2 Collagen-Restoring Habits To Add To Your Morning Routine
You hear it all the time in skin care circles: Consistency is key. As much as we wish we could eliminate all our complexion concerns, you can’t possibly expect miraculous results overnight—it takes patience, effort, and a solid routine to reach your glowing skin goals. Little habits do add up! In fact, small tweaks to your morning regimen can mean all the difference when it comes to restoring collagen, smoothing fine lines, and securing plump, firm skin. Here, find a few practices to start:
Regular facial massage has been shown to increase blood flow to the face and deliver much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells—which, in turn, has been shown to help with fine lines, promote collagen synthesis, and even tone. Not to mention, gently kneading your skin can help drain morning puffiness—and, well, a face massage just feels heavenly in the a.m.
2. Vit C
Vitamin C is vital for collagen production: Your body can’t even effectively produce collagen without the antioxidant. Vitamin C is actually able to promote fibroblast production and regulate collagen synthesis.
That said, make sure you get enough vitamin C in your diet (or you can take supplements, if you need a little extra help). But vitamin C can help when used topically as well: Again, it plays a role in the collagen synthesis process and helps stabilize the existing collagen in your body, leading to overall wrinkle reduction. Most experts recommend applying vitamin C in the morning since the antioxidant works with sunscreen to provide amped-up UV protection—and UV damage accelerates collagen decline.