The secret to healthy, youthful looking skin should not be a secret!
The secret to beautiful skin is collagen. Did you know that 80% of our skin consists of collagen? And consider this – after the age of 20 we lose around 1% of collagen PER YEAR. We lose an average of 7-10% of collagen every decade. So it would seem logical that to maintain skin youthfulness we need to maintain collagen. Yet, it’s still a battle sometimes to get my injectable patients on board with other treatments that help stimulate collagen without just adding volume or relaxing wrinkles.
So, how do we boost our own collagen production? What can we do to prevent that 1% loss of collagen per year that begins as young as 20 years old? How do we not only prevent collagen loss but also increase collagen production regularly?
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy, so it should hold the number one spot! In my opinion, microneedling is one of the most underrated treatments around. This is the perfect treatment to boost collagen production while improving skin texture. The treatment is performed with a device that contains multiple tiny needles that puncture the skin at a controlled depth. By causing a controlled “injury” to the skin the body triggers an increase in collagen and elastin production, resulting in improved skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size and stretch marks. It only takes around 20 minutes to perform, and with physician prescribed numbing cream it is completely painless. I personally try to get a microneedling treatment every 2-3 months and combine it with PRP (platelet rich plasma) to maximize results. I really believe it to be the ultimate (not so secret) secret to beautiful, healthy looking skin. I would suggest a series of monthly treatments for 4-6 months followed by a maintenance treatment every 2-3 months to keep those collagen levels nice and high!
2. INGESTIBLE COLLAGEN
Not all ingestible collagen is created equally. Hydrolyzed marine collagen generates bioactive peptides, which enhances the production of collagen, skin hydration, hair growth and joint health. I particularly like Tru Marine Collagen. The popularity of marine collagen is due not only to its nutritional benefits; it is also natural and proven to be highly safe for regular consumption. Studies show that hydrolyzed collagen derived from fish scales consists of small peptide molecules that have superior bio-availability. Tru Marine Collagen is available at Skin Technique and on our online store!
Sculptra (injectable poly-L-lactic acid), works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid 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. In a clinical study 80% of users were still satisfied with their treatment results 25 months after their last injection.
4. RADIO FREQUENCY
Certain devices, like the EndyMed Radio Frequency 3DEEP device at Skin Technique, use Radio Frequency energy to multiple layers of the skin simultaneously, which stimulates the body’s natural collagen. This energy is delivered through a variety of hand pieces which are customized for different treatment areas of the face and body. We use the RF device for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, body contouring, body tightening, fractional skin resurfacing and microneedling. My favourite treatment is the Intensif RF Microneedling treatment, as it can be done on all skin types.
5. COLLAGEN BOOSTING SKIN CARE
Retinol is one of the most popular and effective anti-aging ingredients on the market as it works to encourage new skin cell production, boost collagen and plump skin. There are also two excellent topical hyaluronic acid creams on the market that have been proven to increase collagen levels – the H.A Intensifier by SkinCeuticals and the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator by SkinMedica. Both of these medical grade products are proven to provide immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall skin health. Click here to visit our online store for more information on these collagen boosting products.
There is no better time than the present to start boosting collagen. The longer you wait, the more your skin’s collagen levels will decrease. I always say when it comes to collagen, it is better to do a little bit of everything than waiting until you have to do a lot of anything. Add microneedling to your regimen of treatments every few months, add Tru Marine Collagen to your coffee every morning, use retinol cream at night and replenish your skin’s moisture with topical hyaluronic acid serums. These are all very simple ways to dramatically boost your collagen levels. For more advanced collagen loss I suggest Sculptra every 1-2 years and Radio Frequency treatments every 6 months.
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