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Most consumers know about collagen and its importance for their skin. However, most may not realize that collagen naturally occurs in the body and there are steps one can take to increase its production. Let’s take a look at the importance of collagen in skin care and how you can increase its production in the body.
Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in the body. It’s the main building block for bones, hair, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin. Collagen amounts to 30% of all body proteins and makes up 70-80% of your skin composition. Collagen, along with elastin (another protein present in the skin), keeps the skin from sagging and prevents wrinkles and fine lines.
Collagen is responsible for the youthful and plump appearance of the skin, but unfortunately, its supplies tend to diminish with age.
What Causes Collagen Loss?
The American Academy of Dermatology states that as collagen diminishes with age, skin becomes saggier, and wrinkles and small lines become more prominent. Several factors like age and sun exposure can also contribute to collagen loss.
Sunlight’s UV rays can break down the skin’s connective tissues, collagen, and elastin fibers located in the skin’s deeper layers. This is why it’s so important to always wear an SPF 30 or more while being outside.
Age is another contributing factor of collagen loss. People begin to lose collagen in their mid 20’s. And studies show that women’s skin loses up to 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. Smoking also contributes to wrinkle formation because it affects the blood supply to the skin.
How to Promote Collagen Production
Skincare products, lifestyle changes, and skin care procedures performed by trained professionals can all help prevent collagen loss. Let’s take a look at some ways of improving collagen production.
Topical treatments like retinol and retinoid can help promote collagen formation. In addition, creams and topical solutions that contain vitamin C and other antioxidants can reduce inflammation that causes damage to the collagen in your skin. Collagen-containing creams could also offer some support in collagen production.
Wearing hats and applying sunscreen while outside can help prevent collagen loss from UV light. And avoiding smoking and eating foods rich in antioxidants can help boost natural collagen production in the body.
Skin Treatment Procedures
Skin treatments like ultrasound and radiofrequency are sometimes used to encourage natural collagen production. Ultrasound sends heat deep into the skin’s tissue. This type of heat application helps your body produce more collagen. Radiofrequency facials similarly heat the skin’s tissue to stimulate collagen production.
SaltFacial Skin Renewal Therapy
The SaltFacial from SaltMed consists of three steps. The first step exfoliates the skin by delivering fine sea salt to the skin’s surface. The second step uses ultrasounds to heat the skin’s tissue and increase circulation. This step stimulates collagen production by heating the skin and allows for maximum absorption of topical products due to increased circulation. The last step uses LED phototherapy to encourage healing, promote collagen production, and prevent bacteria growth.
If you are interested in learning more about the SaltFacial and how it can improve collagen production, don’t hesitate to contact us.