5 Bad Habits To Stay Away From - For Your Skin's Sake

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 27 May, 2016

These habits in your daily life can deplete your skin’s collagen. 

Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin youthful and wrinkle-free. It holds your skin together and gives it firmness and elasticity. When you’re young, your skin looks plump and smooth because collagen is plentiful, but collagen production starts to slow down as you age, leading to sagging skin.

Past the age of 30, everyone’s collagen production declines, but there are lifestyle habits that could exacerbate the problem. Below are 5 habits you might be guilty of that destroy collagen and cause you to age faster.

1.     Smoking

Smoking is just about one of the worst things you could do for your health. Here’s just one of many reasons to quit smoking: it can add years to your appearance. Smoking is associated with premature facial wrinkling because it decreases collagen synthesis, according to a study performed at the University of Oulu in Finland . Smoking depletes vitamin C, which is key in the manufacture of collagen.

Smoking also disturbs the production of an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase, which regulates collagen production. In smokers, matrix metalloproteinase destroys more tissue than it produces, which leads to wrinkle formation and a loss of firmness.

There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which lead to the destruction of collagen and elastin. Smoking or even being around second hand smoke degrades the building blocks of your skin, causing sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles.  

2.     Sunbathing

Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun leads to premature skin aging. UV radiation makes collagen in the dermis break down at a faster pace. Sunlight damages collagen fibers and causes abnormal elastin to accumulate. This abnormal, sun-induced elastin produces matrix metalloproteinase in large quantities, which leads to the breakdown of collagen. This causes the uneven formation of disorganized collagen fibers, or solar scars. When this abnormal skin building process repeats itself, it eventually results in wrinkles.

3.      Pollution exposure

We all know that pollution damages the planet, but pollution can also have adverse effects on your skin. When air pollution comes into contact with your skin, the tiny particles may infiltrate deep layers of the epidermis, leading to a loss of elasticity and firmness.

Pollution breaks down collagen because it creates damaging free radicals in your skin. The damage appears as fine lines and hyperpigmentation. That’s why it’s important to use a good moisturizer that creates a barrier between your skin and air pollution, and to wash your face thoroughly at the end of each day to remove potentially harmful pollutants.

4.     Poor diet

You are what you eat, and the food on your plate will have an effect on what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror. Your diet can either help keep your skin youthful or make you look older. Eating too much sugar and simple carbohydrates damages your skin’s collagen and elastin molecules.

Your body metabolizes simple carbs the same way it does sugar: by converting them into glucose. The glucose sticks to collagen and elastin, causing them to become stiff and malformed. Refined sugar and simple carbs also create inflammation in your body and increase insulin levels, which accelerates wrinkling.  

5.     Drinking alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most destructive compounds for your skin. Alcohol has a negative impact on the level of Vitamin A in your body, and Vitamin A is extremely important in collagen production. As a result, there will be a loss of collagen and elastin in your body if you drink alcohol in excess.

Avoiding these bad habits that are detrimental to your body’s collagen levels can protect you to some extent, but there are more proactive approaches you can take to turn back the hands of time and improve your skin’s appearance. It’s never too early or too late to take steps to increase your body’s collagen production.

According to Board-certified dermatologist Patricia Farris , a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, nutricosmetics like collagen supplement drinks offer a wide range of benefits, including softening fine lines and wrinkles and improving elasticity. A 2014 study showed that individuals taking a collagen supplement experienced a significant reduction in eye wrinkle depth and an improvement in their skin’s collagen and elastin after just eight weeks.

Restore your skin loss of collagen and fight signs of aging  with Taut® Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula drink. It contains 13,000mg of marine collagen per 1.7 oz serving and is formulated with other active anti-aging ingredients that helps to replenish the collagen in the dermis.  Learn why Taut Premium Collagen supplement drink is the most powerful, luxurious and effective solution to lift tone and firm sagging aging skin. Visit Taut Premium Collagen to learn more.


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