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Everything You Should Know About Collagen & Collagen Facials

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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.

The 5 Biggest Oxygen Facial Benefits

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oxygen facial benefits intraceuticalsSpa Sophia is proud to offer the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial, also known as the "red carpet facial." Made famous by Madonna, the oxygen facial is a celebrity favorite, especially popular with actors right before they have to appear on HD cameras or at red carpet events. But what is the oxygen facial exactly, and why is it so popular? Let Spa Sophia explain all about the oxygen facial benefits... The oxygen facial consists of a painless, non-invasive application of pure oxygen, vitamins, moisturizer and anti-oxidants to the skin through an airbrush. In combination with a mask containing hyaluronic acid, the oxygen facial achieves a great number of beauty benefits. These are the biggest:

1. There are No Side Effects

Since the oxygen and nutrients are atom sized and applied through an airbrush, the oxygen facial is a completely painless and non-invasive procedure. In contrast to some other facials, the oxygen facials therefore doesn't come with any side-effects.

2. Results are Immediate

The results of an oxygen facial are immediately visible, which is why it's so popular with actors and other celebrities. No more waiting for redness or blotchiness to fade.

3. It's a Great Foundation for Make-Up

An oxygen facial makes your skin a lot smoother and softer, which makes it a perfect foundation for applying make-up. Unlike many other facials that  require you to stay make-up free for at least 24 hours, the oxygen facial allows for make-up to be applied right away.

4. Your Skin Looks Younger & Smoother

The pure oxygen that's applied to your skin increases its absorption of nutrients and anti-oxidants, as well as hyaluronic acid. The application of a hyaluronic acid solution is part of the oxygen facial, and increases moisture absorption of your skin. All these things lead to a skin that's more plump and less wrinkly, making you look younger and your complexion brighter.

5. It Increases Collagen Production

The airbrush application of oxygen to the skin increases blood circulation, which in turn is believed to increase collagen production. As many beauty fans already know, collagen is a main component of youthful looking skin. It's like a glue that increases skin elasticity and firmness. As we grow older we lose collagen proteins, which is why we develop wrinkles, so the boost in collagen production is a great benefit!

Want to book an oxygen facial with Spa Sophia? Book an appointment online or call us at 310.564-6676!