Collagen is a tough, almost rubbery protein that’s created by cells called fibroblasts. Packed together as bundles, fibrous bands of collagen serve as the main support system of the dermis, the deepest layer of skin. Collagen gives skin its strength, and it makes skin firm and flexible with the help of elastin.
Collagen is essential for young-looking skin because it gives structure to its cells. When collagen levels becomes depleted, the skin has little internal support, causing it to sag and contributing to wrinkles. Furthermore, when there is ample collagen in the skin, it’s strong and more resistant to the effects of weight gain, so a lack of it can lead to a greater risk of stretch marks.
Around age 35, collagen production naturally begins to taper off, and the quality of the collagen diminishes. Our own body’s enzymes break collagen down, in turn causing skin to lose fullness and form wrinkles. The sun, pollution, smoke and other sources of free radicals are also responsible for disintegrating collagen.
In addition to healthy lifestyle choices and in-office treatments, at-home topical products can help you maintain your skin’s volume and resiliency. One average, it takes three to four weeks to see the effects, depending on what product you use and the health and age of your skin. Keep in mind, once you stop using a collagen-supporting product, your skin may revert if you don’t make an effort to maintain the results.
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