Collagen loss is a natural part of the aging process, and it is a key factor in various signs of aging, particularly in the skin. This article will help you learn more about collagen renewal.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that provides structure, firmness, and elasticity to various tissues in the body, including the skin, bones, tendons, and cartilage. Starting in our 20s, men and women lose on average 1 to 2% of their collagen per year. For women this can accelerate during the first five years of menopause leading to an additional 30% loss of collagen. A woman turning 60 may have lost 60 to 70% of her youthful collagen. Loss of collagen leads to thin skin and fine lines and wrinkles, which makes you look older than your actual age.
Contributors to Collagen Loss
- Decreased Collagen Production: The body’s natural ability to produce collagen decreases with age. This reduction in collagen synthesis is influenced by genetic factors, hormonal changes, and environmental factors.
- Environmental Factors: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, pollution, and other environmental stressors can accelerate collagen breakdown. UV rays, in particular, can damage existing collagen fibers and inhibit the production of new collagen.
- Lifestyle Choices: Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and a poor diet, can negatively impact collagen levels. Smoking, for example, has been linked to increased collagen degradation and decreased collagen synthesis.
- Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes associated with aging, especially the decline in estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, can contribute to collagen loss. Estrogen plays a role in maintaining collagen levels and skin elasticity. Click to learn more about hormone replacement.
Why Do I Need Collagen Renewal?
The biggest impact of collagen loss is that you’ll look older than you actually are. Specific indicators of collagen loss are:
- Wrinkles and Fine Lines: Reduced collagen leads to a loss of skin elasticity and firmness, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Sagging Skin: Collagen provides structural support to the skin. When collagen levels decrease, the skin may sag or appear less taut.
How to Protect Yourself from Collagen Loss
- Protect Your Skin: Use sunscreen to minimize UV damage, avoid excessive sun exposure, and protect your skin from harsh environmental elements.
- Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption.
- Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is crucial for skin health. Drink an adequate amount of water to keep your skin hydrated.
Collagen Renewal at NAWI Wellness Center
NAWI Wellness Center in Naples, Florida can help you renew collagen with several different treatments. These individual treatments will each help improve your collagen, but they can be combined to provide a synergistic effect, significantly boosting collagen to give your skin a healthy glow.
NAWI recommends Secret RF Microneedling, Juliet Erbium Skin Laser Treatment, and Sculptra Collagen treatment. Click to links to learn more about each treatment or visit the NAWI Special Offers page to see the February 2024 Special Offer for these treatments.