What is collagen and why is it so important for beautiful skin? As explained by Dr. Meryl Blecker Joerg, dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, collagen is a collection of proteins naturally present in the skin. “Collagen makes up about 75 percent of our skin. It is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body that keeps the skin looking plumped, line-free, and youthful. It adds an alluring smoothness to the skin; it is often referred to as nature’s fountain of youth.”
Unfortunately collagen production declines as we get older. “Not only do we produce less collagen, but the breakdown of existing collagen is also unavoidable,” says Dr. Joerg. Skin can lose its tone and elasticity and we my begin to see lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
So, does this mean we are all destined to have dull, wrinkly or sagging skin as we age? Absolutely not, says Dr. Joerg. “While there is no ‘magic potion’ or miracle that exists in a jar or a pill, there are many exciting ways to keep skin looking healthy and youthful for as long as possible.”