You can think of collagen as the protective cushion layer for your skin.
Collagen is a strong and flexible protein that gives your skin its strength and elasticity. It is one of the most important substances in the body that keeps everything together. Besides the skin, collagen is also found in your muscles, bones and tendons.
In the skin, collagen is found in the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin. Here, the collagen helps to develop a network of fibrous cells, known as fibroblasts, where new skin cells can grow. The fibroblasts also play a key role in restoring or replacing dead skins.
However, as we age, the collagen begins to weaken and the skin starts to wrinkle and appear quite sunken in. You may notice that as the natural protective cushion layer deteriorates, you’ll see that a lot of older people tend to bruise easily.
How to Minimise Collagen Loss For Your Skin
One way to minimise collagen loss in your skin is to live a healthy lifestyle that is supported with a nutritious diet. There a number of nutrients that support collagen formation, including, proline, vitamin C, vitamin A and anthocyanidins, which can be found in blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
It is also highly advisable to have a skincare routine where you wash, moisturise and exfoliate on a regular basis. Skincare products made with plant-based ingredients are rich with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Also, applying sun cream on a daily basis can help with minimising collagen loss as well.