Everything You Should Know About Collagen & Collagen Facials


Pretty much every commercial for facial creams mentions it: collagen. Collagen benefits the skin by rejuvenating it, that's why Spa Sophia offers collagen facials in its Los Angeles spa. Not all collagen products have the anti-aging effects of collagen facials though. We believe that it's important to educate our clients on beauty, so they can select beauty products that actually work and maximize the results of our treatments. For that reason we'd like to tell you a little bit about collagen, its part in anti-aging, collagen facials an collagen facial benefits. Read and learn!

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein - a large biological molecule - that makes up about 25 to 35% of all the proteins in our body. It's mostly found in connective tissue; things like tendons, muscle and skin. The word collagen comes from Greek and means as much as "glue producing." This is because back in the day skin from mammals would be burned and turned into glue. Collagen is what makes our skin elastic, firm and, well, pretty! Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we get older this amount becomes less and less, declining with about 1% a year. Things like smoking, sun damage and a bad diet dramatically increase this number though, so be sure to read our articles on sun protection and foods for beautiful skin.

collagen young and old skin - spa sophia venice ca los angelesDo Collagen Creams Really Work?

Most collagen creams on the market that contain collagen are good for moisturization and a quick skin boost, but don't actually increase collagen in the skin. This is because collagen is a large molecule that doesn't easily penetrate the skin. Collagen molecules are sometimes made smaller by products though, so they can penetrate the skin somewhat better. But even then there's a good chance your body sees the collagen as a foreign intruder, and creates an allergic reaction. Because of this most collagen creams don't have the collagen facial benefits.

While creams that contain collagen usually don't have the advertised anti-aging benefits, creams that boost your skin's own collagen production do work. That's why Spa Sophia only uses collagen boosting creams, and why our collagen facial benefits your skin much more than regular collagen creams.

What is a Collagen Facial?

Spa Sophia's Intraceuticals Oxygen Collagen Booster Facial starts with a cleanse and skin analysis. After this we use our airbrush to gently infuse oxygen, vitamins and Intraceutiacals' Collagen Booster to the deeper layers of the skin. Intraceuticals' Collagen Booster contains collagen messenger peptides that signal your skin to increase collagen production. Next we'll give your face a lovely massage for increased blood circulation. And last but not least, we use some finishing products for moisturization.

What Are the Collagen Facial Benefits?

Because our collagen facial uses collagen boosting products rather than creams that contain collagen, collagen in the skin actually increases, especially with repeated treatments. The exfoliation beforehand thins the outer layer of your skin, which helps it absorb the collagen booster cream better. The massage and moisturization give you a more even and glowing complexion. Another one of the collagen facial benefits is that the procedure isn't painful. Effects are immediate, which makes it a perfect facial to do before an event or photoshoot!

Want to experience a lovely collagen facial at our boutique spa in Los Angeles? Book our Collagen Booster Facial online or call us at (310) 564 6676 to make an appointment.

All Intraceuticals Products 15% Off!


To celebrate the beginning of summer Spa Sophia is having a special sale: During the whole month of July, all Intraceuticals products will be 15% off! All you need to do is come to the spa or go to our webshop, and use the code SUMMERSALE2014. Intraceuticals products are great for summer skin, since they're light, absorb quickly and protect and hydrate your skin from heat and sun damage. Read more about Intraceuticals at the Intraceuticals page, and see the on sale items behind the cut!

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Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Hydration Gel

Keep your summer skin hydrated with Intraceuticals Rejuvinate Hydration! It instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of ageing. Works synergistically with Rejuvenate Daily Serum, dramatically enhancing skin appearance.

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Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Travel Kit

All the Intraceutical Rejuvinate products you need for your skin care routine, travel sized! Great for everyone who's going to be traveling a lot this summer. The Intraceuticals Rejuvinate Travel Kit restores and boosts your skin amongst all the changes of environment. Includes Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel, Rejuvenate Hydration Gel and Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream.

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Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser

A gently foaming cleanser that lifts away impurities and leaves skin soft, clean and radiant. Prepares the skin for Intraceuticals’ 3 Step Hyaluronic Layering.


Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Wand

Portable, take anywhere wand, perfect for travel or your handbag. Contains five brightening ingredients to help lighten the appearance of excess melanin production before it reaches the skins’ surface. Packed with antioxidants to reduce everyday damage. Sodium hyaluronate draws moisture to the skin, continuing hydration.



Intraceuticals Opulence Hydration Gel

Replenishes vital moisture while delivering skin brightening actives. Use as the second step in Intraceuticals’ 3 Step Hyaluronic Layering for a more luminous skin tone.



Intraceuticals Opulence Moisture Brightening Cream

A nourishing cream that locks in moisture, reflecting light for more luminous and glowing skin.



Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel

An effective yet gentle gel cleanser that prepares the skin for Hyaluronic Layering.



Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Daily Serum

Deeply hydrates and delivers anti-ageing actives for immediate results.



Intraceuticals Contour Rejuvenate Eye Gel

An ultra concentrated formula to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eye.



Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream

Smoothes the skin, combats surface dehydration, with Hyaluronic Polymer and environmental defenders protecting your skin from free radical attack. Powerful results, reduces the signs of premature ageing.