No matter your age, skin depends on collagen as a healthy matrix that gives it suppleness, strength and smoothness. Therefore, the importance of peptides for the skin is undeniable. Peptides are protein fragments and are one of the friends your skin needs to maintain and rebuild collagen.

Collagen is a protein and it makes up 75% of the skin’s support structure. In other words, it is one of the main building blocks. Think of collagen as the frame of your mattress; It gives structure and support to your skin. To continue with the mattress analogy, the spring is the fiber and the stuffing is hyaluronic acid.

Collagen begins to decline with age, and your genetics can affect how quickly the degradation occurs. We lose collagen year after year and over time we make lower quality collagen. Your first line of defense is to protect the collagen you have, rather than trying to compensate for bad sun protection and lifestyle habits afterward.

Free radicals damage existing collagen and interfere with the quality of new collagen production. Environmental factors including UV rays and pollution, bad lifestyle habits like smoking, lack of sleep and poor diet all create free radicals, which accelerate collagen breakdown.

It’s true: Every year after 30, we lose collagen and our ability to produce high-quality collagen can diminish depending on genetics, so choose topicals like Peptide Booster Serum and Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment Helps boost collagen production naturally to help replenish collagen.

Combine with their friends to stimulate collagen synthesis in the skin such as retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids (find them in Fruit Acid Toner), peptides provide a gentle boost to collagen production. I’d say, “Together they teach younger-active skin.” Peptides We for you and easily incorporated into your daily and nightly routine. They have the absolute flexibility of working with their ‘friends’ on a healthy skin care routine.

In addition to daily products that boost collagen production, there are a number of in-office treatments that may also help. Studies have proven, and I know after years of practice, that a variety of procedures – such as lasers, radiofrequency, ultrasound, microneedling and fillers – can increase collagen production. Studies also show that what we do every day is important in maintaining the results of these interventions.

Ultimately, the best defense prevents the ultimate free radical production – ultraviolet (UV) rays in every way possible. Wear a physical sunscreen that blocks both UVA (tanning/aging) and UVB (burns/skin cancer) rays with at least SPF 30. Take this as a fashion opportunity and the latest definition of what it’s like to be. Wear your favorite ‘linen dress’. Accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses (think Jackie “O”). “This is the best way to ensure healthy collagen levels. Make sure you wear a new dress every day, as even direct exposure to the sun can last a lifetime.

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