Collagen is an integral part of our body's cells. It's also a cosmetic powerhouse. Here's all you need to know about collagen and how it helps our skin.
What does Collagen do?
Collagen is a protein naturally present in our skin, bones and tendons. It works as a kind of glue that sticks our skin tissue and organs together. It also governs hydration, resistance, elasticity and suppleness.
How does collagen help you skin?
Skin-wise, collagen keeps our skin firm, supple, hydrated and plump. It boosts skin tissue regeneration. Meaning it's a powerful anti-ageing tool. Unfortunately from about 25 years onwards, collagen-producing fibroblasts have a hard time keeping up. Which explains why skin starts to wither and sag.
Collagen in face creams
Creams that contain collagen help combat signs of ageing skin. It won't produce any miracles, but its natural lifting action helps keep our skin smooth and toned. It provides our skin with a supportive 'cosmetic scaffold'. On our skin's surface, it moisturises, plumps up our features, reduces lines and wrinkles and redefines our facial contours. Our skin remain supple and elastic.
Collagen in face masks
Collagen's toning and firming properties make it great for face masks. You can find cream masks that can be left on for a quarter of an hour or so. For best results, give your face a scrub beforehand, so that your epidermis will soak up the mask's goodness. You could also try a collagen-based sheet mask. Simply place the mask on your face and leave it to work. Our tip? Apply any leftover cream to your neck and cleavage!