Firming Aged Skin by Boosting Skin’s Collagen Content

firming aged skinFirming aged skin can be difficult because of a lack of collagen.  Here you will learn about the role played by the simple protein and what you can do to increase your skin’s collagen content.

Collagen is a major component of the skin’s elastic fibers.  The fibers give your skin the ability to “snap back” into place after a pinch or stretch.  The fibers are located in the skin’s dermis layer.

Soluble collagen is also found in the skin’s epidermis, the outermost layer.  There is serves to make your skin’s appearance less translucent.  You can’t see through it.

The body produces collagen through a complicated process that took scientists decades to unravel.  In order to produce strong fibers, it must have the necessary amino acids and adequate vitamin C as a co-factor.

So, you need to be sure to get enough complete protein in your diet to provide the amino acids.  Nutritionists recommend about a half gram per pound of body weight.  And you need to be sure to eat your citrus fruits or take a good multi-nutritional supplement.  As we age, it becomes harder for our bodies to absorb nutrients from the foods that we eat.  Supplementation is a good idea.

Firming aged skin can be difficult as we age, because the body starts producing less collagen.  This could be related to the poor nutrient-uptake that sometimes accompanies age.  It’s another reason that supplementation can help.

When less collagen is produced, fewer new elastic fibers are formed. The older ones start to lose their snap.  The result is lost firmness.

The lower level of collagen in the epidermis means that the skin’s color is more translucent.  Dark circles under the eyes may appear, because you can actually see the tiny blood vessels that lie there, along with the waste fluids that may leak from them.

Firming aged skin by applying more collagen is an idea that has been tested.  Many anti-aging products contain it, even though it has never been proven to provide any benefit.

Some compounds have been shown to cause an increase in the amount of soluble collagen in the skin’s layers.  Avocado extract is an example.

Others have been shown to stimulate the production of new elastic fibers.  The protein keratin is an example.  Coenzyme Q10 is another.  Those “stimulating” ingredients should make firming aged skin easier.

Some sources recommend exercises.  Others recommend plastic surgery and painful injections.  The exercises don’t work.  It isn’t possible.  The surgery or the injections could work, but the cost is high and the effect is temporary.

Creams containing the ingredients mentioned here, as well as other anti-aging compounds, are completely safe and painless.  They are affordable and they can be effective if used on a continuous basis.  The effect will last a lot longer than anything you could get with an injection.

It’s safety first when it comes to skin firming products.  Anything that causes irritation or inflammation can make the whole problem worse.  Inflammation is one of the few things that can degrade collagen.

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Topics: Anti Aging, Anti Wrinkle Creams, Collagen & Elastin, Natural Skin Care, Skin Care, Skin Firming | Comments Off on Firming Aged Skin by Boosting Skin’s Collagen Content

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