HOW COLLAGEN BENEFITS YOUR SKIN AND KEEPS IT YOUNG
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, tasked with holding your entire body together, much like glue. You find it in the connective tissue in your skin, hair, joints, bones, muscles and more.
Collagen is one of those rare things that really can help you age backwards. All those pricey anti-aging treatments at your dermatologist’s office, like lasers and ultrasounds, work by stimulating collagen. It makes up nearly 80% of your skin, found in the middle layer called the dermis. Collagen works together with another protein called elastin to strengthen the skin and help it snap back into place when stretched.
Collagen production starts to slow down as you get older, and it happens sooner than you’d think.
What damages collagen?
Some factors can deplete the levels of collagen within the body. Avoiding them could keep the skin healthy for longer.
High sugar consumption: A high-sugar diet increases the rate of glycation, a process where blood sugars attach to proteins to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
AGEs damage nearby proteins and can make collagen dry, brittle, and weak.
Smoking: Many chemicals present in tobacco smoke damage both collagen and elastin in the skin.
Nicotine also narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. This compromises skin health by reducing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin.
Sunlight: Ultraviolet rays in sunlight cause collagen to break down more rapidly, damaging collagen fibers and causing abnormal elastin to build up.
The UV rays in sunlight damage the collagen in the dermis, and the skin rebuilds incorrectly, forming wrinkles.
Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune disorders cause antibodies to target collagen.
Genetic changes can affect the extracellular matrix. The collagen that is produced can be lower, or it may be dysfunctional, mutated collagen.
The aging process causes collagen levels to deplete naturally over time. There is no way to prevent this.
Avoiding tobacco and excess sun exposure and following a healthful dietary and exercise regime can help reduce visible aging and protect collagen, keeping the skin, bones, muscles, and joints healthy for longer.
Bottomline, it is important to have a well balance collagen in your body because as you age it depletes. That’s when you start to have skin issues or even affecting the joint health.