To improve your skin complexion and look younger, you need to boost your skin’s elasticity. In your 20s, skin elasticity begins to decline since the levels of collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans begin to decrease. When this happens your skin begins to sag making you look older.
Fortunately, you can naturally boost your skin elasticity and increase the levels of structural proteins by doing these things:
USE VITAMIN B3 TOPICALLY
Vitamin B3, also called niacinamide or nicotinic acid, when used topically, can stop collagen breakdown and at the same time simultaneously increase fibroblast production. This vitamin also regulates oil production, minimizer redness and pore appearance, protects against oxidative stress, and can even treat acne.
BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce overall inflammation in the body, which actually contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. According to various studies, being physically active keeps skin looking younger and may even reverse skin aging.
TAKE A COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENT
Collagen supplements improve skin elasticity and hydration and also have other amazing benefits like supporting the gut, joint, and bone health. Taking a hydrolyzed collagen supplement will provide your cells with amino acids that boost your body’s natural production of collagen, elastin, and fibril lin.
ELIMINATE INFLAMMATION- CAUSING FOODS
There are some foods that cause glycation, a process in which sugar doesn’t metabolize properly and then destroys collagen. This process can be provoked by fast carbs, fried foods, fatty meats, processed foods, and alcohol.
Moreover, if you have any food sensitivity, then it’s especially important to avoid inflammation-causing foods as they trigger overall inflammation and skin issues like inflammation, acne, and redness.
EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
Regular exfoliation not only removes the dead skin cells from the epidermis but also increases epidermal thickness by 27% and thus improves skin protection.
USE VITAMIN C TOPICALLY
Vitamin C is essential for our skin since it stimulates collagen synthesis and reduces the effects of oxidative stress. Actually, many dermatologists are sure that vitamin C is the most effective topical for collagen production.
Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is one of the most popular dermatological remedies. Retinol has anti-aging properties as it works by increasing collagen production and the turnover of cells.
However, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant do not use retinol.
REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELS
It is wise to reduce stress levels since cortisol (the stress hormone) can break down collagen in the skin. And the higher your stress level, the more cortisol your body produces which over time weakens the skin’s ability to rebuild the collagen and elastin.
EAT A SKIN-FRIENDLY DIET
Eating a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet is the key to healthy and radiant skin. This diet involves eating foods rich in antioxidants (blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, strawberries, artichokes, Goji berries, kale, red cabbage, beans, beets, and spinach) as well as foods high in essential fatty acids (mackerel, salmon, cod liver oil, oysters, sardines, and chia seeds.).
Also, consider adding spices (especially turmeric) and foods with probiotics and vitamin D to your diet.
Specialists recommend sleeping for seven to nine hours per night. Sleep is extremely important for our skin health. Staying up late interrupts the release of melatonin and increases cortisol levels.
When your levels of cortisol remain elevated for a long time, inflammation in your body increases leading to collagen and elastin breakdown.
Our skin’s barrier function diminishes as we age, which results in lost plumpness and firmness due to moisture loss. This makes proper hydration an important element of improving skin elasticity. To help ensure that water you drink is boosting your skin barrier, don’t forget to replenish minerals and electrolytes in your diet.