Understanding Collagen and Your Skin’s Health
Do you want to unlock the secrets to healthy, vibrant, young looking skin? Understanding collagen and the role it plays is critical and reveals the secrets to beautiful tight toned skin health. Healthy collagen equals healthy skin.
Thought you already knew everything you needed to know about collagen? Think again…and don’t miss today’s post.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in animal kingdom. Collagen protein molecules and structures make up 25% to 35% of the content of human beings. Collagen is responsible for the molecules and structures that bind and hold the body together as a functioning system. It can be found in the bones, muscles, skin, membranes, and tendons.
Collagen plays a huge role in the maintenance and proper functioning of the body, and the breakdown of collagen can lead to a number of health problems. Healthy Collagen is essential for life. This is as true for our skin as it is for our other body structures and systems.
To get the most from your skin, understand your beauty needs, learn how to look your very best, and keep looking that way for longer, you must understand the critical role collagen plays in your skins health.
So what is Collagen?
Each one of these molecular chains contains around 1,000 amino acids, and usually an amino acid sequence created of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.
Okay now that you are thoroughly confused… let’s break it down into what’s important when it comes to your skin health and looking great.
Understanding Collagen and Your Skin
Your skin is the largest of your body’s organs and consists of three distinct layers, the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. To understand supple, healthy, and vibrant skin we need to look a little deeper than the skins surface to understand it.
The upper-most layer of your skin is called the epidermis. The primary job of the epidermis is to control dehydration of the body cells and tissues and it also creates a barrier to pathogens so they can’t directly enter our body systems.
The next layer of our skin is called the dermis. The dermis is a foundational layer of our skin that is a matrix made up of primarily elastin and collagen fibers. This framework though it contains blood vessels, nerves, and hair follicles, is also responsible for elasticity in your skin and much more.
This collagen based dermal layer gives skin the ability to expand and grow, lends fullness to your skin features, and is responsible for most of the tone, tightness, and overall skin health you experience.
Because collagen is the primary building block and foundational ingredient of the dermis, it is truly the support structure for the skin that is most responsible for your overall toned, tight, and healthy, appearance.
Below the Dermis lies the last of our 3 layerd structure called the Hypodermis. The hypodermis is made up of fat, other connective tissues, larger blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, and again more collagen.
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Understanding Aging Skin
Young skin is firm tight and elastic, its collagen framework is healthy, intact, vibrant, and productive. Young skin remains moisturized and beautiful and it is the envy of everyone fighting aging skin symptoms.
A healthy body is consistently producing collagen and actively renewing itself. But sometime around the age of 25 things begin to change when it comes to collagen production and health. By age 40 we see a radical change in collagen production and a decline in collagen health. With production levels dropping and accumulated damage to existing collagen present by this age, the skin begins to reflect the telltale signs of aging.
As the collagen support structure weakens and breaks down the skin loses its elasticity. It is no longer able to snap back to its original shape and form when it is stressed or stretched. As the collagen structure breaks down it is neither as structurally sound, or as metabolically active as it once was. As a result the skin begins to lose its tone, texture, and fullness.
With lost elasticity, lost tissue volume, and metabolic health deteriorating, the unwanted signs of aging appear – sagging skin, thinning skin, the formation of lines and wrinkles, and the loss of the tight vibrant skin that is the mark of youth.
It is a depressing story for all lovers of fine and youthful skin. But all is not lost. Let’s first take a look at what is damaging collagen and what you can do to limit it. Then lets see what can be done to alleviate the problems or damage you may have already acquired.
What damages collagen?
There are several factors that lead to depleted and damaged collagen in the body, and some of these factors can be directly influenced by lifestyle and choice. Others are simply inevitable.
Choices and Lifestyle
High Sugar consumption: A high sugar diet interacts in the body in ways that bond sugar in the blood to proteins to form new molecules (AGEs). AGEs can damage proteins and can make collagen dry, brittle, and weak.
Cutting down on your sugar intake has many health benefits skin included.
Smoking: chemicals present in tobacco smoke are known to be damaging to the human body. This is the case with collagen and elastin tissues in the skin. It has long been known and claimed that smoking promotes wrinkles, and the evidence reflects this when we see dermal changes and damage brought about by it.
UV Sunlight Damage: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen …did I mention to bring sunscreen?
UV rays present in sunlight can cause significant damage to collagen. UV damage to collagen also promotes abnormal elastin formation leading to the production of enzymes that further break down collagen.
If you are going to enjoy the sun but want to preserve your healthy skin structure and beauty, be liberal with the sunscreen it’s your best defense.
Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune problems can cause the body to mistakenly target healthy collagen the same way it would a bad infection. Obviously it is a problem when your body attacks its own healthy tissues. When this is the case with collagen it can lead to a decrease in the amount of collagen secreted, or to the secretion of dysfunctional mutant collagen that further undermines your dermal tissues and health.
If you suffer from autoimmune problems then following regular treatment with you doctor is the best course of action to keep you healthy and preserve your beauty.
Dietary Considerations for Your Collagen Health:
Collagen, is composed from 9 essential amino acids obtained through a healthy diet. If your diet is compromised so is your skins health. These essential amino acid collagen building blocks come primarily from animal products, including eggs, fish, chicken, milk and cheese.
