29 Nov Anti – Aging Cream with Collagen
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Aging is a natural process that nobody can escape but there are tools we can use to slow the rate of this process in our skin. The key is collagen – the flexible strands of protein which is the connective tissue in our skin giving it the texture and tone that we see. Collagen is degraded by ultraviolet light exposure and this is why sunbathers tend to have more wrinkled, aged-looking skin. In addition, as we age, collagen production decreases and cells begin to lose shape. Yet, collagen can be bolstered by some medical treatments such as topical treatments like Retin-A, and injections of dermal fillers.
Below we have provided some information to educate you on the possibilities of slowing the aging process in the skin and help rejuvenate areas where tissue loss is more prominent. We hope you find this information useful as you look for new reasons to improve yourself in the New Year!
Today, many people are showing interest in correcting wrinkles and folds, shaping facial contours, and augmenting the lips. Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue (fat) which add volume where there is loss of fullness. This loss of fullness leads to wrinkles and folds. The injected gel gives natural volume under the wrinkle which is lifted and smoothed out. Smoothing out folds and wrinkles can make an enormous difference to a patient’s appearance and sometimes can make them look several years younger. There are many dermal fillers on the market and the type of dermal filler used is based on the anatomical site being augmented and what your doctor or nurse deems is the best filler for the area being treated. Some fillers are best used in the lips while others are great for the chin, cheek or jowl augmentation. Dermal fillers result is an instantaneous, natural enhancement that is gentle and safe and produces long-lasting results.
There are so many facial creams and serums on the market that promise to reverse the signs of aging. Creative marketing strategies by large companies serve to hype many products but most do not deliver what they promise! This makes it difficult to make an educated decision about which facial creams to use to help your face maintain a youthful glow and help slow the aging process. People are sometimes desperate to find that fountain of youth and end up spending a lot of money on products that don’t work.
Fortunately, because dermatology is a science-based, researched field we have a plethora of data that teaches us the fundamentals of beautiful, youthful skin. Collagen is a protein in the skin and it is what gives skin its structure, firmness and elasticity. Repeated sun exposure breaks down collagen and elastin and, with age, cells produce less and less collagen and elastin to repair the damage. As collagen is depleted, the skin begins to wrinkle, sag, and lose fullness.
What can we do to decrease the breakdown of collagen or increase it’s density in our skin? Within the aisles of products and layers of claims, one ingredient still stands out: Retin-A.
Retin-A, the drug known generically as retinoic acid or tretinoin, is derived from vitamin A. Retin-A is available in prescription-strength products, including generic formulations, and under brand names like Retin-A Micro, Renova, Avage and Tazorac. Retinol is a less potent form of Retin-A, and can be found in over-the-counter products. Retinol, however, is 1/1000 as effective as Retin-A.
Retin-A can improve skin texture and fade dark spots and freckles because it causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly. It shrinks dilated pores and improves cellular turnover of the skin subsequently causing less pore occlusion and reducing blackheads and whiteheads.
More importantly, Retin-A can reduces small wrinkles and lines. Retin-A has the ability to affect the retention of collagen and generation of new elastin. It is thought that Retin-A activates a collagen-producing pathway in the skin. Ultraviolet light (sunlight) triggers biochemical reactions that destroy collagen and this process causes the skin to look aged and sun-damaged. Daily sunscreen is a prerequisite to youthful looking skin to stop the breakdown of collagen and also prevent DNA damage which causes skin cancer.
In addition, the benefits of Retin-A are not just cosmetic. Research trials of Retin-A (tretinoin) used to treat pre-cancer skin cells show that after two years of use, many abnormal cells returned to normal structure. Therefore, Retin-A and sunscreen are the two most important, research-based, creams we can use on our face to slow collagen breakdown, reverse the molecular basis of sun-damage, and reverse the signs of aged skin.
Using Retin-A can be challenging for people with sensitive skin because it can be drying and irritating. We recommend that light peeling and a mild pink tone is the end point in knowing how much to use. Excessive peeling or redness means you are using too much; and no peeling or redness means you are not using enough. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you start using Retin-A only 2-3 times per week and increase the frequency slowly. It can take up to 6 months to “educate” your skin to be tolerant of Retin-A daily. Retin-A is not suitable for pregnant woman because of the theoretical side effects to the fetus.
Don’t let creative marketing and pretty packaging fool you, there is no over the counter cream that can produce the same results as Retin-A. There are several creams that may feel nice, smell nice or even make your skin feel smooth, but research reveals that Retin-A the one cream that can slow the breakdown of collagen and change the molecular structure of your skin. This is why we believe, that together with sunscreen, Retin-A should be a part of everyone’s facial skin care regimen to slow the aging process and, if used correctly, even reverse the signs of aging.