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How to keep your skin looking younger and boost collagen production

You might not know what it is, but collagen production is key when it comes to keeping your skin looking young, plump and wrinkle-free

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Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, keeping it looking younger and giving it firmness and elasticity.

When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself.

But as we age, collagen production slows – and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits. The results? Wrinkles and sagging skin going south.

Luckily, there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production...

1. Up your vitamin C intake for young skin

Orange juice
Orange juice

A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels.

“Vitamin C is crucial to the ­formation of collagen - without it amino acids can’t be linked to form the protein,” says dietitian Jo Travers from thelondonnutritionist.co.uk.

“Good sources are red pepper, dark green leafy veg like broccoli and sprouts, tomatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit.” Skincare that contains vitamin C is also thought to encourage collagen repair (it’s usually listed on the label as L-Ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate or ascorbyl phosphate).

We like Liz Earle Skin Repair ­Moisturiser,