Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
There are countless methods you can employ to get flawless, ageless skin, many of which we discuss in this blog. One of the most popular ways to stop premature aging and eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles is to boost collagen. For those that don’t know, collagen is incredibly essential to the appearance and vitality of your skin because it improves skin firmness and elasticity. Without it, your skin would certainly start sagging and looking more lackluster.
While your skin possesses ample amounts of collagen when you are young, that supply and your skin’s ability to produce more collagen diminishes as you get older. Therefore, if you want youthful skin, it is important to build up the collagen within your skin so that lines and wrinkles look far less prominent than they should be. Today, we will tell you how. Continue reading to learn 3 of the top collagen-promoting natural ingredients that are perfect for your anti-aging needs. By using these natural ingredients regularly (either in homemade remedies or all-natural products), you will hopefully start to notice that your premature lines and wrinkles look less noticeable and that skin looks years, perhaps decades, younger.
Whether getting youthful skin is a pressing concern for you or not, you should care about collagen because it is one of the most important proteins in your body. Collagen is a structural protein that is a building block for not just your skin, but also your hair, bones, teeth, and muscles. Collagen keeps your skin supple, your bones healthy, and your muscles working in proper condition. So, when the collagen in your body starts to diminish, you will most likely see a change in both your physical appearance and physical health; with less collagen, you have to be more careful with your body to prevent injury.
However, since collagen is a protein, adding more protein to your diet can replenish your collagen levels and help your body produce more collagen. Even if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, there are still plenty of ways for you to get enough protein into your diet every day. For example, lentils and chickpeas are both great sources of plant-based protein that help build up collagen; per 100 grams, lentils contain about 9 grams of protein while chickpeas contain 19 grams. With more protein in your diet, you should start to see softer, more supple skin without a line or wrinkle in sight.
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2. Vitamin C
Protein isn’t the only ingredient to add to your diet; you should also be consuming more Vitamin C. We all know Vitamin C for its immune system-boosting properties, but this vitamin can be used to build up more collagen. Vitamin C has been studied to improve collagen production because it promotes the enzyme activity within this process; thus, more Vitamin C may lead to younger-looking skin. Plus, Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means that Vitamin C can eliminate free radical damage that could be reducing your collagen or impairing collagen production.
The simplest solution to get more Vitamin C into your diet is to eat more fruits, but there are lots of vegetables that are loaded with Vitamin C. Broccoli, for example, contains about 89.2 mg of Vitamin C, per 100 grams. Plus, Vitamin C can be a healthy addition to your daily and weekly skin care routine, either by using a Vitamin C-rich home remedy on your skin or an all-natural skin care product that contains Vitamin C. At Apsara Skin Care, you’ll be able to find plenty of Vitamin C home remedies from us if you click here. Alternatively, you can learn about the newest addition to the Apsara Skin Care line, the Ayurvedic Vitamin C Natural Skin Glow Serum, if you click here. There are many ways to use Vitamin C, but as long as you use it regularly, you should expect to see ageless as well as glowing skin in a matter of time.
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3. Zinc & Copper
It’s possible that these two ingredients are not at the top of your list when it comes to anti-aging skin care, but trust us when we say that both zinc and copper are very important to achieving youthful skin. Similar to Vitamin C, zinc and copper help support the enzymes involved in collagen production. Even without the benefits of collagen, zinc and copper are still beneficial to the health of your skin. Zinc can curb inflammation and acne while copper has been renowned in Ayurveda for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Since zinc and copper are trace elements, you don’t need to actively search for supplements that contain both of them. Instead, you will likely be able to find these nutrients in a well-balanced diet. For example, many legumes, such as lentils and black beans, are good sources of both zinc and copper. It is also recommended in Ayurveda to drink water out of a copper vessel to absorb trace amounts of this nutrient daily. Though you won’t be able to see the impact of zinc and copper on your skin as much as protein and Vitamin C, it is still very important to get enough of these two nutrients every day to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful.
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