Collagen production is the key to anti-aging. It is scientifically considered to be the foundation of healthy and younger looking skin as it supports natural hydration, tensity and texture. As we age, collagen production slows, reducing our skins ability to renew and repair itself. This inevitably results in sagging, wrinkles and loss of volume. Keep your collagen levels up can be a life long battle but with the proper information and guidance, you can keep your skin looking younger, longer.
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. Prevalent in many areas such as your skin, teeth, muscles and eyes it is like a “glue” that holds everything together. Collagen alongside another protein called elastin provide structure and firmness to the skin. Collagen provides rigidity, while elastin allows skin to stretch when we make an expression and bounce back after. In addition to these structural properties, Collagen maintains skins moisture balance. This is what keeps skin looking plump and dewy.
COLLAGEN PRODUCTION BOOSTERS.
Collagen can be supplemented in many ways, the most beneficial being incorporating healthy foods into your diet. Foods like beans, root veggies and soy are high in amino acids and provide a source of hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C is a powerful vitamin found citrus fruits, leafy greens and papaya that provides anti-oxidant benefits as well as increasing collagen production. Both Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid can also be added to your diet in the form of oral supplements for an added boost. Ginseng, a herbal root has also been shown to increase collagen in the bloodstream. Another study showed that patients who took aloe vera supplements had almost doubled their collagen and hyaluronic acid levels.
COLLAGEN PRODUCTION TREATMENTS.
Collagen production can be stimulated through several Medi Spa methods and technologies. Skin experts have been perfecting methods to assist in anti-aging using their dedication and knowledge to keep skin looking young and healthy. Nearly every anti-aging treatment at Skin Solution Clinic either focuses on or has the added benefit of collagen stimulation. One of our favorite methods is our use the Laser Genesis technology. This gentle but highly effective laser is popular because of it’s ability to produce noticeable results while being painless and safe for any skin tone. During a treatment, the device uses heat energy to target collagen in the deep layers of the dermis. The dermis heats up, encouraging collagen to multiply. The process results in improved firmness and elasticity as well as diminished pores, texture and pigmentation.
COLLAGEN PRODUCING SKINCARE.
One myth about collagen is that some believe that by applying it onto the skin this generates collagen production. Unfortunately this is not the case. The molecules of this protein are too large to be absorbed and provide any benefit. The secret to an effective skincare product is its ability to encourage collagen production naturally from within and by also protecting the upper layers. While it is important to practice daily sunscreen application habits, this will only protect and prevent. Adding a medical grade product or system to your at home routine can offer additional anti-aging benefits that use clinically proven ingredients to target collagen production. One of our most recommended products is Derma-V™ by Vivier®. We love this cream because it is an all-in-one product that repairs and enhances skin health with anti-oxidants and prebiotics. Ingredients such as peptides from hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf extract and hyaluronic acid provide accelerated repair and hydration properties.