When it comes to Collagen, some associate it with fillers and cosmetic procedures, some know it as the thing that makes your skin ‘bouncy’ and then there are others who add it to their basket every time we purchase a new moisturiser but aren’t too sure why; the one thing uniting all parties? What actually is Collagen and should we really be looking for it in our skincare?
What is Collagen?
Though most talked about in relation to skin, Collagen is the most prominent protein in our bodies (around 25-30%!) and not only lives in our skin, but also makes up most of our connective tissues, including our muscles. Why is it so hyped in the skincare universe then? Simply put, Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin looking youthful and wrinkle free. It’s strengthening properties play a huge role in keeping the skin smooth, hydrated and strong, helping to protect against wrinkles and dryness. Naturally, like all of our other proteins, the body produces it’s own Collagen so do we really need it in our skincare?
Why do we need Collagen?
Unless you’re one of the lucky few that manages to preserve their baby faced smooth skin until their late thirties, for most of us, our body stops producing as much Collagen around the age of twenty, with around a 1% decrease each year (often associated with an increase in the frequency of requests for ID). As our natural Collagen drops, the skin is more prone to dryness and wrinkles, making it look less plump and older. This is where Collagen supplements and skincare comes in.
Can Collagen be found in Skincare?
As Collagen is found in the deeper layers of the skin, otherwise known as the Dermis, topical Collagen often struggles to penetrate the skin enough to actually make a difference. However, this isn’t game over. Although we can’t directly absorb Collagen from our skincare products, there are skincare ingredients that support the skin’s natural ability to produce more Collagen, as well as protective products we can use to prevent the depletion of our existing levels:
- Peptides: stimulate Collagen production.
- SPF: too much time in the sun can speed up the ageing process by reducing Collagen production, therefore wearing a high factor SPF helps protect against the damaging affects of UV Rays.
- Retinol: helps promote cell renewal and boost Collagen production
- Free Radical Fighting ingredients including Green Tea and Vitamins C and E which protect the skin from environmental damage that can also harm Collagen levels.