Collagen is a protein that works to make the skin stronger, smoother, and more elastic. Young people have large amounts of collagen in their bodies contributing to their shiny and smooth skin and hair. Collagen production decreases with age leading to skin weakening that causes wrinkles and lines on the skin (ref 1).
Dark leafy green vegetables contain compounds that increase collagen production. Kale is a powerhouse vegetable that contains both lutein and vitamin C. Lutein works to
- Prevent future loss of collagen by avoiding tobacco use and indoor tanning. Protect your skin from ultraviolet ray exposure by wearing sunscreen if you are going to be going outdoors.