We do everything we can in a desperate attempt to slow down aging. We try all kinds of products, hyaluronic acid, vitamin serums, you name it. Collagen has always been the number 1 product to turn to when you want to blur fine lines, but does it really work?
Can applying collagen topically really help blur fine lines? Here’s what you have to know. Though many of us have learned to come to terms with the fact that we are all eventually going to age, and our skin will not always look plump and ripe, many are still trying to turn back the clock. Collagen comes in the form of teas, powders, lattes, gummies, serums moisturizers, you name it. All these products promise to blur wrinkles and make your skin look supple and plump, but is that so?
Let’s start by defining collagen.
Collagen is the main component of connective tissues
Collagen is what gives structure to bones, tendons, ligaments muscles, eyes, and teeth –it basically gives our tissues their structure.
When we become older, our bodies decrease the production of collagen and its quality becomes poorer –this is why our skin –and other tissues, of course– starts sagging.
- Topical collagen is a synthetic version that cannot be absorbed by the skin –it can be plant-based or it may be derived from fish.
- Collagen products promise to iron wrinkles, make our skin firmer, supple and elastic. But in fact, what collagen does is moisturize your skin –most of the time collagen molecules are simply too big to be absorbed by the skin.
- Retinoids, on the other hand, do help stimulate collagen production.
So next time you are tempted to buy a collagen face mask, be sure to do some research first!
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