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What Are the Benefits of a Collagen Facial?

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Collagen facials can help the skin regain some elasticity.
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  • Last Modified Date: 06 July 2014
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A collagen facial helps keeps the skin of the face taut and supple, improving its elasticity and resilience and damage. This effectively decreases the wrinkles on the face, as well as eliminates subtler signs of aging. Collagen is also excellent at water retention and can help moisturize the skin. Combined with a cleansing and exfoliating regimen, regular collagen facial treatments have been found to retard skin's aging process, effectively making individuals look younger and more vibrant.

Collagen is the most common group of proteins in the human body, making up the majority of a person's connective tissue. One of its purposes is to keep skin elastic, making it appear tighter and fuller. As people grow older, the collagen naturally present in their skin begins to break down, forming fine lines and wrinkles. Although skin cells continue to produce collagen even in a person's later years, the rate of the replenishment process usually cannot match the rate at which collagen breaks down. A collagen facial helps supplement replenishment through topical application of collagen.

The skin does not normally permit large molecules like collagen to penetrate its surface, however, rendering direct application of the compound ineffective. A collagen facial often contains additional ingredients that increase epidermal permeability, allowing collagen to be absorbed into the dermis and rejuvenate skin. Skin moisturizers are mixed into most collagen facial formulations to improve the treatment's effect. Other formulations might also contain compounds that stimulate the skin's collagen production for maximum effectiveness.

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When the skin's collagen supply is replenished, it is believed to combine with the existing connective tissue to improve the skin's elasticity and stretches out areas in which collagen has broken down. This helps to smooth out wrinkles and other fine lines on the skin, particularly on the forehead and lower eyelids. Since the skin becomes fuller, it promotes the natural contour of the face and reduces sagging.

Some skin care experts are uncertain, however, whether or not transdermal application of collagen is an effective means of restoring skin collagen. Other methods, such as direct collagen injections, are believed to have better results. In addition, some dermatologists advise against using collagen facial treatments without first testing for possible allergic reactions, as some individuals might develop rashes and other skin discomforts when exposed to the different compounds contained in a facial. Despite these concerns, numerous users attest to the effectiveness of collagen facials as a treatment to reduce signs of aging.

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ddljohn
Post 3

@anamur-- You know there are also home kits for collagen facials that are much more affordable. I saw it online a while ago. It was half the cost of a collagen facial at my doctor's office.

The only concern I might have about these kits is the absorption issue. The article did a great job pointing that out. My doctor had also told me this at one point, that collagen molecules are too large for them to be absorbed by our skin. That's why when professional beauticians do this facial, they use special ingredients in the collagen face masks and heating techniques to help the skin absorb.

So there is a risk that you might buy the home kit and get no benefits from it. It might be best to go to a professional who has experience. I think that the nicer (and more expensive) collagen facial you get, the better the results will be.

I went to one of the best places for mine and they even provided several collagen serums and creams to continue using afterward. The results lasted a pretty long time for me, I would say about six months or so.

fify
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@anamur-- I think that the lady at the spa might have exaggerated a little bit. I have had a collagen facial and I did love it but the results didn't last for a year! But maybe that was just the type of collagen facial I got.

My collagen facial consisted of several collagen facial mask applications followed by special collagen facial creams.

One thing I can say for sure is that it makes your skin feel brand now for about a month after which the results slowly fade off. When I first got the facial, I couldn't believe how smooth, soft and firm my skin felt. Everything just looked better, the dark lines were lighter, my eye area was moist and firm, the crow's feet looked a lot better and my dry patches were gone.

I had the facial done right before my daughter's wedding and I got a lot of compliments on how my skin looked! It was kind of pricey, but I think it was worth it. I would especially recommend it before special occasions.

serenesurface
Post 1

Has anyone had a collagen elastin facial before? How did you like it?

I've been hearing really good things about it and have even researched a couple of spas that are offering it. The only problem is that it's so expensive! The lady at one of the spas said that it's really worth the money and makes a huge difference. She also said that the results last for a year.

I really don't know if I should go for it or not. I have some fine wrinkles and sagging under my eyes as well as dehydrated skin. A collagen facial sounds like just the right thing but I don't want to waste my money if it doesn't work.

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