Written by Kelsie Matthews, L.E.
We all have heard the term “collagen” and been told that it’s good for our bodies, but what does it do for our skin and why is it so important? Collagen is one of the main proteins in our bodies that is involved in providing structure and strength to your skin. Collagen is found in the dermis, making up about 75% of the skin. As we get older, our collagen starts to diminish, and our skin starts to lose its elasticity.
One of the most common ways collagen can be destroyed is by exposure to free radicals in the environment. Pollution, sun exposure, smoking, and blue light are known to cause oxidation and destroy the proteins in our skin. This leads to sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. After the age of about 25, we start to lose our collagen faster than we can naturally make it, which is why it is important to use products and do treatments that work at stimulating the collagen and elastin production.
Some of the best collagen stimulating treatments are lasers, chemical peels, microneedling, radiofrequency, and light therapy. For those who aren’t ready to jump into getting treatments yet, another important way to precondition your skin and build collagen is by adding a growth factor serum such as TNS, and vitamin A product like AlphaRet to your skin care routine. It is also important to use antioxidant products like vitamin C as well as proper sun protection, to ensure you are fighting free radical damage to your skin. Having a constant stimulation of the fibroblasts in the dermis allows your skin to constantly create new collagen as soon as, or even before, it loses any.
Another way to keep the skin strong and healthy, is to add a collagen supplement to your diet. This can be in capsule or powder form. Hydrolyzed collagen with peptides helps strengthen the connective tissue and improve elasticity of the skin from the inside out. In addition to those great benefits for your skin, it also helps strengthen your bones, nails, hair, and increases joint lubrication. Add collagen to your skin care routine and your diet, and you will look and feel younger in no time. Say “goodbye” to sagging skin!