Collagen is a structural protein responsible for bouncy, elastic, supple, and youthful-looking skin.
So, it gives up exactly what we want in a healthy glowing complexion.
After your mid-to-late 20s, your collagen will start declining up to 1-2% a year, eventually leading to thinner, crepey, wrinkled, and sagging skin.
But, there may be a few things that you can do to help rebuild collagen or maintain its current production of collagen.
Some preliminary studies show that a facial massage may help boost the skin’s production of collagen fibers.
To easily integrate this into your beauty routine, you don’t have to schedule a facial, just gently massage the face in an upward motion while you are applying your moisturizers or serums.
Adequate Vitamin C levels in the skin help stimulate the production of more collagen and help prevent its breakdown when the skin is exposed to UV rays.
And while eating adequate amounts of Vitamin C through your diet daily is necessary and not to be skipped, adding on a cream or serum containing Vitamin C may enhance the amount of Vitamin C found in your skin cells to optimize collagen production.
Strut Brightly Formula contains high strength Vitamin C in addition to other skin brightening ingredients in a physician formulated compound.
Smoking may lead to less overall collagen production in the skin, in addition to all the other not great things you already know about smoking.
One study measured collagen I and III in smokers and non-smokers and found that those that smoked produced 18% and 22% respectively less collagen in their skin as compared to the non-smoking controls.
So, you can add “better skin” to the long list of reasons why you should stop smoking today if you want to rebuild collagen on your face.
Hydration is great for your complexion, but what does it have to do with the collagen in your skin?
According to one study, if collagen is not in an adequately hydrated environment, it shape may distort and become rigid or less stable.
Keep our skin hydrated with plenty of water, hydrating foods, and moisturizing skincare.
Retinoids, like Tretinoin, may help increase collagen production in sun-damaged skin.
One study had participants apply Tretinoin cream daily to sun-damaged skin and then measured the changes in collagen from the start.
After 10-12 months of applying the Tretinoin, the treatment group had an 80% increase of collagen 1 formation, as compared to the placebo cream group which had an increase of 14%.
Tretinoin is a prescription-only medication, and you can find it in our physician formulated Strut Anti-Aging cream.
While more studies need to be done on if taking collagen supplements actually gets through to help improve collagen levels in the skin, a few initial studies look promising.
One study had patients take a collagen supplement daily for twelve weeks and then measured skin improvements, including skin collagen content.
After the treatment period, the collagen measurement in the “crow’s feet” skin area improved by 19% from baseline, and the forearm skin increased by 12%.
StrutVite is our potent hair, skin, and nail pharmacist crafted supplement which contains collagen as one of the ingredients.
UV rays from the sun can damage skin, and that includes the breakdown of collagen.
If you are going to go out in the sun, be sure to slather on some sunscreen, or just apply a 30+ SPF on a daily basis.
Because if you are doing your best to rebuild collagen, you aren’t doing your skin any favors by skipping the sunscreen and breaking down more.