Collagen: What is it and how does it affect the way you look?

“The dreadful days are ahead of us.” As we grow older we start to notice that our skin is not as clean and smooth as it used to be. No matter how many different soaps and moisturizers we use, your skin just doesn’t look the same. Part of that reason is related to the support structure of the skin known as collagen. According to WebMD, collagen is a protein that forms a network of fibers that provides a base for the growth of cells and blood vessels.

Why do I get wrinkles and lines on my skin?

All of our bodies are different, but why is your skin changing? When your skin is young the collagen framework is intact and the skin remains moisturized and elastic. Your skin is able to withstand all the facial expressions you make and all the exposure to the outdoors, but over time the collagen support starts to decrease and your skin loses its tone and elasticity. With every smile, squint, or frown, you put stress to the collagen on your skin, and as a result facial lines develop over time.

What can I do to help my collagen last longer?

Don’t be afraid to sweat. The benefits of regular exercise improve every part of your body. When you work out the body increases circulation and flushes out toxins from your skin. Better blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients and helps your skin produce collagen, which can help reduce wrinkles. The sweat from work out is a good thing it will help unclog your pores. Try to avoid wearing headbands as they will trap sweat and irritate your skin.

When you get home, exfoliate to remove dead skin, use a non-drying soap. Moisturize often with vitamin C creams that help keep your skin wrinkle free. Try and stay out of the sun, when you do go out apply a layer of sunscreen to the exposed areas of skin.

Quit smoking! Don’t let the bad habit of cigarettes get the best of your skin. It’s second only to the sun in causing wrinkles and dry skin. Smoking reduces blood flow and breaks down collagen faster than non-smokers. Pursing your lips together to inhale repeatedly will cause wrinkles to form, the only way to avoid this is to quit.

My skin is just too embarrassing to look at, what can I do to boost my collagen?

Creams and moisturizers only work on the surface and they are not designed to be absorbed. These substances cannot undo the effects of collagen loss. However, collagen injections replenish the skin’s natural structure and help minimize existing lines. Restylane is a clear gel that contains hyaluronic acid that is absorbed by your body.

Don’t let those saggy wrinkles get the best of your skin. Visit Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers and plan out what treatment is best for your skin. Let their team show you how to revamp your skin. They will provide you with affordable care and restore your collagen today.