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The Case for Collagen

Follow these tips for smoother skin—naturally

It’s a fact: Collagen, a wrinkle-preventing protein that naturally occurs in our bodies, gives us the appearance of firm, youthful skin. Here’s another fact: After age 20, the average person produces approximately 1 percent less collagen every single year.

The result: Skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging. But before you head out for a dose of Botox, know that there are simple, natural ways to give your collagen levels a boost. Here are three tactics to try today.

1 Change Your Diet

Eating foods like bone broth, which is literally cooked collagen, is a powerful way to restore collagen in your skin. Consider also adding more foods that are rich in vitamin C, which promotes collagen formation.

2 Limit Caffeine Intake

Do you really need that cup of coffee in the morning? Experts say that caffeine causes your blood vessels to constrict; as a result, the vessels at your skin’s surface can’t deliver as many antioxidants and nutrients to boost collagen production.Try exercising or another natural energizer instead of that daily cup of Joe.

3 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

One of the most effective—and easiest—ways to boost collagen is to drink more water. When skin is hydrated, you’re creating an environment that helps collagen thrive. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. Consider setting an hourly timer in your smartphone to remind you to stop and take a drink.