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Skin Tags, Sunspots and Sagging, Oh My! How To Care For Aging Skin

Don’t we all wish we could look forever young? While we don’t have a way to definitively stop the clock, we can certainly slow it down. There are three important factors to consider when it comes to aging skin: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These three powerhouses are found under your skin in what doctors call the “extracellular matrix.” When your body begins producing less of these three components, skin becomes dull, wrinkled, dry and saggy.

In addition to loosened skin, an increase in skin tags and sunspots are common side effects of aging. However, not all is lost! There is an easy and effective way to replace lost collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid while preserving and protecting the collagen you still have naturally.

Why are Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid important?

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Your skin’s foundation is made up of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. About 70 percent of your skin is collagen, which gives your skin its firmness and smooth texture. Elastin provides elasticity and allows your skin to rebound. Hyaluronic acid keeps your skin hydrated and moist, and half of your body’s supply is concentrated in your skin. When less of these components are present, skin becomes slack and rough. This is why some experience saggy, dry skin as we age.

When you think of aging, you likely imagine someone of a mature age. However, as early as 20-years-old, we see a decrease of collagen production in our skin by an average of 1 to 1.5% each year; a similar decrease occurs in production of elastin and hyaluronic acid. Without supplementation, your body produces an average of 25% less collagen by 40-years-old and 50% by 60-years-old. If you find these numbers distressing, you’re not alone. The good news is these components can be supplemented.

Aging Accelerated

In addition to the aging our body does naturally, there are many external factors that contribute to accelerating the aging process. There is a reason why dermatologists beg us to wear sunscreen. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause significant damage to our skin. UV rays can cause inflammation and DNA damage called “photoaging,” plus they often create unwanted sunspots.

When you’re exposed to UV rays, your skin tries to protect you from them by distributing melanocytes. These mature melanin-forming cells are the reason you get tan or sunburnt. When they are sent to your skin in large numbers, sunspots can develop. Sunspots can be found on your face and body and appear as a flat circle or oval with smooth edges. They are often brown or tan and larger than freckles.

This is where collagen comes in. Collagen helps replace dead skin cells, like sunspots, that our skin doesn’t need anymore. Studies have shown that taking collagen supplements improves the look of sun-exposed skin while reducing sunspots. It is extremely important to raise your collagen levels as you age because you’re just not producing enough to sustain these processes on your own.

What are Skin Tags?

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Skin tags are small, skin-colored growths commonly found on the armpits, groin, thighs, eyelids, neck and the area under breasts. Wrapped inside these soft growths of skin are small bundles of collagen fibers and blood vessels. We aren’t born with skin tags, but they are more prevalent as we get older.

No one really knows why skin tags develop. It’s suggested that skin tags are caused by friction when skin rubs together because they are often found in skin folds. However, they are also very common with pregnant women and those with insulin resistance.

Those who frequently get skin tags likely have one question, “How do I prevent them?” While there isn’t any confirmed scientific evidence, it makes sense to presume that the presence and rejuvenation of collagen could help loosen bundles of collagen fibers from forming. Newer, younger collagen in high-friction areas of the skin may prevent more skin tags from forming.

Choosing the Right Collagen for Your Skin

With so many types of collagen on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. While there are five different types of collagen, the collagen you are looking for is Type 1. It’s important to note that 80% of the collagen in your skin is Type 1, meaning that’s the type that naturally helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The most abundant source of Type 1 collagen is marine collagen.

Marine collagen is the most skin-specific option and its amino acid profile lines up much better for skin collagen growth than others. More than 50% of collagen is made up of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Not only are these three amino acids the most important for collagen synthesis for the skin, marine collagen has a higher percentage of each compared to any other collagen source. Plus, marine collagen is the easiest collagen to absorb because it has the smallest particle size. In fact, it’s a full 1.5 times better than the cheaper alternative bovine, which comes from cows.

The Smarter Skin Collagen Difference

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Smarter Skin Collagen is a marine collagen developed from fresh fish that has been sustainably sourced from the deep, clean pristine waters of the South Pacific. The cleanest source of any collagen, Smarter Skin Collagen has delivered clinically proven results conducted by dermatologists. When objectively measuring changes in wrinkles, pore size, age spots and skin texture, changes in skin appearance came within weeks and got better over time.

Within three weeks, 41% of participants showed improved skin texture and just four weeks later, 81% showed improved skin texture. Overall, participants saw a significant reduction in wrinkles and age spots and a brighter appearance of facial skin within just four weeks.

We can’t change our age, but we can change our skin. One of the most powerful tools we have is collagen, and we would be remiss to not take advantage of it. Whether you’re concerned about sagging, dry skin or nuisances like sunspots and skin tags, collagen works to prevent and improve these issues.

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