What Does Collagen Do For Your Skin?

Jan 15, 2016
If you’d like to protect your skin and your youthful appearance, it is important to understand

If you’d like to protect your skin and your youthful appearance, it is important to understand

Collagen Basics
Collagen is a protein that is found throughout your body in your tendons, muscles, hair, nails, ligaments and bones. It is particularly plentiful in your connective tissue and skin.

Collagen helps to keep your skin strong and healthy. It aids the production of new skin cells, helps to keep toxins out of your body, and keeps your skin firm and elastic.

Collagen and Aging
As you get older, less collagen is produced in your body. With less collagen, you’re more prone to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Your skin is thinner and more fragile and you may end up looking tired or older than you want to look.

What Does Collagen Do For Your Skin?

Protecting Your Skin
While getting older is a normal part of life, there are a number of things you can do to stave off the effects of aging and protect collagen in your skin. The following tips can help:

  • Always wear sunscreen when you spend time outside and never use tanning beds. It also helps to wear hats to shade your face and neck when you are outdoors—especially on sunny days, even in the winter. UV radiation breaks down collagen in your skin and leaves you at risk for skin cancer.
  • Avoid toxins that accelerate the aging process—examples include air pollution and cigarette smoke.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugar and high-glycemic foods. Sugar, fatty foods, and processed foods cause inflammation in your body that can lead to the deterioration of collagen.

Rejuvenating Your Appearance
While the tips mentioned above can help you protect your skin, you can’t always completely avoid the effects of aging. If you’ve lost volume in your face or noticed your skin becoming thinner or more wrinkled, there are still things you can do to rejuvenate your appearance. The Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center offers Botox Cosmetic treatment to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and collagen injections to help your skin maintain its elasticity and smooth, youthful appearance. If you’d like to learn more about looking your best and protecting your skin, schedule a consultation today.

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