How To Restore Collagen In The Face

How To Restore Collagen In The Face

Collagen acts as supporting structures in the skin giving it its strength and elasticity, and as we age our collagen production decreases causing skin to sag. You can help to restore your collagen levels, so here are some top tips from us to help you do it.

But first, what is collagen?

And why is collagen for skin necessary?
What is collagen for skin

What Is Collagen?

Collagen makes up nearly 80% of your skin and accounts for a third of proteins in your body. It can be found in all types of body tissue as well as hair, bones, muscles, and skin. Your body naturally makes collagen as a building block for a healthy body, and there are over 28 different types. It's vital for maintaining skin elasticity and strength, but as with many things, it reduces as we grow older causing skin to sag and lose it's youthful complexion that you have when you have young skin. Something collagen production relies on is vitamin C, as without it the body can't form, store or synthesise collagen and it's responsible for holding cells together during the creation of collagen. The NIVEA Q10+Vitamin C range is the perfect solution as it will help aid and boost natural collagen production and restoration.

What is collagen

What does collagen do?

Collagen for skin doesn't only help to keep our skin looking young, as it's found all over the body and in high amounts it plays a number of roles. What does collagen do:

  • Helps new cells to grow and replaces and restores dead skin cells
  • Protects delicate organs of the body such as the kidneys
  • Strengthens bones, tendons and joints to withstand tension and pressure
  • Maintains skin elasticity

How To Restore Collagen In The Face?

How To Restore Collagen In The Face?

1. Facial Massage

Massaging the skin can help stimulate collagen production and strengthen muscle memory. If the muscles in your face are toner they'll be better at retaining skin tightness, and more blood will be circulated around the skin helping to achieve a glowing skin complexion as well as boost skin nutrients found in the blood to the face.

 

2. Collagen creams

Collagen creams are a good way of restoring collagen in the skin, however, the way that collagen works you need to find a cream that contains collagen amino acids small enough to actually penetrate the skin, otherwise it'll end up just sitting on top and taking no real effect on your skin health. However, that's not to say they are useless, collagen creams also help to maintain hydrated by preventing water loss, which helps to keep skin supple and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

 

3. Vitamin C creams

Vitamin C creams are very beneficial to the production of collagen for skin as it not only helps the skin to hold collagen, it also promotes healthy skin, hair and nails, so has a multitude of benefits. Without vitamin C the body cannot hope to restore collagen in the face, and therefore skin elasticity and firmness will not be restored.


4. Diet 

To help restore collagen in the face, as well as the rest of the body to aid bodily processes and help slow down body ageing, you should eat foods that are rich in protein and vitamin C. You should also stay away from too much sugar as sugar intake causes your insulin levels to rise, this then causes inflammation which leads to the breakdown of valuable collagen and elastin leaving you more prone to wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity.


5. Don't smoke

Smoking limits the blood supply to your face which keeps skin looking supple and healthy, and inhibits the production of collagen causing skin ageing.


6. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated and keeping your skin hydrated helps the provide a skin barrier for water loss, collagen is able to bind to water and can naturally condition the skin to help maintain moisture levels which leaves you with brighter looking, more even skin.

The Collagen Diet

It's important to not just apply collagen topically to your skin, but there are ways you can supplement it into your diet to help with body processes and boost collagen levels in the skin for overall skin health:
How To Restore Collagen In The Face

Collagen-rich foods include:

  • Bone broth
  • Salmon, pork, and chicken
  • Egg yolk and egg shell membranes

How To Restore Collagen In The Face

Foods high in vitamin C include:

Vitamin C plays a vital role in the production of collagen in your body. It helps to regulate the balance between collagen and elastin in the skin which is what gives you firm but supple skin and beautiful skin, so it's important to include in your diet as well.

 

Foods high in vitamin C include:

  • Vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, potato, and cauliflower
  • Fruits such as guava, strawberries, papaya, pineapple and kiwi fruit
  • Red & green peppers
  • Tomato juice, lemon juice, and orange juice