Collagen – a protein found in our skin, bones, tendons, and other tissues – is one of the most common and most useful compounds in our bodies. It is the most abundant protein in the body and makes up one-third of the body’s protein composition. It plays an essential role in the structure of many body tissues, including the skin, and it is a key component of youthful-looking skin. Among other things, collagen helps with skin elasticity, cornea strength, and tooth and joint health. Although one may not mind wrinkles due to loss of collagen as they age, it is important to note that loss of collagen causes the skin to thin, making it more sensitive, more prone to damage, and slower to heal.
Though our bodies produce collagen naturally, as we age it gets easier to lose and the production rate slows significantly, making it more difficult to replace. For that reason, it is never too late (or too early) to start engaging in behaviours that boost collagen production. Getting in the habit at a young age can have a preventative effect when you get older, too, leading to healthier tissues and a more youthful appearance later on.
Ready to boost your collagen levels in your daily life? Here are five tips to help you make the most of this much-needed protein.
Microneedling is a quick and effective way to improve skin collagen production. It works by taking advantage of the skin’s self-repair process, using thousands of very small and precise holes in the dermis to trigger a new collagen synthesis response. This method leaves no scar tissue and is minimally invasive, while maximizing the production of collagen and elastin.
Because of the increased presence of these proteins, microneedling is also an excellent treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and scars.
This process should only be performed by a trained technician, with a hygienic setting and tools. At Spa Escape, we pride ourselves on maintaining exceptional standards for both, and we would be happy to answer any further questions you may have about microneedling.
Higher collagen and elastin levels are a key part of tight, youthful skin. That is why radiofrequency has gained so much popularity in recent years – it is one of the most effective, and swift methods of multiplying collagen production, while also being non-invasive.
At Spa Escape we use tripollar radio waves – which are completely harmless – to stimulate the dermal skin cells, causing an immediate effect on overall skin tightness in the area and boosting collagen production in the weeks that follow. Another bonus of this method is that it also increases the presence of hyaluronic acid, another compound in the skin that helps keep your cells hydrated and healthy.
3. Collagen Facials
Though our bodies are capable of producing collagen, that does not mean we cannot help out by adding some to our skin as well. Collagen facials – such as our Collagen 90, Microdermabrasion, or Oxygeneo Revive facials – infuse collagen into the top layers of the skin and leave it much healthier and more hydrated for the future.
In addition to these, you can use take-home products such as revitalizing creams to reduce signs of aging and improve your skin’s appearance. Doing this consistently when you are younger will have a cumulative and incredibly beneficial effect as you get older.
4. Collagen Drinks/Powders
Ingesting collagen dissolved in a liquid is an excellent way to introduce more into your body and its systems. Whether bought as a supplement or mixed at home with a DIY powder, ingestible collagen comes in many forms, and it may require some trial and error to find the one that works for you. It will be worth it, though – studies both finished and ongoing appear to show plentiful benefits for people taking additional dietary collagen for at least 90 days.
5. IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Short for “Intense Pulsed Light”, this form of laser skin therapy works similarly to microneedling or radiofrequency treatments – your epithelial cells are stimulated into action and begin creating new collagen. Pain-free with amazing results, this method can adapt to any skin type, and after a few initial weekly treatments it can be done monthly or even semi-annually for maintenance.
One additional bonus to this method is that it is not restricted to just the face – it can be done on the neck, chest, arms, and hands, too. If you are noticing some sagging skin, thinning skin, or wrinkles in any of those areas, an IPL rejuvenation plan might be just what you need to restore some lift and smoothness.
Spas to Improve Collagen in Calgary, Alberta
These are the best practices that you can use to improve your body’s collagen production or consistency, but technology and knowledge is improving all the time. If you want to get professional opinions and advice on how you can make your skin look and feel its best, stop by Spa Escape to talk to our technicians and discover what works best for you. When you see the results you can get, you will be glad you did!