Every year, there's a new trend or the latest and greatest solution for any skin woes. We know it's easy to get stuck googling your skin concerns or trying to pinpoint what might actually work for you, but the good news is, we’ve already done that for you!
We spend a lot of time researching and investigating new technologies and choose only scientifically backed treatments. Our reputation relies on us providing more than just passing trends but instead offering effective treatments that get visible results. This year we are hot on the collagen trend and collagen banking your skin!
As we age, our body starts losing more collagen. This begins during your late 20's when enzymes that break down collagen start increasing in activity beyond what the body can naturally replenish. Essentially this means that collagen breakdown starts to outpace new collagen production. To counteract this though, it's never too early or too late to begin replenishing your skins collagen levels, and you can mitigate future collagen loss by having collagen-stimulating treatments. Collagen banking refers to the idea of boosting collagen production now so that your body will have more of it later when your skin needs to replenish what’s been lost. Collagen gives the skin structure and prevents fine lines and wrinkles, so more collagen is always good for skin health and glow, and slowing the ageing process.
Think of your collagen like drinking a glass of water with a leak. If you keep refilling it you will always have water. If you don't, it will eventually all disappear. Having collagen-stimulating treatments when your body is still able to generate collagen will improve the health of your skin for both the short and long term.
What are the first steps?
All skin journeys start with a thorough analysis of your skin. By having an advanced skin consultation your therapist can begin to understand the journey you have been on with your skin and work out the leading cause of your concerns, the level of cellular damage, and create a picture of your overall skin health. This ensures your therapists can create a bespoke treatment plan for you, leading to real, achievable and long-lasting results.
What treatments help bank collagen?
At About Face, we have a large "toolbox" of treatments to choose from which can help stimulate collagen and elastin production in different ways. Some of our favourites are:
Fraxel Laser - Fraxel re:fine is the worldwide gold standard in anti-ageing lasers and one of our most potent courses of treatment. Fraxel re:fine works by stimulating the growth of new collagen from the inside out, helping eliminate dark spots and prevent fine lines from appearing! This enables you to keep that youthful, radiant, healthy glow and put your best face forward at any age. Fraxel is our most powerful course and we recommend a ‘top-up’ course every two to three years. Learn more here.
Clear + Brilliant Laser – is a gentle preventative skin treatment (we like to call it our baby Fraxel) that refreshes your skin from the inside out. The laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger-looking tissue. It’s the perfect solution for renewing your skin and helping to slow or prevent early signs of ageing and maintaining radiant and glowing skin. We recommend a Clear + Brilliant course every 18 months. Learn more here.
Dermapen® 4 – will help your skin be healthier, look brighter, tighter and more even-tones with refined pores and reduced wrinkles. It’s a breakthrough micro-needling treatment that glides over the skin, creating millions of fine fractional channels. These channels can carry up to 80% more nutrients deeper into the skin. In turn, stimulating your body's natural response triggers to increase the production of collagen and elastin, as well as resurfacing, retexturising and overall skin renewal. Learn more here.
How many treatments do I need and how often?
We tailor the number of treatments to your concerns and the results you want to achieve. An effective treatment plan usually includes three to four treatments over four months. However, ageing is an ongoing process. These treatments will push pause on your ageing and help boost levels of collagen. But you will continue to age, and need to keep chipping away with good nutrition, skincare and regular maintenance facials.
About Face are proud to be the first in New Zealand to be able to offer the Clear + Brilliant and Fraxel Re: fine, due to the science behind these gold-standard lasers. We have two dedicated trainers who coach and mentor our therapists and we never compromise on the quality and standard of practice and ongoing education that our therapists undertake.
During July or August, you can book a FREE Advanced Skin Consultation with one of our skin experts to start your journey to visibly health skin. We are here to help and would love to see you in one of our clinics.