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Top 9 Nutrients to Support Collagen & Younger Looking Skin [Face Mask Recipe]

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I wish I could say my skin looked like I was 20, for that matter, the rest of me too! Sadly, it doesn’t but I am no longer 20 or even 40 so I guess I need to do what I can to keep it looking as young as possible. If you would also like to have younger-looking skin, read on to find out how collagen supports skin, bone and joint health and what to do to help keep that fresh, smooth and wrinkle-free skin!

Collagen is a protein found in your connective tissues – skin, bones, ligaments and tendons. It’s primary function is to support those connective tissues with cushioning and structural support. The body needs collagen to bind it together – literally. Collagen is the matrix or glue that binds skin, tendons, connective tissue, muscles, joints and cartilage together. Without it, we would be like a rag doll and our skin would flap, just like a flag waving in the breeze. Scary picture isn’t it?

Ideally, we would keep producing collagen and elastin at the same rate in our 70′s as we do in our teens, but that’s not the case. Collagen only exists in proteins found in animals, not plants,  and the most popular form of exogenous (from the outside) Collagen is BioCell Collagen, made from chicken sternal cartilage. BioCell Collagen is the brand found in many supplements containing collagen. Chicken cartilage reminds me of  a friend of mine Jack, who will teasingly ask me what am I concocting – eye of newt and a chicken leg? Truth be told, I should be using that chicken leg to include in all kinds of nutritious food since it is a good source of collagen and minerals. If only I had the acreage to raise chickens (and the time). I guess I’ll start buying those chicken legs and feet to include in soups, broths, etc!

In a fantasy world, young-looking skin and collagen production would be as simple as eating the right foods. It is actually – well at least partially. Hormones still play a role in skin elasticity. Collagen production though is supported by eating the right nutrients.

The  essential nutrients to support collagen production include:

  1. Genistein – Primarily found in soybeans, but also found in smaller quantities in other legumes like fava beans and kudzu. It is an isoflavone that has estrogenic properties and blocks enzymes that break down and age the skin.
  2. Lutein – Eat dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale for Lutein and Vitamin C. Is there anything spinach and kale isn’t good for?
  3. Lycopene – Red & orange vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant supporting collagen synthesis. On the up side, they also contain Vitamin C!
  4. Hyaluronic Acid – Production supported by bean (legumes) consumption; shoot for two tablespoons per day.
  5. Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-3,6,9, Flax Seed, Nuts, Olive Oil, Salmon, Avocados, etc. Skin cells are surrounded by a fat layer of fatty acids. They really are essential for healthy looking skin – a tablespoon per day would be suggested.
  6. Vitamin A -Back to those red & orange colored fruits and vegetables as good sources of Vitamin A.
  7. Carnosine – A protein found in turkey that helps to prevent cross-linking. Life Extension cites, “Protein degradation occurs as a result of cross-linking and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGE). These changes figure prominently in the processes of aging and its typical signs such as skin wrinkling and brain degeneration.”
  8. Sulphur – Best food sources include garlic, onions, cabbage, eggs, meat, fish, seafood and nuts. The minimum requirement is 850mg/ for normal daily requirements.
  9. Vitamin C – In the case of collagen, Vitamin C combines with two amino acids – lysine and proline – to form pro-collagen. Pro-collagen is then used to manufacture one of several types of collagen found in different tissues throughout the body. Best sources of Vitamin include citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, brussel sprouts, broccoli, mangos and kiwi. Most fruits and vegetables have some Vitamin C so if you get in your 6-10 servings per day, you should be good!

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You can also support collagen production topically with the application of  Vitamin C ( ascorbic acid) on the skin.  According to the Linus Pauling Institute, “Topical application of ascorbic acid will cross the epidermis into the underlying dermal layers.” Check out the graphic below for this easy recipe for a collagen-boosting facial!

My friend Steve will often teasingly say, “looking good” and the expected response is “feeling good” in that same jesting manner.  Thankfully, I can say feeling good, and mean it! My joints overall feel very flexible and pain-free. I also think I look okay, close to my age, hopefully a tad younger than my years. I would say that means my collagen production is close to adequate.

I say close because I am post-menopausal and I can tell my skin has lost some elasticity. This could be partly due to loss of collagen production and/or more likely, loss of estrogen production. Either way, not too excited about it. My hope is that by diligently including more of these nutrients in my diet and applying the topical mask recipe in this post, I will slow down the aging process. I hope it works for you too!

Feel free to share your anti-wrinkle tips below!

