Collagen is essential for young-looking skin because it gives structure to our skin cells. But as we age, the body produces less of it, since naturally occurring enzymes break our collagen down. In turn, our skin becomes thin, loses fullness and forms wrinkles. The sun, pollution, free radicals, and smoke are also responsible for disintegrating collagen. Stimulating collagen with at-home products, in-office treatments, and healthy lifestyle choices help the skin maintain its strength, resilience, and volume.
Collagen is found in our skin, bones, cartilage, tendons, and tissues. It is a tough, almost rubbery protein that is created by fibroblasts. Collagen serves as the main support system of the dermis which is the deeper layer of our skin. It is a combination of healthy collagen and elastin that makes the skin firm and flexible. Around age 35 our collagen production begins to taper off and the quality of collagen is not as good as in our earlier years.
We offer products here at Integrated Dermatology of Reno that help protect collagen from the damaging factors mentioned above. On average, it can take 3 to 4 weeks to see the effects of topical products. Within 3 months you should notice dramatic effects. The health and age of your skin will affect individual results. Once you stop using a product, though, your skin will revert back to its original state. To learn more about the products we offer please schedule a complimentary consultation with a cosmetic technician.
There are many treatments, as well, that can help boost the strength and production of collagen. Here at Integrated Dermatology of Reno, we offer injectable “targeted treatments” such as Sculptra Aesthetic. We also have “full face” treatments such as fractional CO2 laser. To decide which treatment(s) would be best for you, a consultation is required.
Foods you eat at home can also regenerate damaged collagen. The 8 super foods that you can munch on include: Orange Vegetables, which
are higher in vitamin A to help restore and regenerate damaged collagen. White Tea protects structural proteins such as collagen and prevents the enzyme activity that breaks down collagen. Berries scavenge free radicals while increasing collagen levels. Dark Green Veggies can rev up collagen production. Red Vegetables contain the antioxidant lycopene that acts as a natural sunblock protecting the skin from damage. Soy prompts collagen production and helps block aging enzymes. Fish contains omega 3-fatty acids that help protect skin cells. Water-Rich Veggies contain a high sulfur content that is important in collagen production.
To learn more about what you can do to help prevent and protect from collagen damage or restore depleted collagen please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic technician today!