Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What is Collagen? Why collagen is important for your skin?

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Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin, bones, muscles, and the skeleton. Collagen is hard, insoluble, and fibrous in nature. It provides strength and structure.

Collagen is also responsible for elasticity. In the skin collagen is found in the middle layer (dermis), it forms the base upon which new skin cells can grow. 

Collagen is responsible for the elastic nature of the skin.

With age the production of collagen reduces. When the production of collagen reduces skin loses elasticity and starts to sag, and lines and wrinkles begin to appear on the skin.

Collagen is made of amino acids. Nine of the amino acids that are found in collagen cannot be produced by the body and has to be obtained through the food that we eat.

Foods that are rich in nutrients that help to boost the production of collagen

Proline found in egg whites, cheese, soy, cabbage

Anthocyanin-rich blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries

Vitamin C found in oranges, strawberries, peppers, broccoli

Copper that can be found in shellfish, nuts, red meat

Vitamin A present in sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, winter squash

Collagen is used as a skin filler. Collagen is injected into the lines and wrinkles to fill and erase them.

Proper skin care helps to prevent the degeneration of collagen due to age, stress and harsh environmental conditions that can damage the skin cells and speed up the process of aging.

Using skin care products with retinol that is also referred to as Retin-A helps to boost the production of collagen and helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen.