One of the latest trends in the skincare and beauty industry is collagen. In the last couple of years, you've probably heard the term thrown around before. And if you've been to your local pharmacy, you've probably seen dozens of skincare products line the shelves with this word in big, bold, colorful letters.
But what is collagen? What can it do for my skin? How does microcurrent naturally boost collagen?
As is turns out, there are actually a ton of benefits to boosting collagen, especially in the world of anti-aging. And if you'll read on, you'll also discover how microcurrent is actually a great way to naturally boost collagen to help maintain a plump, youthful complexion.
Skin Collagen: What is it and why does it matter?
Collagen is a protein that serves as one of the main building blocks for bones, skin, hair, muscles tendons, and ligaments. It's a protein that is hard, durable, flexible, and fibrous. It makes up 1/3 of the protein in the human body!
Collagen is a connective tissue produced by what is called the fibroblast, a cell that makes the structural framework for skin tissue. Fibroblasts synthesize proteins like collagen to make our skin strong.
Elastin is another connective tissue that gives the skin flexibility, stretch, recoil, and elasticity to the skin. However, much like collagen, this depletes with age, resulting in wrinkles or stretched out skin.
What are the benefits of collagen?
As evidenced by this piece of clinical literature, researchers found that collagen can "reduce the wrinkling and roughness of the skin". Because of this, boosting collagen naturally has a number of benefits including:
- Smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles,
- Hydrating the skin
- Increasing skin elasticity
- Fighting acne scars and stretch marks
Does microcurrent stimulate collagen?
The short answer? Yes! Microcurrent facials promote collagen and elastin production How does it do this?
In order to build collagen, you need what's called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things. Stick with us here!
As we age, our body’s store of ATP diminishes and our cellular functions slow down, increasing the signs of aging. This then decreases our bodies ability to produce collagen!
The mild electrical currents produced by a microcurrent devices mimic the body's own natural signals, increasing the amount of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by as much as 500%!
Clinical studies consistently show that microcurrent also increases:
- Blood circulation by 35%
- The number of elastin fibers by 45%
- The length of elastin fibers by 50%
- Glucose production (gluconeogenesis) by 40%
- Collagen by 14%
- Lymphatic drainage by 28%