How to Get Better Skin: Collagen
Collagen is one of those skincare terms we know is “good” for us, but do we really know why? Or what it is? In short, collagen is a protein naturally found in our bodies. In fact it’s the most abundant, making up roughly 25%-35% of the total protein in our bodies. Nice! Collagen is responsible for skin’s elasticity and giving hair and connective tissue their strength. Meaning: it’s essential for keeping skin firm (not saggy or wrinkly) and hair from breaking and falling out.
As with everything else, the body’s natural collagen production declines with age (an inevitable bummer), which is why our skin tends to thin and we experience wrinkles as we get older. It’s all part of the life cycle. While we can’t stop this, or magically create more collagen, we can tweak our skincare routines to slow down collagen depletion and reap its beauty benefits while we’ve got it. A collagen supplement is an easy way to help improve the body’s collagen production. Collagen-infused creams and serums usually contain plant-sourced collagen or collagen-boosting ingredients to give skin an immediate, albeit temporary, “plumping” effect.
If you’re sold on collagen like we are (and why shouldn’t we be?) try one of these collagen-boosting products for better skin:
Tony Moly Collagen Mask Sheet ($3) – Sheet masks are a miracle all on their own (we LOVE K-beauty products), this one delivers the power of collagen, almost instantly, making skin look all smooth, plump, and glowy.
La Mer The Renewal Oil ($130) – The skincare line almost every celeb swears by, La Mer’s beauty oil improves collagen production in the skin, softening lines and wrinkles as a result.
Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask ($18) – Collagen plumps skin, smoothing out uneven texture, and clay purifies and shrinks pores. Best of both worlds! Follow with Caviar Night Cream ($22) for a collagen-rich moisturizing experience.
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ ($38) – A cream-serum foundation that contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, and squalane (more on this later) for combined anti-aging skincare and makeup in one. Offers full coverage and skin looks, and feels soft and “bouncy,” in the best way.
Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion ($84) – A luxurious treatment that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, delivering collagen amino acids directly to the skin for immediate hydration and younger-looking skin.
L’Oréal Age Perfect Night Cream ($18) – A basic night cream enriched with marine collagen to moisturize and improve skin’s strength and natural collagen.
–Claudia Mercado is a beauty-obsessed writer living in Long Beach, CA.