Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body and it’s what keeps your face looking vibrant and youthful. However, starting at the age of 20, dermatologists estimate that collagen production decreases by 1% each year. No need to panic because we’ve got you covered with the best ways to stimulate collagen growth on your face.
- Protect yourself from the sun.
A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems – as well as the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Higher-number SPFs block slightly more of the sun’s UVB rays, but no sunscreen can block 100%. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every 2 hours – or more often if you are perspiring or swimming.
- Don’t smoke.
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and pales the skin. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity.
- Treat your skin gently.
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. Limit bath time with hot water. Hot water and long showers remove oils from your skin. Using moisturizer for dry skin is important. However, using a moisturizer that fits your skin type and needs is most relevant.
- Eat a healthy diet.
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
- Manage stress.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stress. Scale back your to-do list and take time for you!
Why should you look good? Because YOU can. We are here to help achieve and maintain your goals.