Collagen is a very abundant protein in our body. It is part of the structure of the skin, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Most of our skin is made up of collagen, reaching 90% in the dermis. Due to the form taken by the collagen fibers in the dermis, it acts as a cushion for the epidermis, giving volume and firmness to our skin.
After age 25, our skin begins to lose collagen at a rate of 1.5% per year, which begins the process of aging, and the gradual appearance of visible signs, such as wrinkles. However, this process can be delayed, with prevention and an extra supply of collagen.
There are various treatments aimed to restore collagen in the skin, regain its volume and firmness, and, as a result, reduce wrinkles and sometimes even erase them.
In the treatment room, collagen masks are very effective together with a series of superficial peels that slow the loss of collagen. In combination with professional treatments, proper home care and a healthy diet are key elements in the prevention and correction of collagen loss.
Four Steps To Healthier Skin
Exfoliate. Weekly use of an exfoliating agent, including, enzymes, gels, and masks, in combination with a monthly professional peel, removes dead skin cells and other impurities as well as greatly facilitates the absorption of subsequent treatments.
Cleanse and Tone. A facial cleanser or toner will leave your skin clean, balanced and ready for further hydration.
Moisturize. Hydration is essential to the health and beauty of your skin. Maintaining an optimal level of hydration to prevent dry skin can be achieved with the daily application of a professional moisturizer. The use of a nourishing cream supplies the nutrients that your skin needs. Some regenerating creams contain collagen that is absorbed through the pores of the skin. Another great way to hydrate your skin is with the use of topical hyaluronic acid.
Protect. Over 90% of aging and collagen breakdown is caused by sun damage. A medical grade, broad-spectrum sun block will protect your skin. Nowadays, many cosmeceuticals have moisturizers with SPF, which saves time and money.
The goal of a healthy diet is to provide nutrients to your body to naturally stimulate the production of protein collagen and provide other proteins, minerals and vitamins needed for healthy skin. Foods that facilitate the synthesis of collagen are fruits and vegetables (especially those containing vitamin C), as well as whole grains.
Consult with your esthetician to choose the best treatment for your skin and keep your collagen going strong.