Like many materials in our bodies, collagen is broken down at an accelerated rate as we age. Treatments like Botox reduce this breakdown by inhibiting the muscle contractions that create creases in your skin.
However, “muscle relaxers” like Botox are just one component of an effective anti-aging regimen. Replacing the broken-down collagen is equally important.
A comprehensive anti-aging approach involves both slowing collagen breakdown and increasing its supply.
While some skincare brands claim to make products that topically deliver collagen directly into the skin, this magical solution is, unfortunately, too good to be true. These molecules are too large to penetrate the dermis, the layer of the skin where collagen-producing skin cells, called fibroblast, live.
Even with the right ingredients, molecules called “growth factors” are required to activate the fibroblasts. The challenge: supplying your skin with both the components for building collagen and the activators of collagen production via topical application.
Make sure to do your research when it comes to investing in a comprehensive anti-aging treatment plan.
Skincare brands like Obagi have patented technology called “penetrating therapeutics” that blend with collagen-producing ingredients to more effectively overcome the skin’s barrier and deliver the ingredients to the fibroblasts.
For optimal skin rejuvenation, our medical experts recommend a combination of Botox, Microneedling (or laser photo facials) and a topical regimen that includes growth factors, antioxidants, peptides, and moisturizers.