Spoiler alert: It’s not by using skincare products with collagen in
If elastin gives skin spring, collagen provides the plumpness. Or lack thereof – since as we age our bodies make less of this protein that gives skin structure. “We all have a finite bank of collagen which begins to deplete from the age of 25 onwards,” explains Dr Chloë. “The more we top up this account, the better our skin will age.”
Skincare products with collagen are huge at the moment but it is important to note that collagen is a big molecule. It is unlikely to be absorbed through your epidermis and is unable to make its way down to the dermis, Dr Chloë adds that skincare with collagen can help your skin feel moisturised – but it’s not going to build new collagen in your body.
The Best Skincare Ingredients For Collagen Stimulation
Vitamin A derivatives /retinoids
“There is abundant evidence that retinoids up-regulate genes and cells involved in collagen and elastin fibre production and inhibit collagenase synthesis (the enzyme that breaks down collagen). “Tretinoin is a prescribed synthetic derivative of the retinoid family and its topical application is proven to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin by stimulating new collagen production in the dermal layer of skin.”
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Stimulates production of collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles whilst also stimulating production of new blood vessels.
Topical vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid with concentrations between 10 and 20 per cent is proven to have an anti-ageing effect by inducing enzymes important for the production of collagen.
Our Professional Treatments For Collagen Stimulation
Exilis® Ultra 360 RF is a powerful collagen-stimulating treatment. It fires waves which transmit radiofrequency, this momentarily heats the tissues, stimulating optimal denaturing of the skin’s proteins. The result is a doubling of collagen levels, a five-fold increase in elastin and boosted hyaluronic acid levels.
This treatment causes micro-injuries to the tissue stimulating healing response thus creating tighter, smoother, plumper skin. Generally speaking, the best results will come from microneedling when looking to promote collagen production for treating acne scarring.
Profhilo® is a hyaluronic acid treatment which we inject within the skin. We administer it at set points, from which it spreads through the skin like runny honey and stimulates collagen and elastin production. We do two or more treatments, each spaced between four to six weeks apart.
A high intensity focused ultrasound facial that is a non-invasive treatment for facial ageing using ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production. There are numerous benefits resulting from this such as reducing wrinkles, tightening saggy skin, natural results, long lasting, little downtime and safe.
Formulated with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, this impressive antioxidant treatment protects the cells against daily damage while dramatically boosting collagen production and correcting uneven tone at the surface.
OBAGI® PROFESSIONAL-C SERUM 15%
Blanket the skin in potent Vitamin C every morning with the Professional-C Serum 15% from Obagi® Medical.
Powered by 1% Retinol, this lightweight formula boosts cell turnover to minimise wrinkles and fine lines while diminishing hyperpigmentation. With consistent use, the skin will become clearer, more radiant and more even in texture.
OBAGI® RETINOL 1.0
This skin-transforming treatment works hard to fight signs of ageing caused by environmental aggressors.