HOW TO STIMULATE REAL COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
4 MIN READ
Collagen has become a major buzzword over the past couple of years. It seems that everywhere you look, there is another collagen product. From supplements, to powders, to food, to cocktails even – you can find some form of collagen included. Which is great if you’re looking for something that lubricates your joints and helps improve your skin’s hydration, but if you’re looking for more of your own natural collagen, you might want to look elsewhere.
Before we dive in, let’s talk about what collagen actually is. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body. It is what gives your skin it’s structure and keeps your skin plump, strong, and supple looking. It works with your skin’s elastin proteins to hold your cheeks high and keep your jawline tight. In short, it’s something you definitely want to preserve.
As we age, our collagen production begins to slow. After the age of 20, we start to lose one percent of collagen each year. When you add in extrinsic aging factors such as pollution, UV damage, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition, you can kiss your collagen goodbye a lot faster than that.
Now that you’re up to speed on the importance of collagen and what it does, let’s get back to those buzzy collagen products. If you’ve been racing to the stores to stock up on your collagen peptides with the goal of preserving and activating your own collagen production, you might want to think again.
The problem with collagen products is that they trick you into believing that they will give you more of your own collagen. That would be like eating hair to get more of your own hair – it just doesn’t work that way. When you consume collagen, your body takes what it needs from it and expels the rest. Unfortunately, what it takes doesn’t translate to more of your own collagen proteins.
That said, your body does use the collagen to help lubricate your joints and aid in hydrating your skin, so they do serve a purpose, but when it comes down to stimulating your own collagen you need to look for products that act as precursors to collagen. And, the good news is, they aren’t that hard to find – if you know what to look for.
Here are three ingredients to look for if you want to stimulate more collagen production.
This word may be associated with unnatural physical enhancements, but the interesting thing is that silicon can be found in abundance in nature. Plants like Horsetail, found in Ultimate PM, contain a unique form of naturally occurring silicon called salicylic acid, which is essential for the production of collagen. One of its most important functions is the activation of enzymes within the collagen matrix that aid in stimulating new growth and supporting skin strength and elasticity.
This ingredient probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, and is definitely one of the easier ingredients to seek out. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant that not only aids in protecting against UV damage and supporting hydration, but it also plays a key role in stimulating collagen and keratin production. You’ll find vitamin C in most of your favorite topical skincare products, but you can also reap the skin boosting benefits of vitamin C through eating it. Plant and fruit extracts like Acerola Cherry and Citrus Bioflavonoids are super high in Vitamin C, and are used in ULTIMATE AM and ULTIMATE PM specifically for their skin benefits.
Gotu Kola has been touted as the herb of longevity for its wide-ranging, healthy aging benefits from activating collagen production to enhancing cognition. Gotu Kola, an aquatic botanical found in Ultimate AM, has been gaining popularity in recent years for its ability to stimulate both collagen and keratin production, as well as supporting elasticity, hydration and tensile strength.
In addition to looking for products that contain ingredients that act as precursors to collagen, be mindful of avoiding extrinsic factors that degrade your collagen production as well. Remember to wear sunscreen, make sleep a priority, and upgrade your nutrition to include colorful antioxidant containing foods that will amplify the benefits of your favorite collagen stimulating products like ULTIMATE AM and ULTIMATE .
And at the end of the day, remember to celebrate your own unique beauty (just the way you are right now) because you really are stunningly beautiful.