As we age and are exposed to daily environmental stressors, the gradual decline in collagen levels inevitably becomes a concern for maintaining our skin’s youthful elasticity and smooth appearance. Although our body produces collagen naturally, its progressive loss over time results in enlarged pores, diminished skin elasticity, and the oh-so-dreaded emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and a vital component of the skin, constantly helping cells renew and repair themselves. Serving as a building block, it provides structure not only to the dermis, but to hair, nails, bones, joints, muscles and other connective tissues.
Boosting Your Skin’s Natural Collagen
Finding ways to actively amp up your collagen preserves is essential for maintaining a healthy complexion.
At-home microneedling treatments are a great way to start your collagen-boosting journey. GloPRO®, our patented, award-winning Microneedling Regeneration Tool, maximizes skincare absorption and supports collagen production for firmer, smoother, brighter-looking skin with less-visible fine lines, pores, and acne scarring in just 60 seconds a day (It’s painless, promise!).
Once you've got microneedling down in your routine, dermatologists often recommend key ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, and antioxidants to help keep your skin looking plump and rejuvenated.
Pro-grade retinoids (vitamin A) not only help improve skin health but help build back collagen broken down by exposure to damaging UVA/UVB rays. We recommend adding The Nightly into your evening ritual — a non-drying, non-irritating overnight retinol repair serum blended with vitamin A and moisture-locking Hyaluronic acid. These potent, yet gentle ingredients effectively address all four benchmarks of aging: hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and enlarged pores. P.S. Don't forget to apply an extra layer of sunscreen to protect sensitive skin while using any retinoid.
If retinol is not your cup of tea, give vitamin C a chance to encourage collagen synthesis instead. The Daily acid-free vitamin C brightening serum is packed with 8 potent glow-inducing vitamins and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) to help brighten, reduce visibility of enlarged pores and even skin tone while improving moisture retention and skin discoloration — with zero irritation.
Collagen’s Importance Beyond Your Facial Skin
We often focus solely on our face when it comes to skin and selfcare, but it's crucial not to forget the importance of giving our body some love with a well-deserved collagen boost.
Powerhouse antioxidants protect the skin and body from free radicals and environmental pollutants. After your “everything shower,” lather in The Sculptor, a collagen-boosting body cream infused with caffeine and green tea seed oil that stimulates blood flow and helps promote collagen production while proprietary LipoCare™ technology delivers skin-smoothing and firming benefits to help blur the look of wrinkles, cellulite and crepiness.
Of course, diet plays a crucial role as well. Your body requires essential nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, and manganese to produce collagen, and being mindful of incorporating these into your diet is optimal for your overall health.
Supplements for Healthier Skin and Hair
There's no doubt that collagen supplements are gaining popularity in the wellness market. They serve as excellent dietary enhancements, providing both short and long-term benefits for hydration and skin elasticity.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is a top-rated supplement recommended by many derms. Containing collagen peptides, Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, this formula makes it easier for the body to absorb than other forms of protein while providing skin-hydrating benefits which can reduce wrinkles and nourish dry skin when ingested regularly.
Hum Nutrition’s collagen capsules are also widely recommended by dermatologists. HUM Collagen Love combines collagen peptides and Hyaluronic acid for easier absorption. Plus, they contain antioxidants like vitamin C, red wine and grape seed extracts contributing to anti-aging benefits like improved skin elasticity and promoting a healthier complexion overall.
While these are a couple of our favorite supplements, we always recommend consulting your doctor to find the best one that suits your specific health and dietary needs.
Collagen-Powered Best Sellers
If you’re looking for more skincare formulas that are rich in collagen, these bestsellers are customer-approved to add to your routine for an even more enhanced skin rejuvenation.
Bright Eyes - Editor-fave collagen and colloidal-silver infused cooling eye gels depuff, brighten dark circles and smooth the under-eye area in just 10 minutes. Best served chilled, we suggest storing in the fridge for added depuffing power. Plus, they also work great for catching stray eyeshadow pigment while applying makeup.
The Pout - A high-shine, volumizing lip serum powered with natural collagen and Hyaluronic acid filling spheres helps visibly plump lips, enhance definition, improve hydration and reduce the appearance of lip lines and feathering.
Boost your GLOfacial Hydro-Infusion treatment with the GLOfacial Collagen Concentrate - Youth-promoting collagen infusion formulated with plumping and hydrating Hyaluronic acid works to help rejuvenate the skin while providing anti-aging benefits. Firming collagen and smoothing peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more radiant, healthy-looking glow.
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