Collagen: it’s the skincare buzzword of today. Adverts, magazines, product descriptions - they all sing the praises of this magical ingredient, declaring it as the standout cause for incredible skincare transformations. But as we’re drawn in by these glowing results, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the process that makes them happen. What iscollagen? And how does it work? Get clued up about this skincare secret with these five facts, and learn how you can adjust your routine for the most effective results.
It’s the most abundant protein in the body
A lot of the science surrounding collagen is based on the fact that it’s a protein we already naturally produce. And that’s not just in our skin - it's a key building block to bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, making up around 30% of protein in the body. Essentially, it acts as the glue that holds these parts together, being largely responsible for upholding their strength and structure. When it comes to our skin, the effects of collagen are at their most visible - it gives skin the firm, plump and tight appearance we all love and desire.
Our collagen levels decrease from the age of 18
From this point onwards, our collagen levels deplete by around 1% each year, manifesting in wrinkling and dryness of the skin over the course of time.This figure can be increased by a number of different factors, such as sun exposure, smoking, pollution and other lifestyle choices. Women also lose collagen at a higher rate during the menopause. The process can be slowed down, however, and even reversed.
Stimulation is better than intake
The logical way to boost collagen levels may seem to be replacing what’s lost - but this isn’t as easy as it sounds, as collagen modules are actually too large to penetrate the dermis when applied topically. Moisturisers and other beauty products often claim to offer the benefits of collagen by simply containing it, although their content will mostly go to waste due to our skin not being able to properly absorb collagen this way. It’s more effective to stimulate the production process already occurring within our bodies.
You are what you eat
Switching up our diet by adding in some collagen friendly foods increases its bioavailability, allowing our bodies to make better use of it. Vitamin C plays a major role as a precursor to collagen production, so upping your fruit intake is a good start. Chlorophyll is also a precursor - think lots of leafy greens. Beans contain all the necessary amino acids for collagen synthesis, providing a real boost. Omega 3s are really important too, as these fatty acids can only be obtained from our diet - whether you choose to eat oily fish or take a supplement. Meanwhile, high sugar foods are one of the things that speed up collagen depletion over the years, so they’re better off avoiding.
It can be boosted with radiofrequency
3DEEP Skin Science is state-of-the-art technology that utilises radiofrequency to boost collagen levels at a dermal level. This type of energy generates heat within the skin, reinvigorating the collagen already present and stimulating the production process, resulting in tighter, firmer and smoother looking skin. And now, it’s easier than ever to discover the benefits of radiofrequency for yourself. NEWA is the handheld device that allows you to use 3DEEP Skin Science within your own home. You’ll notice instant results following your first treatment, as the device causes existing collagen to contract - then over the course of 12 weeks, skin will gradually appear plumper while fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out. NEWA reverses visible signs of ageing and simultaneously acts as a prevention method, so you can look forward to years of younger, healthier looking skin
Take charge of your collagen levels by incorporating these tips into your current skincare regime.