Living in lockdown has made many of us more self-conscious than ever before, especially about our appearances. After going long periods of not seeing people in person, it’s no wonder that many of our self-care and skincare routines have fallen to the wayside. If you’re noticing more pronounced fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and other skin issues, then it’s time to break yourself out of the quarantine blues and start taking care of your skin again.
Collagen loss is the number one cause of normal and premature skin aging. But there are certain things that you can do to help turn back the clock and restore collagen production in your skin.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that connects the tissues throughout your body. Making up approximately one-third (30%) of the proteins found in the human body, collagen also makes up 70% of the protein found in the skin alone. It’s a fibrous, non-soluble, and unyielding protein that consists of firmly packed-together molecules. These molecules are made up of strong lean fibrils that promote skin elasticity and firmness.
What Does Collagen Do for the Skin?
Collagen supports various connective tissues in the body such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and the skin. Its main role is to strengthen the skin, maintaining its firmness and elasticity while also promoting skin cell renewal and the replacement of dead and damaged skin cells.
What Are the Causes of Collagen Loss?
Collagen loss is a naturally occurring phenomenon over time that can be exacerbated by certain skincare habits as well as continual exposure to external elements. Here are some of the more common causes of collagen loss that you should be aware of when undergoing various skincare treatments.
Natural and Artificial UV Rays
Prolonged ultraviolet radiation exposure (UV rays from the sun) is one of the primary causes of collagen loss leading to severe skin damage. When the skin is exposed to direct natural or artificial sunlight for long periods of time without any form of protection, it absorbs free radicals. Free radicals are uncharged molecules that attack healthy cells to absorb electrons and other elements. This can cause cells that were once healthy to mutate, become damaged, and even die. Free radicals essentially destroy the collagen in your skin and prevent the renewal and production of healthy skin cells.
A significant spike in the stress hormone known as cortisol has been linked to causing physical inflammation and discomfort throughout the body. Inflammation can reduce certain bodily functions, especially the ability to naturally produce collagen. This is because the body is so overwhelmed by the excess cortisol hormone that it puts all of its resources into lowering cortisol levels.
High Sugar Consumption and Crash Diets
Diets consisting of high sugar, processed meats, and simple carbohydrates are known for causing inflammation throughout the body as well. As mentioned, inflammation prevents skin cell regeneration. High sugar consumption can harden the collagen tissues, breaking apart the molecules and weakening the foundation of the skin. Lack of collagen production lowers skin elasticity and leads to premature signs of aging.
Cigarettes and tobacco contain thousands of harmful toxins that have an adverse impact on your body in a number of ways. Premature skin aging is just one of the visible side effects of smoking for long periods of time. Most notably, the toxins in cigarettes prevent oxygen from being absorbed by your bloodstream and being delivered to your organs. Without a sufficient oxygen supply, inflammation can occur throughout the body and as we already know, this greatly hampers collagen production. If you’ve ever wondered why long-term smokers look so much older than they actually are, now you know.
Natural Aging and Genetics
As you get older, some collagen loss is perfectly normal. Eventually, your bodily functions will begin to naturally slow down. The pace with which your aging process progresses depends largely on your genetics as well as a combination of the abovementioned external factors, lifestyle choices, and habits. Unfortunately, you can’t control your genetics, but it is up to you to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can promote anti-aging elements.
Tips for Natural Facial Collagen Restoration
Here are some excellent tips that promote natural collagen restoration in the face.
Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Whether you take them in vitamin form or consume them through your diet, antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E can help prevent free radicals from wreaking havoc on your healthy skin cells. Antioxidants effectively counteract the production of free radicals and promote healthy collagen production. Alternatively, you can also apply antioxidant fortified topical creams and serums directly to your skin.
Wear Sunscreen/Protect Your Skin from UV Rays
Even in the winter, you should be applying a moisturizer that contains a minimum of SPF 15 to protect your skin against exposure to the harmful UV rays that can damage your skin cells and cause collagen loss.
Drink Lots of Waters
Collagen uses water to connect tissues and rejuvenate skin cells, so hydration is extremely important to keeping your skin smooth, fresh, and supple.
As mentioned, the toxins found in cigarettes limit the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream while also hindering blood flow to your major organs, causing inflammation. As a result, collagen production either slows down or ceases entirely and this prevents skin cell renewal and regeneration. Lack of collagen can cause your skin to age prematurely.
Get Regular Facials
Facials are a great way to promote collagen production and rejuvenate your skin. Impurities and dead cells are removed, which unveils softer and suppler skin underneath.
Non-Invasive Skin Therapy for Collagen Restoration
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an affordable and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves extracting blood and placing it inside a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, so the procedure will use only the Platelet-Rich Plasma, discarding the poor-port plasma that has no platelets. Then the PRP will be injected on the desired area with the client’s preferred method: straight needles usually recommended for scalp procedures for hair regrowth, or microneedling with a Dermapen or a mesotherapy gun for your face, in order to reduce bruising and swelling. This process stimulates natural collagen production without introducing foreign substances into your body.
Infini Skin Rejuvenation
The Infini skin rejuvenation treatment, a.k.a. non-surgical facelift, is the best treatment to promote collagen production in the skin, especially when combined with PRP therapy. Infini uses high-intensity-focused radio frequency (RF) technology to target the skin. After appropriately treating the affected area, PRP therapy is applied to improve the healing process and reduce downtime, while also enhancing collagen production. We offer an extremely discounted price for PRP when combined with Infini treatment.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our goal is to provide our clients with the skincare and body care treatments that suit their unique needs. To learn more about steps you can take to naturally enhance and improve collagen production or to inquire about any of the safe and affordable cosmetic treatments mentioned here, please feel free to contact us today.