One protein has a bigger role than others in keeping the skin smooth, supple, tight and looking younger and that protein is, of course, collagen. Collagen makes up the web that keeps the structure of the body in place.
It is present in all tissues in the human body, as well as in muscles and tendons which need elasticity in order to work properly.
For that very reason, it also exists in the skin. The lack of collagen is what makes the skin look wrinkly, old and saggy and the worst thing is, the body simply stops producing it at one point and there is nothing we can do about it. Or is there?
We may not be able to make our bodies re-start the production of collagen, but what we can do is feed it collagen through facial treatments. Luckily for us, there are plenty of treatments which allow us to do just that, but none is more effective than the basic collagen mask treatment.
Step 1: Cleansing
Those who are familiar with facial treatments know the golden rule: always cleanse first! And in case of collagen treatments, double cleanse! It is of utmost importance that the skin is as clean as possible before the treatment begins in order to get the best results. When finished, remove the cleanser with a cotton cloth.
Step 2: Exfoliation
To go a step further, exfoliate! For this step any kind of exfoliating cream will do, however, it is recommended to use a non-granular exfoliating cream so that it can be removed more easily.
Acidic peels are also an option in this case, but remember that before commencing the collagen mask treatment, the face needs to be completely clean! During this process, a steamer can be used to help open up the pores and help exfoliate the skin better.
Step 3: Hyaluronic Acid
Before applying the actual mask it is a good idea to use hyaluronic acid or some other moisture-binding serum. This will help the skin suck in the collagen even better and produce better results.
Step 4: Collagen Mask
Finally, when the skin is nice and ready, it’s time to apply the collagen mask. Collagen masks used in beauty parlors are in the form of dry square sheets, approximately the size of a regular A4 printing paper. To perform this part properly, the esthetician should fold the sheet in half and cut out a piece where the nose should be.
After this, the sheet is applied to the face and dampened with wet sponges to activate the collagen. At this point, the mask should look and feel almost like a second skin.
When the mask is properly applied, the steamer is turned on and it stays that way for 20-30 minutes until the mask is removed.
Step 5: Moisturizing
As a final touch, a moisturizer is applied to keep the skin looking fresh after the treatment. Before applying moisturizer, the esthetician may apply another coat of hyaluronic acid to help retain the moisture and keep the skin hydrated for a longer period of time.
As you can see, reviving your fatigued skin has never been easier. The treatment lasts for only half an hour and gives incredible results which are immediately visible.
In case you are curious, yes, collagen facials can be done in combinations with other facial treatments and can even work better when combined with AHA treatments or microdermabrasion.
However, remember that whatever you do, the collagen always goes last otherwise it will not be effective. Immediately after the treatment make sure to refrain from swimming or any kind of physical activity which might ruin the effects of collagen.