Collagen just might be the most widely recognized and effective skincare ingredient in the world. You can find it described in medical books, on the labels of beauty products, and even inside your own body.
But the properties of collagen remain a mystery to many of us, even those who are in the know when it comes to skin and beauty care.
In today’s blog post, we’ll answer the most common questions about collagen.
What is collagen?
To put it simply, collagen is what makes us look young.
It’s a natural protein that’s fundamental to the structure and health of our bones, hair, muscles, tendons, and (you guessed it) skin. In fact, collagen makes up 75-80% of your skin’s composition.
When we’re young, our bodies produce plenty of collagen but as we go through our twenties, it slowly begins to produce less.
This is most noticeable in our skin, generally, the primary indicator of age, as fine lines begin to appear, skin dries out and becomes less flexible.
This process accelerates as we age and becomes more noticeable, particularly around menopause in women.
Although it’s impossible to eliminate the signs of aging, replacing the collagen that your skin loses as we age can help us all age gracefully.
How do collagen-based products fight against aging?
Collagen-based products such as Nuvadermis Collagen and Retinol Cream help to reduce the common signs of aging by increasing your skin’s hydration and elasticity.
The smooth, healthy appearance that we associate with younger skin is heavily impacted by hydration. When you apply a collagen-based product to your skin it absorbs deeply and moisturizes from within.
Collagen also supports your skin elasticity, or its ability to return to its original state when stretched. Supporting your skin’s natural ability to ‘snap back’ is key to reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Does collagen treat acne?
Although collagen is amazing for skin health, it is unfortunately not generally accepted as a treatment for acne.
Acne is typically caused by imbalances in sensitive skin that accelerate the production of our natural skin oils and lead to clogged pores. These clogged pores often develop into the blackheads and whiteheads that we call acne.
Even though collagen won’t get rid of your acne, it’s still an essential skincare ingredient. If you struggle with breakouts, the combination of collagen and retinol in our Nuvadermis Moisturizer can help increase cell turnover in your skin, a key factor when it comes to avoiding acne scars.
Which collagen products should I use?
Convinced that you need collagen as part of your skincare routine? We can help you with that.
Nuvadermis Moisturizer is a great place to start. Collagen is the star of the show here, alongside renewing retinol and hydrating hyaluronic acid which all work in tandem to maintain your skin and heal wounds from breakouts.
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