Articles Tagged: collagen
Posted on August 28, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Collagen is found in the body’s various types of connective tissue, including skin, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen forms dense fibers that provide support, strength, and cushioning – the collagen within our skin is mainly responsible for the elasticity, resiliency, smoothness, and volume of our skin. Collagen production starts to slow down as we age, starting in our early 30’s. As collagen levels decrease, we can begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles; as levels decrease further, we may start to see loose, sagging, and even shriveled looking skin.
Natural vs Artificial Collagen
Unsurprisingly many cosmetic procedures attempt to rejuvenate the skin’s appearance by trying to compensate for lost collagen. But there’s a difference between the collagen that’s naturally produced by your body, and externally applied collagen that’s somehow added to the body. It’s difficult for the body to absorb applied collagen effectively, and it’s also not possible to replace all the body’s missing collagen this way. Naturally produced collagen is by far the most effective substance for maintaining the skin’s firmness and resiliency.
Stimulating Natural Collagen Production
Having established that simply applying collagen to the skin using creams (or even injections) is less effective than persuading the body to create more collagen naturally, the question becomes what’s the most effective way to reverse the natural reduction in collagen production as we age?
Injectable fillers bypass one problem – they are directly injected into the optimum skin layer and don’t need to first be absorbed by the outer skin layers. Injectable fillers typically contain primarily hyaluronic acid, which provides immediate benefits by increasing the skin’s retention of moisture, but more significantly has recently been proven to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production over significant periods.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
The use of hyaluronic acid thereby provides a double-benefit – injection of the filler will resolve several age-related cosmetic issues immediately, and the long-term stimulation of collagen production allows benefits to be seen even after the body eventually starts to absorb the filler over time.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with advice on the best ways to use and combine different dermal fillers, giving you the most effective and cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals, tailored to your specific needs. We have extensive experience providing dermal fillers, as well as a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.
Posted on March 17, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Most healthy adults require anywhere from seven to 9 hours of sleep each night. While the benefits of getting this much rest are plenty and varied, it appears many people don’t recognize the importance of getting high-quality sleep.
Indeed, recent reports have shown that nearly 30% of US adults get by with an average of six hours or less of sleep per night. While some, trainee doctors especially, may choose to regard their ability to get by on minimal sleep as a badge of honor, it’s a fact that any significant shortfall in your sleep can carry significant negative health effects.
Insufficient sleep not only carries the risk of some fairly evident problems – tiredness, inability to concentrate, poor memory, but is also linked to many other mental or physical problems, including;
- Greater risk of accidents
- Compromised cardiovascular health
- Impaired ability to fight infection
The Science Behind Sleep
There are some obvious physical signs of poor sleep, such as puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles.
But chronic sleep problems can manifest themselves in a surprising variety of different skin-related problems.
The body depends on healthy sleep patterns to regulate the release of many different chemicals and hormones.
Sleep disruption can result in increased levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. Excess cortisol increases the rate that skin collagen degrades, and collagen is absolutely crucial to maintaining healthy-looking, resilient skin.
Poor sleep also reduces the normal production of human growth hormone – which is also important for maintaining healthy skin texture, as well as the muscles and bones that support our skin layers. Growth hormone is vital to repairing the day-to-day damage to skin cells that is a normal part of our lives.
Last and certainly not least, insufficient sleep increases many people’s tendency to gain weight – possibly by disrupting the production of chemicals that serve both to stimulate and regulate one’s appetite for food.
The resulting increased amounts of subcutaneous fat accumulated over the long term is another major reason for skin damage, resulting in stretch marks, cellulite, and other cosmetic skin problems.
Improving Sleep Quality
“Sleep quality” is the result of three factors – how long it takes you to fall asleep, how long you sleep, and how well (or deeply) you sleep.
Your first objective should be to try to increase the time you spend in bed, and minimize your use of electronic gadgets before going to bed, and especially once you’re in bed.
Sleep deprivation is not only a question of how many hours you spend in bed, but also the quality of the sleep you achieve once you sleep.
Sleep apnea is a well-known cause of low-quality sleep, but several other behaviors can contribute to reduced quality sleep, such as sleeping in an environment that has excessive light leakage. Anything that distracts from solid uninterrupted sleep can have cumulative negative effects, and these effects can be significant.
Your doctor may be able to recommend some supplements to help improve sleep, such as taking melatonin supplements before bedtime, but these unfortunately are not always effective.
Laser Skin Treatments from Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified to investigate and diagnose the causes behind sleep-related problems and perform a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures to mitigate many types of skin damage. Learn more about laser skin treatment options or call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation.