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Why collagen is your skin’s best friend.

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COL-LA-GEN noun. 

The main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments. 

AKA your skin’s best friend. 

What is the purpose of collagen? 

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body, and what it is most commonly known for is the strength and elasticity that it gives both our joints and more importantly, our skin. 

Collagen plays a large role in strengthening the skin. This is what gives us a firm face and helps diminish any formation of wrinkles. It is one of the key components in keeping a glowing and youthful look. 

If my body produces it, why do I need to try products with collagen?

Collagen is a protein that your body produces, however, by the time you turn 18 you are said to start losing 1% of your collagen each year. This is why as people age, you are able to visibly notice wrinkles, sagging skin and not quite the same youthful glow that they had in their early twenties. However, utilizing new-age treatments and adding products to your skin care routine will keep collagen alive and well for years to come. Who doesn’t want to keep their youthful glow? 

Collagen Necessities 

Sciton BBL

Getting a Sciton BBL treatment every 3-4 months has been proven to provide people with clearer, smoother and younger looking skin. 

This treatment uses innovative technology that uses light therapy to target any signs of aging, freckles, redness or sun damage that may be unwanted. With lasting results, zero recovery time, and the effectiveness on all areas of the body, it is very beneficial for anyone looking for their dream skin.

Sculptra Injections

Sculptra Injections are an injectable that gradually replaces lost collagen. Due to the increase in collagen, these injections are able to restore natural facial volume and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. 

It usually takes three treatments to notice results. Each treatment is spaces 1-12 weeks apart but results last for up to two years.  

Retinol

A medical-grade retinol is another product that encourages the production of collagen and helps diminish any fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels, which will help you keep an even skin tone. 

I always use Alpharet by Skin Better or a prescription Retin-A (Tretinoin). I would suggest you start at a lower dosage and gradually increase as tolerated. 

Sunblock

UVA and UVB rays are extremely harmful to your skin in more ways than one. Collagen production included. These rays speed up the process of breaking down collagen and that is why it is so important to add a sunblock to your morning skin care routine. 

My favorite sunblocks that I always recommend are the Elta MD Clear Tinted sunblock and the Neova Silk Sheer Tinted sunblock. 

Anti-Oxidant & Vitamin C

Utilizing Vitamin C and antioxidants will protect your skin from environmental pollution and will free radical damage that breaks down collagen. Vitamin C is a key nutrient needed in order for our bodies to build new collagen. 

I always recommend checking out SkinCeuticals PhloretinCF and Skin Better’s Alto Defense Serum

Microneedling

Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that is great for skin rejuvenation and comes along with great anti-aging benefits. In order to reap all of the benefits, it is crucial to get a microneedling treatment twice a year. 

Microneedling is a procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the very first layer of your skin. While it may sound scary, it is far from it. By causing trauma to your skin, it allows your body to produce more collagen which in turn helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the texture of your skin. 

Collagen wrapped up. 

Tight skin, no wrinkles and a youthful glow is something everyone wants to continuously achieve. While utilizing all of these products and treatments will be the most beneficial, just using one or two routinely will lead to an evident difference. 

Booking a consultation can help get you educated on all things collagen and can help you come up with a perfect plan to keep your skin looking flawless and firm for years to come.

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What you should know about sunscreen.

What you should know about suncscreen

It is no secret that we all want to age gracefully – and if you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours in the skincare aisle looking for the best possible products to make that dream a reality. Unfortunately, the skincare aisle tends to be slightly confusing, especially when it comes to sunblock. UVA and UVB? Physical? Chemical? All of these labels can tend to get quite daunting and they leave you wondering what these words actually mean and what products will benefit you in the long run.

As a kid, you probably remember being on your week long beach vacation and hearing your mom nag you to put sunblock on, every hour, on the hour. Looking back now, I am so thankful for all the white covered noses and slippery lotion that took over on those beach days. With the depletion of the ozone layer, there has been a substantial increase in our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen and sunblocks are able to block these rays, which greatly reduces the chances of getting sunburns or worse, skin cancer. 

“So which sunblock should I use?”

You have probably seen the words “Physical” and “Chemical” on your sunscreen bottles before. But have you ever actually known the difference? Most people don’t. 

A chemical sunscreen can be compared to a sponge. Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into your body, which then absorbs UV rays. This allows your body to convert those rays into heat to be released from your body. Whereas, a physical sunblock sits on top of your skin which then reflects the sun’s rays.

“But what exactly are these ‘Rays’”

The sun produces several different types of rays but the one you are probably most familiar with and the ones that are the most damaging to our skin are called ultraviolet, or UV, rays. The two basic types of UV rays that are able to reach our skin are UVB and UVA, and unfortunately, these rays are not your friend. They both are responsible for breaking down collagen. (Which is what helps keep your skin looking firm, plump and wrinkle free!) However, fortunately for you, adding a sun-block to your daily morning routine will help stop these rays from negatively affecting your skin.

Have you ever had a sunburn? If so, this is thanks to the overexposure of UVB rays. In addition to sunburns, UVB rays are also largely responsible for the formation of skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, which can be fatal. While UVA rays can also play a part in the development of skin cancers, they are also responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkle formation. UVA rays can be found year long,maintain their strength, even in the colder months, and can penetrate glass. This is why it is essential to get in the habit of applying sunblock because you never know when you will be headed outside, sitting near a window, or even staring at your computer screen. 

While natural blue light can give you amazing benefits, man-made blue light is incredibly toxic to your skin. Man-made blue light can be found in fluorescent lighting, LEDs, TV screens and smartphones, tablets and computers. Extended exposure to this light has led to eyestrain, blurred vision, sleep disruption, migraines and unfortunately, skin damage. Luckily, this blue light is no match for a tinted sunblock. 

The Wrap-Up 

While there may be some products that are better than others, the most important part about purchasing a sunblock is to actually use it. We work incredibly hard to keep our skin looking amazing, and sunblock is a step that will create a drastic difference. If you are having trouble finding a sunblock that is right for you, I recommend trying the Elta MD UV Elements Tinted sunscreen or the Neova Silc Sheer Tinted sunscreen. Both of these are able to protect you from artificial blue light, the sun’s harmful rays and will help you achieve the goal of aging gracefully.