Mask wearing, toxins in the environment and harsh weather are big factors that have a huge effect on your skin. The heat, smoke and ash, dust and the sun can make our skin look dull, dry and devitalized. When your skin is not happy, it lets you know. And, since your skin makes up a big part of how you present to the world each day, you want to keep it happy and healthy-looking. Here’s how.
Healthy-looking skin from within
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It's what holds the body together, like forming a scaffold to provide strength and structure, and helps the skin cells renew and repair themselves. As we age our skin naturally loses its ability to make collagen. We lose about one percent of our collagen each year from our 20’s. When collagen levels are high (when we’re young), the skin is soft, smooth and firm, and moist. As levels decline (as we age) the skin’s structure is directly affected, that’s why our skin begins to look dull, sag, and wrinkles form. Injury, stress, exposure to the sun, dehydration, diet and smoking, ages our skin even more quickly. Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent collagen decreases in the body. But, there are ways to stimulate it to produce more!
Hope in a Jar?
To ease the advance of aging skin, supporting the skin’s cellular structure significantly affects the texture, tone and radiance of the skin. Today, there are many approaches to boost collagen levels, like adding different foods to your diet, taking supplements, and using topical creams. Yet many anti-aging skin creams and serums made of collagen do little to boost collagen levels. Most collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through to the dermal layers of the skin, so the collagen cream merely sits on the top layer of skin. The biggest benefit is due to the moisturizing effect of the cream.
It's important to note, however, that there are product lines specifically formulated to penetrate the dermis and are bio-available - meaning the body can much more easily assimilate them in a productive way. Some products may also contain bio-available peptides that send messages to the skin that more collagen needs to be produced. We find that Revision Skincare offers the best products for bio-availability.
Just because a product is expensive and touted as premium doesn't assure it's effectiveness. So, don’t be disappointed because these expensive serums do not directly increase collagen and will not deliver the results you want. Always consult with your skin care professional to find out which products will work for you.
Lifestyle and Technology
Boosting collagen has as much to do with improving lifestyle factors (cutting down on sugar intake, not smoking, limiting time in the sun) as it does from taking advantage of what's new in technology (laser and light therapies). The skin has this amazing ability to send signals to the brain to repair itself – to replace and restore dead skin cells deep in the dermal tissue and to produce more healthy cells. Sometimes the best route to healthy skin is to create a bit of damage (aka - creating inflammatory injury).
Light therapies – LED (light-emitting diode) and resurfacing laser treatments like ablative fractional lasers and CO2 lasers – use short beams of light and heat to penetrate the skin at varying levels to disrupt the tissues and fibers to create more collagen and elastin. By introducing micro-injuries into the skin, the body’s natural wound-healing processes are activated, resulting in faster cell turnover. Microneedling is another procedure that uses tiny needles to make micro-perforations in the top layer of skin, disrupting the collagen and stimulating the body to form new more youthful collagen fibers. Healthy new cells are produced that firm and plump the skin; softening fine lines and wrinkles.
However, the healing period for each of these can be lengthy – several days to several weeks. If you cannot afford the downtime, but want the results of collagen production, there is a new less invasive effective solution that comfortably delivers fantastic results.
Building Collagen. It’s an inside-out job with PICO Genesis FX
Enter a new laser technology, PICO Genesis FX which boosts collagen production to create skin that looks smoother, brighter and firmer with little discomfort and minimal healing time. PICO Genesis FX is a non-ablative laser therapy that uses non-thermal light energy at one-trillionth of a second (PICO-second) to penetrate and disrupt the dermal tissue. The light is sent deep into the skin through an array of lenses where some skin is injured while nearby normal skin is undamaged, prompting the wound healing response. The result is dermal remodeling and improved appearance without creating unnecessary inflammation or pigmentation to the surface of the skin and eliminating a long healing period.
If you want more information about how this therapy might work for you, please click on the button below to request a consultation. You may also read more about the PICO Genesis FX therapy here.
Removing your unwanted spots, discolored pigment and freckles is easier than you think!
If you really want those offending brown spots gone, the good news is, that there are a variety of solutions. Brown spots are usually benign and won’t cause any health problems, but it is important to pay attention to any spot that changes in color, size or texture and to see your dermatologist regularly. While treatment for benign spots isn’t necessary, removal/fading can be cosmetically and psychologically rewarding. After all, who wouldn’t want a clearer, more even skin tone?
As we continue to age, we lose the elasticity in our skin -- there's less firmness. Collagen production dwindles, lines and wrinkles begin making greater statements in our appearance, and our skin begins to sag. Some of the issues of aging most often discussed in our consultations focus on what to do about wrinkling and sagging skin. Laxity of the brow, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and sagging skin on the neck and jowls are at the top the list of concerns.
Have you ever looked in the mirror first thing in the morning and notice a crow’s foot that you could swear was not there last night? It seems like these changes happen suddenly, but in actuality, they are continually and constantly happening. Let’s look at how the skin ages and what you can do to slow it down and preserve that youthful glow.
In a matter of a few months, your skin CAN have a renewed vibrancy, look brighter with more even-skin tone and coloring, and overall radiant glow!