Additional Primary nutrients that support healthy collagen formation include:
- Proline: from egg, meat, cabbage, cheese, and soybeans.
- Vitamin C: found in citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli.
- Anthocyanidins: found in dark fruits like blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, cranberry, blackcurrant, etc.
- Copper: from shellfish, nuts, red meat.
Some Quick facts about collagen
New Collagen production begins a decline after the age of 25 has significantly changed by 40 and largely declined by age 60.
The Collagen molecule itself is too large to be absorbed through the skin, so don’t be fooled by topical magic Collagen Serums, Potions and Lotions that claim to increase collagen levels through topical application.
Natural Collagen production can be stimulated through the use of laser treatments, radio frequency, and ultrasound therapies.
You can limit Collagen damage by controlling certain factors that lead to problems including UV sunlight exposure, smoking, high sugar consumption, not smoking, and by managing autoimmune disorders properly.
Collagen and Popular Skin Rejuvenation Treatments?
There are many products containing collagen and treatments that claim to revitalize the skin including creams and powders, magic potions and serums, injections, laser therapies, radio frequency treatments, and even ultrasound devices.
Let’s take a look at what works next…
Creams, Lotions, and Collagen Serums:
Creams, Lotions, and Magic Serums that claim to revitalize your skin by increasing the levels of collagen within your body might work great as moisturizers but the collagen molecules they contain are too big to be absorbed by the skin.
They will not influence the collagen count in your skin and cannot be considered a viable collagen therapy.
Over-the-counter magic treatments and lotions of this type are not classified as drugs, and because of this they are exempt from rigid scientific testing to substantiate their therapeutic claims. For these reasons we really can’t consider lotions, potions, and serums an effective therapy for collagen restoration.
Collagen Injections are often used to improve the appearance of the skin and is one of the oldest injectable cosmetic substances.
Collagen injections are used to fill depressions and imperfections of the face giving these areas more volume and improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
The Collagen fillers used in cosmetic medicine can come from various sources, some human and some not. Bovine sources, porcine sources, and even cloned human sources of collagen may be used.
Injections may be effective for several months.
Non Invasive High Energy Treatments:
High energy treatments including Lasers, Radio Frequency, and even Ultrasound technologies are commonly used in cosmetic medicine to increase natural collagen production and tighten skin on the face and body.
These treatments work in slightly differing ways to heat and stimulate the collagen and elastin fiber matrix of the skin, producing an immediate contraction of the fibers that promotes an initial tightening response. Most patients will see an immediate improvement in their appearance following a single treatment.
But the real value in these therapies is the continued effects and improvement. By stimulating these dermal structures another reaction takes place in the skin. Fibroblasts in the skin begin to produce new collagen stores. This new collagen production can take place for the next 6 months following treatment. These new collagen stores tighten and rejuvenate the skin giving it a lifted and refreshed appearance.
The results are effective and depending on treatment may last as long as 2 years.
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Pelleve and Non Invasive Collagen Remodeling:
The goal of high energy treatments is collagen remodeling, the formation of new collagen stores in the dermis to fill in and take the burden off of old aging collagen and elastin structures that have lost their tone, and overall health.
If you are looking for how to naturally boost collagen production in the skin toning and tightening without surgery or invasive procedures Pelleve is an excellent choice.
Pelleve Facial Treatments is a Radio Frequency method that is painless, effective, and requires no downtime. In fact you can return to work immediately after your treatment or be out on the town tonight looking your very best.
Pelleve goes to work below the skins surface in the dermal tissue where the real problems lay, stimulating new collagen growth to tighten and rejuvenate your appearance.
Pelleve like most high energy treatments is a safe, and effective treatment proven to tightening the skin and battle signs of aging including expression lines, loose skin, and wrinkles.
Pelleve like other high energy treatments including lasers, and ultrasound devices is a non-invasive facelift alternative. It is not the same as a surgical face lift and the results are not as dramatic (no deer in the headlights look).
Pelleve Radio Frequency skin tightening is recommended for mild to moderate aging symptoms.
It is suggested for mild to moderate loose skin, wrinkles, expression marks, etc. If you have heavy and advanced signs of aging, wrinkling, and skin laxity, and you want dramatic results, surgery may be your best option. Pelleve can improve your symptoms but if you are looking for dramatic results you may need a more radical therapy.
Pelleve is excellent if you are looking for improvements in your appearance. If you are looking to battle wrinkles, lines, crinkles, loose skin crow’s feet etc. Pelleve is an excellent choice.
Pelleve is also an excellent choice if you have had other cosmetic procedures done. The fact that Pelleve can help rebuild and plump up the dermal collagen structure is an amazing compliment to help preserve and even enhance other cosmetic work. The combination can give you the best appearance you can possibly enjoy.
Any way you look at it, understanding Collagen and the role it plays in your skins health and overall appearance is critical for those seeking to fight the effects of aging and look their best. Understanding collagen and the underlying matrix of tissues that gives you skin health and tone is key, and caring for them is essential.
To learn more about Collagen and everything Radio Frequency treatments can do for your skin Contact Bay Area Pelleve today for a professional skin evaluation.