More than 80 percent (dry weight) of our skin is made of collagen, comments Eric F. Bernstein, clinical associate professor with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Collagen is the building component that builds the skins structure and can slowly begin to dissipate as you age. This decline of collagen will reveal wrinkles, saggy skin and fine lines. Several recent developments have been discovered in the skin care industry, that offer stimulation to the collagen under the skin and can trigger collagen production, as well as firming and tightening of the skin, creating a youthful and radiant complexion.
Enjoy a microcurrent facial at your local spa or dermatologist. Microcurrent facials have been designed to tighten the skin without any abrasive laser or heat energy, explains experts with LocateADoc.com These facials are some of the least abrasive techniques available that offer noticeable results in stimulating collagen and skin tone.
Avoid long-term sun exposure without protection of at least 30 SPF. Sun damage plays a large role in reducing collagen strength and damaging the overall health of the skin. Using a daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or more will maintain the integrity of the collagen under the skin, suggests Eric F. Bernstein with Collagen.org.
Undergo laser skin resurfacing with your professional dermatologist. "High-intensity laser energy waves are delivered deep into the skin's surface to create trauma to the skin which in turn results in the production of collagen," states experts with LocateADoc.com.
Have a medical professional inject a derma filler with hyaluronic acid into the depressed areas of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a key component of all connective tissue within the body. This organic substance appears to stimulate new production of collagen, and has the potential to partially restore the structure of sun-damaged skin, according to research through MedicalNewsToday.com.
Apply an affordable, topical treatment with vitamin C or a vitamin C derivative. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for efficient synthesis of collagen, states experts with SmartSkinCare.com. Many products are available of various price ranges that contain quality ingredients in combination with vitamin C, such as antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and DMAE, combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric, witch hazel and green tea.