6 ways to keep your skin wrinkle free
Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, giving it firmness and elasticity.
When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself.
But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south.
Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production...
Up your vitamin C intake
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels.
“Smoking creates enzymes called matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) which damage the collagen in your skin, hence the tell-tale sagging which many smokers are betrayed by,” says consultant dermatologist Dr. Nick Lowe ( drnicklowe.com ).
Stay sun safe
Sun exposure is a prime suspect for hastening collagen loss. “UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there,” says Dr. Lowe. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
Cut back on the sweet stuff
Eating sugary stuff is a big hindrance in ensuring your skin stays wrinkle free.
It causes premature ageing of the skin by a process called glycation. This is where excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins (especially your collagen) to form “advanced glycation end products” or AGEs, which accelerate the ageing process and so cause wrinkly skin.
Plant proteins, please
The menopause can make us wrinkly because, as we age, our estrogen levels drop. Because estrogen is vital to making healthy collagen, creases and crinkles can creep in to our skin. Try eating nuts, peas and soy.
“Massaging your face daily will help boost the production of collagen, give skin a more plump appearance and help stimulate the lymph glands to promote clear skin,” says Nichola Joss, Skincare Expert.