile. What’s more, collagen can help your nails get stronger and and hair grow quicker.

Increasing the amount of collagen in your body

As we mentioned, the amount of collagen in your body decreases as you age, but there are things you can do to slow the process. Avoid white sugars and refined carbs, which can interfere with collagen’s ability to self-repair. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure, as it can slow your body’s ability to make the protein. Smoking cigarettes can also interfere with your body’s production of collagen, and it can bring on premature signs of aging.

In addition to slowing its degradation, you can increase your body’s production of collagen by eating foods with large amounts of the protein. Chicken and pork skin are rich in collagen, as is bone broth. Gelatin has significant amounts of collagen as well as the amino acids and nutrients your body needs to create its own collagen. Furthermore, you can consume the following nutrients, which are vital to the production of collagen:

  • Proline: Found in egg whites, meat, cheese, cabbage, and soy
  • Anthocyanidins: Found in blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries
  • Vitamin C: Found in oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and peppers
  • Vitamin A: Found in animal-derived foods and plants that contain beta-carotene
  • Copper: Found in shellfish, red meat, and nuts

Although a healthy diet can improve the amount of collagen your body produces, it may not be enough to see the results you’re looking for. In this case, you can get injections or oral supplements.

To learn more about increasing your collagen production, book an appointment online or over the phone with PerfectSK Medical Laser Center today.