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Collagen is a protein central to the elasticity and regeneration of our skin. It’s responsible for keeping skin firm, plump, smooth and young-looking. After the age of 20, our natural collagen production reduces by one percent each year.
That’s why we typically begin to notice the earliest signs of aging in our skin — a few fine lines here and there — as we approach our mid 30s. By the time we reach 40 our skin is no longer producing collagen and begins to lose elasticity. As we approach 50 we begin to see the more profound effects of aging, like deeper wrinkles, sagging and skin that is much thinner and prone to damage and infection.
All the more reason to boost your body’s own collagen stores. Fortunately there are quite a few ways to help your body naturally produce more collagen and improve the look and health of your skin.