Collagen is the most important structural protein in our skin and is responsible for giving us that youthful wrinkle-free, plump, firm skin. However, our collagen production starts to decline at about age 25, and worse, other factors like sun exposure, caffeine, pollution and stress, can accelerate the break down of collagen.
Many products, including toners, serums, and moisturizers, thus incorporate collagen in their formulas, promising the hope of turning back the clock by replenishing the skin with collagen. But do they actually work topically?
Collagen is the main structural protein in human connective tissues, most notably found and produced in the dermis, the second layer of skin that sits beneath the epidermis. It consists of amino acids and is a fibrous protein. Besides human, it can also be found in most animals, such as cows and fish.
A point to note is that there is no such thing as vegan collagen, as plants simply do not product collagen.
Collagen is a complex and massive molecule, thus applied topically, it will not penetrate the epidermis of the skin, let alone get down into the dermis——they just sit on top of the epidermis. This essentially means, not only will these topical collagen products not be able to replace the lost collagen to improve fine lines and wrinkles, there is simply no current research showing that topical collagen can stimulate collagen synthesis or growth. Period.
With that being said, collagen has moisturizing benefits when applied topically, so when a toner, serum or moisturizer containing collagen is used, your skin may feel softer and smoother, and wrinkles may look less prominent, but only temporarily until it is washed off at the end of the day. Once you stop using the product, your original skin concern will resurface.
Recent cosmetic technology has allowed collagen to be broken down as hydrolyzed collagen, otherwise known as smaller chains of amino acids. Theoretically, these smaller blocks of collagen precursors can penetrate through the epidermis, and provided that they could actually make their way into the dermis, they may be able to provide the building blocks for fibroblasts to make collagen. However, this theory has not been really clinically tested, nor experimentally proven.
If your ultimate skincare goal is to stimulate collagen production, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and plump and firm skin, you might as well save your money on skincare with collagen, as they won’t do anything besides providing moisture. Instead, add the below ingredients to your routine, as they are scientifically proven to boost collagen synthesis, and prevent existing collagen from breaking down further.
UV rays and oxidative stress can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Ingredients like Mulberry, Cordyceps, Polygonum Aviculare, Broccoli Sprout, Bilberry, and Cilantro, can prevent such daily UV-induced damage, fight free radicals, promote cell regeneration, prevent degradation of collagen and elastin, and reverse photoaging at the cellular level.
UV-R™ <- Click to shop
With Mulberry, which has the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature (10x more than what is found in grape), Bilberry, and other sprecious organic botanical ingredients like Cordyceps, Broccoli Sprout, and Ginseng extracts etc., UV-R prevents and reverses daily UV-induced damages, promotes cell regeneration, fights oxidative stress, and reverses photoaging, thus keeping the skin youthful and radiant.
We have said it many times, and we will say it over and over again.
Retinol is one of the few potent anti-aging ingredients that is widely recognized by both the dermatological and scientific communities. This star ingredient not only activates collagen and epidermal growth factor receptors, promotes cellular turnover, and stimulates self collagen and elastin production, thereby reducing wrinkles, it is also highly effective in treating acne, dullness, scarring, hyperpigmentation and rough skin texture.
Stellar Restoration Corrective Complex <- Click to shop
Featuring star ingredient 1.8% Encapsulated Retinol, as well as White Tea and Green Tea Extract, 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, 2 forms of Vitamin C, Licorice Root, Gotu Kola, Willow Bark, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate and Squalane, the powerful yet gentle watery serum stimulates collagen synthesis and rejuvenates skin to effectively reduce wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, slow aging, and minimize pores in a soothing, hydrating way.
Most forms of vitamin C, L’Ascorbic Acid in particular, are notorious for being highly unstable, easily degraded, and can often lead to acne and irritations. On the other hand, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a stable vitamin C derivative, is excellent in promoting collagen formation, protecting cells against damage caused by free radicals, improving the photoprotective properties of sunscreens, and inhibiting melanin production to prevent hyperpigmentation and brighten skin without irritating the skin. It has also been clinically proven to treat acne!
holi(oil) Ageless Face Serum <- Click to shop
With a base of Rice Bran Oil and Rosehip Oil, which are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A, as well as actives including Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ketogluconate, Damascus Rose Extract and Helichrysum and Sandalwood Oil, holi(oil) nourishes the skin, whilst reducing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting cell and collagen regeneration and self-hyaluronic acid production, as well as reducing redness, scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Peptides are essentially proteins that are the building blocks of the skin. Used topically, they stimulate the growth of new cells and collagen synthesis, regenerate collagen fibers, reduce wrinkles, improve skin barrier function, and slow the glycation process, so the skin stays firm and supple.
Immersion Serum Concentrate <- Click to shop
Besides having ultra-hydrating ingredients including Aloe Vera Juice, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, planet-based-HA Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Bamboo Sap and Allantoin, it is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola and Chamomile etc. to stimulate collagen synthesis, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, brighten and rejuvenate.
Clinically studies have proven this French-patented, expensive ingredient can increase elastin synthesis by 40-45%, increases self hyaluronic acid synthesis by 36-92%, lift skin by 27%, and improve skin elasticity by 16% with 28 days of continued use day and night. Which means, in short, less wrinkles and plumper skin!
holi(c) The C Duo <- Click to shop
A highly concentrated product consisting of only two ingredients. Besides Calcium Ketogluconate that has been shown to have incredible clinical results, that formula's other ingredient, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, protects cells against free radicals, as well as clinically proven to reduce acne. It also acts on melanin formation process in the skin and prevents hyperpigmentation process.
There are actually a few botanical ingredients that are proven to boost collagen synthesis within the skin. For instance, studies have found beta-glucan increases collagen synthesis by up to 32%, Ginseng induces Type I collagen synthesis, Ursolic acid increases collagen and helps preserve the structure of collagen fibers. whilst Sea Kelp, which carries Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E, 46 minerals, 11, micronutrients, and 16 amino acids, gives the skin ammunition to produce more collagen.
Serum Bioluminelle™ <- Click to shop
Combining Carrot Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Green Coffee Oil and Black Seed Oil, which are known to have superior anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as Ursolic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Elastin Protein, Ginseng, Reishi, and Turmeric etc., it promotes collagen and elastin synthesis, improves wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, hydrates, soothes, reduces acne, fights free radicals and slows aging.
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