You can’t have too much shoes or hair or collagen. That’s a fact of life. While the former two can be bought with money, the latter succumbs to the ravages of age eventually. The unfortunate reality is that no matter how well we’ve taken care of your skin, we can expect to naturally lose some volume as part of the aging process – which gives rise to fine lines and wrinkles.
A few hard facts we women have to face:
- Every year after we turn 30, we lose one to two percent of our skin’s natural collagen—the connective tissue of the body.
- By age 40, we’ve lost ten to twenty percent of our collagen.
- By age 50, twenty to forty percent, and–well, you get the picture.
- Women age faster than men. That’s a fact.
Here are some myths and their real-life solutions we can adopt to get our skin back on track.
Myth: Collagen cream can replace collagen
With less collagen, our skin appears saggy, fine lines can begin to show, and formerly bouncy cheeks can begin to droop. It’s critically important to replenish our lost collagen in order to reverse, or at least slow down, these telltale signs of aging.The bad news is, simply applying collagen cream is not enough. “The size of the collagen molecules in these creams is too big to penetrate the pores on our skin and reach the dermis layer and significantly increase skin collagen density” says Dr Low Chai Ling, creator of cosmeceutical line CHAI and SW1.
According to Dr Low, to replenish collagen in our skin we have to look instead at active ingredients such as retinoids found in Age Defy (or their lesser cousin retinol), vitamin C and coenzyme Q10. These are powerful antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radical damage (read: more aging) and kickstart a process of cellular regeneration that will result in more youthful looking skin.
Myth: Injections cannot boost collagen
Fillers are the fastest way to plump aging skin. Common areas for fillers include nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth and marionette lines in the corners of the mouth. Nowadays, fillers use natural hyaluronic acid to give natural fullness to sunken areas on the face. Studies have shown that these fillers stimulate fibroblasts which result in some production of body’s own collagen thereafter.
For those of you who wants as natural a result as possible, look no further than Dream Sculpture. This is a collagen stimulation treatment which unlike fillers, possesses no inherent volume after injection. Its main function is to stimulate your own skin to grow collagen slowly and naturally over the next few months. Unlike fillers which is done in a single session, Dream Sculpture is performed as a series of sessions to coax your own skin to grow its own collagen over months. The result? Reverse aging for the next twelve months or more.
Myth: All Light sources are bad
The only light sources that are harmful for the skin are in the UV range, Sunlight tanning beds are the main culprits. Light comes in a huge spectrum, and there are certain wavelengths of light that are benign, and other wavelengths where they can actually effect positive changes in the skin!
LED “light-emitting diode” therapy has become increasingly popular for dermatologic treatments both in-office and at-home. For those of us looking to stimulate collagen, LED therapy can help the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Here’s how it works: Red light penetrates through ten millimeters of skin to stimulate the fibroblast cells, which in turn produce more collagen and elastin. Light treatments are painless and proven to increase the amount of collagen in your skin, but be wary of the difference between the spa grade and medical grade versions. With the popularity of these LED lights, many generic versions have come up mainly used in spas. The problem is that they are largely underpowered and cannot effect any significant change in the skin. The same goes for at-home device, which won’t have the same intensity of in-office treatments.