Collagen is a common buzz word you may have heard relating either to skin health and anti-aging, or to fitness in general. Many medical-grade skin care treatments and procedures work, because they boost collagen production in our bodies. We’ve found that there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly collagen is and how it supports our body.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most common protein in our body. Collagen is found everywhere, from our ligaments, tendons, bones, and of course our skin. While there are several different types of collagen, type 1 collagen facilities skin strength and elasticity. This collagen acts as a bonding agent forming long thin fibrils which support each other. Our body naturally produces collagen which is what primarily keeps our skin firm and plump. The younger we are, the more collagen our body produces. And so, as we grow older, our collagen production decreases. There are some additional factors that may cause a decrease in collagen production such as too much sun exposure, excessive intake of refined sugar, and smoking.
How to Boost Collagen Production
Naturally, many people seek to boost their collagen production since it is responsible for making our skin look young and healthy. Some ways to increase collagen production include Vitamin C intake, supplements containing aloe vera, cilantro or ginseng. Additionally, there are also medical treatments and procedures which can significantly boost your collagen production These include:
Any of these treatments combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle an go a long way toward regaining, or maintaining healthy tight and bright skin. Call us today to discuss your specific concerns and we can help customize a treatment plan thats just right for you.