Prevention really is best
Daughters, this is for you! When it comes to collagen, the protein that gives our skin its youthful-looking “stretch”, your 20s and 30s are the prime time to preserve it. While we have plenty of it in our youth, our supply starts to dwindle towards the end of the 20s, which is why we start to see a loss of firmness and the formation of wrinkles. It’s around this time that women invest in anti-ageing skincare and treatments, but it’s better to start much earlier as most collagen-stimulating treatments target what you’ve already got and encourage it to multiply.
You also need to get serious about sun protection. Unprotected sun exposure is the fast track to damaging your collagen supply, making it the prime cause of premature ageing, not to mention skin cancer. Skincare-wise, ensure your routine includes a high protection factor sunscreen, proven collagen-encouraging ingredients like retinol and a mix of potent antioxidants. Vitamin C is always a nice pick as, aside from offering protection from free-radicals, it can also stimulate collagen production while inhibiting the formation of pigmentation.
Another way you can preserve your collagen stash is by saying no to sugar. Sure, it’s delicious, but it also causes inflammation and initiates a process called glycation that ultimately damages your skin’s collagen and elastin, causing it to stiffen up and lose its stretch.
At Skin Renewal, we have a wide array of treatments designed to encourage the growth of your collagen. After years of experience, we’ve come to realise that two - or more - are almost always better than one as they enhance each other’s effects to deliver a superior result. This is why we’ve put our treatments into solutions packages consisting of two or more treatments to tackle particular concerns in a way that’s most effective and great value for money.
Most of our collagen-stimulating treatments can be found in our SkinTightening & Anti-Ageing Solutions packages. One of our most popular solutions suitable for women as young as their teens is the Essential Skin Tightening & Anti-Ageing Solution. It includes a Dermapen skin needling session, a Beta Peel Lite and TCA Peel. Skin needling is a wonderful way to put more collagen in the bank, a Beta Peel Lite contains pore-exfoliating salicylic acid, and the TCA peel is a mild one that tackles fine lines and pigmentation.
Moms, if you made an effort to preserve your skin’s collagen supply in your younger years, you’ll have an easier time of maintaining a more youthful-looking complexion. If not, all is not lost. At Skin Renewal, there’s a lot we can do to help rejuvenate your skin and, if you’ve been watching our popular makeover show, Mooimaak, on kykNET, you’ll know we’re very good at it.
One of our most effective non-surgical treatments is our signature 3D Liquid Facelift. This life-changing knife-free procedure involves using injectables like botulinum toxin to smooth the look of wrinkles and dermal fillers to plump up areas that have lost volume. We can also use specially placed PDO threads injected just under the surface of the skin to lift your brows and jowls or even refine the shape of your nose! While the threads dissolve after about six to eight months, their flattering effects can linger much longer because their insertion encourages the stimulation of your own collagen.
Another way we can help you rejuvenate is via our laser and light treatments. We have lots of cutting-edge devices, and one of our most popular is the Fraxel DUAL as it can treat skin of all colours. It has two laser options that can be used separately or together, depending on your needs. One improves skin’s texture, minimises the look of pores and fine lines while the other can treat deeper wrinkles and acne scars and pigmentation. If you want dramatic results with very little downtime, it’s a brilliant pick.
The bottom line
Ultimately, if you and your mom or daughter want to age gracefully, know that prevention will always be best. Still, the present is always a good time to start taking care of your skin, and we’ve got a vast selection of collagen-encouraging and skin rejuvenating treatments to help you do it.
From all of us at Skin Renewal, we wish all the mom’s a truly beautiful Mother’s Day!