At this point in your skincare journey you’ve probably heard of collagen, but maybe not in the best of terms. Bad lip injections are often the result of too much added collagen, and maybe you’ve resigned this ingredient as something to be managed by plastic surgeons. As it’s started to reappear in topical skincare, it’s time to reevaluate this beauty mainstay.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the main protein in your skin and connective tissues. It’s the glue that holds your skin together, and keeps it looking plump and fresh. In fact, even the word "collagen" comes from
the Greek prefix kólla
meaning "glue" and the suffix gen
meaning "producing." Combined with luxury ingredients like Rose, Vitamin C, and 24K Gold, Collagen can do wonders for your skin.
How Does It Works ?
Collagen gives youthful skin its sought after elasticity and firmness. But after you turn 18, you lose collagen
by about 1 percent per year. That’s one reason why your skin can wrinkle and droop as you age. Other factors that can contribute to collagen loss include sunlight, smoking and too many sugary foods. But if you use collagen products, you can help counteract some of the environmental and natural causes of collagen loss by using it to build new proteins that help keep your skin pillowy.
Since collagen also works as an amazing humectant, it’s possible results from incorporating collagen are simply due to increasing moisture levels. The jury’s still out on whether or not our skin can fully absorb the large collagen molecule, but many experimenting with initial treatments have reported seeing great results. There have been very few studies involving topical collagen in skin care, so we don’t know whether it can penetrate the skin's barrier and work as the miracle building block it is. Other ways to incorporate collagen into your beauty routine is through your diet. Try bone broth or mix in collagen powders for added results.
But if you're like us, it certainly doesn’t hurt to incorporate collagen into your daily routine. The ingredient is safe for all skin types, and if it’s proven as effective as it seems to be you’ll be ahead of the game. Check out the guide below to see how you can incorporate collagen into your skincare routine.
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