Collagen is an essential protein that supports the health of your skin (especially wrinkles), joints, hair, nails and even your gut.
Unfortunately, we start to lose collagen as we age.
While consuming it may increase over-all collagen, it's not guaranteed that consuming it will be targeted to your face.
Instead of taking expensive collagen supplements, you may opt for drinking bone broth occasionally, instead, which is full of collagen, too.
Having said that, here are five tried and true ways you can stimulate collagen to make sure you're getting the most out of your beauty routine after 40.
1 & 2) PEPTIDES & RETINOL
If you've been with me a while, you know I'm a huge fan of these two powerhouse ingredients, especially for women over 40. Because of their molecular size, these agents have the ability to travel down to the dermis where they need to in order to make magic happen!
This is one of my personal faves! Niacinamide is a B vitamin that naturally occurs in our body and is so powerful when we use it topically. It increases collagen synthesis while keeping your skin moist. It also helps strengthen your skin cells, brightens, helps control oil production, and neutralizes free radicals from toxic environments, similar to Vitamin C.
Take advantage of our advanced nighttime kit with our Advanced Retinol Night Cream (with Retinol & peptides) and Youth Restoring Balancing Serum (with Niacinamide) that works for you while you sleep (not to mention saves you time and money).
4) HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic Acid is one of my favorite humectants, right next to aloe and glycerin. It supports collagen and elastin by keeping them nourished and hydrated. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while plumping your skin for a more youthful look. While it's not a dramatic fix like Botox, when used everyday you will see great benefits that help prevent water loss, and of course -- prevent signs of aging.
5) VITAMIN C
If you've seen my TikTok videos on collagen, you know by now that Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis. If you feel you're not getting enough in your diet, you can incorporate a high quality supplement and use it topically to target any areas you want to bright and lighten. And of course, it's great at preventing collagen from breaking down, too, and causing more damage.
Take advantage of our 2 in 1 Vitamin C + Correcting Serum with hyaluronic acid for dual benefits during the day!
And of course, like any good esthetician should tell you -- be sure to wear sunscreen, like The Good Sunscreen and avoid harsh environments with smoke & cut back on too much sugar, when possible, to prevent future collagen loss.
Have you had a positive experience with any of these? I'd love to know your thoughts below!