Collagen fillers, boosters, and other products are quite popular these days—but why?

Collagen is a fibrous protein, one of the most abundant in the human body and is one of the most important building blocks of the skin. Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity and its strength. It is also what helps in the production of new skin cells, keeping skin looking young and healthy.

While we lose collagen over time naturally as we age, there are some things people do that can expedite the loss of their collagen. One of the major contributing factors to collagen loss is sun and extreme element exposure and smoking. Loss of collagen is what contributes to signs of aging including the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin.

There are a few things you can do aside from using lotions and beauty products to avoid expediting the loss of collagen.

  • Sunscreen: Be sure to apply sunscreen anytime you plan to be in the sun for over 15min. You should limit your time out in the direct sun or during the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. Also keep yourself protected by wearing a hat and properly clothing for added protection.
  • Reduce sugar intake: During the digestive process of sugar, glucose is produced. Glucose bonds with proteins throughout the body—including collagen. When the glucose bonds with the collagen, it affects the structure of the cell—making it more rigid. Swap sugary beverages and snacks with fruits, veggies, and grains.
  • Avoid pollutants: Environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke can cause collagen in your body to breakdown through oxidative damage.
  • Stop smoking: Smoking is known for causing many health issues and is linked to causing premature wrinkles. This is because the chemicals and products used in cigarettes break down the collagen proteins in your skin.

Taking care of your skin in addition to receiving an anti-aging facial which is specifically developed with collagen-boosting products can help reduce your risk for wrinkles (and minimize the visibility of fine wrinkles) and help to keep your skin firm. You can also read our Hot To Boost Collagen Production.