We all know collagen is the secret to eternally youthful and plump skin, but what’s the best way to get it into your system?
Collagen has infiltrated water-cooler conversations far and wide, with recommendations for bone broth, skincare brands and high-tech beauty treatments. After all, it is the most abundant protein in the body, ensures our skin – as well as our tendons, ligaments, joints, bones and muscles to function at optimal levels.
The word “collagen” comes from the Greek kolla, meaning “glue”, and it does – quite literally – hold us together. When we are born, our bodies are full of this wonderful stuff, giving us plump, soft, elastic skin, as well as the ligament, muscle and joint health we take for granted as youths. And then…we age!
Fine lines and wrinkles, less elasticity and poorer texture appear on the outside of our bodies, while our ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles get progressively creakier on the inside. What should we do to boost it in our bodies? The answers are interesting, confusing and controversial.
While some doctor’s believe that upping your antioxidants, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids via food can only go so far, collagen supplements should be taken from age 30 onwards to help boost and build your collagen. Others swear by bone broth in combination with a high-quality collagen enriched products and take them for a minimum of three months to see results.
When it comes to skincare, the skin is waterproof to a certain degree and therefore, products need to go high-tech to be effective. Active ingredients must be hydrolyzed, breaking them into peptides to pass through the skin and help promote the synthesis of collagen and prevent its deterioration.
For faster and longer-lasting results, most skincare professionals agree that high-tech beauty must come to the rescue. Grier maps out tried-and-tested options such as IPL (intense pulsed light), lasers, RF (radio frequency) and microneedling. Very simply put, micro-traumas boost collagen production as the body rushes in automatic-healing processes. CIT (collagen induction therapy) in the form of microneedling with the MD Needle Pen, creating a physical passage of microscopic holes in the skin, allowing strategic products to effectively penetrate.
In theory, there’s a level of collagen for everyone, but do your homework on the quality, source and company. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle here. Take the time and focus on how you are treating your body both internally and externally. It’s about taking care of the overall support structure of the skin to help build a strong foundation.
If you’re searching for better skin, include a combination of machines and hands-on treatments, plus diet, supplementation and home care. If you need to kick-start your collagen production, let us at The Laser Image Company help you with treatments and skin care that will make your skin looking youthful again!