Collagen comes from the Greek word “Kolla” which means “Glue”
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most plentiful and important protein in the body. It provides structure to our skin giving it suppleness and stretch which leads to plumpness and a youthful appearance. It’s also one of the building blocks for your bones, hair, muscles tendons and ligaments.
Because it’s the most important protein in our body it keeps our skin from sagging so it goes without saying that when it begins to decline as we age and we produce less of it the skin begins to thin and fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.
Hydration is the key to a beautiful healthy skin. Hydration from the inside (drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day) water and hydration from the outside (our skin care)
When a client comes in to the salon and has challenges with her skin. The first priority always is to “Hydrate” regardless of skin type, age or skin condition. It is not possible to treat the skin successfully if the skin is not happy and healthy first.
A Hydrated Skin is a Healthy Skin
Why is Hydration so Important?
Hydration is responsible for how the skin behaves on a daily basis. It’s responsible for how it sheds its excess dead skin cells, how it performs and how it heals itself. The health of the skin cell that are responsible for keeping the skin supple and strong depends on hydration. Basically all metabolic functions need hydration to perform efficiently and healthily.
How do we boost Collagen in our skin?
Foods: Eating Collagen rich foods such as, egg whites, chicken, fish, Citrus fruits, berries, leafy greens, tomatoes and nuts, to name a few help to boost collagen production internally.
Collagen Facials rejuvenate the skin and improve skin texture by increasing the hydration levels in the deeper layers of the skin. The incredible benefits of this increased Hydration are:
- Your skin will look younger with fewer fine lines because of the plumpness resulting from the hydration.
- Your skin cells will exfoliate easily from the surface of your skin which prevents build up of dead skin cells and gives the skin radiance.
- When the hydration levels in your skin are increased they encourage your cells to regenerate faster. This new cellular regeneration increases the production of Collagen in your skin.
- This increased Collagen production not only boosts healthier new skin cells but also has the ability to tighten and firm the skin.
As I always say to my clients a “A Hydrated Skin is a Healthy skin”
Other ways to Boost collagen in the Skin
Foods and Diet
To help your body do its best in the production of collagen, you can’t go wrong with high-collagen animal or plant foods or vitamin and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables.
And if you don’t like the foods listed, remember there’s no one source. A diet full of protein-rich foods, whether from plant or animal sources, can help supply these critical amino acids.
Other nutrients that aid the process of collagen production include zinc, vitamin C, and copper. So, fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals are also a friend to supple skin.
And, for even more dramatic results, be sure to stay away from Sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can cause inflammation and damage collagen.
Skin Care: Good skin care will have the ability to protect, hydrate and feed the skin cells that are so important for keeping our skin healthy.