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Collagen Saver Guide 2019 Should I Worry About Collagen?

FACT #1 : You'll Lose Collagen as You Age

It's inevitable. But the process is not entirely out of your control. Discover the best ways to prevent collagen loss, how to slow down the process and how to get some of it back!

Wait! What? I'm going to lose my collagen??
We sunbathed the entire summer, smoked because everybody smoked and got very little sleep. If I'd known then what I know now...
The Collagen Cycle Slow Down

Collagen "cycles" like every other element in your body. As mature collagen breaks down, new collagen forms to take its place. When you're young, the collagen cycle is working at full speed and keeps your skin smooth, soft and wrinkle-free.

As you get older, collagen replacement production slows down while collagen breakdown speeds up.

OMG! Am I destined for collagen collapse?

It all depends.

FACT # 2 - You Have More Influence Over The Process Than You Think
If you do a lot of this now, your skin will pay the price later!
Point to Remember! The Sun Can be An Enemy

Sunshine, beaches, boating, pool time. It's all fun, but consider this: UV rays are responsible for DNA damage, which means you'll see long term and accumulative discoloration, early wrinkles, rough skin, age spots and possibly even skin cancer.

Point to Remember! Sunscreen is Your Friend

The single most important thing you can do to help your skin stay as healthy-looking as possible is good ol' sunscreen. If you use a chemical sunscreen, apply 30 minutes before going outside. If you're the impatient type, use sun block.

Sunscreen vs Sun Block - What's the Difference?

Sunscreen "absorbs" UV rays. Sun block reflects them. Look for zinc or titanium dioxide which will provide immediate protection. Chemical sunscreens need 15-30 minutes to start working. We like Colorescience products because they're fast to apply, contain pure mineral protection and you can dust on the powder over your makeup.

GOOD FOR YOUR COLLAGEN

Sleep is one of your skin's best friends!
Everything in this list below will help your skin stay in better condition
  • Vitamin C in serums or creams
  • Pentapeptides (topical)
  • Retinol (topical)
  • Antioxidants (topical and dietary)
  • Niacinamide (topical)
  • Phytoceramide supplements
  • Fresh veggies & fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Sleep (No skimping)
  • Friends and family
  • Fresh air and WATER
  • As mentioned above, sunscreen!

BAD FOR YOUR COLLAGEN

This is definitely a collagen wrecker.
Everything in this list will get in the way of good skin
  • Skipping sunscreen
  • Habitual beach days
  • Burning the midnight oil too often
  • Fried foods
  • High fat foods
  • Barbequed meats
  • Alcohol
  • Milk - skim milk is the worst
  • Margarine
  • Bottled fruit juice (unless it's fresh)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Sleeping in makeup
How can something this good be so bad?!!

Sneakiest Collagen Buster

Do you know the sneakiest, but tastiest collagen buster that's in front of you every day? It's everywhere, and hard to pass up! You guessed it - SUGAR

Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Longoria all have waved goodbye to sugar and haven't looked back. Their skin looks great!

Why Sugar is Bad

Sugar is responsible for glycation, which is essentially a process that accelerates skin aging by stiffening collagen bonds. When it comes to sugar, less is best!

Sugar Hides under Pseudonyms

Learn to be a label reader. Sugar is hidden in foods - under all kinds of names. Here are 21 of the 56 names for sugar:

  • Corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup
When you need expert help...

Doctor-Level Fixes

Despite all the "don't" activities most of us engage in, there are incredible medical-level treatments these days that will help keep your collagen production humming. The basic premise is to instruct the skin to make MORE collagen than what it's doing on its own. Doctors do this with various levels of skin "injury", or the introduction of an injectable collagen stimulator.

Level 1 - Things aren't perfect but they are okay, and you like the idea of keeping the good skin you have

  • Light Chemical peels
  • Micro Needling
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Skin Care & Facials
  • Silk Peel & O2 Infusions
  • No Downtime Laser Genesis

Level 2 - You're experiencing fine wrinkles, diffuse discoloration or a general loss of skin firmness

  • Lower energy laser (Clear + Brilliant laser, Laser Genesis)
  • Moderate energy laser (Fraxel Erbium laser)
  • Radio frequency induced heat (Exilis, Thermage)
  • Laser for all ( Pico Genesis)
  • Adjustable Light Therapy (BBL PhotoFacial)

Level 3 - You can't ignore the issues of poor skin texture, volume loss, wrinkles and folds or skin laxity

  • Precision laser ( Ex: Halo Hybrid Laser)
  • Ultrasound (Ex: Ultherapy)
  • Sculptra collagen stimulating injectable
  • Hyaluronic gel fillers

Level 4 - You've got serious issues, deeper wrinkles and obvious sun damage

  • Radio frequency skin remodeling with Lift (Ex: Profound)

Level 5 - Acne Scars are ruining your self confidence

  • Fraxel Laser
  • Fractora Radio Frequency Micro Needling
  • Pico Genesis or Halo Laser

The Hormone Connection

The first 5 years after menopause you'll lose up to 40% of your existing collagen. Estrogen loss = collagen loss

HRT - Hormone replacement therapy is not feasible for everyone, but it CAN help stave off collagen loss.

Plant Hormones - Soy provides a level of natural hormone support.

HRT DISCUSSION - Better skin may not be the only reason you would consider hormone therapy. There are HRT specialists and Endocrinologists who can discuss with you the pros and cons.

In a nutshell

  • Use sunscreen every day. If you're really serious, learn to love hats, too.
  • Pay attention to diet - what happens inside shows up on the outside.
  • Investing in skin care makes good sense, but the department store is not the place - Only a dermatology team has the education and experience to know what will work for your skin. Appropriate guidance can save you thousands of dollars and skin-damaging mistakes.
  • Get to know your skin's vulnerabilities and what you can do about them. Understand how your genetic background alters how your skin responds to medical procedures.
  • A little knowledge and education can go a long way in keeping you happy with your skin for your entire life.

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