Collagen is important for youthful-looking skin because it provides the internal structure that keeps it looking plump and smooth, rather than saggy and wrinkled. Years ago, doctors tried to apply collagen directly on the skin like a “spackle” to fill lines. They soon found out it was ineffective and moved on to better solutions.
Applying collagen directly to the skin doesn’t work because it cannot penetrate through the skin’s barrier, which a product must do in order to be effective. Instead, researchers focused on skin-penetrating ingredients that could actually boost the collagen once absorbed.
Some of the most effective ingredients that promote collagen production are vitamin C, amino acids, copper peptides, growth factors and sirtuins. Your dermatologist can direct you toward products that are most effective for your specific needs.
Another way to produce collagen is to strategically wound the skin. This can be performed with low-intensity light treatments, such as Intense Pulsed Light or ablative lasers. PaloVia has created the Skin Renewing Laser ($499) that claims to improve collagen production around the eyes with its at-home device.
A quick and effective way to boost collagen that is favored by many physicians is the use of hyaluronic acid fillers that work in the lower layers of the skin to create more collagen and plump up the skin to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
Read more about aesthetic trends and boosting collagen in the Winter issue of NewBeauty magazine, on newsstands now!
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