Collagen: 80% of Your Skin
A full 80 percent of the dry weight of your skin consists of the protein collagen. It’s therefore the most prominent of the three main components to your skin’s extra cellular matrix — the tissue that gives skin its structural support. The other components are elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs).
Sun Damages Collagen
Collagen gives skin its strength. Elastin fibers give skin its ability to stretch and recoil (the source of the term elasticity). With repeated sun exposure, both collagen and the elastin fibers become damaged, causing skin to lose its structure and, eventually, to wrinkle and sag.
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The Sun “Flips” the DNA Switch
As we expose our skin to the sun over time, the sun’s ultraviolet rays activate genes that are already in our skin, causing them to function in an abnormal way, producing damaged-looking skin. Skin treatments may reverse this process by creating newer-looking skin.
Wrinkle and anti-aging treatments include the following: Laser Skin Resurfacing, Fractional Laser Resurfacing, IPL, Radiofrequency Rejuvenation, SmartSkin and Injectables/Dermal Fillers.