The Best Collagen-Infused Products for Your Most Supple Skin Yet

by StyleCaster .
Jan 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Gone are the days when you had to go under the needle for a dose of collagen. Today, the powerhouse protein, responsible for making our skin look and feel plumper, is being infused into creams, serums and even ingestible powders. There’s a reason it continues to be a buzzy beauty topic. It’s long been linked to major health benefits that go beyond your complexion, and it isn’t just for “old” folks. Ahead, NYC-based celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe breaks down everything you should know about collagen and why it’s wise to start using it sooner than later.

For starters, it’s important to understand what collagen is and how it works in our bodies. “Collagen is a vital component of most structures in the body and plays a role in the support of skin, muscle and bone,” says Bowe. “It’s the body’s most abundant protein and the main connective tissue that holds us together.” This explains why a loss of collagen may result in loose skin or a dull complexion.

There is a greater amount of this structure-building protein in women of color than the amount found in fairer skin tones. “This means those with darker skin tones have less fine lines and wrinkles, but their collagen tends to be more temperamental,” Bowe says. “It’s prone to being disorganized during the repair process, and this results in scar tissue.”

When incorporating collagen into your skin care routine, Bowe suggests looking for products with retinol, peptides and growth factors. To add collagen boosts to your diet, try an ingestible powder, flavored or unflavored, to add to smoothies, drinks or meals. No matter how you try, just remember rebuilding and strengthening your body’s structures may take time. It’s best to wait eight to 12 weeks to see results.

From smoother and stronger skin and hair to muscle recovery, this potent protein is definitely worth the hype. Here are some editor- and derm-approved collagen boosters to try today.

 

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /9: Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen

1/9 :Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen

This serumlike vegan formula gives skin a youthful glow in seconds. We like to think of it as liquid gold.

Genius Liquid Collagen, available on Amazon

2 /9: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

2/9 :Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Turmeric and plant extracts play a huge role in this serum. If you’re looking for a more radiant and smooth complexion, this is worth a try.

Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, available on Amazon

3 /9: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair & Buffer Cream

3/9 :Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair & Buffer Cream

The active 0.5 percent pure retinol in this cream increases collagen production that results in younger and suppler skin.

Overnight Retinol Repair & Buffer Cream, $87 at Dermalogica

4 /9: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Oil

4/9 :Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Oil

Infused with a trio of seaweeds, this nongreasy oil gives a boost of hydration and antiaging properties.

Pro-Collagen Marine Oil, available on Amazon

5 /9: No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum

5/9 :No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum

Looking for a more wallet-friendly option? This drugstore serum will decrease wrinkles with a blend of amino acids, calcium and ceramides.

No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum, $33.99 at Ulta

6 /9: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

6/9 :Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

If you find the average retinol irritating to your skin, try this moisture-rich serum. Its shot of moisture helps to reduce irritation and redness.

Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum, available on Amazon

7 /9: Serucell KFS Serum

7/9 :Serucell KFS Serum

A groundbreaking formula that focuses on the building blocks of skin to produce collagen, peptides, proteins and growth factors that result in a lit-from-within glow.

KFS Serum, $180 at Serucell

8 /9: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

8/9 :Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Plump up skin while you snooze and wake up to a radiant complexion with this retinol-infused oil.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, available on Amazon

9 /9: Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen

9/9 :Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen

Sprinkle this delicious matcha-flavored powder in your favorite drinks or smoothies for a boost of protein and healthy hair, skin and nail benefits.

Matcha Collagen, available on Amazon