- $375 for Plasma Gel Stem-Cell Activating Face-Lift Treatment ($800 value)
Collagen and Elastin: The Hidden Benefactors of Youthful Skin
Some spa treatments can boost the production of collagen, which is vital to vibrant, youthful skin. Check out Groupon’s guide to the skin’s invisible foundation.
A cooked noodle bends because it’s saturated with water. On the other hand, a uncooked noodle is dry and brittle, making it easy to snap in half. The same principle applies to skin—well-moisturized skin is flexible and resilient, whereas dry skin is prone to structural damage. Beyond moisturizing, however, skin relies on two molecules—more specifically, two proteins—to maintain its youthful appearance: collagen and elastin. The most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, collagen helps tissues withstand stretching, resulting in plump, durable skin. Elastin, meanwhile, helps tissues stretch in the first place, forming bundles of elastic fibers that make the skin strong and flexible. Working in tandem, these two proteins give skin a taut, voluminous quality that’s prized among hot-air balloons. Even healthy skin is no match for nature, however. Factors such as aging and sun damage can drain the skin’s moisture and weaken its proteins, sapping it of its youth and vigor.
Although it’s impossible to actually reverse time, it is possible to regenerate the proteins that make skin look young through a small act of deception. Treatments such as laser or radiofrequency resurfacing and microdermabrasion facials trick the skin into thinking it needs to repair a wound, in which case it amps up collagen and elastin production to rebuild the “damaged” foundation, resulting in an even stronger foundation than before. Topical agents such as retinol creams and plant-based acids also encourage cell synthesis, and as always, staying hydrated is vital to helping your face resist wrinkles and keep from shriveling back into a sponge capsule.
A Chat with Anti-Aging Clinic LLC
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a full service Anti-Aging Clinic. We treat beauty from the inside and out. This is a friendly and relaxed environment where everyone is someone special. Our pricing is reasonable and affordable. We meet competitor prices.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are one of the few multi-lingual naturopathic medical clinics in the Central Corridor of Phoenix. (English and Spanish) Our clinicians are dedicated to healing the community, so we can all become healthy, happy, and enjoy our lives. Dr. Melanie Icard NMD welcomes you!
What do you love most about your job?
Connecting with people is both the reason and the benefit of providing natural medical services to the Phoenix valley and beyond. We love to take time to connect with all of our clients. The energy of our doctors is uplifting, and you will never be rushed in and out of your appointment.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Our clinicians are compassionate and licensed medical doctors. Turning a sick body into a healed body, and helping patients to regain a positive mental state, is the best compliment that we could receive! With our top-tier medical care, we will get you where you want to be. We are here to help!