Ways to boost collagen levels in your skin

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.

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