3 Ways to Produce more Collagen
Collagen is a protein that helps to make the skin look firm and bouncy. When we are children we’re blessed with fresh, young looking skin, however, once we hit 25 our natural collagen production begins to decrease.
This has led the skincare industry to invest serious time and money in research and development of new collagen producing treatments. The better the collagen production is from the treatment, the more chance clients have of turning back the clock and having the desired ‘younger look’.
1. LED red light therapy
LED (light emitting diode) light therapy has risen in popularity over the past five years as the awareness and understanding of the treatment has grown. It’s become not only more widely used in skin rejuvenation but also in hair restoration.
Initial testing with LED light therapy began in the 90’s by none other than NASA. They noticed that by placing plants under differing wavelengths of light they would grow faster. Once they shifted their efforts towards red and infrared light effects on the skin, they noticed that it could help speed up the growth of skin cells by up to 200%.
Microneedling is probably the most well-known treatment to boost collagen. The clue is in its alternative name ‘collagen induction therapy or’ ‘CIT’. Microneedling works by causing trauma to the upper layers of the skin, in turn, stimulating a healing response which increases collagen production.
Microneedling is typically administered in two popular ways, a dermaroller or an automated pen device. A dermaroller is a handheld device attached to a cylindrical drum which is surrounded by microneedles – 0.25mm to 2.5mm in length. The device is rolled over the skin which in turn creates trauma to the skin.
An automated pen device works with the same end goal as a dermaroller increasing collagen production. However, there are some real advantages to using an automated pen device over a dermaroller such as –
– You can quickly change the needle depth
– The speed at which the needles move can be adjusted
– Reduced risk of needlestick injury.
3. Diet and Lifestyle
Although this isn’t a treatment, a healthy diet and lifestyle can go a long way to keeping your skin healthy and youthful. A poor lifestyle and diet will affect your collagen production. Smoking, alcohol, sun exposure, pollution and an unhealthy diet will all cause your general and skin health a lot of issues.
Vitamin C plays a significant role in the production of collagen in the skin. Foods such as green veg and citrus fruits are full of it. Vitamin C is also a fantastic antioxidant which will help to protect your skin from free radical damage.
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