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Building a Re-youth Program for Clients

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: October 31, 2013, from the November 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In skin care, professionals know collagen is responsible for fighting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and saggy, slack and crepelike skin. Unfortunately, production of collagen decreases as clients age and environmental assaults continually work against the skin. How does this occur and how can skin care professionals help clients fight it?

Damaging elements, such as the sun, pollution, stress, smoking and free radicals, continually work to slowly wear down proteins. Fibroblast cells step in to repair damaged collagen fibers by generating new ones, but this process can decrease with aging. When the process cannot be completed, wrinkles and fine lines may appear, and skin may slacken.

How can this process be turned around? There are few ways you may help clients. First, talk to them about lifestyle habits. Proper sleep, stress control and a healthy diet will play a significant role in collagen production. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants will help reduce inflammation, which impacts collagen production and fights free radicals. Sun protection is also vital—a SPF 30 worn daily will help prevent much of the aging effect.

As for treating the skin directly, support clients with collagen-promoting topicals and treatments. The topicals must be able to penetrate the skin barrier in order to effectively stimulate collagen production. Powerful collagen-boosting ingredients include retinol, L-lactic acid, pyruvic acid, goji berry, vitamin C, arginine, peptides and epidermal growth factors.

There are also injectables and other treatments, such as lasers, that may prove effective for your client. Just be sure to support those efforts with a collagen-building home-care regimen.

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