1. Stay away from sunlight
Sun exposure is a prime suspect for hastening collagen loss. “UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there,” says Dr. Nick Lowe, Professor of Dermatology, who pioneered botulinum toxin research and studies.
Using sunscreen protection of SPF 50 is recommended, according to a study by J. Clin Aesthet Dermatol.
2. Don’t eat sweets
Too much sugar in the body can cause premature aging of the skin by a process called glycation.
Excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins (especially your collagen) to form “advanced glycation end products” or AGEs, which accelerate the aging process and so on cause wrinkly skin.
3. Increase dietary Vitamin C
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 from the protein,” according to dietitian Jo Travers.