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The Importance Of Collagen



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At PHI Clinic, we talk about collagen a lot, because we understand just how important it is for you. It makes up around 30% of proteins in your body, and is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, along with elastin.

A number of extrinsic (outside) factors can affect the degeneration or decreasing production of collagen in the skin:

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Smoking

There are lots of chemicals in tobacco that damage collagen and elastin, and nicotine taken in while smoking narrows your blood vessels, which reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the top layer of skin, compromising skin health.

UV Exposure

We all know too much sun is bad for us, but even the smallest amount of unprotected exposure to its UV rays can damage collagen. As well as this, when your skin rebuilds itself from an injury received from the the sun’s rays, it does so in a different way, leading to the appearance of more wrinkles.

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Diet

While eating too much sugar can cause collagen to become weaker, upping your consumption of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and antioxidants can boost collagen growth.

Exercise

Exercising regularly can stimulate the formation of new collagen in the skin, and help retain that wrinkle-free glow.

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