Collagen is the most abundant protein in your skin, allowing it to remain elastic and appear fuller and plumper. This protein can be found in other places in the body as well, such as your bones, organs, and muscles; acting as a sort of “glue” holding your cells together, giving bodily tissue its strength.
Collagen is the key allowing your skin to remain youthful and radiant during the early years of your life. Unfortunately, this protein starts to degrade and break down much faster with age.
Several factors besides aging impact collagen production. High sugar diets can lead to the production of new molecules that can damage nearby proteins, making collagen dry, brittle and weak. Smoking introduces thousands of harmful chemicals into the body which can damage both collagen and elastin found in the skin. With subpar collagen production, wrinkes develop prematurely. Even the UV radiation from prolonged sunlight exposure can cause rapid collagen breakdown.