Build Collagen: How to increase collagen production naturally?
Collagen is a protein produced by the human body in abundance. It’s a major protein- building component found in bones, skin, muscles, et al. Collagen is responsible for smooth and wrinkle-free youthful skin. However, with age, the production of collagen gradually declines and the skin appears droopy and saggy. Factors such as exposure to pollution and harmful ultraviolet rays can also result in the breaking of collagen. High sugar consumption and smoking are also hindrances to collagen production and development.
Topically using collagen doesn't always yield many results but following a healthy skincare routine helps. Prolonged exposure to ingredients such as phthalates, sulphates, and parabens hinders the natural development of collagen. There is no clear playbook in the scientific community to pinpoint ways to improve collagen production.
So, the dilemma is, what does one do to maintain and boost collagen production? Luckily, by using the right skincare products, one can take care of the collagen production in their skin. We have curated a list of collagen-producing rich elements.
These ingredients also boost collagen when ingested in their appropriate forms:
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect against the ultraviolet rays of the sun. In turn, it protects the collagen in your skin from damage. Vitamin C further helps in triggering collagen production. Applying Vitamin C serum after cleansing and toning is a potent option for collagen development. It is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen after using Vitamin C. An effective serum option, rich in Vitamin C is our Vivid C Pro-Collagen serum.
Peptide Complexes are rich in developing collagen, leading to firmer skin. Peptides are a chain of amino acids that leads to the building of proteins. Peptides are also efficient in promoting skin elasticity and firmness. Using serums rich in peptide complex is a suitable option to develop collagen.
Retinol (Vitamin A):
Retinoids are the most popular topical ingredient known to induce collagen development. Retinol serum is a Vitamin A derivative that improves the genes responsible for collagen development. It is important to take proper care of the skin while using Retinol. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. It is advisable for Retinol using beginners to start using only 2-3 times a week, gradually building up as per skin’s tolerance. Try Conscious Chemist’s The Defender, it is powered by 1% encapsulated Retinol.
Bakuchiol is a natural Retinol alternative. People who are scared to try Retinol or find it unsuitable can go for bio-Retinol. Bakuchiol is said to have Retinol like cell-turnover properties that boost collagen production. It’s suitable for people with sensitive skin who are on the lookout for Retinol-like results. Try this bio-Retinol night serum to boost collagen.
It is important to use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above sunscreen no matter what. This helps to protect skin from the damage caused by UV rays and is an absolute must while using active ingredients that are sensitive to sun damage.
Using the right Skincare is as important as the right food intake, and lifestyle for you. Choose and invest wisely in the products as per your requirement while being gentle on your skin, and the environment. You can dive into more details here, where we discuss which foods and supplements are proven to improve collagen production and maintenance.