We all age, it's just the circle of life. In spite of that, we all seek and pursue the perfect anti-aging skincare routine that will keep our skin bright and youthful for as long as possible. We’re here to tell you that even though aging is inevitable, there are a few habits and ingredients, 6 to be specific, that will aid in boosting collagen production, leaving you with youthful, healthy skin.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words anti-aging and youthful skin. That is because Collagen is the most important building block for smooth, soft & firm skin. It is a protein compound found in every bone, muscle and tendon in our body, where it plays the significant role of healing wounds. Our bodies naturally produce collagen everyday, however as we age, the amounts and efficiency of the collagen produced decrease, leading to stiff joints, loss of skin elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a natural occurrence, however there are certain habits, foods & ingredients that boost collagen production levels in order to delay the latter effect, and here is everything you need to know about those.
Habits & Diet
Like everything related to our bodies and health, bad daily habits like smoking, feeding on an unbalanced diet, and being exposed to harmful sun rays without protection can severely affect our natural collagen production levels and speed up collagen breakdown. That’s why balance is key. Making sure to apply your sunscreen, even if you’re staying indoors is crucial, along with maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, at least for the most part, because let's face it, chocolate is just too good.
Collagen Boosting Ingredients
The infamous retinol is the number one ingredient in our list. Having been derived from Vitamin A, Retinol is an antioxidant that evidently reduces the degradation of the collagen that already exists in skin, in addition to improving the skin’s elasticity, unclogging clogged pores, and boosting the collagen production process.
Here are great Retinol recommendations:
The HG Aesthetics + Vitamin E Anti-aging Face Serum
The Rhea Beauty Keracell Secret Hydra Vital Retinol Face Serum
2- Bakuchiol: AKA the natural Retinol.
Bakuchiol is a plant based retinol substitute that stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, evens your skin tone, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, all while being safe for sensitive skin. Bakuchiol has gained popularity in the past few months for its amazingly fast results and here are a few recommendations for Bakuchiol products.
Meraki OL Serum (Retinol Substitute)
Meraki OL Bakuchiol Face Cream
3- Vitamin C:
Vitamin C ranks right up there with retinol when it comes to collagen stimulation as it is also a powerful antioxidant, famous for its ability to fight sun damage, minimize the potency of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as having a significant brightening effect on the skin. Vitamin C has also been proven to decrease melanin in the skin, which subsequently reduces hyperpigmentation. Want to try Vitamin C? Here are our recommendations.
The HG Aesthetics 15% Vitamin C & Niacinamide Brightening Serum
Marine Collagen & Vitamin C Gel
Garnier Fast Bright Vitamin C Purifying Gel Wash
4- Hyaluronic Acid:
Hyaluronic acid is mainly used as a healing agent, as it is mostly effective in treating skin breakage and loss of skin moisture, that is why it can effectively refine and age-rewind your fine lines and wrinkles. Need a new Hyaluronic acid serum? Here is the …
Rhea Professional Hyaluronic Acid Serum
L'Oreal Paris Hyaluron Expert 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Morning Star Hyaluronic Gel Cleanser
As Niacinamide is technically a Vitamin B3, it stimulates dermal collagen production from within, in addition, it is an effective antioxidant that improves your skin barriers while minimizing any water loss causing your dry skin. Here are a few amazing options:
Meraki Niacinamide Merakilous Face Cream
Alpha hydroxy (AHA), aka Glycolic acid can extremely transform how your face looks as it dissolves the upper layer of your skin's surface, and therefore your skin tone will appear more even, fine lines are significantly minimized and dry skin is better hydrated and nourished. A new glycolic acid that has just taken the market by a storm is the L’Oreal Glycolic Line, offering you an extensive glycolic product line.
L'Oreal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Skincare Set
There you have it ladies, we are trying to make the impossible possible here. Delay your skin aging rate with these 6 effective collagen boosting ingredients and thank us in a few years.