In the quest for younger-looking skin, collagen plays a critical role. The naturally occurring protein is regarded as a building block of healthy skin.
But with age, our natural production of collagen gradually slows down. Factors such as sun damage, poor diet and smoking can accelerate the decline of collagen levels. As a result, our skin can start to appear loose, wrinkly and thin as we get older.
For a closer look at this vital component of supple, radiant skin, the team at Hazen Medical Spa encourages you to read on.
The Aesthetic Benefits of Collagen
Collagen gives the skin strength and structure, and helps it appear smooth, soft and firm. Collagen benefits our skin’s natural elasticity and hydration, and promotes the repair and renewal of our skin cells.
Collagen works in conjunction with another key protein called elastin, which helps promote elastic skin that can “snap back” if stretched.
Unfortunately, in our thirties, our body’s production of collagen and elastin starts to slow down. Wrinkles and fine lines gradually crop up and our skin becomes more susceptible to gravity. What used to be smooth, glowing skin starts to appear dry, saggy and thin.
Boost Your Body’s Collagen Reserves
If you wish for more youthful-looking skin, there are several ways to boost your body’s collagen levels.
You can consume collagen by eating certain foods (e.g., bone broth) or by taking it in supplement form. Nowadays, a lot of people add a collagen supplement to coffee or other beverages. Aloe vera is believed to stimulate the production of collagen, so some people take that in oral supplement form.
Another way to boost collagen levels is through a cosmetic treatment. Certain hyaluronic acid-based injectable fillers, such as Juvederm and Sculptra, stretch the collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. These fillers instantly improve the appearance of the skin and provide long-term improvement as new collagen is produced.
Microneedling creates tiny micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the growth of new collagen. Laser resurfacing is also believed to trigger the production of fresh collagen by heating up the deep layers of the skin.
Preserving the collagen you already have is important. The best ways to do so are to avoid smoking, eat a healthy diet and use sun protection when going outdoors.
Contact Hazen Medical Spa Today
If you are interested in learning more about the anti-aging treatments available at Hazen Medical Spa, we invite you to call or email us today.