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About Theresa Groskopp, CN

Certified Nutritionist in Appleton, Wisconsin, owner of Natural Healthy Concepts. Natural health and nutrition advocate. Likes gardening, biking, fitness, boating, animals (especially cats), and cooking. Theresa Groskopp

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31 Responses to Top 9 Nutrients to Support Collagen & Younger Looking Skin [Face Mask Recipe]

  1. Sandra April 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Somewhere along the way, I heard facial scrubs can help with collagen production. What do you think?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN April 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      I have also heard that Sandra! It is one reason why men tend to have fewer wrinkles than women of the same age – daily shaving stimulates collagen production. It makes sense that a facial scrub would also stimulate collagen production. Good point!

  2. Natural Health Solutions April 21, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Collagen is responsible for a healthier skin as contains proteins and it is responsible for the elasticity and softness of the skin. I would defiantly try these face mask recipes which provides me the appropriate collagen for my skin and uplifts it too, leaving back a firm and soft skin.

  3. fairnesseo April 27, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    I am using much similar PRODUCTS, I thank you for the detailed information about this.
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  4. Meire Carvalho August 12, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you for this! I’ll try :)

  5. MissSpider September 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I like to add organic honey to my avocado facials, I notice a lot of moisture is added that way too. :)

  6. gretchen September 23, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    How often do you use this mask?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Getchen, you can use it a few times per week or even once per week will be helpful!

  7. Ja Franklin November 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Can you use the avocado/kiwi mask daily?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN November 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      You probably could depending on your skin! Give it a go and let us know if you notice great results or have any issues.

  8. Julia November 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I’m going to try this mask. I’ve found that using a facial stimulator works really well. I found an amazing product at http://youthfulglow.org. Great for men and women apparently.
    I know we’re always looking for ways to look and feel younger. Has anyone tried OPCs?

    And that’s my two cents. I’ve got some time on the weekend to try this mask.

    Cheers to all and youth

  9. collagen supplements December 31, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    I take collagen supplements for my joint pain relief to great effect. Pain free and 10 fold increase in mobility now for past 8 months. Additionally my skin is said to be looking good, a great side benefit. The company has collagen masks too but have not tried this…But eating more nutritionally has also helped too in cutting back on the fish collagen supplements. Some people need to becareful to choose the right collagen supplement for them especially if you are allergic to fish!

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN December 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Collagen can certainly help with joint support. There are various collagen supplements available including those sourced from chicken like the Collagen JS from Pure Encapsulations and the ArthroMax from Life Extension so you are right, it is important to check the source!

    • Georgia January 18, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      What is your brand of collagen supplements?

  10. Thelma January 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Hello,
    Do you really think that any kind of oils would help to boost collagen for the face?

    Thanks
    Thelma!

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN January 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      I do think so Thelma – topically, rose hip seed oil, neroli oil, and argan oil may help with collagen and new cell growth. Argan oil contains ferulic acid which protects connective tissue, eliminates free radicals and provides nutrients to promote new cell growth. Argan oil is very, very popular and customers love it!

  11. livia February 19, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Hi there

    I am 34 but are said to look in my 20s but I have laugh lines that bother me quite a bit… Will this help me and how long before I see results?

  12. cure anxiety attacks March 5, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote
    the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  13. deepi March 16, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Where can I buy argan oil and pls tell me how to use it?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN March 17, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      You can purchase argan oil here. It used topically on it’s own or in products you will find by clicking on the link. Many apply the oil in the evenings on their face and neck. Some use it on their hair as well for moisturizing and smoothing! It is by far one of the more popular skin care products available these days.

  14. deepi March 16, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    Hi! I’m very excited to try the avocado n kiwi mask but I want to Know, if I can apply the mask on my whole face n neck including under my eyes and around the mouth too…? Pls answer… thanks

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN March 17, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      You can certainly use the mask on your whole face, around the mouth and neck. I would be careful around the eye area; definitely not on the eyelid and make sure under the eyes is far enough away that you don’t get any in the eyes.

  15. Moet March 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    I am choosing the collagen products such as pills,liquid drinks and powder.but I can’t decide which is the best for me.plz recommend A Safe Brand.I decided to drink collagen because I like to repair my sunburned skin and increase the size of breasts naturally.plz help me.thz

  16. Renee March 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi I am about to have bariatric surgery I would like to make my own collagen for my body because I am worried about the loose fat.

  17. Harriette D. Cordes April 5, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    Hello Theresa!
    My skin is very sensitive. Should I ask a dermatologist before trying this facial mask?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN April 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Harriette, if you have a dermatologist that gives free advice – sure! Most don’t so instead, I would try a very small amount in an inconspicous area same as you would with other products when you have sensitive skin. If you have a reaction, you can always modify the recipe!

  18. Marta July 2, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Theresa, what are the key steps a pregnant woman should follow?

  19. jusuru August 14, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    Jusuru Life Blend is a liquid nutraceutical that promotes healthy aging, active joints, and younger-looking skin. As the only liquid nutraceutical containing patent-protected BioCell Collagen®.

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