Ways to boost collagen levels in your skin

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies. It constitutes 25-30% of all proteins in the body. Although collagen is known for being the structural fibre of the skin, collagen can also be found in many other parts of the body such as tendons, joints, and cartilage. In the skin, collagen makes up 75% of the bulk of the skin. Collagen fibres provide structural integrity to the skin, just like the scaffolding of a building. Together with other proteins such as elastin and hyaluronic acid, these trio of proteins keep the skin plump, tight and moist. What can be done to boost collagen levels in the skin? 1. Increase your collagen intake As you age, the production of collagen decreases which then leads to wrinkling and dryness. In such a condition, one can resort to collagen supplements that will make up for the loss of collagen in your body. Collagen influences your skin’s elasticity and benefits in the hydration of the skin – which contributes to a well-maintained skin. Your body naturally produces collagen, however the amount and quality of collagen falls as we age. Taking collagen supplements to boost your collagen levels may be helpful, not only to your skin but to your overall health as well. There is good evidence from clinical trials that consuming hydrolysed collagen for 4 to 8 weeks increases skin collagen content, with noticeable improvements in wrinkle depth, skin elasticity and hydration! When considering a collagen supplement, look for hydrolysed collagen peptides. I highly recommend Nuceuticals Skinergy Collagen Shot as not many collagen supplements are enhanced with UV protection. It is easy and fuss free to carry around. Just one shot a day, my skin feels more supple and hydrated. My patients also experienced good results when I incorporate it into their skincare regime after their laser treatments to ensure they have protection against sun damage and keep their skin hydrated. 2. Skincare products When selecting your skincare products, these three ingredients are known to aid collagen production: Vitamin A derivatives / Retinoids Retinoids help in regulating gene functions for skin cell turnover, collagen production, and repair of damaged skin. It is one of the most proven skincare compounds for reducing signs of aging. Tretinoin is the most studied and prescribed synthetic derivative of the retinoid family and its topical application is proven to improve the appearance of photoaged skin by stimulating new collagen production in the dermal layer of skin. Vitamin C Topical vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid with concentrations between 5 and 15 per cent is proven to have an anti-aging effect by inducing enzymes important for the production of collagen. Niacinamide Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is frequently used in five per cent concentration as an anti-aging agent. Niacinamide increases dermal collagen production and slows the bonding of glucose and proteins in the skin that lead to cross-linked molecules such as cross-linked collagen. Whilst collagen itself gives the skin elasticity, cross-linked collagen molecules are stiff and rigid and therefore reduce the skin’s elasticity. 3. Aesthetic treatments There are a number of non-invasive treatments used in aesthetic clinics for collagen stimulation. These are my favourite methods: Thermage FLX Thermage FLX creates a uniform heating effect in the deep, collagen-rich layers of the skin. This gentle heating tightens and remodels existing collagen matrix and concurrently stimulates the production of new collagen. The wrinkle-reducing and skin-tightening effects continue for several months after a single treatment. Ultherapy Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy to bypass the surface of the skin non-surgically to stimulate collagen production in the skin’s foundation to reduce wrinkles. This results in a clinically significant lift of tissue over time as new collagen works to lift and tighten the skin under the chin, on the eyebrow as well as smooth skin on the chest and neck. Profhilo® Profhilo® is a hyaluronic acid treatment which we inject within the skin. We administer it at 5 set points, from which it diffuses across the face, stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hydration in the skin. This reusults in firmer, younger looking skin. Sculptra Liquid Facelift The Sculptra Liquid Facelift treatment is an injectable filler and is a unique collagen-replenishing treatment that helps your body rebuild collagen to treat deep facial wrinkles and folds. It works within the deep dermis to restore the skin’s inner structure and volume for a fuller and more youthful appearance over time. As with all professional treatments, only visit qualified, reputable and experienced practitioners. If you have any enquiries, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. 4. Pro-collagen lifestyle Of course, having healthy habits such as reducing sugar intake, eating clean, regular exercise (especially resistance training), avoiding excessive sun exposure, and cutting out cigarettes – go a long way in reducing damage and breakdown of collagen.

What is Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is a premier and effective skin tightening treatment that combats the loss of skin elasticity in order to effectively treat wrinkles and loose skin around the eyes, face, neck and body. Using patented monopolar radiofrequency (RF) technology, the non-invasive treatment safely heats up the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin to reveal smoother, younger, and tighter looking skin. With no downtime, the effects continue to improve for up to six months following a single procedure that can last up to 1 to 2 years. How does Thermage FLX work? As ageing occurs, the collagen in your body that keeps the skin firm breaks down, which causes the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. With no cutting or needles, the non-surgical Thermage system focuses heat on specific areas of the skin to kickstart the body’s natural collagen renewal process for younger-looking skin. When heat is applied to the skin’s deeper layers, existing collagen is remodelled while encouraging new collagen production, which results in an improvement in the appearance of loose or sagging skin. Thermage treatment starts with the placement of a grid, which guides the application of the handpiece to a specific area on the skin. It has a specially-designed tip that is placed against the skin in targeted treatment areas. Radiofrequency energy penetrates deeply into the skin’s tissue and heats the treatment areas to remodel the skin’s existing collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen for a more youthful, younger-looking skin overall. Each pulse of the machine delivers customised radiofrequency to every inch of the treatment area, followed by a double cryogen cooling effect. Benefits of Thermage FLX: Suitable for use across all skin types & tones Multiple treatment areas Can be performed on the entire face, such as jawline, forehead, chin area, nasolabial folds, jowls, as well as on the stomach and inner thigh areas Provides natural-looking results that continue to improve over time and can last for 1 to 2 years See results with only a single treatment Depending on the treatment area, one treatment can last between 30 to 90 minutes and delivers excellent results for most patients. Other RF devices require five or six treatments for satisfactory results Fast and Comfortable Designed to deliver maximum results in a short and comfortable procedure. Non-invasive – requires no surgery or injections Little to no downtime Each treatment is personalized in order to address the specific needs and aesthetic goals of each patient through an initial consultation. The procedure requires no anaesthesia. During treatment, the specialized tool is held to the selected area. As the radiofrequency energy penetrates and heats the deeper layers of skin, a cooling effect is used to promote optimal comfort and safety to the surface layers of skin. Patients will feel a slight vibrating sensation as the technology works to encourage collagen production and tightening of the skin. The entire process takes about 45 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment area. Thermage FLX results can be seen as little as one day after treatment, with continued improvement over the next 6 months. Since it is non-invasive, most patients can return to their regular activities immediately after treatment. This simple, safe, and quick procedure is a rejuvenating remedy for reclaiming smooth and youthful skin with no downtime! Anyone who wants a non-invasive skin tightening, lifting treatment that looks very natural can check out Thermage. Thermage is fantastic for those who do not want surgery or injections and prefer to see results in just one session instead of going for multiple treatments. It is suitable for people who wish for little to no downtime or can’t afford much downtime due to work and commitments. Most patients return to their regular activities immediately following the treatment. If you are considering Thermage FLX Treatment and would like to discuss whether it is right for you, do not hesitate to drop me an email at [email protected].