What is collagen?
This naturally occurring protein, abundant in young skin, keeps it springy and elastic. ‘Collagen is produced by the body and is a protein substance that gives skin strength,’ says skincare guru Cynthia Beadle, a licenced aesthetician and beauty consultant for DHC.
How does it make me look younger?
The so-called collagen matrix supports your skin, imparting fullness and elasticity, and helping it appear more youthful. ‘Fine lines are softer because skin is plump and dewy with hydration,’ Cynthia adds.
Since my body creates collagen, do I still need to supplement it?
Yes. Even though collagen makes up 70 percent of the skin’s dermis (the live layer of connective tissue), that amount declines with age. ‘As we age and less collagen is produced, the skin begins to lose its fullness. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles become more visible because the support is compromised,’ says Cynthia.
How do I maintain the collagen I have?
Staying out of the sun is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your skin’s collagen (in case you needed another reason!). Daily sunscreen is also a must. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been shown to cause free-radical damage and increase enzyme action that breaks down collagen and elastin.
You can also eat foods rich in lysine and proline, two amino acids which are abundant in natural collagen, and be sure to get plenty of vitamin C from dietary sources (vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen).
‘Maintaining collagen also means being vigilant with your water intake,’ says Cynthia. ‘Something as simple as keeping the skin well hydrated can not only ward off free-radical damage but also support cell longevity.’
What’s the best way to add collagen to my routine?
There are lots of ways to get more collagen in your life. You can add it to your diet with bone broth and lysine and proline-rich food sources. Or supplement with liquids, pills and powders.
We love giving our skin an extra boost of collagen in a multitasking moisturiser like Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel. This richly textured golden-pink gel tones, hydrates and brightens in one step, while giving your complexion all the gorgeous skin-firming benefits of collagen.