Can you stimulate collagen production with yoga

Can You Stimulate Collagen Production With Yoga?

Knowing several women who practice yoga and look much younger than their age, I wanted to find out whether there was any actual proof showing the relation between yoga and collagen production.

Can you stimulate collagen production with yoga?

Deep breathing, which is a natural part of yoga, reduces stress, and improves circulation in our body. Improving the circulation, nutrients (including collagen) can flow to the skin. Studies prove a positive correlation between breathing and reversing the molecular mechanism of skin aging.

  Can you stimulate collagen production with yoga_a woman doing yoga

There are some interesting data I’ve found regarding the stimulating effects of yoga on collagen production.

Boosting Collagen Production Or Blocking Glycation?

There are many more benefits of yoga regarding our look and health but the effects on our skin due to BLOCKED glycation are the most visible and desirable. Let’s have a look at what glycation really is.

There are various definitions of glycation but I personally like this one from sciencedirect.com most:

Glycation is a nonenzymatic chemical reaction whereby sulfhydryl protein linkages are replaced by glucose, causing impairment in normal cellular and tissue functions.

Putting it a bit more simple:

When there is sugar in your bloodstream, it binds collagen and elastin and other structural proteins in the skin. It causes the collagen in your skin to age faster.

So that’s the main problem with glycation! It speeds up aging!

There is a difference between real age and perceived age and it is confirmed in a study High serum glucose levels are associated with higher perceived age.

Collagen

How To Prevent Or Decrease Glycation

Glycation can not be completely prevented as part of our food is converted into glucose that is stored in the liver to be used as fuel later on.

Nevertheless, you should try to limit glycation as much as possible with your diet. In other words, you can decrease the amount of sugar you consume every day avoiding all sugar-loaded products and drinks.

It is not easy, and I can assure you that it’s a life-long battle for me to avoid sweet foods like ice cream, chocolate (at least I switched to dark chocolate), and cakes.

But knowing the detrimental effects of sugar and processed food cause to the skin really helps me avoid them. I’m getting better at resisting those treats.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a piece of cake or ice cream occasionally. But the word occasionally is the most important one in the previous sentence.

What we do every day on a regular basis is what makes us who we are.

How Can Collagen Production Be Naturally Increased With Yoga

TRADITIONAL YOGA

Yoga is an amazing way to help the body truly repair. It is believed that yin yoga works really well in this respect.

What is yin yoga?

Yin Yoga is a style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other yoga styles. Beginners should hold the asanas from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.

According to the theory, the prolonged time in the asanas triggers a stress response to the brain to stimulate repair in the joints. The brain then signals the body to repair by triggering fibroblasts to lay down hyaluronic acid and stimulate collagen production within the cell network.

There are many can go on and on about the benefits of yin yoga and yoga in general.

Stmulating collagen production with yoga

Research shows that calming the nervous system allows for bodies to repair and rebuild. Stress levels (cortisol), blood sugar, and LDL (the bad cholesterol) are lowered. I think anyone who practices regularly can tell you it clears up the blockages in the body, dissolves tension, and helps the body to repair more efficiently.

If you don’t have any experience with yoga, here’s a very nice tutorial of Surya Namaskar, the sun salutation.

FACE YOGA – DOES IT HELP?

I’ve tried only a part of face yoga dedicated to the eye area. I have to say that getting rid of fine lines (so-called crows feet) under the eyes is not easy. In my opinion, face yoga can’t help with these wrinkles because they are something one’s face inclines to, and secondly, they are caused by the decrease of collagen in the body. Let me explain.

When you look at several girls aged 25 or 30, you can notice that each of them has different areas in the face that incline to wrinkle creation. In my case, it has always been the eye area, in other women, it’s the lines next to the nose (so-called nasolabial folds). In others, it is above the upper lip.

It’s hard to change that.   

Facial yoga gurus tell you it is important to control your facial movements, stop frowning, etc. But you can’t stop smiling or laughing!

I personally didn’t experience any improvement after doing face yoga (for a month). When I want to see good effects on my skin, I prefer walking or jogging and I know several women aged between 40 and 55 who have very nice wrinkle-free complexion because of their jogging or biking routine.

There are, however, some facial exercises that can improve existing wrinkles or prevent new ones. And regular facial massage also helps.

Regular yoga practice and meditation work great as well. All asanas with your head down support blood flow in your face and help combat gravity that has bad effects on your face.

 

What Other Things Boost Collagen Production

1 Foods That Stimulate Collagen Production

All antioxidants i.e. fruits and vegetables.

  • Sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as
    salmon
    tuna
    chia seeds

Other foods that promote collagen production are bone broth, eggs, poultry, and beef.

2 Drinks That Stimulate Collagen Production

  • Green tea
  • Matcha tea
  • Tumeric & ginger tea
  • various other drinks that contain anti-oxidants such as mesquite latte, butterfly pea flower tea, or lucuma latte.

3 Skincare That Helps You Increase Collagen Production

After doing some research, it is obvious that collagen creams, lotions, and serums are just a waste of money.

The collagen molecules in the cream are too large to penetrate the skin.

That’s why I don’t buy any skincare products that claim they contain collagen.

You have to stimulate your own body’s production of collagen, not to smear it onto your skin.

However, skincare is a very important part of our anti-aging routine even though exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet are more important. So what can you do for your skin to boost collagen production externally?

One of the best helpers are certain essential oils, but also vitamin C serums and retinol serums being well-known and proven wrinkle-fighting means.

Jojoba oil is one of those helpful oils. Here is my article about the anti-aging effects of jojoba oil.

Researchers have found that jojoba oil encourages collagen type I synthesis. Collagen, being the most abundant protein in our body (thus skin as well), affects skin elasticity. The main reason why we keep losing our youthful succulent look is not the few fine lines or wrinkles here and there, but the sagging and crepey skin caused by a decreased amount of collagen and elastin.

