One of the largest causes of aging skin is a decreased amount of collagen present. Collagen is a protein abundant in the layer of skin called the dermis, where it forms a mesh that gives skin elasticity, strength and firmness. As people age, collagen production naturally decreases approximately one percent each year. There are ways to encourage skin to boost collagen production, which can result in a tighter, younger-looking complexion.
Apply retinoid or retinol treatments. Retinoids are scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production in skin. A dermatologist can furnish a prescription for retinoid cream, and there are several over-the-counter retinol products on the market. Apply the cream to clean skin nightly by spreading a pea-size dollop in a thin film over the face.
Visit your dermatologist or a reputable day spa for a glycolic acid peel. Glycolic acid, an alphahydroxy acid (AHA), sloughs off dead skin cells, brings new cells to the surface and encourages increased collagen production.
Apply a copper peptide cream. Copper peptide molecules are small and can penetrate deeply into skin’s layers, which encourages skin rejuvenation. Some experts claim that an increased presence of copper peptides tricks the skin into thinking it has just lost collagen, which makes it produce more.
Avoid products with collagen listed as an active ingredient. There is no scientific evidence to prove that collagen can be put back into the skin through topical solutions. Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed into the surface of the skin, so products containing them serve only as moisturizers.
Prevent further collagen loss by wearing sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15 daily, limiting sun exposure, and not smoking,.