Since ancient times, human beings have been in pursuit of perfection. The drive to achieve excellence in all of our actions is something that has been passed down from generation to generation. When it comes to physical appearance, the goal has always been to keep the body looking young and radiant.
Over the years, we have created a thousand and one ways to keep the body looking up to the societal standards of beauty. However, there’s really just one particular protein that you should take care of and stimulate if you want to maintain a radiant appearance.
That little protein is called collagen, and it’s responsible for maintaining the elasticity of the skin, as well as its natural radiance. That’s why it’s one of the most important proteins when it comes to talking about physical beauty.
Collagen represents between 25 and 30% of the body’s total protein mass, and 80% of its total connective tissue. That’s why it’s so important to maintain highg levels of this essential protein within the body.
As well as being present in the skin, this key protein is found in all of the most essential elements of your body, such as:
But whether we like it or not, age can sometimes work against us, and over the years the body’s natural collagen production processes begin to drop off.
However, there are several ways to boost collagen production – and, of course, keep our natural beauty radiating outwards!
Let’s take a look at the things you should pay attention to if you’re looking to maintain healthy levels of collagen production:
1. A Balanced Diet
For collagen production – and for countless other things – a balanced diet is essential. As is the case with all proteins, levels of collagen production go hand in hand with the food we consume.
Therefore, if we make the effort to choose the right foods, we’ll be able to maintain healthy collagen levels.
Among the most highly recommended foods are:
- Soy and its derivatives
- Fruits rich in vitamin C
- Dark green vegetables (spinach, cabbage, asparagus as so on)
And that’s not to mention a number of more colorful foods you can include in your diet, such as:
- Foods containing high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon and other fatty fish
2. Homemade Remedies
If sticking to a strict diet isn’t your thing and you prefer to try out homemade remedies instead, there are several ingredients you should make sure to include to maintain or boost your body’s natural collagen production.
Including these ingredients will make sure your body keeps producing the collagen that keeps you looking young and radiant.
Rejuvenating Face Mask
- ½ a cup of grated carrot (57 g)
- ½ a fresh guava
- 1 teaspoon of honey (7.5 g)
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil
How to Prepare
- Process the carrot and the guava in a blender for thirty seconds.
- Next, add the honey and vitamin E oil and blend again.
How to Apply
- Spread the mixture thickly all over your face, and leave it on to work its magic for between 15 and 20 minutes.
- After the indicated time, remove the mask using a clean cloth and warm water.
- Finally, wash your face with cold water and gently pat dry with a clean towel or flannel.
This technical method is based on electromagnetic radiation. It acts at a deeper level of the dermis, bringing about a rise in temperature which helps to boost collagen production.
- It is used in a number of different aesthetic treatments, including to reduce cellulite and flabby skin, using different levels of radiation that target various layers of the skin.
- This procedure is highly targeted, and penetrates the dermis (the lower layer of the skin) without damaging the epidermis (the upper layer).
In the long term, it promotes a healthy restoration process that replaces aged cells and stimulates the production of new ones. What’s more, it also promotes circulation in the areas that have been subject to the treatment.
Take note that after treatment it’s important to keep the treated areas protected from the sun, and to stay well hydrated.
4. Keep Your Body Clean
Of course, the above recommendations will help you to keep your skin radiant – but that’s not to say you don’t also need to take care of your general health and hygiene.
If you’re not keeping your body free of external agents that contaminate it, any of the above treatments will be a waste of time.
- Avoid smoking
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Exercise at least three times a week
As we’ve seen, stimulating your body’s natural production of collagen may be simple, but it does require perseverance and discipline.
In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle free of excess is the best way to contribute to the maintenance of your skin, as well as your overall health and wellbeing.