In the world of skin, every product, every device, every procedure is meant to do something about your collagen.
What is collagen? Do you really need more of it? Where does it come from and what does it do? How do you get it?
Here’s exactly what you need to know about collagen.
1. What is Collagen?
Collagen is the single most abundant protein in the body. It’s found in blood vessels, bones, the eye, and of course, the skin!
It’s in the dermis and makes up a significant portion of the “cushion” in the skin, i.e. the layers right under surface layer that give the skin a healthy, hydrated, glowing appearance.
2. What Happens to Collagen as You Get Older?
The older you get, the less collagen you make and the faster your collagen disintegrates. When you think about young people’s skin, it seems to have a lot of “bounce”, firmness and a generally healthy appearance. On the contrary, a lot of why older skin looks older is because of less collagen—it contributes to looser skin, sagging skin, and wrinkled skin.
Smoking, stress, hormonal changes, environmental oxidants and UV rays all cause a breakdown in collagen in the skin. So, eat healthy and make healthy lifestyle choices to protect not just your body internally, but your skin as well.
3. What Can You Do to Improve Your Collagen Situation?
You can’t rub collagen on or into your skin. Collagens in creams and serums may not really get absorbed into the skin and translate into collagen inside your skin.
The best way to get more collagen is to apply products and do procedures that stimulate your skin cells to make new collagen and prevent breakdown of collagen. Some of the essentials are retinoids and retinols, peptides, and anti-oxidants. These ingredients have been proven to be able to penetrate the skin when applied and stimulate new collagen formation.
4. Eating Your Way to More Collagen Isn’t Very Effective.
Some studies do show an increase of collagen in the skin after ingesting collagen rich supplements, but the data isn’t clear and the boost in the skin may be temporary. So, the best ways to increase collagen in the skin are by stimulating new collagen production in the skin directly with products and procedures.
If you want to eat for healthy skin, then ingesting antioxidants like Vitamin A and C, foods rich in proline, copper and anthocyanidins will be most helpful.
5. How to Make Your Skin a Collagen Factory
The best ways to create and promote more collagen are simply to allow your skin to do what it does. The fibroblast cells in your skin are designed to make collagen, they are collagen factories – so the best thing we can do is to turn them on to do what they do!
Procedures that turn on the fibroblasts work best with creams and serums that supercharge those fibroblasts even more. Retinoids, Antioxidants, and Peptides are the best ways to do that.
Ultherapy is my absolute favorite way to stimulate those fibroblasts. Essentially, we create injury (in a controlled manner with ultrasound energy) at various levels within the skin in order to turn on the process to create collagen!
Come to Our Lunch & Learn on October 27th!
Stop by Steele Dermatology on October 27th, any time between 12pm and 3pm for our Collagen Confidential Lunch & Learn event!Learn more about some of our favorite collagen-boosting treatments, including Ultherapy and Excel V Laser Rejuvenation, plus our favorite neurotoxin and filler treatments.
Whether you’re looking to get brighter, more refreshed looking eyes; or a tighter, smoother chest — we have the collagen-creating treatment to meet your needs!
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