If these past few months of quarantine have made you more skin obsessed, then you’re probably all too familiar with the word collagen. For those who aren’t, don’t worry, we’ll catch you up! Collagen is vital when it comes to maintaining firm and supple skin. It is produced within the body and strengthens the skin, so clearly, it plays an important role. Unfortunately, once we cross the age of 25, the collagen production within the body drops which leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other dreaded skin issues we wish to avoid at all cost. Since collagen helps maintain skin elasticity, the lack of it, leads to saggy skin, droopy eyes and cheeks. Given all these factors, there’s no denying that collagen is one of the most important components that help keep the skin smooth and eliminate any signs of ageing.
Yes, this all sounds scary but no need to panic just yet. It is 2020, and there are plenty of treatments and skincare products that help boost collagen and keep the skin firm and supple. From in-office procedures to at-home treatments, the list is endless. Keep on reading to know more.
These treatments are to be performed by a professional and under no circumstances should they be tried as a DIY.
It might sound scary, but resurfacing lasers are a common in-office procedure to increase collagen production in the skin. This non-ablative laser treatment stimulates new collagen growth by removing the superficial layer of the skin which in turn also helps improve skin tone, treats sun damage and evens out the skin’s texture. Since this is a less invasive treatment, you require less recovery time.
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Chemical peels are the same as lasers and should never be tried at home. During this treatment, a certified dermatologist stimulates new collagen and skin growth by peeling away the top layer of the skin. This helps boost collagen production, treat wrinkles, reduce the appearance of mild scars and leaves you with an even complexion.
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Nowadays, it’s not hard to find skincare products that are enriched with collagen-boosting properties. While these aren’t as effective as in-office treatments, the creams and serums do help improve the skin’s suppleness to some extent. If you’re searching for a good collagen-boosting cream look for ingredients like retinoids, Vitamins C and E and ferulic acid --- these active ingredients seep deep into the skin layer to help boost collagen production.
Collagen supplements help enhance the skin’s barrier. These supplements mostly contain peptides, making it easier for the body to absorb and use it to heal the dermis. Aside from improving the skin’s elasticity, these supplements also add moisture to the skin and reduce the signs of ageing. But like any supplements, be sure to consult your doctor first.
It’s safe to say that collagen is the secret to soft, younger-looking skin.
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