Whatever your age, skin depends on collagen as its healthy matrix that gives pliability, strength, and smoothness. Because of this, the importance of peptides for skin is undeniable. Peptides are fragments of proteins and are one of the friends your skin needs to maintain and rebuild collagen.
Collagen is a protein and it makes up 75 percent of skin’s support structure. In other words, it is one of the main building blocks. Think of collagen as the frame of your mattress; it gives your skin structure and support. To continue with the mattress analogy, the springs are fibers and the stuffing is hyaluronic acid.
Collagen starts to degrade with age, and your genetics can affect how fast that degradation happens. We lose collagen year after year, and over time we make lower quality collagen. Your first line of defense is to protect the collagen you have, rather than trying to make up for bad sun protection and lifestyle habits later.
Free radicals damage existing collagen and impede the quality of new collagen production. Environmental factors including UV rays and pollution, bad lifestyle habits like smoking and lack of sleep and a poor diet all create free radicals, which speeds collagen breakdown.
It’s True: Every year after 30, we lose collagen, and our ability to produce high-quality collagen can diminish depending on genetics, so choose topicals like our Peptide Booster Serum and Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment that naturally enhance collagen production to help replenish collagen.
Coupled with their friends that stimulate collagen synthesis in the skin like retinoids, and alpha-hydroxy acids (find those in our Fruit Acid Toner), peptides offer a gentle push to collagen production. I like to say, "Together they teach the skin to act younger." Peptides are for you and easy to incorporate into your daily and nightly routines. They have the ultimate flexibility of working with their ‘friends’ in a healthy skincare routine.
In addition to everyday products that help boost collagen production there are several in-clinic treatments that can also help. Studies prove, and I know after years of practice, that a variety of procedures - like lasers, radio frequency, ultrasound, micro-needling, and fillers - are able to increase collagen production. Studies also show that what we do on a daily basis is important in maintaining the results of these interventions.
Finally, the best protection blocks out the ultimate free radical producer- ultra violet light (UV) in all ways possible. Wear a physical sunscreen that guards against both rays UVA (tanning/aging) and UVB (burning/skin cancer) with at least SPF 30. Consider this a fashion opportunity and the latest definition of wearing your favorite ‘sundress’. Accessorize with broad-brimmed hats and UV protection sunglasses glasses (think Jackie “O”). “This is the best way to ensure healthy collagen. Make sure to wear your new sundress every day, as even incidental sunlight exposure adds up over a lifetime.