Hello, Beautiful Friend!
Get ready, because I'm going to let you in on an important beauty secret today!
With all the misinformation out there I found it high time we have a real talk about collagen and what will really make a difference when it comes to improving the quality of your skin!
Simply put, collagen is a protein that your body produces. As we age, our body produces less of it. In addition, external factors, like the sun (we all love!) can further break down collagen leading to pre-mature aging.
That's why a good sunscreen is so important because it helps protect the collagen you do have!
When collagen is lost, we often see more signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles and saggy skin.
The problem with most topical "collagen creams" that are on the market is that they can't live up to the claim to help you produce more collagen.
And the explanation is more simple than you may think.
The molecular size of most ingredients in products is too large to travel down to the dermis do its magic (aka stimulate collagen).
According to everydayhealth.com, there's some past research, however, that suggest peptides, which are a short chain of amino acids, can travel to the dermis to help boost collagen production.
You'll be happy to know though, that there's ONE ingredient that's indisputably tried and true when it comes to encouraging collagen production!
Drum roll please... RETINOIDS.
Retinoids have been studied for a whopping fifty years, and I love it that the reports are NOT conflicting when it comes to this powerhouse performer. What's even better is that now we have products like our Advanced Retinol Night Cream that you don't need a prescription for.
A common misconception about Retinol is that it thins out the skin.
Contrary to popular belief, it actual thickens the skin, helps renew skin cells and strengthens your barrier over time.
The catch is that you have to be able to tolerate it. Retinol has a progressive effect on the skin. So if you use one that's too irritating or causes too much dryness your skin will become sensitized and you won't have a chance to use it consistently, much less benefit from it!
What makes our formula different is that, unlike other Retinols or prescriptions, it doesn't dry out your skin and it's safe for sensitive skin.
We use nourishing butters, peptides and humectants to help lock in your moisture so the Retinol (2%) can work for you overnight!
Retinol not only helps stimulate collagen for wrinkles, it also helps lighten dark spots, control breakouts and improves the quality of your over-all skin tone and texture -- win-win!
I don't know about you, but I love it when we have clear research to back up the marketing claims so that you and me can save our time and money.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?
With love & appreciation,
ps. For more beauty secrets and real talk join me everyday around 6pm CST on TT and remember, the more you know the more you glow!