The Skinny On Collagen

liposculptureYou’ve probably read or heard about collagen every time you look for information about anti-aging products and treatments. Here’s an overview of collagen and its role in skin aging.

What is collagen?

Generally, collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body found primarily in the skin, muscles, and the rest of the connective tissues. In terms of skin health, collagen provides support structure to the skin. It is primarily responsible for keeping the skin taut, firm, and smooth — the indicators of youthful and healthy skin.

What triggers a decline in the skin’s collagen levels?

The gradual decline in collagen with advancing age is a complex process. It has to do with factors that have been associated with chronic oxidative stress and low cellular turnover rate. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation and harsh weather, a poor diet, and chronic sleep deprivation are factors that accelerate oxidative stress

Significant reduction in collagen levels result in the appearance of folds, lines, and wrinkles. The skin tends to be dry, rough, and flaky, too.

What can I do to boost collagen levels?

Boosting collagen levels to improve skin health may be achieved internally and externally. The former is possible through lifestyle changes such as making sure that you get enough sleep, regular use of sunscreen, quitting smoking, and more whole foods in your diet.

Using products containing collagen or undergoing procedures that stimulate collagen production are external methods to help increase collagen levels in the body. Injectables, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, and skin resurfacing treatments (laser, chemical peels) are excellent examples of cosmetic treatments that trigger the production of collagen for skin rejuvenation.

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