The bad news is collagen breakdown begins to outstrip collagen production from as early as your twenties, which means you basically start losing collagen from there on in. This is why older skin may not respond to anti-wrinkle injections as well as younger skin, why your pores can get larger over time and why skin can start to look dull as we get older. But there is good news, we promise! You CAN stimulate collagen production in your body (your body is a very clever thing you know) and increase collagen levels, despite continuing to age.
What to avoid
The 4 “S”s really speed up collagen breakdown, so the first step to glowing skin is to get rid of these where you can:
- Sunbeds (+ Sun exposure)
Inside Out – Skinade
The old adage “You are what you eat” is an excellent way to supercharge any skincare or treatments you may be undertaking to improve your skin. Feeding your skin (and body!) the right building blocks can enhance your skin’s health and truly promote that glow from within. Skinade is a collagen drink that supports the skin all over your body. Each bottle contains 7000mg of high-grade marine collagen sourced from fresh-water fish (which is low in sodium and avoids mercury contamination).
Stimulate Collagen – microneedling, light therapy and injectable skincare
The FDA-approved SkinPen is our go to when it comes to stimulating collagen on the face, tightening up pores, and improving skin texture (especially scars) and radiance. A course of treatment is recommended, to really increase collagen levels – how long this might be depends on where you’re starting. Most patients start with three sessions, and supercharge it with collagen supplementation and home care for truly glowing skin.
Different coloured lights can have different effects on the skin. Our light therapy device is FDA approved to treat acne (blue light therapy) and stimulate collagen (red light therapy). These sessions can be booked as standalones, but generally they are added on to peels, microneedling or injectable treatments to really maximise their power.
Skin boosters and injectable skincare work beautifully on their own, or in combination with other treatments, to give you that dewy, radiant skin you’ve always dreamed of. Hyaluronic acid is present in your skin naturally, and although it may also be in your moisturiser, it has a hard time penetrating you skin and getting where it needs to go to give you that youthful glow. Injecting hydration and stimulating collagen production all at once, you can now cheat your way to glowing skin. Read more here.
Icing on the cake – topicals
Peptides and retinols (aka vitamin A, retinoids, tretinoin) are the only topical ingredients proven to stimulate collagen. So if your skincare routine doesn’t include these elements, it is most definitely not antiaging (no matter how much you spent on it!). These products must also be able to penetrate your skin to the correct depth to have an effect, and be in a form that is useful for your skin. That is where exfoliants and medical grade skincare comes in, which is a whole different ball game to skincare you buy over the counter. A custom designed skincare routine is essential to really benefit and maintain results from treatments in clinic, and can achieve amazing results over the course of a few months.
This depends on your starting point, your existing levels of collagen (and how many of the 4 “S”s play a part in your life), your age, and capacity to generate collagen. These treatments are stimulatory. By stimulatory, we mean that it stimulates the formation of collagen in your body, but it can take two to four weeks to see the effect of this in the skin, with increased collagen levels. Older patients or those with more damaged skin may need further treatments to achieve best results, but hydration kicks in around one week after treatment, and results improve over the course of three to four weeks. These treatments can be supercharged with collagen supplementation , to maximise your body’s production of collagen and elastin.
This depends on you! Because these treatments help stimulate collagen - longevity can depend on how well your body is able to produce it, and on lifestyle factors like sun exposure, smoking, stress and sugar consumption. Home care is a factor in this too, with better results associated with use of retinols and peptides. Generally, three to four months is the results time, with treatment advised again at this point to maintain results.