How to Increase Collagen & Elastin

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Elastin and collagen are two vital proteins for skin elasticity and structure. They account for nearly 30 percent of the total protein content in your body. Collagen and elastin decrease yearly as you age. It is important to discover how to increase these two proteins to keep skin looking youthful and healthy. The following methods can help you safely and effectively increase collagen and elastin production.

Things You'll Need

  • Exfoliating cream
  • Vitamin C capsules
  • Sunblock

Exfoliate skin with an exfoliating cream (available at local drug stores). Exfoliation involves removing the dead layer of skin cells from the surface of your skin. When you exfoliate, the dead skin cells are replaced by new ones. New collagen and elastin are created in the process, giving a more youthful appearance. Always read and follow the package directions before applying the cream to your skin.

Take an ascorbic acid (vitamin C) supplement daily. Thisvitamin is vital in collagen and elastin production. A deficiency in vitamin C can weaken elastin fibers. Recommended dosage is one 500 mg capsule daily to help maintain the cellular structures that keep the fibers of your complexion healthy and strong. Eat foods rich in ascorbic acid, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers and kiwi fruit.

Make sure you are consuming enough protein to stimulate elastin and collagen production. Proteins make up your muscle mass and the elastin and collagen in your skin. Foods rich in protein include cottage cheese, milk, legumes, tofu, beans, seeds and nuts. Consume at least two servings of these types of food daily.

Apply sunblock liberally to your skin daily to prevent further damage to your skin's cells. Sunblock can prevent skin aging by lessening the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Purchase sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 60 or above to give you maximum protection throughout the afternoon. Massage the sunblock into your skin 30 minutes before going outside.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your physician before using self treatments or taking supplements for the skin.

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References

  • Collagen
  • Elastin
  • "Naturally Healthy Skin: Tips & Techniques for a Lifetime of Radiant Skin," Stephanie Tourles, Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC, January 9, 1999
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