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