Collagen and the Skin

May 2, 2017

What is collagen? What does collagen do for the skin? Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body and provides firmness and structure to the skin. Loss of collagen happens as we age and results in fine lines, wrinkles and lack of tone.  After the age of 30 the body loses approximately 1-2 % of collagen each year. Excessive exposure to the sun, along with poor diet can speed up the loss of collagen.

 

Luckily there are ways to slow the collagen loss process with oral supplements and topical skincare products. Supplements and powders with hydrolyzed collagen peptide have shown in recent studies to increase the formation of collagen within the body. These supplements work by stimulating the body to produce collagen from within. Topically collagen is too large of a molecule to penetrate into the skin. Collagen peptides on the other hand topically applied can help to stimulate collagen production. These proteins get broken down by the body into amino acids (which are the building blocks of proteins) that are then used by the body to form new collagen. Serums with growth factors and plant stem cells also help to stimulate the body to produce new collagen.

 

In-office treatments are another way to help increase collagen. Chemical peels are great as they speed up the natural shedding process of damaged skin cells, causing a “wound response” by the body so new cells and collagen come to the surface. LED light therapy which was discovered by NASA, promotes collagen production within resulting in a smoother, more even toned completion. 

At Mod Facial Bar we can customize a treatment and product regimen to your specific skin needs to help will loss of collagen.

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