The presence of collagen in the skin slows down the aging process, and also provides support to the superficial layer of the skin.As we age, collagen begins to weaken and disappear, giving way to the appearance of lines and wrinkles especially on the face.
Daily routine for reconstructing collagen:
To replace lost collagen, include in your daily routine:
- Apply sunscreen lotion every day to protect the skin from sunlight
- Collagen rich foods that contain proline and lysine, which support the formation of collagen
- Consume foods rich in vitamin C daily to transform lysine and proline into amino acids which are essential to rebuild collagen
- Increase the amount of protein in your daily nutrition; women should consume at least 46 grams or more per da, while men should increase their protein intake for more than 56 grams per day, to increase the growth and health of collagen
- Apply a daily cream that contains retinol, which helps repair collagen degradation caused by the sun
Collagen Rich Foods
Foods rich in anthocyanidins
The fruits rich in anthocyanidin are those with red color and dark purple, like cherries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries, which protect us against the effects of free radicals. They also increase levels of vitamin C in cells, and help prevent collagen destruction in skin and connective tissue.
Foods rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an important vitamin in collagen production to maintain strong and healthy skin, and can be found in oranges, grapefruits, lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, among others.
Foods rich in proline and lysine
Lysine is found in lean meat, fish, vegetables and non-fat milk.
Proline is found in egg white and wheat germ. Lysine is an essential amino acid and must be obtained from food in general. In the other side proline is a nonessential amino acid that can be manufactured by the body.
Food rich in copper
Copper helps in the formation of collagen in the body, which is great if you increase the consumption of foods rich in copper, as liver, clams, oysters, green leafy vegetables, nuts and vegetables.