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What is Collagen?

Collagen is a word used a lot in the beauty industry - we’re often reminded of its importance and how different products can boost its production. But what actually is it and why is it so important to the health of our skin? Read on to discover four key facts about this complexion-boosting protein.

What is Collagen?

1. Collagen is vital to the human body

Collagen makes up the vital cushioning second layer of the dermis and is responsible for the skin’s plumpness and firmness. Humans also rely upon over a dozen different types of collagen to ensure the healthy functioning of the body.

 

2. Collagen does deplete over time

Sadly, collagen production slows down in your mid to late twenties and early thirties. After that, we lose approximately 1% of collagen every year. This is a natural part of ageing but it also exasperated by UV exposure, pollution and lifestyle factors such as smoking. You can protect your skin from these kinds of harmful aggressors with high SPF sunscreen and by leading a healthy lifestyle.

 

3.Good skincare can help to restore collagen levels

The good news is that active ingredients such as retinol can help to restore collagen levels in the skin when applied topically. This can sometimes be too harsh, however, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, but other active ingredients such as vitamin C and glycolic acid are alternatives. Try a serum or moisturiser that includes these ingredients to help improve plumpness, such as Vichy’s LiftActiv Vitamin C and Brightening Skin Corrector. Containing 15% pure vitamin C, it’s designed as a 10-day treatment during busy times, helping the skin to look smoother, bouncier and more hydrated. Apply 4-5 drops daily to clean, dry skin and gently massage into the skin.

 

4.Include collagen-boosting foods in your diet

You can also boost your natural collagen levels from the inside out with antioxidant-rich foods such as oranges, strawberries, grapefruits, sweet potatoes and red peppers. These types of fruit and vegetables are full of vitamin C so help to boost the body’s immune system while supporting the healthy production of collagen.