Contributed by Christina Marshall
We all search for that elusive fountain of youth. However, keeping your skin looking youthful is surprisingly easy to do. The key to that “baby face” is collagen.
According to English Oxford Living Dictionaries, collagen is “the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments.”
But what does that actually mean? Simply put, collagen provides your skin with structure. Made up of long protein fibres, collagen gives your skin its shape. When you are a child, collagen production is strong, and so your skin looks smooth and supple. As you age, natural collagen production starts to slow down. Throw in environmental factors, such as the sun and free radicals, and lifestyle choices, such as smoking and eating habits, and one’s collagen starts to produce at a snail’s pace. This can cause weathering of the skin, from wrinkles to sagging.
In order to help maintain the strength of the collagen in your skin, the body requires vitamin C and iron. Topically, applying creams and serums that contain peptides, vitamins and antioxidants will help to ramp up your skin’s collagen. They will also help to maintain and restore the elastin that is found in the skin.
Ways to help boost collagen are varied. A balanced diet, proper hydration and cutting out the caffeine certainly will have an impact. From an aesthetic side, using products that contain hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, retinol, and vitamin C will give your collagen a certain lift.
To really help the production of collagen, we recommend Forma Skin Tightening. Forma Skin Tightening stimulates the production of new collagen fibre in your skin by using radio frequencies. The radio frequency generates a current that flows between your skin’s electrodes to provide a comfortable thermal experience. There is no painful “hot spot”, but rather a warm heat that generates optimal epidermal temperatures. The heat taps into the body’s natural healing mechanisms and rapidly creates new collagen. As a result, the skin’s laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks are treated.
Another way to tighten skin and promote collagen production is with the Fractora treatment. Fractora uses a needling device that penetrates the skin and creates microchannels of heat. Like with Forma Skin Tightening, heat is the key to waking up the healing mechanism and creating collagen in your skin. Radio frequencies from Fractora penetrate the subdermal tissue and help to restructure your skin’s surface. By replacing damaged skin with better functioning skin cells, your skin begins to “de-age”, tighten and look smoother.
Pair a collagen-enhancing treatment with one of our many topical products for face or body that contain the above-mentioned ingredients, and you will have youthful, tighter looking skin in no time.
So, what are you waiting for? At AFYA Skin and Body Clinic, we certainly have ways to keep your skin looking young and beautiful. And right now, that youthful appearance is easier than ever with our BOGO skin-tightening sale. For the month of October, pair two collagen-enhancing treatments together and let people wonder if you have indeed found the fountain of youth!