We already lose one per cent of our skin’s collagen supply every year after we hit 20, but stress can accelerate that. Wind down with meditation, yoga, deep breathing and a good nights sleep!
Exercising at least three times a week has been found to boost collagen levels by stimulating growth hormones and fibroblast activity, resulting in stronger, plumper skin.
Pollution and sun exposure will not only cause skin ageing, but also accelerate collagen loss, so be sure to protect your skin with at least SPF30 every day. Diet is a great way to boost collagen naturally. High quality lean protein, fibre, healthy oils, fruits and vegetables and spices will all help stimulate production. Quinoa, salmon, beans, lentils, nuts, leafy greens, berries and vitamin C rich citrus fruits are especially good.
Supplements are systemic, meaning they work on your whole body and not just on your face. Research shows taking 10,000mg hydrolysed collagen daily for 8 – 10 weeks will not only help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, but will also improve hair condition and ease joint pain.