Collagen is the building block of skin, the secret sauce that keeps your complexion looking plumped up and youthful. And even though collagen levels naturally decline with age, there are plenty of ways to amp up collagen growth to keep your skin looking its best. Here’s a look at proven collagen boosters that anyone can do!
Start using retinoids/retinol.
What’s in your beauty bag? If you don’t have some form of retinoid/retinol, you need to rethink your skin care regimen pronto. A retinoid is a vitamin A-based drug that was originally invented for acne in the 1960s under the brand name Retin A (generic name trentinoin). Retinol is simply a fat-soluble formulation of a retinoid. Retinoid and retinol are clinically proven to stimulate new collagen growth in skin. Retinol/retinoids also speed cellular turnover and help reveal a smoother, clearer, more evenly toned appearance to your skin. We carry several medical-grade skin care formulations featuring retinol and other results-driven ingredients to help reveal noticeable improvements in your skin. Don’t worry if you’re confused by our large selection — we personally use and believe in the products we sell (and we are honestly obsessed with them because they work so well!). Our favorites are SkinMedica® retinols and Alastin® Skincare retinols, all clinically proven to fight wrinkles and stimulate collagen. Depending on your skin type and goals, we can help you choose the ideal products for you.
Reduce sugar intake.
How much sugar do you eat? We hate to say it, but sugar is a major complexion wrecker according to diabetes research. For starters, sugar creates an inflammatory response in your body, spiking your skin’s sebum production and encouraging acne. But there’s a lot more to it than just blemishes. Sugar binds to molecules, a process called glycation, which contributes to the formation of free radicals, your skin’s major enemy. Free radicals weaken your skin, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, age spots and other signs of damage. To help maintain your skin’s collagen levels, your best bet is eating a colorful, varied diet rich in antioxidants, which halt free radicals in their tracks. Antioxidant-rich foods include leafy greens like kale and spinach, green and white teas, dark chocolate, red cabbage, beans, artichokes, avocados, garlic, berries, tree nuts and so much more!
Renew your skin with us!
To help boost collagen growth, we highly recommend scheduling a periodic skin renewing treatment with us. Skin renewal refers to any treatment that literally renews your skin by creating “controlled damage” and triggering your skin’s natural healing response. There are so many amazing treatments to choose from, such as Vivace™ Microneedle RF, Halo™ and BBL™, chemical peels, MicroLaserPeel® and ProFractional™ skin resurfacing…Honestly, we offer a lot of skin renewing treatments because they work so well! We can help you choose the right skin treatment for you during your personal consultation.
This month is the perfect time to treat your complexion to our medical-grade skin care products, while we’re offering 10% off when you buy one product, 15% off when you buy two, and 20% off plus a FREE SkinMedica® travel bag when you buy three!
Purchase SkinMedica® TNS Serum and Lytera 2.0, HA5 or Lumavive, and one additional SkinMedica product, for a total of 3 SkinMedica products and receive 20% off PLUS $40 rebate and SkinMedica travel bag valued at $125 (while supplies last).
Your lifestyle matters.
● Do you still “tan” or “catch rays” in the name of getting vitamin D? Believe us, you can get your vitamin D elsewhere. There’s absolutely no good reason for exposing your skin to the sun, your skin’s #1 collagen destructor. You can protect your skin by wearing a physical sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day of the year.
● Another major collagen killer is smoking. It actually accelerates your skin’s aging process, so don’t smoke!
● Do you exercise? Exercise helps your skin stay young by boosting blood flow and encouraging your skin’s healthy cellular processes.
We certainly covered a lot of collagen boosting tips, and we truly do follow them all here at AVIE!, because we know they work! But if you can do only one thing right now, wear sunscreen! Your #1 collagen boosting tool is sun damage prevention. For even better results, of course, we recommend doing more than one thing, like applying daily sunscreen and using a retinol at night. Or better yet, applying sunscreen, retinol and other results-driven skin care products and undergoing periodic skin rejuvenation treatments with us. No matter what, we’ve got you covered here at AVIE! Call us with any questions at 703.870.3844 or request a personal consultation online today. We can’t wait to help you achieve your best complexion!