Keeping your complexion glowing definitely involves some work. But relax: we found some stellar products that help support skin's basic functions, like maintaining collagen—a strong substance that holds skin together. Lars Fredriksson, the Stockholm-based founder of Verso Skincare, gives us a crash course on the importance of tending to collagen.
Learn why you should add collagen boosters to your regimen!
1. Collagen Is the Foundation to Good Skin
Your body already has a good stock of collagen: it composes your hair, skin, and nails. "It's a protein that's actually one of the most abundant and key components of your skin," Fredriksson says. "It gives skin its elasticity and supports surface structure to hold everything into place."
"Good collagen is like spaghetti 'al dente,' compared to overcooked spaghetti that breaks easily and is soggy and loose."
2. Collagen Can Disappear Over Time
"Collagen production declines with age," Fredriksson says. He likens the process to, uh, pasta. "Good collagen is like spaghetti 'al dente,' compared to overcooked spaghetti that breaks easily and is soggy and loose." That's why it's important to start thinking about adding collagen-rich products to your routine. Fredriksson suggests starting in your mid-20s.
3. Collagen Can Be Replenished
You can always use collagen-rich cosmetics to help boost the good stuff. "Retinol-based creams have been shown to increase the skin's collagen production," says Fredriksson, "which help produce firmer skin, improved texture, and better barrier protection," he says. There are also ingestible collagen supplements: Fredriksson says that ones with high dosages of collagen could penetrate skin from the inside.
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Apply these to key areas like your face, neck, and hands, where signs of aging tend to attack first.
Use these formulas occasionally to give your complexion a glowing boost.
Indulge in a relaxing mask that will firm and brighten up your face.
Take supplements as directed on their packages (after consulting with a doctor!).