The Vital Role of Collagen in Your Skin

If healthy skin is a top priority for you, you’ve probably heard of collagen. You may even own a few skin care products that contain this potent skin-renewing substance. But collagen isn’t just a skin-boosting dietary supplement or an ingredient in an anti-aging lotion; it’s the main protein that gives your skin its structure and shape.

As one of New York City’s most experienced and trusted skin care experts, Craig A. Foster, MD, knows that feeling comfortable in your skin and confident in your appearance starts with a radiant, youthful-looking complexion.

He also knows that preserving optimal collagen levels is key to keeping your skin as healthy and youthful as possible. Here’s what collagen does for your skin, and how you can make sure you have enough of this vital protein as time goes on.  

Understanding collagen

Collagen is a natural protein that occurs in many different body tissues, including your muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, and skin. It’s so plentiful, in fact, that it accounts for about 30% of the proteins in your body. Collagen is especially abundant in your skin, making up 75-80% of your epidermal tissues. 

Collagen is often referred to as the supportive and protective “scaffolding” that holds your skin together and gives it its strength, structure, and shape. With the help of elastin and keratin, the other main proteins in your skin, collagen is responsible for keeping your skin firm, supple, and in a constant state of renewal.  

Collagen loss and your skin

Let’s face it: healthy, luminous skin is essential to maintaining a youthful appearance. But even if your skin care routine leaves little to chance, the largest and most exposed organ of your body — your hard-working, fast-growing epidermis — can’t escape the natural aging process. 

Collagen loss is a leading and unavoidable (but by no means irreversible) driver of skin aging. 

As you get older, the building blocks of your skin become less stable and resilient; at the same time, shifting hormone levels and years of exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays diminish your body’s ability to produce fresh collagen.

Your skin tissues are made of several distinct layers. In the deeper layers of skin, collagen, elastin, and keratin work synergistically to support continual skin cell renewal through each and every layer, right to the surface of your skin.

Unfortunately, natural collagen production drops considerably as you approach middle age. Women experience the most dramatic decline following menopause, and by about the age of 60, both men and women have significantly less collagen than they used to. 

It’s only natural that collagen loss shows up on your skin. Losing the very building blocks that keep your skin looking firm, smooth, supple, and healthy is a major starting point for fine lines, wrinkles, poor skin laxity, and uneven skin texture.  

Collagen-boosting skin treatments

Certain aspects of aging can’t be stopped, corrected, or reversed, but collagen loss isn’t one of them. That’s exciting news if you’re interested in natural skin rejuvenation. Simply boosting your collagen levels can go a long way in helping you achieve healthier, more youthful-looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.

Some of today’s most effective anti-aging skin care treatments work by stimulating your body to produce more collagen. And the more collagen you have in your skin, the more collagen your skin will continue to produce on its own. 

Dr. Foster offers several different “collagen induction” treatments and therapies, including:

To determine which skin rejuvenation treatment is best for you, Dr. Foster considers your skin needs as well as your aesthetic goals. No matter which collagen-boosting solution you choose, one thing’s certain — you’ll take years off your appearance, naturally. 

If you’re ready to restore optimal collagen levels and revitalize your skin, we can help. Call 212-744-5011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Foster in our office in Manhattan, New York City.

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