It’s no secret that collagen is having a moment in the spotlight right now, but it really is essential for great looking skin. So what is it, and how do we get it?

Skin Structure

Collagen is a protein that gives the skin structure. It fills the spaces between cells in our skin, and is also present throughout the body, particularly in the gut, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. In the skin, collagen is responsible for maintaining the firm, smooth appearance of young skin. It is the reduction in collagen that happens as we grow older that causes sagging and wrinkles. Damage to collagen can also cause visible skin imperfections, such as stretch marks and pitted acne scars.

Getting more

Many of us are on the lookout for ways to reverse the visibly obvious effects of collagen loss. Just because it’s natural to have less collagen as we age, it doesn’t mean we should put up with it! There are actually a great many ways to increase collagen levels. You can buy dietary supplements to supply the skin with substances that help to boost the production of new collagen, and you can also opt for ‘fillers’ which are injections of collagen directly into the areas of the skin that are ageing. Collagen cannot be absorbed through the skin, but peptides and other ingredients can help to stimulate the production of collagen, and massage techniques can also help. However, there is another, very effective option that you could look into…

Radio Frequency Treatments

If you really are serious about increasing your collagen levels, opt for a long-lasting, effective treatment instead. Radio Frequency causes the skin to flood itself with collagen, and it continues to work for up to three months after the treatment ends, with the results lasting for up to two years. Radio Frequency helps to firm, lift and contour ageing skin and is also ideal for people with acne scarring, stretch marks and cellulite. Contact us to find your nearest Radio Frequency therapist.

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