With so much talk about collagen, we thought it was about time we break it down and discuss what collagen is and how it impacts our skin. Though collagen is found in many skincare products, our body actually produces collagen naturally. It’s a non-dissolvable, fibrous protein that acts as support for our cells including our bones, muscles, and of course, our skin. Collagen is important for the strength and elasticity of our skin.
Collagen is found in the dermis, the second layer of our skin. Skin cells found in the dermis synthesize the collagen that holds the rest of the dermis together. This enables our skin cells to withhold their structural integrity. It also allows our skin to naturally replace and restore new skin cells. However, as we age, our body’s natural ability to produce collagen slows down and because of this, the structural integrity of our skin is affected. This means fine lines and wrinkles are more likely to develop as we age. So, one of the key things we should be doing for our skin is finding ways to prevent the loss of collagen as well as restore it.
As collagen is a large molecule made up of three chains of amino acids, it can be hard for our skin to absorb collagen on its own. However, in Korean skincare, many brands focus on breaking these down into smaller molecules. This process of rupturing the chemical bonds with water molecules produces smaller molecules of collagen, resulting in what we call hydrolyzed collagen - which can absorb more effectively into the deeper layers of our skin. Hydrolyzed collagen is a powerful antioxidant meaning it can reduce and prevent our skin from the external environment. This is important as the external environment can speed up the depletion of collagen in our skin, meaning faster signs of aging. Now it’s clear that collagen is the ingredient to search for when looking for anti-aging care. But with the help of other key skin-firming ingredients, the effect can triple up! Here are some products that give our skin collagen while also containing ingredients to prevent prematuring as well.
For all our Beauties looking for a product that can plump up the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the Mizon Original Skin Energy Collagen 100 could be one to try out. This product’s top ingredient is hydrolyzed collagen so our skin can effectively absorb the benefits of collagen to provide anti-aging benefits to plump up our skin. This product also contains copper tripeptide-1, a complex that stimulates the breakdown of large collagen found in our skin cells to produce smaller collagen molecules afterward. Not only does it have the ability to boost our skin’s collagen production but this product has added antioxidants from Vitamin B as well as hyaluronic acid and birch sap to hydrate, which makes this ampoule suitable for our Beauties looking to plump up and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Kyung Nam Pharm
With collagen being so important for our skin health, we should also take into account the nutrition that we need for better skin health too. By applying collagen in skincare and combining it with collagen consumption like Kyung Nam Pharm’s Gyeol Collagen sticks, the skin will see a much more effective change. Due to collagen providing antioxidant benefits, these collagen sticks will prevent skin damage from things like UV rays and pollution to help strengthen the skin. As collagen also helps with hydration, the elasticity and texture of the skin will be more plump and smooth. Kyung Nam Pharm’s collagen sticks also contain various vitamins for an even higher antioxidant care to help with the production of collagen in the skin cells. Plus, with a refreshing lemon flavor, these collagen sticks are a win-win!
In addition to using products that contain collagen, we should also find ways to increase our skin’s natural ability to produce collagen as early as our mid 20’s when collagen production starts to slow down. Antioxidants like vitamin C are great to increase collagen in order to hold our skin cells together. The Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximising Cream could be one to try out for our Beauties in their 20’s looking for a lightweight cream to also brighten their skin’s complexion. The majority of the antioxidants found in this cream come from sea buckthorn water for anti-aging care while repairing the skin.Vitamin C works wonders with vitamin E as it is even more effective when combined together to combat the negative impacts of the external environment. This means you can really get the best out of the antioxidants contained in this cream. With both vitamin C and vitamin E working together in this cream, it’s able to promote the formation of collagen in our skin cells as well as remove free radicals. This fast-absorbing cream will help our skin’s collagen production for plumper and smoother textured skin.
Taking care of our skin from the outside is important but we shouldn’t forget that our skin health is also affected by how we take care of it internally. Prevention is key when it comes to skincare so protect our skin with ingredients you know your skin loves.
Let’s all do our best to keep our skin happy and healthy.
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