Firm Skin: Understanding the Role of Collagen

Rohit Kushwah

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

With growing age, you start to notice that your skin does not remain the way it used to be. From firm skin, it turns into sagging skin and you must wonder why it happens. So, with growing age or early 20s, a protein called collagen in your skin starts to deteriorate and the skin starts to break down. Collagen ensures that your skin remains firm, plump, wrinkle-free, and healthy. Collagen plays a role in healing your wound and gives a youthful look. To understand more about collagen and learn at what particular age the collagen starts to fade away, keep reading the blog further. 

Causes of Collagen Deterioration

Without any further ado, let’s decode the reasons about how collagen fades away with time.

  • UltraViolet Radiation from the Sun: The rays from the sun may brighten your day but the UltraViolet radiation from the sun accelerates the pace of collagen deterioration in your skin, leading to premature aging. The UV rays eradicate the components of elastic fibers from the skin layer which results in reduced elasticity and firmness from the skin. 
  • Smoking: As we all know about how smoking causes risks to health, are you all aware that smoking is one of the reasons for the breakdown of collagen from your skin? Yes, you heard it right. Smoking results in the acceleration of collagen breakdown enzyme activity in your skin which causes premature aging. 
  • Stress: Nowadays, people feel a lot of stress and tension which results in the depletion of collagen from the skin. The stress hormones result in the breakdown of collagen from your skin which makes your skin unhealthy. 
  • Air Pollution: Repetitive and long exposure to air pollution turns your firm skin into a wrinkled and damaged one. Air pollution leads to the formation of free radicals which often leads to oxidative stress, which breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers that are the main elements for firm skin and elasticity.

Creams and Serums for Collagen Support

Here are some of the best type of products you can use to ensure firmness of your skin:

  • Retinol Cream: Retinol cream works as skin firming cream. It helps in skin cell production and results in exfoliation which often helps increase the production of collagen in your skin. This helps to make your skin firm and wrinkle-free.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Hyaluronic acid serum is another skin firming serum which is often used in various skin products. This serum keeps your skin firm and healthy and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. 
  • Collagen Cream: Collagen cream ensures to keep your skin firm as it is basically a moisturizer infused with collagen that is the best skin firming cream for face and neck. It adds glow and firmness to your skin. 
  • Vitamin C Cream: Vitamin C-infused creams and serums are one of the most important components to keep your skin healthy and fresh. They keep you protected from the harmful UltraViolet rays from the sun and embellish your skin with glow by keeping it hydrated. You can consider this one when looking for a skin firming cream.
  • Peptide: Peptide helps in the production of collagen and helps improve the skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines, and keep the skin firm.

Boosting Collagen and Preventive Measures

Here are the ways in which you can ensure collagen boost and prevent your skin from losing its firmness:

  • Diet: Diet plays a very crucial role in the appearance of your skin. Collagen-rich diet is really important if you want to boost the production of collagen in your body. Consuming tropical fruits, berries, garlic, chicken, beans, leafy greens, and other such items can help keep your skin firm and support collagen.
  • Facial exercises: Facial exercises help in boosting collagen in your body and keep your skin firm. The facial exercise helps in increasing the blood flow to your face which results in delivering oxygen and other essential nutrients which are necessary for collagen growth. 
  • Sound Sleep: When your body lacks an appropriate amount of sleep, it releases cortisol which breaks down the collagen in your body, reducing skin firmness and glow. So, it’s necessary for you to get the appropriate amount of sleep. 


So, we learned about how collagen helps to keep the skin firm and wrinkle-free, making your skin glow. If you see signs of premature aging, then you should consult the dermatologist as it’s important to know the exact reason and take the medication accordingly. 


Rohit Kushwah


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