We hear about collagen all the time, what do we know the importance of it?
So what is collagen?
Collagen is a protein central to the elasticity and regeneration of our skin. It’s responsible for keeping skin firm, plump, smooth and young-looking. As we get older, the natural production of collagen reduces and existing collagen gets damaged by UV exposure, environmental aggressors and other bad skin habits.
AND THIS LEADS TO SAGGY AND WRINKLY SKIN.
But do not fret, because they are solutions to help your skin retain and even produce more collagen.
Vitamin C is essential for efficient synthesis of collagen. According to a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels. You can get Vitamin C naturally from eating food rich in Vitamin C like dark leafy greens and fruits like kiwi and oranges. For those who struggle with getting enough Vitamin C from their diet, you can look into getting supplements with Vitamin C.
Getting sufficient sun protection
If you cannot boost your collagen production, the least you can do is to protect and maintain the existing collagen you have. Sun damage is a major culprit of increase. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there. The best way to prevent this problem is to wear broad spectrum-sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30.
There are many types of actives in the market that helps to stimulate synthesis of collagen:
- Retinoids – Retinoids have a dual effect here: They not only help to decrease the amount of collagen breakdown from sun exposure by preventing the rise of an enzyme called collagenase, but they also help to stimulate the production of new collagen.
- Chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs – Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself, it helps your skin look younger, increases collagen production, and improves overall skin health.
- Copper peptides – Copper peptides promote the degradation of abnormally large cross-linked collagen (the one found in scars and, to a lesser degree, in wrinkles). They also stimulate the production of “regular” collagen found in normal skin.
This is a FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen for results that can last more than two years. As a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) collagen stimulator, Sculptra works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.
This is one of the most popular treatments are clients sought after to help combat aging naturally (via stimulation of collagen production). We highly encourage you to talk to Dr Darryl Chew to discover the best treatment for you. Click here to contact us.