While anti-aging treatments and services are critical for combating the signs of aging, what we eat plays an equally important role. One of the best things we can do is eat foods that boost collagen production in our bodies. Located within the outermost layer of the skin, known as the dermis, collagen is our body’s most abundant protein. It’s composed of amino acids that affect the health of everything from our bone and muscles to skin strength and elasticity. By age 35, our body’s natural collagen production collagen slows down, causing the formation of wrinkles, loss of volume and thinning skin.
Below are some foods you can eat that will stimulate the production of collagen. Eating right will also enhance the results of the anti-aging treatments and services you receive at our medical skin spa.
1. Fatty Fish
Fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that create an ideal environment for the production of collagen. Omega-3s also contribute to the fatty membrane that protects the cells that supports our skin’s structure.
Avocados are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, which fights free radical damage and the oxidation of skin cells. The plant steroids in avocado oil have been shown to rejuvenate cells, fight blemishes and reduce the appearance of sun spots and discoloration.
Turkey contains strong levels of carnosine a protein that regenerates skin cells and slows down cross-linking in the skin. Cross-linking is a process where fibers grow back into the skin, reducing elasticity and making it stiff. So when you make an expression, the skin doesn’t snap back into place, which leads to frown lines and crow’s feet.
4. Red Fruits and Veggies
Red bell peppers, tomatoes and beets are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production. Their beta-carotene content also helps protect the skin from the inside out by acting as an internal sunscreen.
Citrus fruit is packed with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that increases collagen production, fights free radicals and strengthens immunity. Research has shown that vitamin C may even reverse UV damage.
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