What You Need to Know About Collagen Production

middle-aged-woman-beautiful-skinWhat is collagen? 

Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. Think of collagen fibers as a chain-link fence. Now imagine those links rusting and falling apart; and as the links break, the fence falls. As we age our collagen production decreases resulting in sagging, crepe-like skin. In addition, fibroblasts (collagen producing cells) decrease their production of new collagen.

Once the importance of collagen in the skin is understood it is easier to understand why stimulating collagen production is the key to any good skin care and anti-aging regimen.

What can I do to stimulate collagen production in my skin?

Almost any treatment that signals a disruption in the skin cells of the body triggers an increase in collagen production; the more disruption, the greater the increase in collagen production. Heat-inducing treatments such as lasers and Pellevé top the list, but even milder treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL increase collagen production. In fact, in 2007 researchers reported that wrinkle-fillers such as Restylane promoted new collagen growth.

Can products help increase collagen?

Yes! Many products are up to the task. Retinols (Retin-A) are great at increasing cell turnover, thereby stimulating collagen production. Growth factors such as TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica significantly increase collagen by their reparative nature. Most importantly is the daily use of sunscreen to help prevent further skin damage and the decrease in collagen.  A great skin care regimen is very important in stimulating new collagen production.

We offer a variety of services that will help stimulate collagen production. Let us help you determine the best skin care regimen for you! Contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

How to Apply Skincare Products for the Most Benefit

applying skincare productsThe order that you apply your skincare products, as well as the time of day, can influence the benefit you get from your regimen. For example – sunscreen applied to the face first under items like serums and moisturizers can decrease the effectiveness of the SPF.

Follow this simple routine in the morning and at night for beautiful, healthy skin:

Daytime Routine…
A general rule of thumb is to apply any serums you may use first on clean skin. Typically serums such as growth factors and Vitamin C are thin and provide the most benefit to the skin. Apply these products first to penetrate and not be diluted.

Next, apply moisturizer. If your skin is exceptionally dry, a hyaluronic acid product applied under the moisturizer will increase the efficacy of the moisturizer.

Lastly, apply a good broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 before any makeup powder or foundation. If you want to skip a step, a combination moisturizer/sunscreen is a good option as long as the SPF is 30 and broad spectrum – meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Beware of the SPF 15 moisturizer that is not broad spectrum – as it is not adequate for daily protection.

Nighttime Routine…
Before bed and after cleansing, apply a growth factor or similar product if you use it twice a day.

Next, apply a retinol product or an Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA) product, topping with a moisturizer if your skin tends to be dry.
- If your skin is showing signs of increased dryness from the use of retinols, applying the moisturizer before the retinol will help alleviate some of the dryness.
- If you like to use both retinol and AHA/BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) products, it is best to alternate days rather than layering these products – using the retinol about 4 days per week and the AHA/BHA the other 3 days.

This simple 2-3 step regimen should be quick and easy in the a.m. and p.m., giving your skin great benefits without taking up lots of your time!

For more information on the best skincare regimen for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with the nurse at Enhanced Skin Care Center. Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180