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What Is Collagen?

If you pay attention to the health and beauty industry, then you’ve likely heard the word “collagen” before. In the past few years, collagen products have been popping up everywhere — from supplements, to topical skincare products, to nutrition bars, and more. But what exactly is collagen, and why is it important for your health? In this blog post, we explore the definition of collagen, and whether claims that it can help you look younger have any validity.

At Body by Corium in Fort Lauderdale, we offer a variety of body treatments, body wraps, skincare, hair removal, and manscaping services, all to help you look and feel your best. Many of our body treatments stimulate collagen production, such as our popular Radiofrequency Body Treatment, which minimizes the appearance of cellulite, and our Localized Spot Machine, which reduces fat and blemishes in specific areas of the body. Read on to learn more about collagen then book an appointment at Body By Corium today to experience the life-changing power of collage stimulation for yourself.

Definition

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body. It can be found in bones, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and more. Essentially, collagen is the “glue” that holds all of these parts together. In fact, the word “collagen” comes from the Greek word ““kólla,” which means glue.

When we are young, we produce a great deal of collagen, giving our skin that firm, supple appearance that is so desirable. As we get older, however, our collagen production drops off, causing stiffer tendons and ligaments, weaker muscles, joint pain, and even gastrointestinal problems. The most immediately noticeable effect of collagen degradation, however, is on our skin. As your collagen production declines, you will likely notice the appearance of wrinkles, skin depressions, and other visible signs of aging.

How to Boost Collagen Production

Although our body gradually loses its natural capacity to produce collagen as we get older, there are certain things we can do to stimulate collagen growth. In addition to the noninvasive body treatments we offer at Body by Corium, which work to boost collagen growth, thereby improving the appearance of skin, there are certain skincare topicals and nutrients that can help you produce high-quality collagen as well.

Skincare Products

One ingredient to look for in skincare topicals that claim to enhance collagen production is retinoid, or retinol, which can often be found in anti-aging creams and serum. According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, retinoids have been proven to stimulate collagen production in the skin. Other ingredients that can trigger collagen formation include alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, and peptides.

Nutrients

A healthy diet can also help stimulate collagen production. In particular, aim to eat foods containing the following nutrients:

  • Proline: Found in egg whites, soy, dairy, cabbage, asparagus, and mushrooms

  • Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, and broccoli

  • Copper: Found in shellfish, red meat, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cashews, and lentils

  • Glycine: Found in pork skin, chicken skin, gelatin, and various other protein-containing foods

  • Anthocyanidins: Found in blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries

  • Vitamin A; Found in most animal-derived foods

How to Prevent Collagen Loss

Although we may not be able to turn back the hands of time, there are preventative measures that can slow down the rate of collagen loss in the body. To minimize collagen loss, aim to avoid the following behaviors:

  • High sugar consumption: Sugar and refined carbs interfere with collagen’s ability to repair itself.

  • Too much sunlight: Ultraviolet radiation can reduce collagen production. Avoid excessive sun exposure and always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

  • Smoking: Many chemicals present in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin in the skin, which can impair wound healing and lead to wrinkles.

Boost Your Collagen Production at Body by Corium!

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of collagen production, you can see how important it is for maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. If you’re looking to jumpstart your new collagen-conscious skincare and diet regimen, book an appointment at Body by Corium today! Our body treatments can help you stimulate collagen production, providing visible results that will encourage you to keep giving your body what it needs for your skin to truly glow.