Collagen is a Must for Healthy Skin

Body Wrap Guru | skin care | Monday, 30 August 2010

 In order to have healthy beautiful skin you must have enough collagen in the skin. Collagen is the main protein that forms the structural makeup of the skin. The condition of the skin depends largely on the amount of collagen and the shape that collagen is in. When you are young the skin still produces plenty of collagen. As we get older the production slows. Collagen is also damaged over time.

Damage to collagen is due to free radicals. Most damage comes from exposure to the sun. The suns UV rays penetrate the skin and cause the collagen to break down. Smoking is also a leading source of collagen loss and skin damage. Pollutants in the environment are bad for the skin as well. Reduced and damaged collagen leads directly to wrinkles. If you do not have enough collagen to keep the skin firm, it will begin to droop and sag. The texture of the skin will not be good and it will begin to look dull.

Unfortunately, getting more collagen in the skin is not as simple as just using a skin cream with collagen as an ingredient. Collagen has too large of a molecule to be absorbed deep into the skin. Injections are an option, but they are very temporary. The side effects of injections can be bad as well. The only way to effectively get more collagen in the skin is to get the skin to actually produce more on its own. There are certain ingredients that can prompt the skin to produce more collagen. Creams with Vitamin C, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and peptides have been shown to help increase collagen production.

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