The Collagen Curve: What it Means for Your Skin as You Age
As we get older, our skin starts to show the effects of decreased collagen production. Fine lines and wrinkles are some of the most common signs of ageing skin. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its strength and elasticity. When collagen production decreases, our skin loses its ability to bounce back from wrinkles and fine lines. This decrease is why it is so important to take care of your skin as you age!
We like to think of collagen in the skin as a bell curve. From birth, our collagen levels start to dip and continue to do so as we grow, so we are consistently losing collagen from a very early age. As a baby, your collagen levels are at their peak, and as you move through childhood into the teen years, they continue to drop until, at 25, they reach a static level. Collagen-based treatments help boost our collagen levels back up, so it’s not constantly on the decline, and it starts to increase and level out again.
It is important to note that your collagen levels will not be linear even after collagen boosting treatments. Instead, each course will stimulate an increase, followed by a slight decline. Thus, according to your expert’s recommendations, we want to emphasise the importance of topping up your treatments every six months.
At SKIN2, we understand the importance of keeping your skin looking healthy and vibrant. So, we offer a wide range of collagen-boosting treatments (skin boosters, medical microneedling, chemical peels) to help ensure that your skin stays smooth, supple, and wrinkle-free.
Whether you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or help offset skin damage from sun exposure, age, or other factors, we can provide you with a tailored treatment program to help you achieve your best possible results.
We are often asked, “Do Botox injections and skin boosters have the same effect?” The answer is no.
So what is the difference, and how can you decide which option is suitable for you and your skin?
Injectable Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
Anti-Wrinkle injections, known as Botox, work by preventing the formation of static wrinkles. They do this by blocking the signal between the nerve and muscle and temporarily relaxing it, thus reducing skin movement. As a result, it softens fine lines and wrinkles, but Botox may not eliminate already established static lines. In addition, once the Botox wears off, the lines will reappear where they once were, and the skin quality is not compromised. Therefore Botox is most commonly a preventative measure, and if you aim to improve skin quality, hydration, elasticity or skin texture, another treatment is preferable.
Injectable Skin Boosters boost collagen production. Amino Acids and Hyaluronic Acid are incorporated into the body to stimulate collagen production and improve skin quality. Improved elasticity and hydration, giving our clients a healthy glow and a rejuvenated feel. Boosters are suitable for most facial areas, like creepy cheeks, lip lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet, to improve the appearance of wrinkles. So it may be advised to have a combination of Botox and skin boosters to get the results you desire.
Your typical Skin Booster treatment plan includes 2, 3 or 4 sessions, depending on the brand protocol. At SKIN2, we offer a range of treatment products, including Profhilo, Redensity 1, and Sunekos. During your consultation, we will be able to provide you with information on each and advise as to which is best suited to your desired results.
We are dedicated to helping you achieve your beauty goals in a comfortable and professional environment, so contact us today to learn more about our offerings and book your next appointment!
If you’re interested in learning more about the range of collagen-stimulating treatments we have available, get in touch. Alternatively, you can check out our blogs: Injectable Anti-wrinkle treatments: enough on their own? And Skin Boosters- Everything You Need to Know.