What is collagen
What can we do to keep our skin looking plump and youthful? As we age, fine line and wrinkles will develop, and a big part of the reason is because of lower collagen levels. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein created by the body. It is what keeps our skin looking full and vibrant. Collagen also makes the skin elastic and resilient, giving it the ability to resist damage from environmental elements and gravity. The collagen levels in the average person naturally begins to deplete in our mid-to-late 20’s. Loss of collagen is unavoidable, but there are a few things you can do to slow down the process, and give you the best chance for healthy skin. Consider the following tips:
- Eat a proper diet
Your diet has a significant impact on your skin health based from a cosmetic dermatologist. Make sure that fresh fruits and vegetables are a part of your daily food intake. This particularly includes foods that are high in Vitamin C like oranges, red peppers, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, guava, and kiwis. Try to limit sugar consumption. Studies have revealed that glucose (sugar) has been traced to directly breaking down collagen.
- Stop smoking, or don’t start
It has been well documented that cigarettes are harmful to your lungs, they also cause premature aging in the face by creating wrinkles and an uneven skin tone. Smoking disrupts blood flow in tiny vessels that serve the skin, as well as speeds up the loss of collagen and other skin proteins. This is why many life-long smokers have skin that looks wrinkled and leathery in appearance.
- Drink plenty of fluids
You must drink plenty of water and healthy fluids to maintain a proper level of hydration in the skin according to a cosmetic dermatologist. Collagen production requires a high moisture level in every layer of the skin.
- Consider taking vitamins and supplements
Our diet can easily become deficient, and there are many vitamins and supplements that can aid in collagen production and healthy skin. Speak with your doctor about the supplements that are best for you.
- Cosmetic dermatology treatments
A board-certified cosmetic dermatologist in Charlotte can offer many safe and effective treatments that can control or improve damage to the skin. They can offer SKINTYTE™ laser treatments to improve multiple areas including the face, neck, abdomen, arms and knees. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular treatments for replacing volume loss in the face or hands. Profractional™ laser removes small columns of skin that your body replaces with newer and stronger collagen. Your Ballantyne dermatologists offer VIVITÉ® Daily Firming Lotion to help tone and tighten, while improving the appearance of “orange peel” skin.
Ballantyne area dermatologists
If you are seeking the best solution for aging skin or some other skin condition, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.