Oh how we take our skin for granted in our youth! It’s only later, when we see our skin start to sag and those telltale wrinkles begin to show that we start chasing after the fountain of youth. So desperate are we to reclaim our former plump, healthy and youthful skin that we can resort to the craziest, most expensive, most wasteful and most downright dangerous methods to obtain it. From getting botox in our twenties to subjecting our skin to stinging and burning treatments because we believe that pain is beauty (which it really isn’t). As most of us know, the secret to plump and youthful skin is collagen. Collagen is a protein that’s not just in our skin but in our muscles, joints and bones. It’s what gives our skin its plumpness and elasticity and prevents sagging, fine lines and wrinkles. As we age our bodies produce less collagen, hence the visible signs of aging. But while most of us are aware of this, many go entirely the wrong way about it when it comes to getting it into our skin.
So, once and for all… We need to talk about collagen. First of all, whatever you do...
Don’t buy products containing collagen!
You’ve likely seen a number of creams, serums and skincare treatments containing collagen. Don’t buy them! They’re expensive and they’re pointless. You see, while collagen is the vital component of youthful skin, it cannot be absorbed through the skin. Our bodies need to produce their own. Of course cosmetics companies know that people don’t know this and so they flood the market with collagen enriched products. People see the word collagen and assume that they’re buying a miracle cure… What they’re really buying is an expensive lot of nothing! The same goes for stem cells too. Stem cells need to be alive in order to be of use to your skin and they absolutely can’t be alive if they’ve been sealed in an airtight pot.
So, you want firm and plump skin without freezing your face with botox. Here are some options available to you...
If you want a quick, easy and non-invasive alternative to botox, anti wrinkle injections using dermal fillers are certainly preferable. Dermal fillers can be made with synthetic ingredients but they can also be made with natural alternatives. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly and even prevent sagging skin in the future. What’s more, unlike botox, they won’t freeze your face. You’ll enjoy the full range of facial movement as well as plumper, younger looking skin.
While collagen cannot be absorbed into the skin, peptides can. What’s great about peptides is that they actually communicate with your skin. Peptides, like collagen, are long chains of amino acids. They join onto existing collagen chains and actually convince your body that it needs to produce more collagen. Result!
Don’t forget diet!
As in most things, diet is extremely important in attaining the youthful, glowing skin you deserve. Aside from staying well hydrated, you should fill your every plate with a range of foods which will stimulate collagen production and give your skin a healthy glow, including;
Nuts and seeds
As you can see, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune or put yourself through agonizing treatments to get youthful skin and feel confident in your beauty!