Do collagen skin care work? Or are they just a waste of your money?
No doubt that collagen is vital for healthy skin. Thus many skin care companies have decided to add collagen into their skin care products.
But do they actually work? Does it actually convert to more collagen in your skin?
Scroll down to discover all that and more!
What is collagen and what does it do?
You can think of collagen as the scaffolding and buidling blocks for your skin (and also for your other tissues and organs). Collagen together with keratin and elastin combine to give your skin strength, elasticity and structure.
Good news is your body produces the much needed collagen. However (here comes the not so good news) as you age, the production gradually slows down. How much slower you ask? On average, when your 50 years old, you’d have lost almost half of the collagen in your skin!
Collagen sounds good and all. but do collagen in skin care work?
In order for collagen in your skin care to increase your skin’s collagen level, it has to:
- Be absorbed into your skin
- Be incorporated into your skin’s collagen
Let’s look at both the issues:
Most if not all of the collagen molecules in skin care products are simply too large to penetrate your skin. In fact they just sit on top of your skin waiting to be washed off. Well it can function as a humectant and keep your skin moisturised. However there are other more effective moisturisers out there.
And let’s say just for the sake of completeness, some of it manages to penetrate your skin. Your immune system would treat them as foreign bodies and destroys them.
Well and it by some miracle some of the collagen manages to penetrate your skin and survive your immune system’s assault, it still can’t be incorporated into your skin’s existing collagen. This is because your skin’s collagen does not exist in isolation. It is part of a larger structure with other components like elastin, hyaluronic acid, etc.
And yes the same applies for hydrolysed collagen (which are smaller molecules) as well. They simply cannot be incorporated into your skin’s existing collagen structure.
So how can you boost your skin's collagen?
At the end of the day, your best bet maybe to lead a healthy lifestyle (yes healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise) and regularly apply suncreen! This should help slow down the degradation & loss of collagen and help you look younger than your age!
Want to know more? Click HERE for 8 ways to retain your collagen and keep your skin young!