Much like keratin, collagen is also a structural protein that is naturally developed by the body and it provides the skin its soft, smooth and plump texture. However, as we age, the production of collagen declines and our skin begins to get wrinkly and crumpled.
Before we’re too quick to suggest that supplementing your skin with collagen-infused products will help you find your own personal elixir of youth, keep in mind that it is not the most sure-fire solution.
A recent study attempted to examine the benefits of collagen-based products by giving women three tablespoons for a period of 60 days. The results revealed a reduction in wrinkles and dryness.
However, due to lack of concrete evidence experts don’t regard collagen-based products as a reliable solution. The collagen we consume through our food sources and supplements gets broken down into amino acids upon reaching our gut. Then, our body decides how these amino acids will be used and distributed across all organs.
It can be converted into protein to aid the blood vessels, repair the lover, or even facilitate the brain, so basically, it is not essential that all amino acids will be used to generate collagen. Therefore, collagen supplementing is beneficial for preventing wrinkles and signs of aging, but it is not a guaranteed solution.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful and potent antioxidant that shields our skin against the risk factors of several skin cancers, along with the horrid signs of aging by increasing the production of collagen. Moreover, vitamin C also prevents collagen degradation, along with fighting against the development of skin pigmentation, also known as melanin.
However, keep in mind that even when you consume high doses of vitamin C, only a small fraction of that dose manages to reach your skin. Therefore, experts recommend the application of topical products that contain rich concentrations of vitamin C as a more effective measure.
You can always invest in some topical products, along with adding heaps of vitamin C into your daily diet, in the form of fresh orange juices, citrus fruits, bell peppers and other vitamin C-rich produce.