When you know how to treat your skin well, it shows! By learning to nourish your skin’s cells, you can help it stay firmer and smoother, with younger looking texture and tone.
Natural treatments are now available to help you feel and look your best without painful procedures.
By getting to know more about the skin, and new natural ways to care for it, you can restore your own healthiest, youngest-looking skin, and look and feel your best.
A Closer Look at Collagen and Elastin
If you’ve checked into skin care, you’ve heard about collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It grows as fibers that inter-connect to support all the other tissues and organs in our body — especially the skin.
Collagen and elastin are major skin components. Only about one-third of the protein in our muscles, internal organs and connective tissues consists of collagen. But, collagen makes up about 75-80% of our skin, says the Cleveland Clinic.
Elastin makes the skin elastic — just as the name suggests. It occurs in the skin along with collagen fibers. It is necessary to help the skin and other organs expand, stretch, flex, and return to their resting shape.
Think about how your cheeks get round as you smile, and then lay evenly on your cheekbones at rest. Or think about how your lungs and sides expand and relax as you breathe. Elastin, working with collagen, makes this possible.
Understanding Skin’s Layers
You don’t see them, so you may not know your skin is made up of three layers.
The skin’s outer layer is the epidermis, the innermost layer is the hypodermis, and the middle is the dermis.
The most collagen and elastin are contained in the deepest layers, the dermis and hypodermis. The dermis layer actually makes collagen and elastin. The hypodermis contains fat cells and collagen cells to support the two upper layers of skin.
When collagen and elastin break down, we see wrinkles, lines, cellulite, and sagging skin. To reduce wrinkles effectively, it helps to think about all the layers when considering treatments.
Why Skin Sags and Wrinkles
Our skin creases, wrinkles, and gets more lax because starting about age 30 we lose collagen at a rate of about 1% a year. As we age our bodies also decrease production of collagen when women reach menopause; there is a 30% reduction in collagen production in first 1-5 years of menopause. So, it is vital to take good care of the collagen and elastin you have now.
What can you do to take care of the collagen and elastin in your skin, to help it stay strong, flexible and even? Can you make more of these proteins when they break down? Skin care science has some positive news.
Yes, You Can Make Your Own Collagen!
Did you know it’s possible to stimulate your body to increase production of collagen and ok even decades after the body’s prime years?
Thanks to medical science, we now have treatments that stimulate the body to increase production of collagen and elastin naturally. Your skin can generate some of the proteins that have broken down, without painful, costly surgery. You just need to know how to get started making the right repairs – and how to keep enjoying the results.
It turns out the best handy-person to repair your skin is the body itself.
Begin by Stopping the Damage that Ages Your Skin
First, you need to limit the damage to your collagen and elastin. UVA and UVB rays generate free radicals that damage your skin — they are like little solar hammers that strike at collagen and elastin fibers. Using sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent degradation of collagen/premature aging.
- Choose a sunscreen of SPF 50 or greater
- Use broad spectrum UVA UVB SPF 50 (to block 98% of harmful rays)
Nourish the Skin
Use skincare products that provide antioxidants to deal with infrared and visible light. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, suppress collagen digesting enzymes, and help protect against damage from air pollution.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Green tea polyphenols
I recommend this great sunblock which gives you much-needed protection from damaging rays, and adds antioxidants as it moisturizes.
Clean, Moisturize, and Keep Nourishing
As we age, the skin makes less moisture. Dirt and pollutants clog pores and increase the risk of acne and scarring.
Moisture helps skin cells remain hydrated and plump. Quality skin care (including sunblock) can help prevent premature aging and help repair and renew skin. Vitamin C, Retinol and Ceramides are a few clinically proven ingredients that support skin health. that break down collagen and elastin. Antioxidants reduce free radical’s power. Check out our personally developed line of medical grade skincare products.
Eat, Sleep and Exercise Well
Minimize processed foods, white sugar, and drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins can help neutralize free radicals that damage the skin.
Drinking more water helps your skin cells stay hydrated and plump. Good muscle tone from exercise supports firmer skin tone. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential to every beauty routine.
Next, Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Repair
Next, you need to wake up the body’s ability to make collagen and elastin. Fortunately, with treatments based on the latest science, you can stimulate collagen and elastin to grow in your skin naturally and safely.
These three medical aesthetic treatments deliver safe, fast results without surgery:
Micro Needling or Collagen Induction with SkinPen
One of the best treatments for acne scars and stretch marks, as well as wrinkles and lines is called micro-needling or collagen induction. This treatment uses a special device to make micro channels in the top two layers of the skin — the epidermis and the dermis.
The micro-injuries stimulate a number of healing responses. The outer layer of the skin begins to renew itself at a much faster rate. Unevenly pigmented areas therefore begin to look more even and youthful as new cells replace dark spots and age spots.
Your practitioner can focus on special areas such as acne scars and stretch marks, breaking up scar tissue. The body responds by forming fresh collagen and elastin, a process called skin remodeling.
The body’s natural response is immediate. Patients may see some redness, but results are often visible just after a treatment. While the treatment is not painful, some redness usually appears where the skin is treated. The body continues to require the use of specialized post procedure protocol skin care products that optimize collagen and elastin production to increase collagen and elastin for the 30 days following each micro needling.
A minimum of 3 treatments spaced a month apart is recommended for most patients. People with deeper acne scars or wrinkles will benefit for additional treatments. I provide collagen induction treatments with the SkinPen at the Optimal Wellness Center.
This treatment helps firm and tone the skin painlessly with acupuncture needles. It also helps patients relax and enjoy a greater sense of well-being. Not only does it soothe the body as a whole, it improves appearance by:
- Increasing blood flow to the skin
- Stimulating skin cell regeneration
- Relaxing muscles in the jaw, forehead and eyes
Cosmetic acupuncture can be especially effective for patients who want to firm skin and reduce frown and worry lines — and to ease the feelings that make them want to frown and worry. I am a well trained and experienced cosmetic acupuncture practitioner — find out more.
Therapeutic radio frequency energy with Venus Legacy For the Face , Neck and Body
For patients concerned about cellulite, stubborn fat deposits as well as lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin. Venus Legacy is often the treatment of choice.
Treatments stimulate collagen production using a combination of medically approved radiofrequency and magnetic pulses. An applicator directs gentle, safe heat energy through the layers of skin. Not only does it wake up the skin’s collagen and elastin production. It improves elasticity so that sagging skin becomes firmer and tighter, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also breaks down stubborn fat deposits, which the body eliminates naturally.
Venus Legacy gives excellent immediate and long term results with tightening of the skin, and with improved body contours.
Medical Aesthetic Treatments for Skin: Comparison Chart
To quickly sum up, you have a choice of natural ways to improve your skin, depending on the type of change you want to see.
A number of treatments help your skin repair collagen and elastin, give you smoother, firmer skin and reduce wrinkles.
But depending on your preferences, some treatments will have other advantages you may want to explore:
Advantages of Aesthetic Medicine Treatments at the Optimal Wellness Center
|Reduce wrinkles||Improve skin tone & texture||Reduce scars & dark spots||Tighten sagging skin||Reduce cellulite||Improve Contours; body sculpting||Increase Well-being||Reduce stretch marks|
Find out more about the best treatment for you. If you are in the Ridgewood, NJ area, contact Dr. Keller, for a consultation to learn more.