Let’s talk about skin; it’s a pretty big deal in everyone’s lives, as it’s the largest organ in the body comprising about 15% of the body weight. It should be at major priority to strive for a healthy lifestyle, yet is largely overlooked. We spend money on good foods, hair, nails, makeup, perfumes, the gym, fashion, protein shakes, nutrition, weight loss, vitamins, vitamin drinks, water, Pilates, cleansers, juices and the list goes on and on. We spend this money all to look and feel better about ourselves and the world we live in. But what about the organ we essentially live in? What is the annual budget we spend to protect it, nourish it and keep it healthy and functioning to the best of its ability? Maybe a few hundred dollars on skin creams? Some facials maybe? Not even $10 a week! How much do your gym membership and supplements cost each year? Not to mention the gym wear!! Let’s not even go there ladies!
Dermal Fillers – most effective way to nourish your skin
Now, high-grade cosmeceuticals are definitely a great option for maintenance, however, many of these will not penetrate into the dermis to truly nourish your skin. Most of the time the molecules within these creams are too large to penetrate past the epidermis and make their way down to where it’s actually needed the dermis. Modern cosmetic medicine has found the answer is using dermal fillers, which are predominantly made up of naturally forming sugar proteins called Hyaluronic acid, or HA’s. Roughly 50% of the Hyaluronic Acid in our body is found in the skin.
HA and collagen – essentials for your skin health
HA and collagen are vital to maintaining the skin’s layers and structure. It is the collagen that gives the skin its firmness but it is the HA that nourishes and hydrates the collagen. Imagine the collagen as the stretchy fibres that restore the skin back to shape when stretched. Collagen is like a rubber band, but stretch that rubber band a million times, like what we do with to our skin and without any moisture, and eventually, that rubber band gets overstretched (saggy) and dried out, and will most likely break. This is much the same way the collagen in our skin reacts, leaving our skin in need of moisture. Now, imagine that same rubber band stretched a million times while under water the whole time. Chances of that rubber band drying out and breaking are minimal. Consider the Hyaluronic Acid as the water that keeps the collagen moist and elastic. Collagen is continuously surrounded and nourished by the gelatinous HA substance.
Secrets of keeping wrinkle-free
Young skin is smooth and highly elastic because it contains high concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin to stay healthy. As we grow older, the body loses its ability to maintain this same concentration in the skin, as a result, the skin becomes drier. Hyaluronic acid acts as a space filler by binding to water and thus keeping the skin wrinkle-free.
Recommendations for your skin maintenance
The overall health of our largest organ is suffering, while we spend time and money on more superficial aspects of our appearance and health. It’s not to say stop doing the other things, just look at our priorities and budget and factor HA’s into our future treatment plans for our most valuable and precious asset, our skin!
We recommend, the minimum for HA replacement would be 4 to 8 ml of a skin boosting product such as vital, annually. Quarterly, skin resurfacing and controlled trauma activity such as microdermabrasion, skin needling, laser, metabolic peels, and skin tightening for continual cell regeneration, collagen growth and clarity. Of course, sunscreen should be applied daily, we recommend TGA approved 50 plus Actinic. Available in our clinics.