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Collagen for Skin: A Complete Guide

Posted on October 31, 2019

Most people know about collagen and the role it plays in healthy and glowing skin.

However, before you head out and buy collagen supplements and creams, it’s important to know a bit more about what collagen is and how it works to give such great results.

When you understand the basics, you will be more informed and can find the best ways to boost your collagen levels to have beautiful skin every day.

To help, here is a complete guide to collagen for skin.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a highly referred to name in the beauty and skincare world.

It’s founded too. Your collagen health is extremely important when it comes to the integrity, appearance and structure of youthful-looking skin.

This is why most anti-ageing creams claim they work by either supplementing your collagen levels or providing a way to increase your skin’s natural production.

But what is collagen?

Collagen is a long-chain protein that is found abundantly in your body, from skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons and organs. Your body produces it naturally.

How does skin collagen form?

Collagen within our skin is synthesised by skin cells found in the dermis, which is the second layer of skin underneath the epidermis layer.

What does skin collagen do?

Collagen, together with elastin, forms an internal scaffolding structure for skin across your entire body to provide support and the ability of skin to be flexible.

How does skin collagen affect ageing?

While you’re younger, your body produces sufficient and resilient levels of collagen which gives your skin that youthful glow.

However, as we age over time, our natural collagen begins to fragment, our total collagen count reduces and there is a decrease in collagen’s effectiveness in keeping the surface firm.

This means that our skin’s naturally supportive structure and ability to bounce back diminishes, resulting in the signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging.

While we can’t stop the flow of time, there are ways to protect and improve your collagen levels which will help keep your skin healthy and youthful.

How to protect and increase collagen in our skin

When it comes down to it, the more collagen our skin contains, the firmer and plumper our skin looks.

The best way to minimise collagen loss is by protecting your sun from damaging UV rays which are known to break collagen down. So, you should use skincare products with an SPF rating of 50+ every day, as well as wear a hat and sunglasses, and keep out of prolonged sun exposure.

Another way to improve collagen levels is to provide your body with the natural building blocks it needs to synthesise collagen. This involves eating a balanced diet with protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, bone broth, and beans, as well as Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus, brussels sprouts, spinach and broccoli.

When it comes to collagen supplements, unfortunately, there is little scientific evidence at this stage to show that these have much of an impact on increasing collagen levels to improve our skin’s appearance.

If skin’s collagen levels naturally fall with age, can they be replaced with collagen creams?

The question most people want to know, when it comes to anti-ageing, is: can collagen creams help reverse age-related changes within the skin?

Can collagen creams help stop skin from ageing?

Skincare products all range in their ingredients and methods when it comes to increasing collagen. Most anti-ageing creams contain a form of collagen in them, in an attempt to provide the skin with more of the protein.

Creams containing soluble collagen and hydrolysed collagen are not deeply absorbed by skin but work by forming a second skin barrier to retain hydration and smooth the top layer of skin. Creams and serums which contain collagen amino acids may be absorbed more deeply to have a more significant impact.

While collagen is understood to be an integral part of good skin health and appearance, collagen hasn’t been used to treat skin topically or investigated for topical skincare benefits until only recently. Due to this, there is a lack of published study data on the benefits of collagen creams for the skin.

However, there is a different approach.

Instead of attempting to artificially provide extra collagen, the use of bee venom can stimulate your own skin to increase its own natural production.

Boost your collagen naturally with Skin Doctors Beetox cream

Through the use of bee venom, our Skin Doctors Beetox triples the formation of collagen in 7 days.

It helps to activate your skin cells to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and ageing, leaving your skin looking brighter, firmer and visibly younger.

It’s recommended for aged skin as an effective treatment as well as younger skin as a preventative measure.

Discover more about Skin Doctors Beetox.

No bees are harmed in the extraction of bee venom for use in this product.