We are so lucky in this day and age that we have access to the technology and products available to slow down collagen loss. Here at GROOM, we believe in positive aging and building results from within as well as external regenerative treatments and products.
Let's explore the options available in clinic:
1) Collagen Supplements
I hear you wonder how it works ? Natural collagen is too huge a molecule to reach your skin intact after swallowing,so for it to be absorbed, it would have to be digested into smaller units. Collagen supplements contain smaller hydrolyzed collagen fragments- peptides and amino acids which are easily absorbed by the small intestine and distributed throughout the whole body, where they remain for up to 14 days.
And because there are suddenly a huge amount of collagen building blocks floating around, your body is tricked into thinking there must be some major injury. And it responds by increasing it's own collagen production- conveniently using the building blocks we have supplied. Boom... this triggers tissue remodelling, skin regeneration and ultimately a firmer more refined looking skin!
We stock Jeuneora and QT Internal Cosmetics Belle & Beau collagen supplements.
2) Cosmeceuticals skincare
We believe that the most important topical vitamins are Vitamin C and A.
Vitamin C ( L-Ascorbic acid) is multifunctional and essential for maintaining healthy beautiful skin. It neutralizes intrinsic & extrinsic oxidative stress, regenerate Vitamin E, stimulate collagen production, reduce collagen degrading enzymes and help protect our skin against sun and pollution damage.
Research has shown optimal concentration of Vitamin C in skincare seems to be 10-20% and the ingredient is notoriously hard to formulate in an effective concentration. We stock Ultraceuticals C 10 or C23 and also Cosmedix Pure C mixing crystals that can be added to your favourite Cosmedix serum.
Interesting fact: Studies have shown consuming 3000 mg of Vitamin C per day can increase skin firmness by 61% & 14% decrease in fine lines of wrinkles!
Vitamin A derivatives are one of the best investigated anti ageing ingredients and everyone over the age of 30 years should be using one to support collagen production, reduce pigmentation, soften fine lines and wrinkles! That's because it alters the DNA of the skin cells. Vitamin A can be irritating to use and we have just the perfect product for you to start off with Cosmedix Serum 16, which you can then step up to Serum 24.
Last but not least, do not ever ever leave home with sun protection!
3) In clinic treatments
Oh where do we start? Perhaps we look at the downtime of the treatments and you can decide how far you want to push it.
If you are consistently adhering to the suggestions above, Congratulations, you will be definitely slowly down your collagen loss ( providing you are protecting yourself from the sun and eating healthily)! Remember we have to be patient with collagen synthesis as it takes the body three months to remodel and see results.
Why not book a Skin Health Check with one of our expert Groomers using OBSERV Digital Scanner and let's build collagen together!