If you’ve already established a regular anti aging skin care routine, there’s a good chance you’ve been using anti aging treatments that work hard to restore firmness and youth to your skin while combating the decrease and breakdown of collagen in your skin. When your skin loses collagen and elastin, your skin forms wrinkles and fine lines much more easily, as well as sets the stage for other signs of aging on your skin. So if you want to know what collagen is, what it does, why it breaks down, and how you can treat it to see fewer wrinkles and preserve young-looking skin, than look no further!
What is Collagen?
Many people might be confused as to what collagen is in relation to your skin. Simply put, collagen is a protein that is found in the dermis of the skin (which is the layer right below the surface). It’s the basic foundation of your skin that supports and cushions the surface of your skin (called the epidermis). In other words, collagen, prevents your skin from collapsing in on your muscles and bones. Another protein called elastin is what allows your skin to stretch and bend with facial expressions so it can “spring” back into place. Collagen and elastin are water binders that let your skin stay smooth, flexible, and free of wrinkles. The key to wrinkle-free skin is hydration, so most anti-wrinkle treatments and creams are made to work hard to compensate for the decreased hydration that occurs when collagen breaks down as you get older. Continue reading