5 things you need to know about collagen for youthful skin
These days you can’t walk past a shelf in the skincare department without seeing a product that uses collagen as its main ingredient. It’s the word on everyone’s lips and the ingredient in at least one beauty product lying around in everyone’s bathroom. We know it’s what we need for youthful skin but what exactly is it and why do we need it?
- What is collagen?
Collagen comes from the Greek word “kolla” which means “glue.” So, the word collagen literally means “producer of glue. The body produces collagen naturally and it is abundant when we are young, but production starts to decline when we reach 25, and continues its downward spiral. It decreases even more so in women after menopause. Smoking, sugar and ultraviolet rays are also known to speed up the rate at which collagen decreases in our body. With decreasing collagen, we get wrinkles and sagging skin.
- What are the benefits of collagen?
As you can already guess, the lack of collagen can result in wrinkly, saggy skin. Conversely with collagen present, skin looks plumper and younger, even hair and nails aren’t as thin and brittle. It’s even been known to reduce back pain.
- Can you ingest collagen?
Yes, definitely there are countless collagen supplements out there but as it’s a protein, it will be processed by the body as with any type of protein. Studies have also been mixed on whether ingested collagen will effectively go directly to the skin to improve elasticity and strength.
- Can you inject collagen into your skin?
Polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN), derived from a controlled purification and sterilization process of Salmon Trout or Chum Salmon sperm DNA, is a type of collagen well known in the aesthetic circle for its ability to aid in the regeneration of skin and tissue. It has been found to be helpful in wound-healing, improving acne scars and even for overall skin-rejuvenating procedures, such as Youth Savant, administered through a series of small microinjections to the surface of the skin.
- Can the body produce more collagen?
With advances in medicines, it is now possible to boost your own skin’s collagen via Dream Sculptra, to ‘teach’ skin to stay youthful, supple and lifted for longer. It works as a natural collagen stimulator, not to be mistaken with Botox and fillers, and encourages collagen production over 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
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