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Why does the skin need collagen? The best Korean cosmetics with collagen

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Collagen is a substance known to every woman who struggles with flabby skin, cellulite and wrinkles. What is collagen and what happens to your body when it runs out? Learn about the mysterious properties of this component and see if collagen cosmetics really work!

What is collagen and what functions does it perform in the body?

Collagen owes its name to the Greek word "colla" ("glue"), because it is the main component of the extracellular matrix, gluing skin cells together. It thus forms the framework that supports the tissues.

Collagen is a natural protein in the body that is one of the main components of connective tissue (i.e. the binding substance that binds cells together). It is the building block of most human internal organs, such as skin, bones, teeth, cartilage, tendons and blood vessels. 

It makes up to 30% of all proteins in your body and over 60% of the building blocks of your skin! Collagen also fills the cornea of your eye. Collagen stimulates the cellular remodeling process so wounds heal quickly and your body regenerates.

Collagen is a very flexible and strong protein. It therefore forms a protective layer on internal organs such as the stomach, liver and kidneys. It also plays an important role in the immune system, helping to protect the body from bacteria, toxins and cancer cells.

What role does collagen play in the body?

  • Skin is smooth and tight, hair and nails stay in good condition.
  • Bones and joints function well and heal well.
  • The circulatory system works properly (collagen provides elasticity to blood vessels).
  • Wounds heal quickly and well.

Unfortunately, as we age, collagen production in the body begins to decline. After the age of 30, more is lost than is created. It is estimated that from the age of 25 we lose about 1% of our collagen each year. Cellulite appears, the first wrinkles appear, hair falls out and joint bones begin to hurt.

What can you do to do something to delay this process?

  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid stress-cortisol (the stress hormone) accelerates the breakdown of collagen.
  • Adopt a healthy and balanced diet (avoid sugar and provide your body with as much iron and vitamin C as possible).
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don't smoke and reduce your alcohol intake as much as possible.

Collagen in cosmetics

How is collagen obtained, which is then used in cosmetics? Nowadays, collagen is also obtained from freshwater fish, the bighead carp. Studies show that it is more similar to "human" and therefore more effective.

Anti-aging effect

Collagen is mainly used in anti-wrinkle cosmetics. It helps to improve skin condition and reduce wrinkles.

Anti-acne effect

Collagen is also recommended for acne skin care. First, collagen helps regulate the sebaceous glands, preventing them from clogging. In addition, collagen has an anti-inflammatory effect. It will also help smooth out acne scars.

Collagen in hair care

Collagen is included in many hair care products, mainly conditioners and masks. It prevents hair loss, gives hair elasticity and shine. It is also used in professional procedures in hairdressing salons, aimed at restoring hair structure.

Does cosmetics with collagen really work?

It depends on the quality of the cosmetic and the regularity of its use. The collagen content in cosmetics should be as high as possible. Collagen should not be combined with the simultaneous use of salicylic and fruit acids, as well as retinol, zinc and sulfur. Cosmetics with collagen work best if applied on well-cleaned skin.

Collagen in cosmetics - for whom?

Because of its protective, firming and moisturizing properties, cosmetics with collagen are particularly recommended for skin care:

  • Dry and dehydrated,
  • Mature, with visible signs of aging,
  • Sensitive, Irritable,
  • Problematic,
  • For scars, and inflammation - collagen speeds up the healing and regeneration of the skin.

Korean cosmetics with collagen

Let's take a look together at what Korean cosmetics contain collagen.

Anti-wrinkle creams with collagen

As we age, collagen production slows down, leading to signs of aging. Many collagen creams contain vitamin C and peptides that promote collagen production.

Goodal Apricot Collagen Youth Firming Cream 

Collagen rejuvenating cream will help take care of your skin and provide collagen. pH 7.4~1.0. Contains no parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and fragrances, animal products, alcohol, mineral oil or essential oils.

Accoje Anti-Aging Volume Capsule Cream

Accoje Anti-Aging Volume Capsule Cream contains highly concentrated micro-capsules - ingredients with elasticizing properties: vitamin A, two types of peptides and marine collagen. 

Collagen Face Serums

Among the most sought-after Korean collagen cosmetics, these topical products can make a big difference, so you should include them in your daily self-care routine as a prevention of aging young skin and as a support for older skin.

They help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture, making skin softer to the touch! They penetrate deeper than moisturizers, with a firming effect.

GOODAL Apricot Collagen Youth Firming Ampoule

This vegan serum contains apricot collagen to firm skin and reduce signs of aging. The apricot collagen complex provides long-lasting nourishment to reduce wrinkles. Amino acids and liposomes in the formula moisturize and improve skin elasticity for a plumping appearance.

Mary&May Collagen Booster Lotion 

An anti-aging lotion with collagen and peptides that makes skin firmer and more elastic, reduces the depth and number of wrinkles and tightens the face oval. 

Mizon Collagen 100 

This classic MIZON serum is one of the best known and most effective collagen serums, containing 90% hydrolyzed marine collagen to effectively absorb into the skin for a firming and wrinkle tightening effect.

The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule 

Anti-aging serum with collagen. Winner of the Allure Beauty Awards, this serum was also chosen by Cosmopolitan as the best anti-aging serum. Its formula is 76.52% collagen derived from medicinal mushrooms, vitamin A and adenosine. Minimizes existing wrinkles while effectively counteracting the appearance of new ones. 

It's Skin Power 10 Formula CO Effector "Elasticity Chief"

Collagen and peptide serum. It's Skin serum is specially formulated for dry skin. The formula with collagen effectively strengthens the skin, increasing its elasticity.

Mary&May Marine Collagen Serum

An anti-aging ampoule with collagen that effectively fights wrinkles and tightens facial contours. It makes the skin more dense and firm, eliminates sagging, slows down aging of the skin. 

Sheet masks with collagen

Sheet masks with collagen are excellent for firming the skin, so they can be used to fight the first signs of aging.

Here are a number of benefits of using collagen masks:

  • Reduction of pigmentation.
  • Reducing expression lines.
  • Smoothen skin texture.
  • Protection against photo aging.

These sheet masks can be used at any time of the year, to protect the face from wind and cold and to strengthen the skin barrier in the summer season.

JAYJUN Collagen Skin Fit Mask

A two-phase tissue mask based on collagen and red ginseng to tone and firm the skin. 

Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask EX

Mask restores skin elasticity and firmness and fights age-related skin changes. Creates a moisture-retaining film on the surface of the skin. Stimulates the production of elastin, increases the protective functions of the epidermis, which is especially useful for aging skin.

Cosmetics with collagen for the eye area 

Misoli Retinol & Collagen Hydrogel Eye Patch 

The retinol and collagen patches are perfect for the age skin, which needs intensive care of the delicate and dry skin around the eyes. Also suitable for a course of treatment to prevent skin aging.

CLIV Retinol Lifting Eye Cream 

CLIV anti-aging eye cream with a powerful lifting effect around the eyes to eliminate the visible signs of aging and visibly improve skin vitality.

Facial Cleansing with Collagen

Mary & May White Collagen Cleansing Foam

White Collagen Cleansing Foam is a gentle cleanser for removing daily impurities, sebum and makeup residue without drying out the skin or making it tight due to its moisturizing formula. 

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