It’s some of the most sobering beauty news ever: starting in our mid-twenties, we lose about one percent of our collagen—the structural protein that’s responsible for giving skin that youthful bounce and firmness—every year. Sad, yes. But not worth losing sleep over. We live in an age where science and innovation keep us from having to succumb to statistics—not now, not ever.
Step 3 of The Eighth & Eden method observes the importance of collagen preservation and boosting for healthy looking, glowing skin, an all important part of your treatment plan to ensure long lasting, natural results.
My tips to preserve, protect, and plump things up.
UP THE ANTE WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
The first rule of the Collagen Club is to retain, retain, retain. No matter how much damage has already been done, it’s never too late to start defending skin against the onslaught of daily environmental aggressors—pollutants, UV, chemicals, and the like. The easiest way to do that is to go hard on an antioxidant-spiked serum. My favourite is SkinCeuticals® C E Ferulic. It is also incredibly effective boosting collagen synthesis and skin immunity.
Use antioxidants in the morning and consider them your armour.
Suitable for normal to dry skin types.
PUT YOUR SHIELDS UP
This one’s less of a suggestion and more of a command.
While some collagen loss happens naturally, it’s exacerbated by damaging UV rays.
Wearing sunscreen every single day will, among other things like preventing skin cancer and hyperpigmentation, give you the best chance of maintaining that plump, youthful-looking glow.
Opt for a broad spectrum SPF like SkinCeuticals® Advanced Brightening, and you’ll be rewarded with less sagging, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, redness, burst capillaries, the list goes on.
Suitable for all skin types.
REPAIR WITH RETINOL
I can’t go on enough about the transformative virtues of retinol and for good reason. The vitamin A-derivative is proven to help clear acne and boost cellular turnover, meaning dead skin cells are shed faster so that the surface looks brighter, fresher, and more even. Its chief job, though, is to stimulate new collagen production so skin feels firmer over time.
With regular use, retinol really works to build density, refine tone and texture, and improve the skin’s ability to regenerate.
The key is to find a formula that has both the right potency and delivery system without being irritating.
Suitable for most skin types.
TURN ON THE LIGHTS
Dermalux® LED light therapy is proven to boost collagen within our skin, beyond where traditional products can reach. Almost anyone can have these treatments, and there’s no downtime or risk.
A Dermalux® treatment does wonders for your wellbeing as it’s super relaxing, you can make your way through a power course or simply add them on to any treatment.
TAKE A SIP
Sorry to break it to you, but a diet filled with fried foods and refined carbohydrates does no favours for your face. Sugar in particular is especially dubious at assaulting collagen reserves through a process called glycation, where sugar molecules break down the proteins that hold our skin taught and upright.
In addition to eating a ton of dark leafy greens as well as nuts and seeds, ingesting in gut friendly supplements like those found in The Beauty Chef can directly help improve skin quality, hair and nail growth, and joint mobility.
Give it a try! Four 200ml bio-fermented elixirs for gut health and glowing skin.