3 Ways to Preserve Your Skin's Collagen


Collagen peptides have been a staple in my morning routine for nearly a year, and its affects have been visible in my skin, hair, and nails, as well as my digestive tract. Every morning, I add it to my Morning Milk, and it can also be added to anything and everything, from a plain glass of water to juices, smoothies, desserts, and meals. It's no secret that we lose our natural collagen as we get older, but do you know how? Do you know all the habits and practices that deplete our collagen and how to preserve or reverse that depletion? Here are 3 main culprits of collagen depletion and how you can safeguard against them.

Protect Yourself Against Sun and Free Radical Exposure:

It is also no secret that the sun ages all of us, some faster than others. The more melanin in your skin, the slower your skin ages. Still, we should all try to avoid excess sun exposure and free radicals as much as we can, in order to help preserve our youthful appearance, and safeguard against cancers. Also, the fact of the matter is that UV rays breakdown the collagen in our skin.

Now, while there are tons of SPF makeup and sunscreen choices out there, my favorite way to safeguard my skin against UVA and UVB rays (coupled with staying out of the elements) is raspberry seed oil, which carries an SPF protection between 28 and 50 against UVB rays, and 8 against UVB. There's more...

  • Raspberry Seed Oil is rich in omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and antioxidants. It offers UVA and UVB sun protection and is similar to titanium dioxide protection, found in most mineral sunscreens. In addition to providing SPF 8 UVA and SPF 28-50 UVB protection, it also helps heal eczema and psoriasis as well as prevents stretch marks. 

  • Carrot Seed Oil (not to be confused with Carrot Seed essential oil) is a vegetable oil rich in antioxidants, contains antiseptic qualities and offers SPF of 38-40.

  • Jojoba Oil, rich in Vitamin A + E effectively treats bruises, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped dry skin. It closely resembles skin's natural sebum, making it an ideal replenishment oil. Jojoba contains anti-inflammatory Myristic acid with SPF 4.

  • Coconut Oil is one of the most versatile natural oils that can be used for cooking, baking and applying on your hair and skin for SPF 2-8.

  • Wheatgerm Oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants to repair cell damage and provides SPF 20. 

  • Avocado Oil contains mono-saturated fats that form a protective layer over the skin to prevent sun tanning and offer SPF 4-15.

  • Soy Bean Oil is often used in Chinese cooking, use it for light hydration and SPF 10.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthy to consume, provides antioxidants to repair cell damage and an SPF 2-8. 

  • Macadamia Nut Oil is rich in phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin E and cinnamic acid that contributes to the oil's SPF 6 protection.

  • Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E, nourishes the skin while offering SPF 5.

Furthermore, did you know that your eyes are packed with collagen, as well? Be sure to protect them with sunglasses on a daily basis, to prevent them from breaking down, too!

Get More Vitamin C:

Did you know the sugar and alcohol depletes collagen? This is why people who drink too much and indulge in unhealthy dietary practices tend to age so quickly! Anything that taxes the liver and kidneys, making it harder for them to filter out impurities, lowers collagen levels.

Now, a great way to counteract this depletion is to add a collagen supplement and a healthy dose of vitamin C to our diets. This vitamin helps the body absorb and utilize collagen faster and better. Also, vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights and protects against those free radicals that break down collagen. Used orally and topically, adding more vitamin C to your diet is a win-win for collagen.

Sleep More:

#TeamNoSleep looks terrible, let's be honest. Anyone who thinks getting less sleep is a way to be more productive is obviously delirious from sleep deprivation. What's more, sleeping a full 8 hours each night is one of the most important elements of The G3 Method, and a totally free way to improve your mood and your looks.

It's science. 

Remember, your skin is an organ, and all of your organs need to rest and restore at the end of a long, hard day of crushing goals and getting shit done. Scientists have found 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be the sweet spot for what we all know as, "beauty sleep." Ugly sleep is that 4 to 6 hours alot of people are getting. You don't want that. Those 7 to 8 hours will keep your immune system strong and keep the cell cycle overturning at a fast rate, which is key for keeping skin looking young. This is also the perfect time to spray your skin with rose water, and slather your face with a facial oil that includes rose essential oil, known to increase collagen production.

beautyElisabeth Ovesen