fbpx

GET $20 OFF YOUR 1ST BOX OF 20 WITH CODE: WELCOME20

How to Restore and Rebuild Collagen Naturally

By Ingrid De La O , May 4, 2020

How to restore and rebuild collagen on the face naturally

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s found in most of your body’s tissues, including muscles, tendons, bones, blood vessels, and even your digestive system. It’s also essential for healthy cell growth.

But when people talk about the importance of collagen, they’re generally talking about the benefits of collagen for keeping your skin smooth and supple. Unfortunately, skin damage, aging, and other factors can reduce your collagen levels and skin elasticity. Here’s how to protect the collagen in your skin, and help your body produce more.

Collagen production stops at what age?

As you age, your skin will naturally start producing less collagen. This process begins as early as age 20. No, that’s not a typo. Starting at age 20, your body will produce about 1% less collagen every year. Anti aging practices can help thwart this process. You start to breakdown more collagen than you build. 

How to stimulate collagen production on skin and lips

One way to get smoother skin and plumper lips is to exfoliate and probably hydrate more often. This will not actually add collagen to your skin. However, chemical peels and other exfoliating practices can remove dead skin with damaged collagen, and hydration will stop it from drying up.  This will ensure smoother, healthier skin is exposed.

Another way is to stimulate collagen production directly. Topical creams containing retinoids can stimulate Vitamin A absorption, which aids in collagen production. Beware of so-called “collagen creams”, though. Collagen will not penetrate the skin. If you’re using these skin care products, you might as well be smearing snake oil on your face.

How to rebuild collagen under eyes

One of the most common complaints people have as they age is bags or creases around the eyes. Because your eyes are the first thing most people see, it’s important to keep them looking fresh and bright. To help with this, consider a peptide eye cream. Not only will this help stimulate collagen production to eliminate wrinkles, it also has anti inflammatory properties that will get rid of those pesky bags. Aloe Vera can also help reduce inflammation under your eyes.

Collagen deficiency symptoms

Currently, there are no scientific tests to directly measure your collagen level. But there are several telltale signs that you’re suffering from a collagen deficiency. These include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Unexplained muscle weakness
  • Intestinal issues
  • Wrinkly or “thin” skin

What breaks down collagen?

So, what causes your body to lose collagen? There are many possible causes. Among these are:

  • Pollution and airborne free radicals
  • Excessive sun exposure or tanning
  • Smoking
  • Natural aging
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Heavy metals
  • Glyphosate in conventional foods

Vitamins to increase collagen production

There are several vitamins that can aid with your body’s natural collagen production. The most important of these are Vitamin C and Vitamin A, which are also naturally found in many healthy foods. In addition, hyaluronic acid is a significant factor in your body’s collagen production toolkit. It’s available in many supplements, and is also found in foods that are high in amino acids.

What foods help produce collagen?

A healthy lifestyle and good supplementation aren’t the only ways to boost collagen production. A healthy diet is also an important factor. In general, the best foods for collagen production are foods that contain the necessary nutrients. These include foods that are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. 

How to stimulate collagen naturally with Rejuvenate (Maqui + Baobab) 

Drink your way to healthy skin! Our REJUVENATE Smoothie is filled with antioxidant-rich botanicals that combat oxidative stress, reduce the effects of aging, and work alongside vitamin C to stimulate healthy collagen production. Both chaga mushroom and maca root contain enzymes that increase each other’s antioxidant potency, sesame seeds and tocotrienols together increase absorption of vitamin E, and sesame seeds and maca work together to balance hormones — all to boost your natural collagen!

How long does it take for collagen to grow?

Everyone’s body is different, so it’s tough to give a hard and fast number. That said, typical results range from about 4 to 8 weeks. So if you start supplementing today, you can expect to start seeing results within that time period. The good news is that there are no downsides to supplementing or eating healthy foods.

Collagen from plants

In addition to supplements, there are several healthy, natural plant products you can eat to assist with your body’s collagen production. Also, notice there is a common denominator, and that is antioxidants. Here’s a short list:

  • Ginseng
  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Citruses like oranges, grapefruit, and lemons
  • Coffee
  • Baobab fruit
  • Licorice
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cinnamon
  • Mulberries
  • Maqui Berry

Bone broth collagen

Bone broth, as its name implies, is produced from animal bones. These bones come from beef, pork, and chicken. The better versions also include joint cartilage and chicken feet. It’s even better than collagen peptides, since collagen peptides contain only collagen. Bone broth, on the other hand, includes a variety of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and alkylglycerols. All of these nutrients aid with collagen absorption, as well as boosting your body’s natural production.

Beware to only consume grass-fed organic bone broths, as conventional versions of this contain glyphosate, which mimics the body’s glycine, the primary amino acid of collagen. It’s a chelator, will steal your minerals, and considered a carcinogen.

Foods to improve skin elasticity

Foods rich in fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and K. They act as a natural moisturizer, preventing your skin from drying out. These fat soluble vitamins are commonly found in animal products like ghee, grass-fed butter, liver and more. They also help protect against free radicals, which can break-down collagen at a faster rate. 

Food for healthy skin

Protecting your skin’s collagen levels requires a balanced diet. Foods that contain antioxidants, which remove free radicals from your body, prevent  collagen from getting damaged to begin with.

Perhaps the most important antioxidant is glutathione. Along with Vitamin E and Vitamin C, it provides a major boost to your immune system. In addition to boosting your collagen levels, a diet rich in antioxidants can help prevent age spots, sun damage, and even skin cancer.

Collagen rich foods for skin and hair

Perhaps the best way to boost your collagen is simply to eat foods that are rich in collagen to begin with. Most of these are animal products, including beef, chicken, eggs, and oysters. 

TUSOL can help stimulate collagen metabolism with the use of polyphenols, flavanoids, and antioxidant rich superfoods. There’s also studies demonstrating that vitamins C and E combined with ferulic acid found in our smoothies has impart both a sunscreen and an antioxidant effect. So your skin will radiate and glow! Find antioxidants in all of our formulations, including CALM formulated with Turmeric + Ginger, REJUVENATE with Maqui + Baobab, and ENERGIZE with Cacao + Lion’s Mane.

Further Reading:

The Science Behind Acne: Beneath The Surface

Glyphosate Is Making You Age Faster

INGRID DE LA O TUSOL Wellness Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer Ingrid De La O is a wellness expert living in Los Angeles. She’s been featured in NYT best selling books, #1 iTunes podcasts, and been written about in magazines such as Vogue, The Guardian, Malibu Magazine and more. Born and raised in Mexico City, she's the co-founder and health formulator at TUSOL Wellness. She's passionate in everything biohacking and loves to spend time learning everything there is to know about your cells. Ingrid has spent years studying functional nutrition and is a superfood expert. She formulated the TUSOL smoothie collection that cured both her Crohn’s Disease and postpartum depression within a period of four months

Post a Comment

X