What Is Collagen Exactly?
The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is comprised of amino acids that form a supportive matrix, giving your skin its structure, strength and elasticity. Unfortunately, the production of collagen begins to dwindle in our 20's. Fine lines and dullness give way to wrinkles, sagging, sinking and uneven skin tone by our 30's and collagen levels continue to decline 1-2% every year.
We've rounded up our very best, results-driven treatments to dramatically boost collagen function and visibly renew the skin.
IMMORTELLE IN SKINCARE
Sourced from the rugged Mediterranean coastline, the blossoms of everlasting or helichrysum italicum are referred to as immortelle because the vivid yellow flowers never fade.Containing a unique blend of chemical constituents including neryl acetate and diketones, immortelle stimulates microcirculation deep within the skin, boosting collagen and elastin function and accelerating the repair of skin damage.Our PicksIMMORTELLE COLLAGEN RECOVERY MASQUE | AURUM FLAWLESS CONTOUR LIFT | ROSE PETAL YOUTH AFFIRMING SERUM | BLACK ROSE ILLUMINATING CLEANSER
RED LIGHT THERAPY
The first FDA-approved LED device for the treatment of wrinkles, this convenient handheld unit penetrates the epidermis level of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin function. Best of all, it can be used while you're binge-watching Netflix.Our PickLIGHTSTIM FOR WRINKLES
Also known as collagen induction therapy or derma-rolling, this ancient treatment originated in Japan and isn't nearly as intimidating as it sounds. After applying a potent Nahla anti-aging serum, you roll a small tool covered in super tiny needles across the surface of the skin. The rolling creates micro-punctures in the skin, which benefits you two ways. While your serum is able to penetrate much more deeply, the body is busy sending fibroblasts
in to create healing collagen in the affected area. While not exactly comfortable (we recommend doing it in the evening after a glass of wine) your skin is completely normal in appearance just minutes after you're done. This is one of the most effective (and shockingly inexpensive) treatments you can use to target collagen production in specific areas of the face, neck and décolleté.Our Pick DERMAROLLER KIT
If you're considering collagen supplementation, marine sources definitely top the list. Well regarded for the ability to improve skin tone, smoothness, elasticity and hydration levels, marine collagen also has a smaller sized peptide, allowing your body to absorb it fully and resulting in more efficient collagen synthesis.Our Picks MARINE COLLAGEN TABLETS | COLLAGEN PROTEIN SHAKE | COLLAGEN POWDER
A two-pronged dietary approach is best when you're trying to boost your collagen levels. Consider antioxidant and nutrient-rich foods like berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, seeds and garlic, which contain protective compounds that prevent the breakdown of collagen. To increase collagen levels in the body, look to collagen rich sources like wild salmon, bone broth, chlorella, vitamin C (which links the amino acids necessary to form collagen together) and eggs, which contain collagen in the yolk.Our Picks BONE BROTH | CHORELLA | LYPO-SPHERIC VITAMIN C