Invest in Your Skin this Winter!

Tighten your skin and rebuild collagen this winter season

Skin Tightening

As the weather turns colder and the nights draw in, it can start to take a toll on our skin! Exposure to sunlight dwindles and the moisture in the air reduces, meaning our skin can start to look dry, dehydrated and dull. Collagen is a vital protein in our skin which makes our complexions look youthful and plump, so how can we ensure that our skin stays plump in the winter season?

We spoke to aesthetic practitioner Dr Galyna Selezneva to hear her top five ways to rebuild the collagen in your skin and add some extra tightness to it this season!

What is collagen?

Collagen is the bouncy protein which makes up the main scaffolding of our skin. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, whilst being responsible for making our complexions look smooth, youthful, plump and supple.

However, when we hit our twenties, the collagen in our skin begins to deplete.

“Production begins to dwindle in our mid-to-late 20s and early 30s and we start losing 1% of our collagen per year after that. By 40, collagen drops dramatically, leading to signs of ageing such as wrinkles, skin sagging and skin drying,” says Dr Galyna. “Collagen is particularly important as it supports the skin and provides structure for it. It also works with another protein called elastin to aid the skin’s flexibility so that it can stretch and return to its shape when you move, grow or your body changes shape during puberty, pregnancy and weight gain,” she adds.

Read more about collagen here.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an incredibly important compound for building collagen in the skin. It is found in rich foods with amino acids, such as beans, root vegetables, and soy, notes Dr Galyna.

She says, “Adding HA to the diet through food can easily help to boost collagen levels. An injectable HA can also provide great results. Profhilo is an injectable skin remodelling treatment containing one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market. Or why not try adding a HA serum into your skincare regime? This can be a great way to add some extra HA on your skin whilst you continue your everyday activities.”

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays an incredibly important role in protecting the skin and creating more collagen in the body.

Dr Galyna explains, “Vitamin C can be taken as a supplement or added to the skin and is found in many foods. Citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, papaya, strawberries, and broccoli are all rich in vitamin C.”

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which fights against free radicals (atoms that are produced during cell metabolism which contains one or more unpaired electrons, making them unstable) such as pollution. “The pollutants cause inflammation, which is the root of numerous skin issues, including breakouts, a breakdown of collagen, and excess melanin production leading to dark spots. Combining vitamin C with other active ingredients such as retinol in your skincare regimen is a good idea. Use vitamin C after cleansing in the morning and before SPF and use a retinol in the evening after cleansing,” she adds.

3. Radiofrequency

Devices can also help rebuild your collagen! Radiofrequency treatments is a fluctuating electric current of electricity that creates heat energy and delivers this at specific temperatures to the tissues in your body. Dr Galyna explains, “There are many radiofrequency devices on the market. For example, the Thermage FLX treatment uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin. The applied heat causes collagen to contract and encourages new collagen to start growing. This helps create smoother skin after just one treatment with results that continue to improve.”

The treatment addresses signs of ageing in several different areas of the face, including the sagging of the skin on the forehead, the eyelids and tightening the jawline, outlines Dr Galyna.

Other devices include 3JUVE, Accent Prime, Exilis Ultra 360, TempSure and more.

4. Dry brushing

Dry brushing has been practiced for centuries and is a type of Ayurvedic medicine, a type of ancient alternative medicine with origins in India and a focus on cleansing and rebalancing the mind and body.

Dry brushing is great for improving the lymphatic system in the body. The lymphatic system is where the body flushes out toxins, waste and other unwanted debris, so dry brushing helps to stimulate the system and enhance the detoxification process.

Dr Galyna says, “I’m a big believer in the importance of lymphatic drainage for the face as a way of removing toxins, increasing circulation and reducing puffiness, and dry brushing helps to do this for the body. It increases circulation and exfoliates the skin, stimulates the lymphatic system and aids the body’s natural way of getting rid of toxins, and is also believed to help break down fatty deposits under the skin that can result in cellulite.”

5. SPF

“Not wearing sunscreen will leave the skin exposed to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet radiation causes DNA changes to the skin that can lead to premature ageing and of course, in some cases skin cancer,” said Dr Galyna.

Sun damage can destroy the collagen and elastin in your skin too. Dr Galyna adds, “Collagen and elastin degradation in the deeper skin layers can result in premature signs of skin ageing, such as wrinkles and fine lines, because your skin loses its elasticity and firmness. You should be wearing an SPF of at least 50 on the face and once you’ve applied your broad-spectrum SPF, you should reapply it every two hours.”

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