How to prevent your collagen levels dropping.

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As winter rolls in and temperatures begin to drop, it might be a good time to upgrade your beauty routine. Good winter skincare can make or break your complexion. The colder months can wreak havoc on our skin, hair and nails and not only does the weather - specifically the chill, the wind and the lack of humidity - have a direct impact on our skin’s moisture levels and quality, but hiked up central heating exacerbates the issue. Winter skin is characterised by being dry, flaky, cracking easily, and looking dull and lacklustre. Sound familiar?

There is one thing that’s behind all of these nasty winter skin conditions, and that’s depleted collagen. Collagen levels decrease naturally as we age but besides the inevitable course of time, four main things have been associated with a drop in collagen levels: sunlight, smoking, sugar and winter weather conditions.

If you want to say goodbye to chapped winter skin or bid sayonara to that dreaded cold weather complexion, boosting your collagen levels through winter needs to be at the top of your priority list. Read on for our top tips to boost collagen and keep your skin looking glowing, radiant and plumped up all winter long.

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What is collagen?

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body and it’s one of the main building blocks of skin, hair, nails, bone, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also a key constituent of blood vessels, teeth and corneas. Collagen is, in effect, the ‘scaffolding’ that holds the body together: without it the body would lose strength and structure.

Collagen is particularly important when it comes to skin and, along with elastin, is responsible for the maintenance of supple, youthful, healthy-looking skin.

So, how can you boost your collagen levels, naturally?

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1. Get your hands on a collagen-boosting moisturiser.

That water-weight blend you use in the summer? Forget about it - it isn’t going to cut it during the colder months. You need a thick, luxuriant, oil-based moisturiser to protect your skin from the elements and to keep its natural moisture locked in. Look for moisturisers rich in collagen-supporting vitamin C and peptides that have been specifically formulated to plump up your skin and keep it resilient to cold weather, all the while enhancing its radiance and improving its bounce.

2. Buy a humidifier.

Central heating zaps all moisture from the air, creating a hostile environment for skin. Getting your hands on an air humidifier can help your skin to flourish despite the ramped up heating, augmenting the skin’s protective barrier and preventing moisture from seeping out.

3. Eat a collagen-boosting diet.

Healthy fats, such as those found in coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds and egg yolks can help to nourish and repair dry, cracked skin from within. Eating foods rich in vitamin C has been shown to increase levels of both hyaluronic acid and collagen in the body. Topped up hyaluronic acid and collagen are fundamental for establishing a healthy complexion, but levels of both can suffer dramatically during the winter months. Foods to focus on include citrus fruits - oranges and grapefruits specifically - red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries. Potatoes are also super high in vitamin C and can be a useful addition to a skin-supporting diet.

4. Focus on anti-oxidants.

Lycored Lycopene™ as formulated at 30mg in LYMA is a powerful, technology-enhanced natural carotenoid with potent antioxidant potential. Oxidation and the presence of free radicals contribute to a process known as ‘collagenases’. ‘Collagenases’ is the enzymatic breakdown of the skin’s natural collagen reserves, and can occur as a result of sustained exposure to cold or dry climates. Lycored Lycopene™ effectively blocks the free radicals responsible for this process and supports the skin in building its collagen reserves back up to a level that leaves you radiant.

Whilst lycopene is present in several foods (tomatoes, grapefruit and papaya to name some of the best sources) it is a fat-soluble nutrient meaning that bioavailability is limited. Therefore, supplementation at a clinically-backed daily dose is recommended in order to bring about appreciable change.

5. Perfect your skincare routine.

The skin is most exposed to the elements during the day, but has the propensity to absolutely transform while you sleep, so you need to ensure that both your morning and evening skincare routines are up to scratch and seasonally optimised. At the very minimum you need to be double cleansing, toning, applying vitamin C and peptide-rich oils and lathering up with hyaluronic serum twice a day. Include your thick moisturiser, and don’t skimp on the SPF in the morning - even if it’s cloud-covered and dismal, the sun’s rays can still inflict damage, diminish collagen supply and speed up the ageing process.

6. Take the right supplements.

During the colder months you’ll need to up your skin supplement game to ensure that your skin is receiving all the nutrients it needs to protect it from the harshness of winter and keep collagen levels boosted. LYMA contains anti-inflammatory carotenoid Lycored Lycopene™ which boosts collagen levels and enhances the protective barrier between the skin and the cold, resulting in improved skin texture and appearance. LYMA also contains the world’s first solubilised, active keratin. Cynatine® HNS is a highly bioavailable, stable and clinically proven form of natural keratin peptides, that are delivered directly to the skin to protect, repair and strengthen it against the cold.

Supplementing with LYMA everyday can help to protect the skin throughout the winter and beyond. The nutrients in our patented, peer-reviewed formula have been carefully selected and incorporated to promote hydrated, plump, smooth skin all year long.

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When was the last time you felt amazing in your skin? If your skin has been depleted by cold weather, LYMA will help to restore that covetable dewy glow and luminosity to your complexion, improving the appearance and feel of your skin all year round.

Originally published Nov 6, 2020.

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