What is all the fuss about collagen?
Collagen is a protein that retains the firmness of your skin. When collagen is damaged on a cellular level, it can result in premature signs of skin ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines, because your skin loses its elasticity and firmness.
Improve your collagen today by making these five lifestyle changes!
- Wear Sunscreen Everyday
You hear it all the time, but do you follow through? Sun exposer is the number one cause of premature aging due to the UV radiation that causes collagen to break down. If you aren’t wearing sunscreen every day, maybe it’s time to find one that you look forward to putting on each morning. Our Sun Juice comes in a Tinted and Untinted version packed full of super foods to not only protect your skin, but to enrich it!
- Increase Antioxidants
Antioxidants are our saviours when it comes to free radical damage. (Sneaky molecules missing an element that attacks your skin to find it!). Antioxidants will provide those molecules with what they need to relax and be your skin’s friend again. You can find antioxidants in your food from berries, pumpkin, leafy greens, green tea plus many more!
- Reduce Caffeine
We all love a cup coffee, but maybe our beloved lattes and cappuccinos are the cause for our collagen loss? Studies have shown that an excessive consumption of caffeine can inhibit the production of collagen. The good news is you can still enjoy a coffee here and there, just stop at two a day!
- Avoid Smoking and Limit Drinking
Some of the toxins in cigarettes can damage collagen and is best avoided at all costs. But what about alcohol? Studies have found that once alcohol is metabolised, it produces free radicals that breaks down collagen leading to fine lines, wrinkles and skin depletion.
So how can we enjoy a glass of wine and still wake up with a glow? We recommend enjoying it alongside a meal followed by water to maintain hydration. For extra skin insurance, make sure you use an antioxidant enriched cream or oil that night.
- Stress Less
We all experience stress in our lives time to time. When our bodies are experiencing stress it will produce excess cortisol. Known as the ‘stress hormone’, it is not your collagen’s friend as it breaks down the connective tissue that keeps your complexion taut and firm. You may notice after a stressful week your skin reflects a dull complexion and a pimple or two may occur. Check in with yourself. Allow your body to relax and your mind to be still; not just your general well-being, but your skin’s sake too!