Perhaps for you, like many, the first time you heard about collagen, it was being spoken about in terms of collagen lip or facial fillers. Collagen was indeed used in cosmetic fillers in the early days of such practices to plump and lift the skin. But now, more modern fillers contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that help to stimulate collagen production, instead of actual collagen that would’ve required an allergy test.
But that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its uses in other skin care products that are designed to be used at home, with no need for any allergy testing.
The benefits of collagen are far more wide reaching than something exclusive to cosmetic surgeons and aesthetic clinics. And using it can also be far less painful than filler injections, too. Therefore, it’s a win all round if you don’t fancy injecting things into your face.
So, what is collagen, how can it be used at home and what benefits does it have? Here’s everything you need to know about collagen for skin health.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that acts like a biological scaffold for the skin. In fact, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it gives both elasticity and strengthening properties to the skin. It’s also found in the blood vessels, bones, tendons and some organs where it helps to provide strength by acting a glue that holds these tissues together. Collagen is also involved in wound healing. When we injure ourselves, the skin releases more collagen to help repair the skin and heal the wound.
We like to imagine collagen as a lattice, criss-crossing in minute strands under the skin, holding up the layers of skin above, keeping them plump, lifted and youthful.
Collagen is now found in all manner of skin care products from masks and moisturisers to professional fillers and even supplements and drinks. The problem is, applying collagen to the skin doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s getting deep enough into the dermis.
However, over time, as part of the natural ageing process, we gradually lose our natural levels of collagen, usually from as early as our 20s. As we do, part of this framework loses strength, causing tiny holes in the collagen scaffold (remember, this is all on a microscopic scale).
These weakened areas can then no longer hold the skin as they used to, causing the skin to begin to droop, leaving behind sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles – the tell-tale signs of ageing.
What does Collagen do for Skin?
We can choose to grow old gracefully, embracing the consequences of the normal ageing process. Or we can choose to give nature a little helping hand, and use skin care products that help to boost collagen levels.
Collagen for skin is a type of collagen that can come from various sources, that’s then added to skin care products designed for helping to support plumper, more youthful skin.
What is Marine Collagen?
Some collagen for skin care is derived from cows (referred to as bovine collagen) and some is derived from pigs (called porcine collagen). However, increasingly, collagen for skin care formulations is made from fish, or so-called marine, sources.
Collagen used in skin care is also usually of the hydrolysed version, too. This means that it’s been broken down with enzymes into smaller molecules more capable of penetrating the skin and getting to where they need to be.
Is Collagen Good for the Skin?
Yes, using collagen based skin care products that help to boost natural collagen levels is very beneficial for the skin.
Not only that, collagen helps to keep the skin well moisturised which helps to keep the skin feeling supple and elastic, with more softness and smoothness, also helping to minimise those tell-tale signs of ageing.
Tell Me How to Use Your Collagen Eye Patches!
Collagen is now found in all manner of skin care products from masks and moisturisers to professional fillers and even supplements and drinks.
The problem is, applying collagen to the skin doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s getting deep enough into the dermis, injectables are often cost and commitment prohibitive and can be uncomfortable and collagen drinks may be pointless as they can be broken down by the gut before they’ve had a chance to reach the skin.
So we have the perfect answer – Vice Reversa Microneedle Wrinkle Eye Patches.
Collagen helps to keep the skin well moisturised which helps to keep the skin feeling supple and elastic, with more softness and smoothness, also helping to minimise those tell-tale signs of ageing.
With 2,600 dissolvable microneedles and other skin boosting ingredients such as peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid, you won’t feel a thing as they deliver these beneficial ingredients deep into the lower layers of skin. We use hydrolysed marine collagen that penetrates deeply into the skin, delivering these beneficial ingredients where they’re needed.
Our microneedle wrinkle patches help to plump the skin, minimise dark circles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking to grow old a little less than gracefully, then Vice Reversa has got you covered.