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6 Ways to maintain and boost collagen production

I looked at my little girl today and found myself seriously envying her smooth and plump complexion!! Anyone know what I mean?! So let’s talk a bit about collagen…we hear the word a lot in the beauty industry, but what is it exactly is it?! So let’s talk a bit about collagen… Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about one-third of its protein composition. It is essentially the glue that holds things together! It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. As we age, collagen production begins to decline…and one of the most visible signs of this is in our skin, it tends to lose its firmness and glow. But did you know that there are some great ways not only to preserve your collagen but also boost collagen production??ageing skin Read on… Here are our top 6 tips:
  • Eat foods that contain nutrients that boost production:
    • Vitamin C. Large amounts are found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries
    • Large amounts are found in egg whites, wheat germ, dairy products, cabbage, asparagus, and mushrooms
    • Large amounts are found in organ meats, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cashews, and lentils
    • Protein – In addition, your body needs high quality protein that contains the amino acids needed to make new proteins. Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, legumes, and tofuare all excellent sources of amino acids.
  • Ingest collagen in food:
    • Certain foods contain high levels of Collagen, bone broth being one of the best sources. Although there isn’t conclusive evidence this boosts collagen in our bodies, anecdotal evidence is good
  • Avoid things that damage collagen: smoking, pollution
    • Eating too much sugar and refined carbs. Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. Minimize your consumption of added sugarand refined).
    • Getting too much sunshine. Ultraviolet radiation can reduce collagen production. Avoid excessive sun exposure
    • Smoking reduces collagen production. This can impair wound healing and lead to wrinkles
  • Supplements:
    • Although there isn’t a wealth of evidence that supplements are effective, the limited studies done do look promising for Collagen supplements
  • Stay hydrated!!
    • Staying hydrated provides the best environment for encouraging Collagen production, so get drinking that 2 litres a day!
  • Face massage:
    • Massage can stimulate collagen production and strengthen muscle memory (perfect for facial contours!). Facial muscles are crucial to the way we look and with regular stimulation can lift, tone and tighten the skin, boost blood circulation and collagen production giving a fresh youthful appearance to the skin…
At Luminous Face Yoga, we are obsessed with boosting Collagen production naturally! We have so many fab techniques to share with you to help you maintain or restore that youthful glow. If you’re not already part of the Luminous community, what are you waiting for? Come on in!