As we age, we start to notice more fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Why does this happen? When we get older our skin starts to thin and becomes less elastic. Repetitive facial expressions like smiling, frowning, and squinting forms a groove under the surface of the skin. Younger skin has the elasticity to bounce back from this, but as you get older, your skin loses its flexibility and has a harder time bouncing back, resulting in permanent lines and wrinkles. There is an important fiber in the skin called collagen that forms the skin’s connective tissue. Over time, it breaks down and makes the skin thinner and weaker. Luckily, there are ways to get more collagen through your diet, supplements, and even medical spa treatments.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. Collagen is actually what holds the body together. Collagen production naturally declines with age and is affected by other factors like smoking and exposure to UV light. After menopause, women experience a rapid decline in collagen production, which means the skin is more vulnerable to imperfections.
If you’re experiencing wrinkles and fine lines or want to take precautions to prevent them, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the methods below to receive more collagen and save yourself from wrinkles!
Collagen in your diet
There are important nutrients found in different foods that can prevent collagen loss:
- Proline: eggs, meat, cheese, soy, and cabbage
- Anthocyanidins: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries
- Vitamin C: oranges, strawberries, peppers, broccoli
- Copper: shellfish, nuts, red meat
Do collagen supplements work?
Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of collagen supplements. In a Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals study, researchers found that participants’ skin hydration and elasticity improved significantly and the depth of their wrinkles were reduced. Collagen supplements also boast other benefits, including improved joint health, increased muscle mass, bone loss prevention, and heart health. Researchers are still skeptical and are working to study all of these benefits.
Medical spa treatments that boost collagen
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for restoring the body’s natural collagen production. Microneedling uses sterile surgical steel microneedles to penetrate the upper and lower layers of the skin. This causes controlled microscopic wounds, which kick starts the body’s healing response and increases the amount of collagen producing cells.This month, take advantage of the introductory price on our newest treatment: Secret RF microneedling! It improves signs of aging, wrinkles, and fine lines by using radio frequency to penetrate deeper layers of the skin to boost collagen production. Learn more >>