Collagen is getting a lot of press these days, showing up on labels and flooding social media. But what exactly is it and why is it good for your skin?
We’re glad you asked. Our team of experts at Gago Wellness in Brighton, Michigan believes it’s important to be informed about every product and procedure you use in your beauty and wellness routine. We offer services that include or stimulate collagen because we know the powerful impact it has on your skin. If you’re considering one of these services, we want you to be just as confident in its purpose as we are.
What’s in your skin?
As your body’s largest organ, your skin has a big job. It has to protect you from the environment, keep your body temperature stable, provide a fertile foundation for hair to grow, serve as a place to secrete a little sweat, hold and display the pigment that gives you your skin color and tone, and house the nerves that allow you to touch and feel the world around you. Meanwhile, you ask it to do all that while looking beautiful and untouched.
To do all this, it takes three layers with very specific jobs. The outer layer, called the epidermis, is relatively thin and serves as the first line of defense against the elements and invasive organisms.
The middle layer, known as the dermis, contains blood vessels and hair follicles and the all-important collagen and elastin, which keep your skin plump and stretchy so it bounces back.
The deepest layer, or the hypodermis, is where fat lives so it can protect your organs, and it also contains collagen cells.
Concentrating on collagen
Collagen accounts for the lion’s share of the proteins found in your skin. And because it’s the primary factor in how plump your skin is (or isn’t), you’ll want to do all you can to protect your supply. Unfortunately, your body produces less and less collagen as you age. When your collagen is depleted, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle.
The environment can also affect your collagen stores. Air pollution, smoking, and overexposure to the sun can all degrade collagen and make you look older. To help protect your collagen resources, moisturize well, drink plenty of water, don’t smoke, and use sunscreen.
How to restore and replenish your collagen
At Gago Wellness, we know how important looking good is to feeling good. That’s why we focus on safe, effective procedures that bring out the best version of you.
When it’s time to get back your youthful skin, we can help. We use the most advanced technology and techniques to reactivate your collagen production and restore your younger self.
Perfect for use on your mouth, eyes, face, and neck, Fractora is a minimally invasive technique that uses radiofrequency and tiny little pinpricks along your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin (a stretchy protein) production. You’ll be able to see results right away and keep seeing them for weeks and months to come.
Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)
When you have wrinkles and sags, Forever Young BBL can tighten up your lax skin by using intense pulsed light therapy to encourage collagen production. This treatment can also be used to treat discolored skin caused by age spots, unwanted freckles, or rosacea. It can even reduce the appearance of acne scars.
What about collagen supplements?
Collagen supplements seem to line the shelves of health stores and fill the carts of online shoppers everywhere. The sudden hype stems from the idea that if collagen is good for your skin, then ingesting it is a fast and easy way to get it into your system.
However, what seems too good to be true usually is. Collagen is made up of thousands of elements called amino acids. In order to turn collagen into a pill, powder, or potion, the manufacturers have to deconstruct it, so you can’t be sure exactly what your supplement contains.
What’s more, once you eat or drink your collagen, your body processes it by breaking it down even further. So the chances that edible or potable collagen will do what your body’s natural supply was designed to do, are slim.
If you’re running low on collagen, call us for an appointment or click on the Request a Consult button to get started on reclaiming your youthful skin.