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Here’s Exactly How To Incorporate Collagen Into Your Skincare Routine

You’ve probably seen collagen products on your social feeds, whether in ads or placed carefully on an influencer’s recommendations list. They can take the form of drinkable tonics, smoothie powders, or skincare products, and their purported efficacy has long been dissected and debated. Does it really plump wrinkles and create bouncy, fresh, basically teenaged skin? And what even is it, a chemical?

“Collagen is one of the most produced proteins in your body,” explains Dr. Dendy Engelman, MD, FACMS, FAAD, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Mohs surgeon based in New York City. “It helps with muscle strength, skin elasticity, and a more youthful appearance.”

Now for some less-fun news: “As you age, your body begins to decrease the amount of collagen it produces, resulting in weaker bones and fine lines and wrinkles,” Engelman says. While it’s not a magic fountain of youth in a jar, adding collagen — which can be either animal-derived or vegan — to your routine isn’t totally without any beauty benefits. “Applying collagen topically can be a great source of hydration, but there is little evidence to show that it has any anti-ageing benefits,” says Engelman. “The molecular makeup of collagen prevents it from penetrating the skin effectively.”

Ahead, we’ve scoped out the best-reviewed products so you can incorporate the powerhouse moisturiser ingredient into your own beauty routine.

Best Cleanser

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Between the buttery rich texture and the way it whisks away makeup, dirt, and oil with total ease, it’s no surprise that this ultra-luxe cleansing balm is a cult favourite.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, $, available at LookFantastic


Best Treatment

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

This potent skin treatment might just be the closest thing to faux filler: According to some see-it-to-believe it clinical before and after photos, the stuff works fast to visibly minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, $, available at Very


Best Serum

Herbivore Botanicals Cloud Jelly Plumping Hydration Serum

Book an express ticket to hydration nation with this bouncy serum, which has vegan collagen and tremella (aka snow mushroom) to offer fast-absorbing, lightweight moisture.

Herbivore Botanicals Cloud Jelly Pink Plumping Hydration Serum, $, available at Revolve


Best Eye Cream

Tarte Wink of H₂O Vegan Collagen Eye Cream

Treat your peepers to a little T.L.C. with this water-based eye gel, which contains caffeine, peptides, and a vegan collagen complex to create a glowy base for makeup and concealer.

Tarte Wink of H₂O Vegan Collagen Eye Cream, $, available at Tarte


Best Booster

The Inkey List Collagen Booster Firming Peptide Serum

Wear this serum alone or mix it into your favourite skincare for an extra boost of hydration.

The Inkey List Collagen Booster, $, available at Cult Beauty


Best Anti-Ageing

Maryann Organics Day & Night Anti-Aging Cream

This viral Amazon find has racked up a legion of dewy-skinned devotees, thanks to its accessible price point and ultra-moisturising formula.

Maryann Organics Collagen Cream, $, available at Amazon


Best Moisturiser

Moon Juice Cosmic Cream Collagen Protecting Moisturizer

According to reviewers, a little goes a long way when it comes to this rich cream. One satisfied customer went as far as to say that the stuff “erased seven years off my face.”

Moon Juice Cosmic Cream Collagen Protecting Moisturizer, $, available at Cult Beauty


Best Brightening

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream

In addition to collagen, this rich moisturiser contains niacinamide to brighten the skin’s overall tone and texture.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream, $, available at LookFantastic


Best Mask

Mediheal Collagen Essential Lifting & Firming Sheet Mask

For an extra indulgent skin treat, take a 15-minute break to indulge in this ultra-moisturising collagen sheet mask from K-beauty fave brand Mediheal.

Mediheal Collagen Essential Lifting & Firming Sheet Mask, $, available at Soko Glam


Credit: Original article published here.

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