Your Complete Guide to Collagen in Skincare
In beauty, buzzwords often get tossed around but one of the buzziest, especially when it comes to skin aging, is collagen.
You’ve probably heard of it or maybe you’ve even taken it by means of supplements or applied it on your face with a serum or moisturizer mixed with collagen.
In both cases, it’s important to note that not all collagen products are created equal. While it’s long and time taking process of anti-aging regimens, depending on what kind—and how you use it—it may not live up to your expectations.
When it comes to anything you’re going to put on your skin, and invest in, it’s important to educate yourself on what collagen is, why it’s one of the most hyped elements of skincare and what to look for when adding it to your skincare routine.
Let’s break it down.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, found in connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. It’s also the main structural protein in the skin, making up 75% to 80% of the dermis (the second layer of skin) which is where most of your collagen is found—and also where it’s produced. Production happens when skin cells—known as fibroblasts—synthesize the collagen that holds the rest of the dermis together, giving skin its underlying structure.
How does collagen effect skin?
Without collagen, the skin would have the same texture as a leather bag. In other words, we need it to keep our skin looking supple, lifted and smooth. When everything is working as it should, our bodies have cellular collagen-making machines called fibroblasts that synthesize new collagen. The bad news is, we start to lose collagen around age 18 because our bodies are not producing it at the same rate. By age 30, it takes a dive, losing an average of 1% a year of our stored collagen, which leads to a loss of skin elasticity, firmness and suppleness.
Beyond age, there are other factors that cause the breakdown of our existing collagen, also known as fragmenting. Some of the biggest contributors are UV rays, pollution, smoking and stress which cause highly reactive molecules known as free radicals. Over time, these free radicals can damage the skin, leading to chronic inflammation, which, in turn, can cause oxidative stress which leads to collagen fragmentation.
The most effective way to compensate for our eventual drop in collagen is by two ways.
First, protect the existing collagen that’s been stored in your dermis by using UV protection daily, even on cloudy days. This simple action helps prevent the breakdown of collagen from environmental stressors.
Second, use skincare actives to support the skin’s ability to produce collagen.
How does collagen benefit skin?
The most noticeable trait of skin rich with collagen is plump, lifted and smooth.
Essentially, when this protein is stored in the skin at high levels, the more radiant, healthy and younger you’ll look.
How to use collagen in your skincare routine?
These can be added to your skincare regime to add along with serum or moisturizer or can be taken separately as supplementation.
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