How to restore collagen in your skin
Collagen is an important protein, the most abundant one in the human body. It serves as a building block in your skin, bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, corneas, blood vessels and even teeth. Collagen provides strength and elasticity for your skin. As you age, collagen production in your body decreases, so, naturally, the question arises – how can you restore collagen in your skin? Read on and discover what damages collagen and what you can do to restore this important protein and preserve your skin’s strength.
What damages collagen?
Your skin has specialised cells in the dermis, the lower layer of your skin, and they are responsible for collagen production. These cells start to produce less collagen as early as your 20s, and this slow-down can result in more fragile skin, which means fine lines, wrinkles on your face and thinner skin under your eyes. But this is not the only reason why the collagen in your skin may decrease; here are some others that can be responsible:
Sun exposure. If you regularly spend considerable time in the sun, especially without sun protection, you are at higher risk of losing collagen more rapidly, as cumulative sun exposure can induce collagen break-down. As the sun is responsible for up to 80% of visible signs of premature skin ageing, we recommend sun protection, to make sure you are safe from those harmful UV rays.
Smoking. It can damage collagen, so if you stay away from smoking, your skin will certainly thank you.
Lack of sleep. Yes, beauty sleep is a thing! Your body is usually in repair mode at night, so make sure you get as much quality sleep as possible to keep your skin looking healthier.
Eating too much sugar. It can damage proteins, making collagen weaker in the process.
Hydrates and Protects
How to restore collagen naturally?
Your body is doing its best to make its collagen naturally, but there is no harm in giving it a helping hand. Here are some examples of how you can do that:
Diet. If you have a protein-rich diet and you are trying to keep away from sugar, you are on the right track. Although this is healthy for your body, it is not the most effective way to boost collagen production in the skin.
Skin care. Trying to put collagen as a skin care ingredient straight onto your skin will not be the ideal solution. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, so other skin care solutions will be necessary.
Treatments. Laser, ultrasound, chemical peels and micro-needling are professional treatments that can stimulate collagen production in your skin, but they are invasive and expensive techniques, and there are more gentle ways to achieve your goal.
Collagen-related skin care products
As we mentioned earlier, collagen molecules are too large to penetrate your skin on their own, but Collagen Peptides can easily tackle this issue. These are small building blocks of collagen that are small enough to avoid just sitting on top of your skin without any effect.
The Collagen Peptide used in Olay products has been even optimised further to be able to penetrate your skin, hydrate it for 24 hours and improve its barrier. And the result? Reduced visibility in fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly smoother skin texture.
Strong and Glowing Skin
So now that you know that Collagen Peptides can truly make a difference by strengthening your skin, it’s time to discover what Olay products harness the power of Collagen Peptides and how they can be beneficial for you.
Our new Collagen Peptide24 collection with Collagen Peptides and Niacinamide is a new way to pamper your skin with noticeable results in just 2 weeks.
Your skin can get its strength back with a moisturiser like Olay Collagen Peptide24 Day Cream. Its lightweight formula was designed to improve your skin’s natural barrier with the help of Collagen Peptides.
If serums are rather your kind of products, you could try Olay Collagen Peptide24 Day Serum to smooth your skin’s texture with a concentrated, fast-absorbing serum.
When treating your eye area, it is always important to use a product that is specifically developed for the delicate skin there. Olay Collagen Peptide24 Eye Cream is perfect for this purpose, and you can rest assured that your eye area can gain its glow back.
The bottom line on how to restore collagen to your skin
Your skin produces collagen naturally, even though its rate begins to decline in your 20s. You can try and use diet or special professional treatments to slow down this process, but a more effective way to tackle this issue is with the help of skin care products that contain Collagen Peptides. They can easily penetrate your skin and strengthen its barrier, resulting in a visibly smoother texture, and stronger, more healthy-looking skin.