What does collagen do for your skin?

Wat doet collageen voor je huid?

Fortunately, we all grow a day older every day. At Food for Skin we like to embrace that, but... we also understand that you "want to grow old happily" and are not happy with sagging skin on your face. Wrinkles are beautiful and characteristic, but preferably with a healthy complexion, supple skin, without spots and dry spots.

Collagen and elastin play an important role in maintaining the firmness and elasticity of the skin. So more about this in this blog!

Restore skin elasticity

The natural aging process reduces the elasticity of our skin. Even very quickly around the transition. This is of course part of aging, but how can you strengthen your skin so that it continues to look healthy and calm? Fortunately, there are a number of powerful vitamins in nature that can provide fantastic support for the skin. Read more about how collagen works and how you can stimulate its production below.

Elastin and collagen

The skin consists of:

  • the epidermis; the outer layer of the skin that retains moisture and provides protection against harmful substances
  • the dermis: which contains blood vessels, nerves, glands and collagen and elastin and has essential proteins for building and maintaining the structure of the skin.

young and old skin image

What is collagen?

Collagen is a group of essential proteins naturally produced by our body and usually found in the body's connective tissues, where they provide strength and firmness to tissues. Collagen is also known for maintaining tight, flexible, firm skin.

What is elastin?

Elastin is also a protein found in connective tissue, but it is important to understand that it is a different type of protein than collagen. The presence of collagen provides strength and stiffness to the connective tissue, the presence of elastin ensures that tissues in the body return to their original shape after being stretched.

Causes of skin aging

As skin ages, production of these proteins decreases and the collagen and elastin fibers that help support skin structure tend to break, lose elasticity, thicken, stiffen and even clump together.

But in addition to the natural decline, sun, stress, smoking and the wrong diet have a major influence on the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

What to do against skin aging?

In adults, loss of skin elasticity is normally related to the inevitable aging process, but can also be due to a deficiency of vitamins A, B, C, E and K. So make sure you eat and take enough vitamins that are good for your skin .

Aging is a very natural process and at Food for Skin we do not want to prevent that, but we want to make the skin as strong as possible, so that, among other things, collagen production remains as high as possible, resulting in fresh skin. How do you do that?

Collagen creams

You see various creams with collagen on the market. Don't fall for it! Because you can stimulate collagen production, but you cannot introduce collagen directly into the skin from the outside. It is not at all possible to penetrate so deeply into the skin.

Collagen booster

To boost your collagen you will have to take it from within. Taking collagen supplements is certainly a very good addition to your skin care. Just pay attention to the following:

  • Collagen is made from animals, so it is not vegan (so you will not see this at Food for Skin).
  • Sweeteners or flavorings are often added, so pay attention to the ingredients list if you do not want this.
  • Vegetable collagen does not exist as pure collagen. Collagen is animal. This can be partly imitated from plants. A plant-based variant therefore contributes to the production of collagen, but cannot replace collagen 1 on 1.

Collagen against wrinkles

To boost collagen and firm your face, we like to work with the beta carotene from the Carrot Cleanser . This is a kind of precursor to Vitamin A and stimulates collagen production in the skin. However, you need to be patient for this, because you will only see the effect after a few months. So no quick fix!

The philosophy of Food for Skin is to make the skin's own functions as strong as possible. We do not want to take over the function of the skin with our products, but simply provide support where necessary. Because if you influence the skin's own functions too much with all kinds of intense peelings and treatments, the skin can become 'lazy' or 'confused' and you don't want that. You want the skin to get to work on its own, in a natural way, so that it is perfectly able to get rid of dead skin cells, repair dry spots and get an even complexion on the skin. Then you create 'strong' skin.

Our tip is actually: do as little as possible, but clean your skin every day in a very mild way, stimulate the skin naturally with a serum to help tackle problems and finish with a thin layer of cream, which can protect the skin against free radicals from outside: air pollution, bacteria and weather influences. Less is more!

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