Collagen is the most common and abundant protein in our body. It keeps our skin supple, youthful, and vibrant. Unfortunately, as we get older, our collagen production begins to diminish, and it shows on our skin. Environmental and lifestyle factors also affect our body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin, fine lines, and a dull complexion.
Luckily, there are things you can do to increase collagen production for better skin. Here are a few:
Beauty comes from within, and a healthy diet of whole, unprocessed foods helps support the numerous bodily systems that keep you looking radiant and beautiful. Some foods that particularly encourage the production and restoration of collagen include blueberries, dark leafy greens, carrots, beans, garlic, and cabbage. Seek foods rich in sulfur, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C.
Limit your sugar intake
Sugar does a number on our skin. It decreases oil production, increases inflammation, and breaks down collagen. So a diet high in refined sugars, breads, and even sugary fruits (sorry, banana) will impact your skin and add years to your face. The less sugar you eat, the better.
Cigarette smoke deprives your body of the oxygen and other nutrients it needs, negatively affecting every system that keeps you alive and well. When it comes to your skin in particular, cigarette smoke releases free radicals that destroy collagen and elastin, significantly accelerating the aging process.
Supplement with essential nutrients
If you’re not getting a sufficient supply of the nutrients that support your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, your skin will suffer. Supplementing your diet with vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, or even collagen powders can go a long way toward keeping your skin soft, plump, and supple. Be sure to talk to your doctor about which supplements are right for you.
Get a massage
A regular facial massage is probably the most pleasant way you can help maximize your body’s collagen production. Massage improves circulation and helps the essential nutrients flow through your blood stream, optimizing numerous functions, including the production of skin-firming collagen.
Treat yourself to a collagen filler
Dermal fillers are injectable formulas that restore facial volume by temporarily filling in and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Some fillers also contain ingredients that help stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother, firmer, and more youthful skin even after the filler itself has run its course. Radiesse® Volumizing Filler in particular is an excellent option if you’re interested in trying collagen fillers.
Splurge on Laser Genesis Collagen Therapy
Diet, supplementation, and dermal fillers can certainly help to boost your body’s production of collagen and elastin, but if you’re looking to correct sun damage, turn back the clock, and restore collagen in your face, Laser Genesis Collagen Therapy is the way to go. This non-invasive laser treatment uses heat to help smooth fine lines, shrink pores, and reduce the appearance of blemishes. It also reaches deep below the surface of the skin to increase collagen production and restore your skin to its softest, smoothest, and most supple state.
For additional skin-rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits, try our 2D Laser Facial, which combines the Laser Genesis Collagen Therapy with Limelight Photofacial to boost collagen and address a wide range of concerns, resulting in radiant, youthful, and gorgeous skin.
Ready for plump, supple, younger-looking skin? We can help.
At Siti Med Spa in San Diego, we specialize in cutting-edge beauty and anti-aging procedures, and we’re dedicated to providing our clients with affordable solutions to their beauty concerns. Whether you’re interested in our Laser Genesis Collagen Therapy, our 2D Laser Facial, dermal fillers, or any of our other services, we’re committed to your comfort and satisfaction. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, we’re happy to discuss your goals and present you with the options that will best help you meet them. From the moment you step through the door, we promise to take great care of you. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today.