The media is inundated with beauty trends formed with Kim K in mind. Curve appeal has taken over and the race to look voluptuous and youthful is fiercer than ever. Fillers are all the rage; however this is nothing new. So, what exactly is the secret weapon behind plump lips and disappearing crow’s feet? The answer is collagen. OROGOLD Cosmetics reviews the connection between collagen and the skin.
Many people believe that collagen is equivalent to the fountain of youth. This perception is not that far off. Collagen is a human protein associated with our skin. Collagen promotes firmness; therefore, it combats signs of aging. Collagen degrades as we age. This breakdown of structural protein leads to a loss of skin elasticity.
Collagen also contributes to skin pigmentation. When collagen levels are thriving, our skin appears youthful. Environmental factors seem to speed up the process of visible aging. Wrinkles begin to develop, and skin starts to lose its thickness and ability to bounce back. The aging process leaves skin dry and paper thin. Alas, creases and unsightly lines begin to wreak havoc. But, the aging process doesn’t stop there! Collagen is responsible for keeping our manes strong and healthy. The aging process is also associated with hair loss. Fingernails are equally impacted and may become weak and brittle.
The hands of time are unstoppable. However, there is still good news. Collagen can be rebuilt. Collagen can be used to smooth unsightly lines. Dermal fillers are strategically injected to plump and smooth skin. These injections do not provide a permanent fix. Repeat sessions are necessary and tend to carry a hefty price tag. The most commonly used collagen filler is derived from the skin of a cow. Bovine injections cost between $250 to $850 per session. Another form of collagen is autologen that is taken from the skin during an operation. It is then harvested and injected for approximately $800 to $1,000 a session. There are various alternatives, costing upwards of $1,500 a session. As with any medical procedure, it is important to advise a doctor in advance.
An alternative solution would be to look for skin care products that contain collagen. Soluble collagen is used in a number of skin care products such as moisturizers, night creams, facial masks and serums. Choosing luxury skin products can really bring about an exciting difference to the way your skin looks and feels.
There other steps that one can also take to naturally produce collagen. A variety of supplements is available that are linked to collagen stimulation. Glucosamine or chondroitin that are generally considered for joint health may assist in collagen production. Collagen peptide supplements are also available. One can opt for vitamin C through oral supplement or diet changes. Vitamin C has a variety of health benefits and is associated with the body’s ability to produce collagen. Creams come in a variety of forms specifically formulated for anti-aging. Adding a good moisturizer to a daily skin regimen can promote a radiant appearance. A healthy diet that is rich in amino acids, such as soy and milk products is beneficial for collagen promotion.
There are many other proactive measures that one can take. Avoiding sun exposure by using adequate skin protection can slow the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Of course, one can also embrace the aging process. As the wise Audrey Hepburn said, “And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” These are words well-spoken by a pinnacle of beauty.