There is no bigger sign of aging than the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin. One way to put the brakes on the appearance of lines and wrinkles is to rebuild the production of collagen in your skin.
Collagen is produced naturally in your body. As you age, the natural production and level of collagen decreases, which results in lines, wrinkles and general aging of the skin. Think of collagen as the "glue" which holds the underlying fibers of healthy skin together. When this "glue" breaks down, the skin loses its' elasticity and clears the way for the development of wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
There are several ways to increase the production of collagen. One way is to take vitamin supplements, which work from the inside to boost collagen production. Probably the best collagen-boosting vitamin is found in vitamin C, which is an excellent antioxidant, as well.
Vitamin C works in two ways; as an antioxidant it helps neutralize the age-adding effects of free radicals, and as a collagen builder, vitamin C helps strengthen the fibers of collagen in your body and promotes healthy cell development, which in turn helps to strengthen and rebuild the collagen fibers underlying the top layer of skin.
Specifically in a topical (cream) form of collagen, you want to find a cream that absorbs into the skin and works from the deep layers of collagen producing cells. A good collagen cream for skin will get into those deep cells and boost the production of that glue you need to firm and tighten the skin from deep within.
In order to do this, the cream or serum you select may contain one or more of the following to be effective:
Alpha hydroxy or an acid (vitamin C)
To get deeper into the surface layers of skin so the vitamins can work on cells
Retinol (vitamin A)
To neutralize free radical damage
To stimulate the production of collagen and increase effectiveness of antioxidants
Boost production of collagen and acts as an antioxidant
Especially green tea; powerful antioxidant, calming effect on skin
All of these are good choices for rebuilding collagen fibers in the skin. The goal is to strengthen the "glue" or collagen, and to repair and rebuild cells.
If you are able to increase the production of collagen in your skin, you will definitely see an improvement in the look of your skin. You will see blemishes/age spots fade, the skin will become softer and firmer and you will enjoy a much more fresh and youthful look.
You can also use vitamin A for good results in collagen building. Vitamin A, or retinol, has been a tried and true solution for increased collagen and elasticity of the skin.
As an alternate to using a good facial cream, you may want to try a serum, which delivers the goods in a more intensive form. Be careful to follow directions so as not to use too much of the product, as it may result in a "burn" feeling, which may indicate the cream or serum is too strong. Always, always wear sunscreen during the day!
One of the biggest things that ages your skin is the decrease and lack of collagen. Once you find a good collagen cream for your skin, you will begin to see a much-improved complexion and clarity in your skin. Over time, you will enjoy a more youthful appearance and a firmer, more toned look.
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