Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful-Looking Skin?

Are you wondering why the skin you see in the mirror doesn’t reflect the age you feel on the inside? At Monarque Health & Wellness, located in Ashland, Oregon, we understand how your skin’s appearance can impact your confidence. 

Our team of skilled and compassionate healthcare providers wants to keep your skin healthy, and collagen is key. Not sure what collagen has to do with gorgeous skin? We’ve put together this guide to show you the importance of collagen to your skin’s appearance. 

What is collagen and what does it do?

Your body naturally creates collagen, which is a protein found in your skin, tendons,  ligaments, bones, and muscles. In fact, your body produces so much collagen, you have more of it than any other protein. 

Collagen has a very important job to do. It’s what holds your body together. Individual collagen molecules join and create long, sturdy collagen fibers. These fibers make up the majority of connective tissue in your body and work together to support your body structures.

This incredible protein also works to keep your organs safe, your bones and joints strong, and your hair and nails healthy. What’s more? Collagen plays an important role in the health of your skin.

How does collagen impact my skin?

What you see on the surface isn’t all there is to your skin. Many layers come together to form the largest organ of your body. Collagen “lives” in the middle layer and works with other types of cells, like elastin, to produce the tissue needed to promote new skin cell growth. 

Collagen keeps your skin healthy and youthful-looking by encouraging the superficial, or top layer of skin to regenerate. It also restores dead skin cells and helps repair any damage. Collagen production naturally decreases as you age, causing your skin to change.

By the time you reach your late 40s, the amount of collagen you produce is significantly less than what it was in your 20s and 30s. For women, menopause marks another dramatic drop. And for both men and women, by the age of 60, collagen production will have substantially declined.   

Our team of skin specialists can’t check your collagen levels through lab work. But a drop in collagen production can be observed by looking at your skin. Some signs of decreased collagen include:

Are there ways to increase collagen production?

While you can’t reverse the clock, you can reverse declining collagen production and promote youthful-looking skin. This is because collagen production operates using a domino effect. 

The more collagen present in your body, the more your body produces this essential protein. As such, it’s possible to increase collagen production and maintain elevated levels for healthier, younger-looking skin. 

The more collagen you have in your body, the more collagen your body will produce. By triggering this domino effect and maintaining the elevated collagen levels, your skin will look younger and fresher.

Our skincare team will work with you to discuss several ways you can stimulate collagen to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of your skin. We’ll consider your skin’s current condition and your goals to recommend the best course of action. 

How can I learn more about collagen and youthful-looking skin?

If you’re ready to learn more about collagen production and its role in creating youthful-looking skin, schedule a consultation with one of our providers at Monarque Health & Wellness. You can contact us through our website today!

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