Top Proteins For Youthful Skin And Strong Bones And Joints
Thanks to some proteins we have strong bones, strong joints and a healthy, elastic and firm skin. So, what are the top proteins that have skin anti-aging benefits but are also good for strong bones and joints?
And also, what do these proteins do and how can we increase their production as they tend to reduce over time?
It is a fact that as we age, the production of proteins reduces, resulting in the proteins becoming weaker at dealing with both internal and external aging.
The symptoms of this process become visible day by day. The skin sags, the facial contour alters and fine lines and wrinkles start appearing. Although we cannot control this aging process, we can slow it down and prolong the youthfulness of the skin.
Proteins For Youthful Skin
Collagen is an important protein that makes the connective tissues of the body strong and resilient. It is the main component of connective tissues which keeps the skin firm. There are 28 different types of collagen in our body with the basic types of collagen, which are found in the skin, being type I, type II and type III.
The cells that produce collagen have different names depending on the type of tissue they are found in. For example, in the skin, tendons and other connective tissues, they are called fibroblasts, while in the bones they are called osteoblasts.
It is said that after the age of 20, 1% of our collagen is lost each year. The more collagen we lose, the deeper our wrinkles get.
Along with Collagen, Elastin is responsible for the face’s contour and skin firmness. More specifically while collagen is responsible for the skin’s texture, elastin allows the skin to return to its original condition after the muscles getting stretched or contracted due to facial expressions.
In addition, it is important to remember that the main reason for the appearance of stretch marks is the lack of elastin and collagen but stretch marks can also appear at younger ages. As elastin decreases, the skin becomes less elastic and resistant to aging.
Sirtuins are proteins that are linked to longevity. They are seven and each of them offers the body different benefits, as revealed by numerous studies. According to scientists, they all affect a wide range of cellular processes, such as anti-aging, inflammatory repair, stress resistance and more. One of the cirtuins also prolongs cell life.
Besides, Sirtuins can control the function of mitochondria (the ‘factories’ that create cells’ power) and the circadian rhythm of the body (our biological clock) whose disorders are associated with metabolic and mental disorders as well as the appearance of diseases. In addition, Sirtuins regenerate those cells that degenerate over time.
How To Increase Proteins for Youthful Skin
It is important to increase the levels of proteins that keep our skin youthful and elastic. We can achieve this through a holistic plan that involves skin care, nutrition and lifestyle habits.
The synthesis of new collagen from the skin fibroblasts is usually done during nighttime sleep, from approximately 1 am. to 4 am. That is why it is necessary to sleep during those hours.
Use Skin Care Products With SPF
UV radiation weakens the skin defense and destroys collagen and elastin, thereby accelerating its aging. Therefore, we need to apply a sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF both on the face and neck.
Foods to Increase Collagen and Elastin
In order to boost collagen and elastin production, we need to eat protein-rich foods that provide the structural components (amino acids) for the synthesis of proteins in our body. Such foods are lean meat, fish, chicken, egg white, legumes and low-fat cheese.
Foods to avoid for Collagen and Elastin Production
Foods that we need to avoid or reduce if we want to protect our collagen is sweets. When we over consume sweets, we promote the formation of free radicals which lead to inflammation, tissue damage and therefore skin aging.
Foods To Increase Sirtuins
It has been proven that resveratrol, which is mainly found in red wine, greatly stimulates the production of sirtuin fibroblasts. It has a strong anti-aging function while also protecting the structure of DNA.
So, we can say yes to red wine, grapes, pistachios, black chocolate (not of course in large quantities and always included as part of a balanced diet).
Use Collagen Boosting Skin Care Products
Go for skin care products that contain ingredients which boost skin collagen. These components include retinol, which promotes cell reproduction, resveratrol, which stimulates the sirtuin fibroblasts, amino acids as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Seek for Dermatological Help
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing penetrates the surface of the epidermis and activates skin healing processes by activating the fibroblasts. This is said to help minimize fine lines around the mouth, sun damage and acne scars as well as improve skin texture and even skin tone.
In addition, micro-needling can be performed by a dermatologist or aesthetician helping effective anti-aging ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins and others. You can also try micro-needling at home.
In conclusion, finding ways to boost the production of those proteins that help deal with signs of skin aging as well as strengthen your bones and joints is important.