Why it’s one of the most googled skincare ingredients and why you need it in your routine.
There is rarely a conversation about beauty and skincare these days that doesn’t include collagen. According to the internet, it’s the skincare miracle that is finally going to rid you of those never ending skin issues. While we know it’s good for the skin and we should most likely be using it, what actually is collagen and will it really change our skin as much as the internet says it will? Here is everything you need to know about the most popular skincare ingredient at the moment.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein that makes up 25% of the protein in our bodies. Its main function is structural, meaning it literally holds our bodies together strengthening tendons, connecting soft tissues and supporting our skin elasticity which contributes to a more youthful appearance. Put simply, it’s the protein building block that keeps our skin looking plump and youthful.
Benefits of collagen:
While collagen naturally occurs in our body, it also breaks down over time as a result of ageing. Adding collagen supplements to your skincare routine by means of topical products or even ingestible supplements will help restore any collagen you’ve lost, keeping skin looking plump while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen also restores any damage to the skin from environmental factors and has been known to help strengthen nails, hair and improve gut health.
The different types of collagen:
While there are many different types of collagen, there is one reigning when it comes to skincare. Marine Collagen is a type 1 collagen made up of collagen peptides derived from the natural seaweed variety Porphyra tenera (or fish for the non-vegan variety). It works to stimulate natural collagen synthesis, helping to firm, plump and renew the skin.
Products that include collagen:
It may be no surprise that the best selling Bali Body BB Cream includes vegan marine collagen as one of its core ingredients. The multitasking beauty cream is an incredible skincare meets makeup hybrid to add to your routine for both a flawless sheer glow and hydration. Working alongside the marine collagen is hydrating hero Hyaluronic Acid and a rich source of antioxidants from Green Tea Extract. Need we say more? Shop the Bali Body BB Cream SPF15 here.