How to Prevent Collagen Loss

How to Prevent Collagen Loss

Collagen is the unsung hero of healthy youthful skin. Around 80% of your skin is made with this useful protein, which helps your skin stay elastic.[1] X Research source Unfortunately, as you start losing collagen, your skin doesn’t quite look its best. Don’t worry! By reviewing the facts, you can decide what’s best for you and your future skincare.

Method 1 of 6:
What causes collagen loss?

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You lose collagen as you get older. Once you hit your 20s, your body produces less and less collagen. In fact, you lose about 1% of your collagen each year as you journey into adulthood. [2] X Research source Experts describe collagen as ropes that thread and connect through your skin. With each passing year, these ropes naturally grow weaker and thinner.
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An unhealthy lifestyle can increase collagen loss. While collagen loss is a natural part of life, it can also be sped up. Extra time in the sun, smoking cigarettes, and nearby pollution can also lead to collagen loss. [3] X Research source
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Method 2 of 6:
What are the symptoms of lack of collagen?

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Your skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles are impacted. As you lose collagen, your skin looks more wrinkly, and your tendons and ligaments aren’t quite as flexible. Your muscles will also become smaller and weaker. [4] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Some people experience osteoarthritis or joint pain due to worn-out cartilage, which is caused by collagen loss. Others deal with GI-related issues, since collagen loss can wear out your digestive tract’s lining.
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Method 3 of 6:
How can I rebuild collagen in my face?

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Use skincare products with retinol. Stop by your local drugstore or beauty shop and look for products with retinol or retinoids in them. These products help give your collagen production a boost, and are also great for your skin texture and tone. Experts suggest applying these skincare products in the evening. [5] X Research source If your skin is pretty sensitive, use products with bakuchiol instead of retinol.
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Try out a peptide cream. Peptide serums and creams really give your collagen and elastin a boost, and are great for your skin overall. [6] X Research source Add this product to your regular skincare routine, using it after your cleanser, toner, and eye cream. [7] X Research source Elastin is a different protein that helps keep your skin stretchy and youthful.[8] X Research source
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Apply a moisturizer with lots of antioxidants. Look for a daily moisturizer with vitamin C and other antioxidants listed as ingredients—these help safeguard your skin from free radicals, which hurt your collagen levels. Use this moisturizer in the morning, right before you apply sunscreen. [9] X Research source
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Schedule treatments with your dermatologist. Talk to your dermatologist about trying a chemical peel, using resurfacing lasers, or getting injections or microneedling. These procedures can help give your collagen a boost. [10] X Research source
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Method 4 of 6:
How do I protect my collagen?

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Wear sunscreen before you go outside. Spending time in the sun can lower your collagen levels and promote wrinkles. Before heading outside, slather on some sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. [11] X Research source
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Method 5 of 6:
How do you increase collagen naturally?

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Eat a healthy diet. Enjoy foods with lots of protein, like eggs, dairy, chicken, beef, and fish. Additionally, stock up on foods that are rich in vitamin C, like broccoli, citrus fruits, bell peppers, along with zinc and copper. [12] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Vitamin C helps your body make more collagen.[13] X Trustworthy Source EatRight.org Organization associated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics providing advice about food, health, and fitness Go to source Foods like nuts, whole grains, and shellfish are great sources of zinc and copper.
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Drink plenty of water. Collagen is able to fix and repair itself, but it needs water to get the job done. [14] X Research source Sip enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated—this is about 11½ cups (2.7 L) for women and 15½ cups (3.7 L) for men. [15] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Water also helps your body absorb vitamin C, which helps your body make new collagen.
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Sip on some bone broth. Pick up some organic bone broth from the store and enjoy it as part of your meal. This food is a great way to raise your collagen levels. [16] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source You can also make your own bone broth by soaking bones in a pot of water for 1-2 days.
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Method 6 of 6:
Can collagen supplements help?

