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5 top tips to pump up collagen naturally, and keep the doctor away
We may not be able to stop time, but we can do things to slow the whole aging process down by finding ways to boost the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Good quality creams are wonderful for your skin, but it’s a well-known fact that in order for it to glow you need to do some work internally as well. And you’re in luck: we’ve compiled a short ‘pump up the collagen’ guide just for you, to help you get started.
1. Understand the connection between hyaluronic acid and collagen
You’ve surely heard both words before, but Dr. Elisa Simonpietri, Biotherm’s scientific director reminds us that: Collagen is a protein which helps keep skin firm and resistant and hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide involved in skin hydration, tissues cohesion and keeping skin plump - both are naturally found in the human body. Collagen and hyaluronic acid work hand in hand - when your hyaluronic acid declines, collagen does too, so it’s important to focus on how to help your body produce more of both to keep skin in tip top shape.
2. Take a trip to your local grocery store
For some people eating wholesome foods on a regular basis is natural, like in Yuzurihara, Japan. This small village located 2 hours outside of Tokyo is referred to as "the village of long life" for its high life expectancy – many of its residents live into their 90s and even continue to work on farms in their 80s, thanks to their active lifestyles and healthy diet.
Chances are you don’t live in a small farming town, but you can still eat some of the same healthy things they do to help your body produce more hyaluronic acid and collagen. Add magnesium-rich foods to your meals like bananas, sweet potatoes, and red kidney beans, foods rich in zinc like chickpeas, nuts and pumpkin seeds, and soy products like tofu. Vitamin C is also recommended for boosting collagen, so eat fruits like oranges, grapefruit or pineapples daily – if you ever crave something savory, whip up a batch of guacamole which is a Vitamin C powerhouse thanks to the avocadoes, lime juice and tomatoes in it.
Top tip: Cut back on sugar – the sweet stuff is a major culprit for premature aging of the skin.
3. Get out, get moving and meditate
The "stress hormone" cortisol breaks down collagen. Making exercise and meditation a regular part of your day or even weekly routine will help lower cortisol levels, giving you more youthful skin - can we get an "ohm"?
4. Shield yourself from the rays
UVA rays can penetrate deep into skin layers and destroy collagen - next time you’re going on a seaside vacation don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! And make sure your BB cream or face cream has some SPF protection in it to protect you daily.
5. Massage your face
Give yourself a daily facial massage by applying your face serum and/or cream in upward strokes – it will increase blood flow to the face and help stimulate collagen production. And finally don’t forget to exfoliate face gently at least once or twice a month to help speed up cell renewal.
Looking years younger doesn’t need a doctor’s visit – you can do it all by yourself if you follow our tips and recommendations!