Collagen Truths

If our skin structures were a high school, collagen would be the popular girl who never misses a party, game day, or the chance to sit on the top shelf in your local health food store. You see her at Whole Foods (in protein powders and supplements), while scrolling Instagram, at Sephora (so many promising lotions, shampoos, eye creams), popping up in wellness sections of fast fashion stores like Urban Outfitters (elixirs, potions) and even Amazon (more of the same, with the enticement of free Prime shipping.) Collagen and her marketing promises are everywhere, but who is she really-and in what form is she truly effective?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition. (Again, popular!) She’s also one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
We love collagen. We depend on collagen. We’re even starting to understand her better, and question more rumors and marketing gimmicks surrounding her…
Scientifically proven methods that DO work do so by engaging in some heavy lifting beneath the epidermis: stimulating your skin fibroblast cells and allowing for tissue repair. Some excellent (Dermaplus available) tools for producing collagen include:
-Retinoids: Vitamin A derived ingredients not only help to produce NEW collagen at the cellular level, but also DECREASE the amount of collagen breakdown from sun exposure.
-Facial massage: Hi, I do this! Facial massage boosts circulation in the blood stream, strengthens muscle memory and stimulates collagen and benefits your skin’s tissue health. I’m always an advocate for my clients incorporating a little facial massage in their daily routine, even if with your serums or moisturizer.. sometimes the best tool we have is our own hands.
-Vitamin C: Vitamin C contributes to photoprotection as a potent antioxidant, decreases photodamage, and is needed for adequate collagen synthesis. Since vitamin C is notoriously unstable, I recommend opting for highly potent professional grade vitamin C serums, like Dermaplus Vitamin C or slightly more gentle C Plex.-

-SPF: The most important thing to know about collagen is to protect the collagen you DO have at all costs. If you don’t wear sunscreen because you find it a) greasy b) clogging c) not a joy to apply, I highly recommend @dermaplus gel spf 30!
-AHAs: Also help stimulate collagen by increasing collagen synthesis within fibroblast cells. Key for fighting fine lines and wrinkles, and best used in professional peels, or treatment serums like Dermaplus’ Alpha Beta X.
-Laser genesis: this laser works by applying heat to the skin, which removes the damaged collagen and makes our collagen-producing cells more active.
-Microneedling: Uses tiny needles to create a controlled wound to the skin, stimulating the fibroblast cells’ natural healing properties and encouraging regeneration of new, shiny collagen.
Thank you for coming to my collagen TED talk. Until next Tuesday.. Peace, loveĀ + SPF. – Esthetician Tess

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