Collagen Boosting Foods For Your Anti-Aging Routine

Many clients that see Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins are interested in reclaiming their youthful look – skin that is tight, bright and upright! Dr. Perkins can offer many solutions – from facial cosmetic surgery (facelifts, brow lifts, etc.,) to medical spa aesthetic treatments, and physician-grade products. While we could write pages on all of the above, we are dedicating this article to something that is often overlooked – the food we eat. There are lots of food choices that have great beneficial value to help your skin maintain (or regain) that youthful glow. 
Collagen – the foundation of the skin’s support structure – breaks down as we age due to a number of reasons (environmental, hereditary, lifestyle) and, as a result, the skin becomes saggy, wrinkles and fine lines form, volume is lost, and the person begins to look old. Give your collagen a boost from the inside out by eating these replenishing foods that can help restore, repair, and regenerate collagen: 
  • Egg Whites. High in amino acids – proline and lysine – egg whites can help support your body’s natural production of collagen. For those who don’t eat eggs or egg whites, peanuts are a particularly good source of lysine. 
  • Berries. These power-packed fruits ward off free radicals (that break down collagen and cause wrinkling and damage) while increasing collagen levels. 
  • White Tea. Studies show that white tea is believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen and may protect the structural proteins of the skin.
  • Garlic. Lipoic acid and taurine, found in garlic, helps rebuild collagen fibers that have been damaged. 
  • Citrus Fruits. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes are all rich in vitamin C and have the ability to help amino acids (proline and lysine) convert to collagen. Vitamin C also helps to neutralize free radicals.
  • Soy. Edamame, tofu, or soy milk – all soy contains plant hormones that serve as antioxidants (known as genistein) which help to promote collagen production and block aging enzymes.
  • Orange Vegetables. Carrots and sweet potatoes – examples of orange veggies – are rich in vitamin A, which helps to restore and regenerate damaged collagen.
  • Dark Green Vegetables. Rev up collagen production with dark green veggies like spinach and kale. 
  • Red Vegetables. Lycopene is found in red veggies like tomatoes, beets, and peppers. Lycopene protects the skin from damage which increasing collagen levels and can also act as a natural sunblock.
  • Fish. Give your body a supply of omega-3 fatty acids through fish like salmon and tuna. This will nourish the skin cells fatty membrane that supports the skin structure. 
Add these to your shopping list and charge up your anti-aging routine! 

Santa Barbara Skin Care Home Regimen by Dr. Perkins

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins believes that an effective at-home skin care regimen is an essential part of maintaining younger-looking, beautiful skin. We hope that this home care skin regimen by Dr. Perkins will inspire you to renew (or start) your dedication to healthy skin.

If you are a person who routinely has facials and does a chemical peel every few months, you are not exempt from participating in good skin care practices! Did you know that how you care for your skin at home can account for 50% of the end result? An effective at-home skin care strategy can both enhance the power of your facial / chemical peel / laser facial treatment and can prolong the results. Truly a “win-win” situation.

The home care regimen that I recommend is not something I learned in medical school or from a beauty magazine. The idea came to me one piece at a time as I reflected upon what products the skin benefits from on an ongoing basis. As the founder of Evolutions Medical Spa, and being an active Medical Director there, I have had the benefit of being introduced to and studying many different medical-grade skin care products that have higher active ingredient levels and, thus, have a greater effect on the skin than products purchased at a department store. This is why I recommend using physician grade products for a notable result.

An easy way to remember my universal skin care regimen is by the acronym CHEARS. CHEARS stands for:

  • Cleanser: use a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type; I recommend using the Clarisonic brush to give your skin a deep clean below the surface. Cleanse in the morning and evening.
  • Hydration: hydrate your skin daily using a moisturizer that works with your skin type (dry, oily, combination). Keeping your skin hydrated will keep your skin plump for a fresh complexion. Moisturize once per day.
  • Exfoliant: the use of an exfoliant helps to break down the dead cells on the outermost layer of the skin and promote cell turnover. Exfoliate your skin 2 times per week.
  • Antioxidant: a high quality antioxidant cream helps to combat the signs of aging. Use 3 times per week.
  • Retinoids: use of a topical retinoid cream (commonly known as the brand name, Retin-A) has been proven to be a great wrinkle fighter. Use 2 times per week.
  • Sun protection: use sun protection on your face, neck, decolletage, and hands to ward off fine lines, wrinkles, and excessive pigmentation (age and “liver” spots). Sun protection should be used daily, year round and I recommend products that provide a “physical block” such as those that contain zinc oxide. 

Embarking on my home care regimen will enable you to have more control of your skin’s natural aging process. I hope that the above information persuades you to start, or re-dedicate, yourself to renewing your skin health in the years to come. CHEARS to healthy, glowing skin!