Like an English lady's hat catching fire at a garden party, healthy skin is positively glowing. Refine your look with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for a body treatment and facial ($170 value)
- $69 for a body treatment and facial with a high-frequency mask and collagen mask ($190 value)
Collagen: Animals’ Most Common Protein, Hidden Within Our Skin
One key protein—collagen—can help keep your face looking youthful thanks to the effects of modern treatments. Check out Groupon’s guide to the invisible foundation of healthy skin.
Youthful-looking skin relies on a key protein known as collagen, which provides the skin with the strength and flexibility to maintain a plump, vigorous appearance. Experts have identified more than 20 unique types of collagen, but the most common form is what makes up the fibrous tissues within our skin, tendons, organs, and bone. The most common protein in the animal kingdom, collagen is produced by nearly every living creature, though the protein is most abundant in mammals, making up anywhere between 25 and 35 percent of the proteins in their entire bodies. The term itself stems from kolla, the Greek word for glue, and it literally translates to "glue producer"—a fitting name, since it practically holds the skin together and keeps the googly eyes from falling off our faces.
While natural collagen fibers have a great tensile strength, time wears on the cells. Every smile places a strain on existing collagen, and the body produces fewer natural fibers as it ages—two factors that together lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Though other mammals must rely on making masks out of coconuts to hide their aging faces, humans can treat sagging skin with topical creams that contain retinoid or retinol to improve cell turnover, stimulate the natural production of collagen through treatments such as microdermabrasion, or use injections of synthetic collagen to fill in for lost cells.
Kristi Sims at The Skin Bar
There's room for both clinical and creature comforts at The Skin Bar. Kristi Sims, the licensed aesthetician and owner, blends the two in her results-oriented approach to skin care. For example, she adds a massage to her facials, or a calming mask, in order to relax the spirits while cleansing and nourishing complexions. When it comes to skin-care tech, she deploys peels and microdermabrasions to combat imperfections such as wrinkles or acne. Her menu also features waxing and tinting. To build a well-rounded team, The Skin Bar's staff includes a licensed massage therapist. The LMT delivers massages that can help folks recover from the aches that come with hunching over a computer or the stress of trying to sharpen a pencil in a USB port.