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Yes, but there haven’t been a lot of studies done. There’s a little medical evidence that long-term collagen supplements can give your skin elasticity a boost. However, there aren’t a lot of studies out there just yet. If you try out these supplements, get them in powder form—this way, you can mix them into your foods and drinks. [17] X Research source Check the supplement bottle for specific dosage guidance.
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Method 1 of 6:
What causes collagen loss?

1
You lose collagen as you get older. Once you hit your 20s, your body produces less and less collagen. In fact, you lose about 1% of your collagen each year as you journey into adulthood. [2] X Research source Experts describe collagen as ropes that thread and connect through your skin. With each passing year, these ropes naturally grow weaker and thinner.
2
An unhealthy lifestyle can increase collagen loss. While collagen loss is a natural part of life, it can also be sped up. Extra time in the sun, smoking cigarettes, and nearby pollution can also lead to collagen loss. [3] X Research source
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Method 2 of 6:
What are the symptoms of lack of collagen?

1
Your skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles are impacted. As you lose collagen, your skin looks more wrinkly, and your tendons and ligaments aren’t quite as flexible. Your muscles will also become smaller and weaker. [4] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Some people experience osteoarthritis or joint pain due to worn-out cartilage, which is caused by collagen loss. Others deal with GI-related issues, since collagen loss can wear out your digestive tract’s lining.
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Method 3 of 6:
How can I rebuild collagen in my face?

1
Use skincare products with retinol. Stop by your local drugstore or beauty shop and look for products with retinol or retinoids in them. These products help give your collagen production a boost, and are also great for your skin texture and tone. Experts suggest applying these skincare products in the evening. [5] X Research source If your skin is pretty sensitive, use products with bakuchiol instead of retinol.
2
Try out a peptide cream. Peptide serums and creams really give your collagen and elastin a boost, and are great for your skin overall. [6] X Research source Add this product to your regular skincare routine, using it after your cleanser, toner, and eye cream. [7] X Research source Elastin is a different protein that helps keep your skin stretchy and youthful.[8] X Research source
3
Apply a moisturizer with lots of antioxidants. Look for a daily moisturizer with vitamin C and other antioxidants listed as ingredients—these help safeguard your skin from free radicals, which hurt your collagen levels. Use this moisturizer in the morning, right before you apply sunscreen. [9] X Research source
4
Schedule treatments with your dermatologist. Talk to your dermatologist about trying a chemical peel, using resurfacing lasers, or getting injections or microneedling. These procedures can help give your collagen a boost. [10] X Research source
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Method 4 of 6:
How do I protect my collagen?

1
Wear sunscreen before you go outside. Spending time in the sun can lower your collagen levels and promote wrinkles. Before heading outside, slather on some sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. [11] X Research source
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Method 5 of 6:
How do you increase collagen naturally?

1
Eat a healthy diet. Enjoy foods with lots of protein, like eggs, dairy, chicken, beef, and fish. Additionally, stock up on foods that are rich in vitamin C, like broccoli, citrus fruits, bell peppers, along with zinc and copper. [12] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Vitamin C helps your body make more collagen.[13] X Trustworthy Source EatRight.org Organization associated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics providing advice about food, health, and fitness Go to source Foods like nuts, whole grains, and shellfish are great sources of zinc and copper.
2
Drink plenty of water. Collagen is able to fix and repair itself, but it needs water to get the job done. [14] X Research source Sip enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated—this is about 11½ cups (2.7 L) for women and 15½ cups (3.7 L) for men. [15] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Water also helps your body absorb vitamin C, which helps your body make new collagen.
3
Sip on some bone broth. Pick up some organic bone broth from the store and enjoy it as part of your meal. This food is a great way to raise your collagen levels. [16] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source You can also make your own bone broth by soaking bones in a pot of water for 1-2 days.
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Method 6 of 6:
Can collagen supplements help?

1
Yes, but there haven’t been a lot of studies done. There’s a little medical evidence that long-term collagen supplements can give your skin elasticity a boost. However, there aren’t a lot of studies out there just yet. If you try out these supplements, get them in powder form—this way, you can mix them into your foods and drinks. [17] X Research source Check the supplement bottle for specific dosage guidance.
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