Many of us know that collagen is what keeps our skin young-looking, but did you know that fibroblast cells are actually behind its production?
Give me the science behind it!
Fibroblasts are the active cells of connective tissue in the skin.
Estrogen encourages fibroblast cells to produce collagen — the protein that ensures firmness and elasticity in your skin. But overtime, these fibroblast cells slow down their production of collagen, causing the skin to sag and look droopy.
How can we make sure fibroblasts keep producing collagen?
Unfortunately, we can’t always fight nature. As we age, the growth of fibroblast cells slows down. Fewer cells, less collagen production. But don’t worry — you can still practice good skincare habits to slow down that collagen loss!
What can I do to maintain my current levels of collagen?
1. Don’t lose it to the environment: Many people live in places where the air is full of dirt, dust, and smog — all of which weaken skin over time, slowing down collagen production. To protect collagen from these nasties, always remember to cleanse your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
2. Don’t forget to exfoliate: Eliminate dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to promote cell renewal, which will stimulate the production of new collagen.
3. Fend off the sun: Always leave the house with sun protection, as excessive sun exposure hinders fibroblasts’ production of collagen. The sun’s harmful UV rays also breakdown and clear out any existing collagen. Use a moisturizer with SPF, and apply a thin layer of sunscreen after for extra protection.