A Look at Collagen, Elastin and Aging Skin with Bellatorra CEO Nathan Halsey
There is a great deal of discussion about collagen and elastin however, to better appreciate their role in skin care products, it is necessary to understand the skin’s natural process and how these two buzz words relate to not only the skin cells but the body’s overall health. Explore collagen, elastin and aging skin with Nathan Halsey to discover a few things about two vital factors in aging skin and treatment options.
Gain a better understanding about what collagen and elastin are, how they are formed and diminished, and how you can improve your skin through the use of properly formulated products and foods that can be found right in your home.
Collagen is a protein that is naturally found inside of the body. The collagen forms the connective tissue located within the body. Collagen is found in many parts of the body including the dentin, blood vessels, cartilage, tendons, bones, and muscles. Collagen is attributed to the texture and resilience of the skin. Think of a cell’s ability to bounce back from a process; this is exactly what collagen enables the body to do.
Although the formation of collagen is a complex process, it can be broken down by several factors. Vitamin deficiency, aging, exposure to UV-rays, free-radicals, and lifestyle can all contribute to the degradation of collagen production in the body. This degradation can lead to sagging skin, and wrinkles as the skin’s healing process slows down.
An inside look at foods that impact collagen, elastin and aging skin with Nathan Halsey
Elastin is a protein found inside of the connective tissues of the body. Found in the arteries and veins, elastin is responsible for enabling connective tissues to maintain their strength and shape. Deficiencies in elastin can cause damage to blood vessels, decreased flexibility, slow tissue regeneration, and hair loss. In addition, the loss of elastin can lead to sagging skin.
Although the effects of decreased collagen and elastin can cause unwanted changes on the surface of the skin and deeper, there are some things that you can do to improve and restore the healing process of the cells. Below are a few examples on managing collagen, elastin and aging skin with Nathan Halsey.
Consume foods with collagen boosting power-Foods that contain collagen boosting properties may already be on your grocery list. Fish packed with omega-3 fatty acid, tomatoes, and dark leafy greens all boost collagen in the skin. Look for products with Stabilized Vitamin C, to help aid in the absorption of collagen by blocking free-radicals. Fruits rich in Vitamin C such as limes, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit inhibit free-radicals and encourage collagen production.
Take your vitamins-Vitamins A, B, and E help with restoring collagen in the skin.
Increase your protein-Protein encourages natural collagen production and can be found in moderate consumption of eggs as well as in nuts. Almonds are also a great way to increase elastin in the body as they provide copper, a mineral that bonds both collagen and elastin.
Smoking and UV-rays are also responsible for the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin and should be avoided to ensure longterm resilience.
Many of the fruits and vegetables that we consume include vitamins and minerals that assist with the production of collagen and elastin in the body and skin cells. The signs of aging can be reversed or slowed down by including some of the above suggestions into your diet. Topical treatments formulated with collagen boosting ingredients are also effective in regenerating lost elasticity and firmness.
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