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Can we slow down nature?

In a word i think you can YES. 
One of the major ways skin ages is through a loss of collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance that helps keep skin looking plump, lifted, and line-free. We lose some collagen because of the natural aging process, an even greater amount can be lost through environmental assaults, particularly sun exposure and pollution. These exposures increase the rate at which a natural cellular process occurs ― one which releases molecules called “free radicals”into the skin. The link to aging? Free radicals attack and destroy collagen. When left unchecked  free radicals destroy the skin's support structure, and without that support, skin sags. Eventually, wrinkles form.
That is where Antioxidants come into play. These nutrients attack and disable free radicals before they have a chance to destroy our collagen supply. Research shows they may increase natural collagen production all together.
Collagen Pills
There are a number of ways to slow down or turn back the hands of time. Modern science has provided plenty of options that attempt to deal with the inevitable signs of aging. Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists, for instance, can give you an injection of soft tissue filler, which is simply a shot of a flexible, tissue-like substance, such as human fat or cattle collagen [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. But if you're not comfortable with needles or plastic surgery, you might find natural solutions to smooth out and tighten up your skin.

Even though your body may not produce the same levels of collagen as it once did, stimulating your collagen production has the potential to reverse some signs of aging. It might be easy to jump to the conclusion that taking collagen supplements for your skin would help, just as you can take calcium supplements to maintain strong bones
However, the solution isn't as simple in the case of collagen, because you're trying to affect the way your body produces a protein, not just the way it absorbs a mineral. Collagen supplements come in pill and liquid form, and because collagen is found in your skin, bones and cartilage, you can combine it with other supplements. Collagen supplements may be mixed with glucosamine or chondroitin, two supplements used for joint and arthritis problems. 

If you don't have joint problems, you might want to opt for collagen hydrolysate or collagen peptide supplements instead. Additionally, if you decide to give collagen supplements a try, you should also boost your vitamin C intake, as vitamin C helps the body produce collagen .

Collagen Creams;
Collagen creams can help improve the firmness and texture of your skin in the short term, but the overall goal is to stimulate your body's ability to increase collagen production. From my own experience i have always looked after my skin ,boosting it with collagen creams , laser IPL and i must say my skin is aging very slow. BUT i eat a lot of fruit and veg also and exercise 4/5 times a week.
The key to choosing the right product is studying what's on the label. If you're looking for an anti-aging moisturizer that will give your daily cleansing and moisturizing routine a collagen boost, look for these key ingredients:
  • Creams that contain retinoid or rentinol can speed up your skin's ability to turn over old skin cells and produce new skin cells.
  • These creams work on the layers of skin where new skin cells are formed and where collagen gives your skin the support and firmness it needs to appear young and wrinkle-free. By increasing skin cell turnover, retinoid helps stimulate your body's collagen production.
  • Prescription-strength creams containing tretinoin (Tretinoin Cream is a vitamin A derivative used to help smooth and soften facial skin) can also help replenish collagen in your skin cells [source:Mayo Clinic]. Because they are prescription strength, they are stronger than over-the-counter retinoid creams. These types of creams can sometimes provide results where other collagen creams fail, as in the case of deep wrinkles or stretch marks.
  • Anti-aging creams containing copper peptides or other peptides ( Peptides are really the newest thing in anti-aging skin care, and due to their high cost & complexity, the effective actives are utilized in only the most premium skin care products). have been known to increase collagen production. These creams help wounds heal faster, as well.
Collagen creams can help improve the firmness and texture of your skin in the short term, but the overall goal is to stimulate your body's ability to increase collagen production . While creams can give your skin a healthy glow, however, there's no guarantee they will make you look like you're 20 again.

Naturally Boost Collagen

The building blocks that make up all proteins, including collagen, are called amino acids. If you lack the amino acids that combine to form collagen, your body's cells can't produce enough of it. What are the amino acids necessary for collagen production, then, and how can you make sure you're getting enough for your body?
Threonine is an essential amino acid for collagen production. An essential amino acid is one your body cannot make, so you have to get it from food or dietary supplements. You can get Threonine from foods such as lentils, peanuts, eggs, milk, pork, beef and chicken. If you prefer a vegetarian diet, you can also get Threonine from soybeans, chickpeas, hummus,snap beans and asparagus.
Another amino acid that aids in collagen production is proline. Unlike threonine, proline is a nonessential amino acid; nonessential amino acids are ones that either the body or other essential amino acids can produce. You can also help your body by eating foods high in proline, such as gelatin, soy, milk, cheese, beef and cabbage. Vitamin C works along with proline to promote collagen production. Foods such as oranges, lemons and limes contain vitamin C.You don't have to wait until the fine lines on your face turn into heavy wrinkles to think about preventing the signs of aging. Prevention is better than cure
Laser skin treatments to stimulate collagen In your late 20"s, The Most important thing that you can do is wear a Sunscreen with SPF 60, 365 days a year rain or shine to prevent reduction of both collagen and Hyaluronic gel.
Laser treatments do stimulate the production of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin.It is actually the thermal (heat) injury induced by the lasers which stimulates the production of collagen in the dermal layer.
I would add exfoliating (Glycolic peels ) and moisturizing skin care products, and promote lifestyle modifications such as sun avoidance. In my experience it depends on the degree of sun damage one has. Laser treatment frequently performed will rejuvenate skin on the face and neck. decrease wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars, to achieve mild skin tightening, and to improve overall skin texture.

Can we slow down ? YES in my opinion.
Consume fruit and vegetables. Exercise daily. Keep stress levels down. Wear SPF in all four seasons.

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