Improving your skin health doesn’t necessarily require the use of Botox and fillers, and many are reluctant to go down that route for fear of looking ‘fake’. As we age we lose collagen and elastin, resulting in saggy skin, lines, and wrinkles. Here are my top 3 treatments that will help boost your collagen levels and transform your skin in 2023:
1. Skin boosters
Skin boosters, such as Profhilo® or Fillmed’s NCTF, are injectable treatments that contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally hydrating molecule. They are designed to hydrate and improve the skin texture and not to create volume like fillers, so there is no risk of looking over-filled. Profhilo is a great treatment for crepey, saggy skin, and even acne scarring. Fillmed’s NCTF contains another 59 ingredients including glutathione, a potent antioxidant known for its skin brightening effect, so is ideal for pigmented skin or dark circles.
2. Quadripolar Radiofrequency (RF)
Ok that’s a mouthful but what that basically means is radiofrequency (a type of energy) that is emitted by four (quadro) probes. Radiofrequency gently heats the skin cells which stimulates them to create more collagen, resulting in firmer, healthier skin. So why is quadripolar RF better? Well, radiofrequency started off as monopolar (using one probe) and evolved to bi- (two probes) and then tripolar (three probes) radiofrequency. To summarise, the more probes you have on a device, the deeper the radiofrequency and the more collagen it stimulates. Deeper heat also means you don’t feel the heat on the surface which makes it a lot more comfortable too.
3. Liposomal collagen
Not all collagen supplements are equal. Collagen is a protein that is easily broken down by our stomach acids, so protecting it is a good idea, and that’s where liposomes come in. Liposomes are fatty bubbles which protect the collagen, resulting in up to 95% effective absorption. So when buying collagen supplements, look out for this formulation! And don’t bother with creams that contain collagen – the protein is far too big to be absorbed via the skin.