We all want smooth, even, strong skin for a youthful glow. However, sometimes different factors such as aging, sun exposure, and smoking can make that difficult. Thankfully, there are some at-home treatment options and practices that can help to keep your skin looking its best. And it all starts with collagen.
What is Collagen?
Collagen exists naturally in our skin as structural support. It’s what makes your skin plump, firm, hydrated, and youthful. We stop producing collagen as we age, and unfortunately this usually starts around age 25. This creates thinner skin, wrinkles, and saggy skin. While we can’t stop the aging process, we do have ways we can stimulate our body to produce more collagen.
At-Home Treatments for Collagen Production
The easiest way to stimulate collagen is to apply a product to your skin. Creams that claim to contain collagen are not effective because the collagen molecule cannot penetrate the skin.
Retinols are the only ingredient proven to improve the cellular function of aging and photo-damaged skin. They are the best anti-aging cream you can use. They not only decrease the amount of collagen breakdown from sun damage, but they also stimulate the production of new collagen. Retinols help increase cell turnover, making room for new cell growth underneath. They thicken the deeper level of the skin, reducing the formation of wrinkles.
At MDSkin®, we love the potent retinol in ZO Skin Health Ossential radical night repair or a gentler retinol found in SkinBetter AlphaRet overnight cream. When using the ZO product, we recommend a one time a week protocol vs. the Skinbetter product for daily use. It is always best to have a consultation with one of our providers prior to starting any retinol protocol.
If you are interested in learning more about our medical-grade skincare products and what they can do for you, contact our office today!