Anti-aging and skin elasticity: promoting collagen levels

Anti-aging and skin elasticity: promoting collagen levels

As we age, our cells begin to degrade, like a photocopy of a photocopy. The more these cells are copied, the weaker the ‘picture’ of your cells becomes. Eventually, most of these cells will fail to produce faithful copies of the original. 

Age alone isn’t the only determining factor in this process. Sun damage, inflammation, chemical exposure and even gravity can produce wear and tear in the skin. Getting older means fewer regenerative stem cells will survive, as cells fail to reproduce ‘true’ copies of themselves.

Stem-cells and anti-aging.

Stem cells are the special human cells that define many other types, including brain, muscle and skin cells. In some cases, stem cells can be used to fix damaged tissues repairing torn ligaments or scarring on the skin. Stem cells may even be able to treat serious illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s and paralysis. 

Think of it like adding new raw materials to a building site. Over time, the building will wear down, but fresh materials can strengthen the existing structure. These building materials divide to create new daughter cells, either stem cells or other specialised cells supporting the brain, muscles or another body part.

Skin elasticity as we age.

Of course, our skin’s natural elasticity changes as we age. As cells slow down and produce less reliable copies, our bodies become less efficient in creating proteins. Collagen and elastin are two proteins naturally present in the skin and determine its overall strength. A deficiency of proteins leads to skin sagging and wrinkles forming. 

Essentially, cells become less efficient at producing and delivering proteins around the body. Other factors like UV light, tobacco and high sugar intake can also affect this process. However, women naturally begin losing collagen in their twenties. By the first few years of menopause, roughly 30% of their total collagen production will be gone.

What makes up skin elasticity?

Our skin comprises three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. The epidermis, the outermost layer, is where fine lines, sun damage and surface scratches will collect and be most noticeable. The dermis, the middle layer, is where collagen and elastin are produced, which will affect the other layers of skin.

Promoting collagen and cell production.

While there’s no miracle cure to reverse ageing, there’s a lot we can do to support the essential proteins in our body. Stimulating stem cell growth ensures the body can create more specialised cells, which lengthen the lifespan and increase the health of our skin and other vital tissues. Using natural bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells introduces new building material and impresses on the new cells a healthy pattern to follow, producing stronger, better cells in turn.

But how do you deliver these cells so they’ll make the most difference?

Controlling anti-ageing through injury. 

While this may sound counterintuitive, ‘mirco’ injuries are very beneficial for the skin. Think about a time you’ve scratched, scrapped or burnt yourself lightly. When the injury heals, the new piece of skin looks, well… new! The skin is lighter, without sun exposure, and less lined, without as many fine lines or wrinkles. That’s because our old cells become less and less efficient at dividing and reproducing themselves. The skin also becomes less efficient at carrying away ‘waste’ material, which is why the skin becomes mottled or discoloured. 

When we receive a small injury, the body is forced into overdrive to create new proteins, replacing the damaged cell. The body can't cope at a large scale, so deeper scars that go beyond the epidermis tend to leave a mark long after they’ve healed over. But when broken into ‘micro-injuries’ and with the right materials, our bodies are surprisingly efficient at recreating themselves.

Procell Microchanneling Therapy and skin elasticity. 

Procell Microchanneling Therapy is a cutting-edge process that delivers natural stem cell growth serum to the ‘growth centre’ of the skin, the dermis. To do this, it delivers the serum through a series of ‘micro injuries’, tiny, invisible needle marks on the epidermis, which feed through to the dermis. These micro-injuries activate collagen growth in response, healing in an anti-inflammatory environment that leaves, at most, a slight flush around the face.

Think of it this way. The skin is supplied with more raw materials and given direction on where to improve through the micro-injuries. New proteins are created using these raw materials, including collagen, which strengthens the outermost layer of the skin. 

This process also helps with scarring, stretch marks, pock marks or sun damage, making it easier to deal with injuries. By responding to the micro-injuries, the body can heal over much of the ‘macro injury’, visibly reducing any tissue damage.

Can Procell Microchanneling Therapy reverse ageing?

While Procell Microchanneling Therapy can’t reverse the ageing process, it can lead to healthier, younger-looking skin, not just from the outside but also from inside the individual skin cells. Repairing skin cells and producing higher levels of collagen can promote stronger, more resilient skin for longer, more elastic and firm skin. 

To learn more about the Procell Microchanneling process or book an appointment, visit our page at The Beauty Parlour.

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