The aging process (specifically, the process by which the skin loses Collagen) can be accelerated by the sun and by rapid or repeated weight loss. Furthermore, facial muscles tend to weaken with age, which also leads to a loss of elasticity in the skin.
Even gravity—something over which we have no control—exerts a force that causes the skin to sag a bit more over time. Essentially (while we all age differently) sagging skin is something that happens to everyone, to some degree, as time goes by.
Certain skin care ingredients may actually help the skin to produce more collagen. Peptides, for example, communicate with skin cells, signaling to them to create additional collagen. To understand how this works, it’s important to note that the communication between the body’s cells becomes disrupted with age. Peptides are long chains of amino acids that may help fix this communication breakdown.
Many skin care products also contain Collagen. For example, our Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and collagen to support anti-aging skin care regimens.
Hyaluronic Acid is another substance found in abundance in young-looking skin.
[Read: More about Hyaluronic Acid]
Here are a few tips and tricks for minimizing the appearance of lost Collagen
- Avoid smoking;
- Never go to bed with the day’s makeup on;
- Manage stress;
- Drink plenty of water and eat ‘good fats’ such as Omega-3s;
- Get serious about skin care and start using an anti-aging serum; and
- Wear sun protection at all times.