Best Ways To Boost Collagen In Skin

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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  • brian
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  • anonymous
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    The best way to prevent loss of collagen and elasticity is: Avoid sun damage by using sunblock when outdoors and covering up with sun protective clothing, hat and sunglasses. Don't smoke. Smoking is the second most common cause of premature aging. Incorporate a skincare regimen that includes exfoliation, hydration, rejuvenation and nutrition. Lose weight slowly. Do not exceed 1-2 pounds per week. Drink plenty of water. Preserve your muscle mass by incorporating strength training in your workout regimen. Avoid processed foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats. These foods elevate insulin levels and this leads to increased inflammation in your body, which is linked to early cellular damage. Our skin will lose some of its tone as we age, but with simple preventative measures, we can age gracefully and help our skin stay youthful for years.

  • anonymous
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    The best way to keep your skin youthful-looking is preventing it from sagging. As we age, the cumulative effects of weight fluctuations, sun damage and genetics all have a profound effect on the appearance of our skin Elastin and collagen within our skin are similar to miniature rubber bands or coils within our connective tissue. While collagen is an important building block for our skins structure, elastin is an important protein produced by fibroblasts. This allows our skin to return to its original shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin also keeps our skin smooth as it stretches to accommodate our daily physical activities. Facial aging is primarily the result of extrinsic aging and loss of volume. Extrinsic aging is mainly from sun damage and smoking, characterized by fine lines and wrinkles. The sun directly affects the DNA of our skin. UVA/UVB radiation alter the DNA of the skin. The loss of volume, either by rapid weight loss or advanced age, thins the fatty layer and stretching of the supportive ligaments that attach the facial musculature. This will make the face appear sunken and less full around the cheekbones, eyelid area, along the neck/jaw area (jowl), and between the nose and corner of the mouth (marionette lines). In addition to genetics, sagging skin around our torso and lower extremities is usually attributed to extreme weight fluctuations and diminished muscle mass. Fast weight loss can break or weaken the supportive elastin fibers in our dermis, resulting in stretch marks. Once this happens, it's hard for the skin to bounce back and restore its original shape, similar to when a rubber band is stretched beyond its limit and becomes weakened.

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