Collagen – we’ve all heard about it, but what is it exactly? It is a protein that is the main component in connective tissue, and is found all over the body in tendons, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, and of course, the skin. This is what keeps youthful skin full of the healthy connective tissue that makes it high, tight, and plump.
However, the proteins in our bodies – including collagen – are broken down over time by external factors such as sun exposure, pollution, stress, smoking, and free radicals. The body sends “fibroblast” cells to rebuild the collagen fibers, but the process can decrease with aging, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. But there is hope!
The normal “good health” routines such as proper sleep, stress reduction, sunscreen, and a healthy diet can all play a significant role in collagen production. Powerful collagen-boosting ingredients like retinol, L-lactic acid, goji berry, and vitamin C are prominent in topical regimens, and specific laser treatments can also help to promote collagen production. Come in for a complimentary skin consultation and our pros can advise you on the products and treatments that would best address your skin concerns!