Collagen comes from the Greek word for “glue” and is the main component of connective tissues found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, and tendons. It an important protein that forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure.
There are at least 16 types of collagen identified, the most abundant is type 1 collagen which makes up 80% of the dermis layer of our skin. It is the tough, fibrous protein that helps skin hold its shape.
As we age, collagen production declines and the structural integrity of the skin weakens. Factors like exposure to UV light and smoking also damages collagen, causing them to convert into thick fibers and lose their “spring”, allowing skin to sag and wrinkle!
Luckily, there are numerous ways to promote our body’s production of collagen and prevent its damage by protecting our skin.
Many foods contain nutrients that are required to form collagen. The best way is to incorporate more of the natural food in your diet, but there are also supplements that can help to increase your intake of the following nutrients:
- Omega-3 in fish helps to prevent the loss and degradation of collagen. The best choices of fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies, and herring.
- Vitamin C promotes the formation of collagen by helping to link the amino acids together that are needed to form collagen and protects the skin from toxins in our air, food, and water. That is why it is often added to creams and serums.
- Cut back on Sugar: Through a process known as glycation, sugar in your bloodstream attaches itself to proteins to form harmful new molecules, causing inflammation. The most susceptible skin proteins to being damaged by glycation are collagen and elastin!
- Chinese food – some Chinese delicacies are prized for their beautifying qualities and foods that are known to help replenish collagen include bird’s nest soup, snow fungus soup, herbal bone broths, and any food that has cartilage and tendons such as duck feet, pig feet, and chicken feet!
Collagen molecules are normally too large to be absorbed through the skin, but there are formulas that can twist the fresh collagen with a triple-helix structure, allowing the collagen to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. Fresh collagen molecules also has the ability to retain a large amount of moisture that serves as a source of firmness and elasticity. Take a look at our Fresh Collagen Infusing Essence by SOT Labs.
There are also skincare products which contain ingredients that help to boost collagen production rather than replenish it. Look for skincare products that contain peptides, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants.
Collagen boosting spa treatments are highly-effective methods to promote collagen production that plumps and lifts the skin as you lay down and relax.
Non-surgical treatments are painless and include laser and ultrasound treatments that bypasses the outer layers of the skin to the deeper layers and stimulate your body’s own collagen building process for natural and noticeable results. You can learn more about how our advanced aesthetic treatment, HIFU, works here.