The latest findings also show that Chia seed oil and Opuntia Ficus Indica stimulate collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid synthesis, thus being valuable means in our anti-aging initiatives.

Chia Seed Oil oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, another active compound necessary not only for skin and hair but also for the brain. It has skin-strengthening properties and is rich in vitamin B3 and zinc, which helps to unclog pores. Similar to grapeseed oil, it’s quite light, so it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy look.

4 Facial Massage

Good facial massage also helps as it increases the blood circulation. There are many facial massages on YouTube so you can try some and see which one works for you best.

The picture below shows the directions you should use when massaging your face, in order to achieve the best lifting results while supporting your lymphatic system.

Stimulating collagen with yoga and facial massage

Summary – Can You Stimulate Collagen Production With Yoga?

Collagen production, although on the decrease after the age of 20, is very much affected by our lifestyle. Traditional yoga as well as regular walking or jogging definitely boosts collagen production. If you complete your routine with nutritious foods and pamper your skin with natural organic oils, you will be rewarded with a beautiful and plump complexion, looking 10 to 15 years younger than your age.

 

Resources:

1 Breathing to younger skin: ‘reversing the molecular mechanism of skin aging with yoga

2 Impact of Yoga and Meditation on Cellular Aging in Apparently Healthy Individuals: A Prospective, Open-Label Single-Arm Exploratory Study

3 Association of yoga practice and serum cortisol levels in chronic periodontitis patients with stress-related anxiety and depression

4 High serum glucose levels are associated with a higher perceived age

5 Compositions and methods for stimulating synthesis of pro-collagen or collagen and hyaluronic acid

6 Effect of Regular Yogic Training on Growth Hormone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate as an Endocrine Marker of Aging

7 A preliminary report on the role of yoga asanas on oxidative stress in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

8 Topical application of vitamins, phytosterols and ceramides. Protection against increased expression of interstitial collagenase and reduced collagen-I expression after single exposure to UVA irradiation

9 Wound healing properties of jojoba liquid wax: An in vitro study

8 thoughts on “Can You Stimulate Collagen Production With Yoga?

  1. I’ve read a lot of articles about yoga and how it can get benefits to human health and also a lot of controversial articles about it. I think yoga is a very good thing to get into, it helps the body relax and also relieve stress. Stimulating collagen production is very important and it’s good to hear that yoga helps with it.

  2. This is rather a very interesting discovery you have made here. Though I knew yoga is very beneficial and helping to balance the body and to also help to keep fit I never would have imagined that it has a direct influence on the perfect way to fight wrinkles and aging too. Surely a good one to see here and I will share the information with people I know.

  3. Your post really explains all I need to know about how yoga can help stimulate collagen and the answer has been rightly answered here. It’s all very nice the way you have explained everything here. I think I should really try that face yoga on for myself too. Thank you very much for this information.

  4. Wow… When I searched the question, it absolutely did not feel like something even remotely sane, at least that’s the way I see it. I mean, to me personally, it sounded a bit too far fetched to be anywhere near the realm of reality.

    That said, glad I was humble and not-fixed-mindset-ed enough to not just conclude it’s not possible.

    I mean, I have to admit. Ultimately, when we broke it down, it does feel as if the idea makes complete sense. Stressing a particular joint for a certain amount of time to send a signal to our brains that in turn sends a signal to our body that some certain aspect needs fixing. Through various articles and books, time and time again I keep coming back to this: “Our bodies have an amazing natural ability to heal itself.”

    Thank you for all the knowledge shared. <3

  5. Hello there, I also believe that you can stimulate collagen production with body yoga, although collagen production usually decreases at the age of 20. Activities that cause sweating like jogging, cycling, or high-intensity interval training definitely help to preserve youthful skin and look, and traditional yoga may boost collagen production as well although it may sound strange. Everything we do for our mind and body is good. 

    1. It does seem strange for sure because normally people never relate yoga to the look of the skin. It’s rather common to go for botox injection and plastic surgery than looking for natural sources that are available to us, we only have to reach for them. Yoga also helps to relax, calm the mind, get better sleep and be happier in life, which after all also affect our look.

  6. Hi Lenka, I love the way the mind works when reading. There is always a keyword that will set the mind to recall.
    Yoga is one of those keys; although I don’t practice yoga, I do have a method that I practice. I see yoga as a stretching method that gets your meridians working and unblocks blocked areas of your metabolism; therefore, it will create the flow of collagen and unlock other areas of the body that have been blocked.
    But I am an unusual soul, and not many people will take the time to investigate these ancient methods.
    Yoga has gained a worldwide showcase there, for it is very easy to find practitioners that give classic classes in yoga in any town or city across the globe.
    Whereas my method is still very unknown that will produce almost all the above information that you have provided.
    I love reading your articles. There is always thing that I can relate to and reflect upon. We are always showing the way for others; you have some great information here that will do just that, helping others to get in touch with there bodies. Always a better way, my friend.

    1. Hi Linda, I’m so happy that you like my articles. I’m not a natural writer so it doesn’t come easy. But I love investigating, just like you, and the more I read and look around, the more information I find. Today I found three other interesting topics for new articles and videos.

      I think each of us is different and we have to find what’s best for us. Yoga doesn’t have to be the best solution for everyone. I love the stretching part of it when I do it on my own but when I’m in the class, I’m able to completely release all thoughts and it’s a time when I relax and get rid of all the stress. The way how yoga affects the mind is amazing. But it’s just my experience. I have a friend who can never shut off her mind. She has problems with insomnia all her life, and she says she can’t calm her mind even in a yoga class.

      Thanks again, my friend. Always a better way.
      Lenka

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