How To Protect Your Skin's Collagen
There are a few things that make a big difference in keeping skin youthful and in good condition. Protecting and boosting your skin's own collagen is and important one.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin.
You can see from the above image that it provides skin structure, bounce, density, firmness, etc. When those strands collapse, degenerate or are destroyed, you'll see it on your skin in the form of lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, skin thinning, loss of elasticity, uneven texture etc.
The collagen molecules that is added to some brand's skincare products, are too large to penetrate skin - that is why I don't use them in our formula's. Even fractionated molecules of collagen cannot easily (if at all) attach to skin's own collagen. Therefore, it is important that you use products that contain ingredients that will help your skin to perform better and to prevent and repair skin ageing;
- make more of it's own collagen
- help your skin produce better quality collagen
- make your collagen more useable
Key ingredients to protect and boost Collagen
Some key ingredients that will help protect your skin's collagen and boost your skin's production of its own collagen are; Vitamin C, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid (high and low molecular weights), SPF.
SPF - Use every morning
- SPF sun filters prevent UV light damaging the collagen in your skin. Specifically UVA ( A for ageing) rays that are present whether sunny or not and even when you are indoors.
- Look for Broad Spectrum SPF which guards against the ageing effects of UVA as well as the burning effects of UVB.
- Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF20 contains 3 different sun filters to provide a robust SPF 20 as well as peptides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and help with the production of collagen
Vitamin C - Use at least once a day. Suggest in the morning especially if you are using retinol products at night.
- Vitamin C is a very effective antioxidant that helps prevent the breakdown of collagen by UV light rays (even indoors)
- Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, helping your skin to make more collagen
- Over use or very high concentrations can cause skin irritation. More does nto always equal more so stick to little and often
- Treatment Toner™ with Vitamin C contains encapsulated vitamin C. This means it only slow releases once in contact with your skin, so that you get maximum potency over a period of time. This formula also contains hyaluronic acid which hydrates and boosts collagen, and algae containing essential minerals that make vitamins more effective.
Retinol - suggest a maximum of 0.3% PM only
- Retinol is proven to boosts skin's own production of collagen and increase the renewal of skin cells.
- Retinyl Palmitate is encapsulated and slow releases into the skin so that you don't get create irritation on the skin; flaking, redness, peeling etc
- It's better to use this level every day than to blast skin every few days with a higher concentration
- Retinol Resurfacing Treatment™ also contains hyaluronic acid and the Matrixyl Peptide (in clinically tested concentrations) to boost collagen as well.
- If you are new to retinol, start 2/3 times a week with this formula and work up to daily use.
Hyaluronic Acid - the best skin hydrator and helps boost collagen too.
- High & Low weight Hyaluronic Acid boosts collagen production, hydrates deeper into the skin and helps to prevent spots for those that have them.
- It also helps to build and maintain a strong moisture barrier so that your skin can protect itself effectively.
- Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF20, Treatment Toner™ with Vitamin C and Retinol Resurfacing Treatment™ all contain two molecular weights and YPM contains three different molecular weights for a super smooth skin.
It is worth investing in products that protect and boost your skin's own natural collagen to help prevent and repair signs of skin ageing and your skin's own moisture barrier. If you want to know the science behind collagen supplements, watch the video below.
Maleka and Cosmetic Scientist Chris Smith, discuss if the collagen molecule can be absorbed into the skin? If it is fractionated to a smaller molecular size, can it attach to skin's own collagen? Do collagen supplements and drinks work? How can you stimulate the skin's own collagen production, quality and usability? Which ingredients are best? All this and more is answered in this #SkincareScience video.