New to the world of skincare or not, you’ve most likely come across the term “collagen” in your search for a new product. Within the past year, collagen-induced creams, serums, supplements, etc. have taken the spotlight in the skincare world after being touted for their strengthening and anti-aging properties. Because of its versatility, the ingredient is loved by skincare beginners, dermatologists, and those alike, certifying its staunch cult-following to be more than just a craze.
Been wondering what all the fuss is about? We’re here to help! Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about one of skincare’s powerhouse anti-aging ingredients.
What is Collagen?
Comprised of amino acids, collagen is a protein that produces fibers necessary to the strength of our connective tissues.¹ As a building block of our bones, skin, muscles, and tendons, collagen fibers aid in strengthening and holding the body together. This explains why products containing collagen are commonly recommended for those with joint pain. On the other hand, in the heart and internal organs, this ingredient protects the body from absorbing harmful chemicals such as toxins, microorganisms, and cancer-related cells all while maintaining proper blood flow.²
In terms of its effects on the skin, collagen derives its title as the actualized fountain of youth due to its role in combatting signs of skin aging. High levels of such are found in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that totals 90% of the skin’s thickness.³ By helping skin cells stick to one another and enabling blood circulation, high levels of collagen production promote smoother and firmer skin.⁴ Because this holy-grail ingredient is responsible for skin elasticity, a loss in collagen ultimately leads to aged skin that is thin and dry.⁵ Wrinkles and saggy skin also tend to appear once collagen levels have diminished over time.
Through the Years
With the natural passing of time, one can expect a drop in our body’s collagen levels, making the common signs of skin aging visible over time. Through the help of science, several studies suggest that we lose large levels of collagen by the age of 20 as the body begins to reduce its ability to produce this protein.⁶ This loss has been traced to both natural factors, such as constant exposure to sunlight, air pollution, etc., and artificial causes (e.g. smoking, alcohol abuse). Sunlight, having been tagged as one of the biggest culprits, wanes collagen through the harsh UV rays emitted by the sun. By penetrating deep into the dermis, these harmful rays break down our body’s natural collagen levels at a faster rate, thus bringing about premature skin aging.⁷
Today, with the claim to fame of retrieving collagen, artificial supplements have been heavily promoted in the market. Despite the large traction these have amassed, many products still lack sufficient research proving that their consumption can directly benefit skin health.⁸ Instead, skip the guesswork and try our Ancient+Brave True Collagen Powder, an all-natural supplement powder that provides easily digestible and clinically researched Type 1 Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides. Packed with collagen, it’s a simple solution for those seeking a healthy glow and a way to effectively nourish the skin and body from within.
Additionally, one can opt for protection against UV damage by frequently slathering on some sunscreen. For maximum sun safety, maintain collagen production with our Frezyderm Sunscreen, an ultralight broad-spectrum sunscreen that leaves a matte finish.
But if you’re looking for an instant rejuvenated glow, we recommend visiting our clinic for our Hollywood Laser Facial and the Radiant Lift Facial. Notably, both laser treatments make use of cutting-edge technology that painlessly stimulates collagen, revitalizes skin and elasticity, and tightens the skin around the face, jawline, and neck.
With an evolving menu of world-class, science-backed treatments, a growing team of experts, thousands of happy patients, and an upcoming expansion on the horizon, Remedy and its dermatologists continue to anchor their practice on the Remedy team’s support, their patient's trust, and of course, the series of holistic, effective, and innovative solutions that continue to work, no matter the skin condition.
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¹ Marlyn Wu, Kelly Cronin, and Jonathan S. Crane, “Biochemistry, Collagen Synthesis,” in StatPearls (Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing, 2021), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507709/.
² Ananya Mandal, “What Is Collagen?,” June 5, 2019, https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Collagen.aspx.
³ Cleveland Clinic, “Skin: Layers, Structure and Function,” October 31, 2021, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/10978-skin.
⁴ Shari Lipner, “Can Collagen Supplements Really Reduce Signs of Aging?,” NewYork-Presbyterian (blog), August 9, 2018, https://healthmatters.nyp.org/can-collagen-supplements-really-reduce-signs-of-aging/.
⁵ Mandal, “What Is Collagen?”
⁶ James Varani et al., “Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin,” The American Journal of Pathology 168, no. 6 (June 2006): 1861–68,https://doi.org/10.2353/ajpath.2006.051302.
⁷ Caerwyn Ash et al., “Effect of Wavelength and Beam Width on Penetration in Light-Tissue Interaction Using Computational Methods,” Lasers in Medical Science 32, no. 8 (2017): 1909–18, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10103-017-2317-4.
⁸ “Collagen,” Harvard Chan: The Nutrition Source, May 26, 2021,https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/collagen/.