Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that maintains the structure, smoothness and elasticity of your skin. As you get older, collagen naturally decreases. This decrease in collagen production can also cause wrinkles and baggy eyes. It is vital to find ways to help boost the production of this protein to keep the skin under your eyes looking healthy and smooth. Luckily, there are numerous ways you can boost the production of collagen.
Apply tretinoin (Retin-A) cream under your eyes. This medication, when applied as directed, can increase collagen thickness over time. Consult your physician or dermatologist for more information about this medication.
Apply a high-quality under-eye exfoliating cream such as Bioelements Eye Area Exfoliating Eye Cream or Natura Bisse Glyco Eye Hidro-Exfoliating Eye Cream. These creams work by shedding off the surface layer of dead skin cells. During the exfoliating process, dead skin cells under your eyes are replaced by new cells. This allows the growth of new skin collagen. You can buy under-eye exfoliating creams at your local pharmacy. Make sure to follow the directions in the package before applying.
Eat foods that are high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) on a daily basis. Ascorbic acid is vital in collagen production in your tissues. Your body breaks down collagen every day. Getting enough ascorbic acid will help your body maintain the production of collagen. Sources of foods rich in ascorbic acid include citrus fruits, kiwi fruit and bell peppers. You can also take one 500 mg ascorbic acid tablet daily along with these foods.
Apply sunscreen under your eyes every day when applying the aforementioned methods. Applying sunscreen lotion under your eyes will help prevent fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolorations. Purchase sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and above and apply one hour before heading outdoors.
- The Patient's Guide: Collagen
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