You Can Boost Your Skin’s Collagen Levels Without Using Animal-Derived Ingredients
Collagen is an important component in not just our skin, but the rest of our body — bones, skin, muscles… pretty much everywhere. But how often do we pay attention to it? Many of us would think we only need to worry about collagen when we’re older, but we shouldn’t wait too long because it’s never too early to start caring about collagen for your skin. In fact, the earlier we start on it, the more effective it’ll be in slowing down signs of ageing.
This protein that is skin’s youth elixir deserves more attention, so we spoke to Payot International Trainer Jessica Dardar to more knowledge on boosting collagen levels in our skin and how the French skincare brand’s new skincare range can do so without using animal-derived collagen. Read on, you’ll thank us!
What are the functions and properties of collagen?
The first function of collagen is to help keep the tissues ‘stuck’ together. The second role of collagen is to maintain firmness because it has a big role in elasticity in our skin and muscles so that they can be stretched. And of course, it has also a lot of hydrating and moisturising actions, and that’s mainly what it does.
The highest concentration of collagen in your body is when you’re in your 20s and after that it starts to decrease and you’ll lose approximately 1 to 1.5% of collagen every year. This is due to the slowing down of skin functions. Your natural metabolism slows down and decreases, so the production of collagen decreases and the quality of collagen is also lowering.
What causes collagen loss and how will it affect our skin?
First thing would be the ageing phenomenon, but of course aggravating factors like the environment, lifestyle, how you’re exposed to pollution, inner and outer stress (stress is sedative so it’s also really bad), all types of free radicals and, of course, UV rays.
When you lose collagen, you’re gonna have skin that is thinner. Collagen is mainly in the dermis with a lot of other fibres, and the role of it is to keep the matrix together and bring elasticity to the skin, so if you lose collagen or if your fibres are broken or not enough, you’re gonna have thinner skin. There will be less rebound, less firmness. You’ll look a bit dull, and you will see the marks of gravity.
When should we start using collagen-boosting products?
It depends on your lifestyle. Most of the time when I get this type of question, I don’t really like to answer a precise age because everything depends on your lifestyle. You can be 30 and have a super-unhealthy life and it’s gonna be visible on your skin, and you can also be 45 and don’t have lack of firmness because you’re super-healthy, there’s more movement, you’re doing sports and everything, so it really depends.
What types of products or treatments can help boost collagen?
Payot’s Roselift Collagène range is a very good example because there’s actually no collagen in it. We just decided to boost the natural collagen production in your body, so the first thing is to have a healthy life and use products that include lipopeptide that will really redensify the skin because it triggers collagen production and it has superb absorption and assimilation with the fibroblast cells that are responsible for collagen production.
And in terms of treatments, I would say all treatments that have massaging. The movement is super-important in terms of firmness because we noticed that after time, what affects the collagen production is the fact that the skin is less and less active. You’ll have less mechanical tension in the skin. If you stimulate that tension in the skin, it’s going to also stimulate collagen production by massaging and beating and pinching movements which are super-efficient.
How do we use collagen-boosting products appropriately?
The stimulation is important, so the more you massage the skin the better. That’s why we’re also launching the new tool, the Face Moving Roller because we know that for sure movement is vital and essential for the skin and even more so for the firmness. I would say do it seriously, apply your creams every day and night rigorously and also take the time to massage your skin.
Apart from skincare, what other beauty advice would you give?
I think nowadays we’re more than ever in a holistic era. Everyone knows that we have to take care of ourselves, in a global way. I would say take care of yourselves, smile and be comfortable with yourselves!