Think of collagen like a thick rope similar to those found on ships. The strands are tightly intertwined and strong, which helps it keep its form. Over time, the individual fibers begin to break , and the rope frays and it begins to loose its strength.
In our skin, collagen literally plays a supporting role, lending structure to the skin, and maintaining its smooth, youthful appearance.
Collagen is the primary connective tissue found in the skin, muscles and tendons-and makes up the framework for all soft tissues. Collagen gets alot of attention in terms of the aging process, and its decline is the main culprit for fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows.
Collagen is abundant in young skin, and its rate of production is able to keep up with the rate of its degradation until about the age of 25. After age 25, collagen begins to be destroyed faster that it can be replaced, which leads to signs of aging.
UV Radiation is the main culprit for the breakdown of collagen, as it damages the actual structure of the protein as well as the DNA of the fibroblasts. Other factors that contribute to collagen damage is, excessive heat and cold, hormones, smoking, poor nutrition, and of course, free radicals.
The good news is, is you can preserve the naturally occurring collagen in your skin by shielding it from environmental aggressors like the sun and cigarette smoke, along with a proper skincare regimen. Sun protection, antioxidants and extra hydration go a long way for making your skin's environment healthier and less damaging.
I recommend monthly Microdermabrasions (mechanical exfoliation and resurfacing)
to help keep a youthful look and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, as well a IPL (photo facial) every quarter for tightening. I also recommend great products for your home skincare regimen. Kinerase is a product I love, because it actually changes the DNA of your skin, which is what is compromised when collagen is decreased. Vitamin C has also been shown to increase the skin's collagen production.
My Favorite Products:
Kinerase C8 Peptide Treatment
Kinerase Day and Night Repair