What is collagen?
Collagen, created by fibroblasts, is the major structural component of connective tissue. In the dry dermis, its content exceeds 71%. Collagen fibers are flexible and strong, but not elastic. Together with the elastin fibers which are flexible and elastic, they give suppleness to the skin.
In children and young people, the structure of collagen is constantly renewed. But over the years, often after 25, the activity of fibroblasts decreases, and the body's ability to replace worn fibers is reduced. Therefore, the perforated collagen contributes to the sagging or wrinkling of the skin and the water content of the dermis decreases.
When showing emotions on the face (smiling, frowning, squinting), muscle tension will tend to damage the collagen fibers. Over time, this minor damage will cause wrinkles to appear on the face.
The natural aging process and the photoaging that occurs under the skin is accelerated by external factors which you will discover below ...
What destroys collagen?
In addition to age, collagen fibers have many enemies:
UV radiation increases the action of enzymes and accelerates the process of destruction of collagen fibers, causes premature aging of the skin and reduces the capacity for self-regeneration. Sun damaged skin has much thicker collagen fibers. These collagen remnants prevent the synthesis of new collagen, which is why it is very important to use creams with SPF, regardless of age.
Tobacco contains chemicals that break down collagen and elastin. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and impairs microcirculation.
Too much sugar in a diet will increase the process of glycation (binding of collagen fibers with glucose) which makes the collagen drier, more fibrous, weaker and therefore more brittle.
Free radicals work to damage fibers at the molecular level by destroying and modifying DNA.
How to stimulate the production of collagen?
The process of collagen production can be stimulated using the following techniques:
Thanks to good nutrition and avoiding harmful factors, it is therefore possible to preserve the beauty of its appearance while aging.
Effectiveness of professional peels
There are many types of peels that work superficial or deeper. However, peels that act on collagen production are not available over the counter because they require many precautions in use.
At Papillon de beauté, our beauticians trained in this type of treatment offer you an intense peel that stimulates collagen production, which effectively combats sagging skin.
We offer you personalized peel programs depending on your skin type and your needs, where we will use peels acting at different levels of depth. For visible, immediate and progressive results, obtained in a controlled and safe way!