Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful-Looking Skin?

As you age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity, which is all too evident when you notice slight sagging in certain areas. This happens for lots of reasons, but one of the most important is that your body produces less collagen as you age. 

If you’re confused about the role collagen plays in your skin’s health, you’re not alone. Our experts at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers can help! We offer advice, treatments, and considerable expertise to help you maintain your youthful appearance. 

What is collagen, anyway? 

Collagen is a protein, and it helps hold your body’s tissues in place. You probably hear it referenced most often in relation to skin, but it’s also in your tendons and bones. 

Collagen acts as a structural protein that helps your skin maintain firmness. Your body naturally produces collagen, but at some point, usually in your 20s, that production trails off. Over time, you end up with less firm, less elastic skin. 

Supplements and creams 

Like so many things related to looking young, there’s a lot of hype around collagen. You’ve probably seen collagen supplements or even collagen creams. In truth, those products may not work as well as advertised. 

For example, there’s not much evidence that collagen supplements can keep you looking young. The studies that have been conducted have been quite small, and they aren’t conclusive. 

Similarly, collagen in the form of a cream isn’t likely to improve the appearance of your skin. The molecules in collagen are too large for your skin to absorb. You may benefit from the cream’s moisturizing effect, and it probably feels nice on your skin, but the collagen won’t help you look younger. 

Slow the decline

There are some things you can do to slow your body’s decrease in collagen production, including not smoking. Tobacco starts the decline in collagen production sooner than your body would otherwise. 

Applying sunscreen is another way to maintain your body’s natural collagen production for as long as possible.

Boost collagen production with a photofacial

A very effective way to boost your collagen production, without supplements or creams, is to come to MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers for a photofacial. The energy from the laser penetrates to your dermis, the layer of skin beneath the surface, and stimulates collagen production. 

You also see additional benefits from a photofacial. For example, it can eliminate discoloration, treat spider veins, and lessen the appearance of scarring. 

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of a photofacial, book a consultation at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers. Our staff is happy to answer your questions and explain what you can expect from a photofacial. 

To schedule your appointment, simply call our office at 949-339-1624, Monday through Thursday between 9am and 7pm, or Friday from 9am to 2pm. You can also send our team a message here on our website.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Beyond Beauty with Botox

You know Botox® can rejuvenate your skin by diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. But, did you know it can safely and effectively treat different types of medical conditions? Keep reading to learn how Botox might be able to help you.

Will Melasma Go Away On Its Own?

If you have patches of brown or gray-brown skin on your face, you may have a skin condition called melasma. Read on to learn if melasma can fade on its own or if medical care is needed to treat it.

The Link Between Your Weight and Osteoarthritis

More than 33 million American adults struggle with osteoarthritis. Read on to learn the symptoms of this disease, how your weight affects your chances of developing it, and how you can reduce your chances of getting it.

Other Reasons You Get Breast Augmentation

Women choose to have breast augmentation surgery for many reasons. If you’re considering this popular procedure, read on to learn some of the less-than-obvious reasons women decide to enlarge their breasts.

Myths and Facts About Lip Fillers

Are you dreaming about plumper, kissable lips, but feel confused about lip fillers because of the myths floating around the web? Take a moment to learn the facts about these pout-perfecting cosmetic treatments.

Take Charge of Your Sexual Health This Year

From puberty to childbirth to menopause, your body undergoes many changes. Sometimes your sexual health can suffer as a result. Learn how you can regain control of your sexual health this year.