What Does Collagen Do?

By now, it's not uncommon you've heard the word collagen. You've seen it branded on almost every product in the beauty aisle and have probably heard it during a commercial or two. But what is it, and what does it do? So many serums and skincare products claim to boost, restore, and preserve collagen production. So let's break it down and explain why we need so much of it and why it's so important.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your entire body, accounting for about one-third of its protein composition.  Its found in the skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and linings of the bones and blood vessels. Think of it as the glue that holds all of those things together. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen, and the quality goes down with it, starting in our 20’s.

On top of many other things, collagen is responsible for keeping our skin firm and smooth. It can improve the skin's overall appearance and feel by consuming collagen, so applying it isn't the only option. Collagen also improves elasticity which is known to reduce the look of stretch marks and cellulite. The moral of the story, collagen is what keeps our skin from sagging and gives us that plump, youthful appearance.

What damages collagen?

One of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful is by avoiding collagen-destroying behaviors. To start, ultraviolet light from the sun is responsible for breaking down collagen, so it's essential to wear sunscreen daily and avoid excessive exposure.

Smoking leads to a reduction in collagen production in the body. When the production slows down, it leads to wrinkles and fine lines.

Be sure to avoid too much sugar and refined carbs. Both of these things interfere with collagens ability to repair itself.

Adding a skincare product that boosts collagen can slow the process. The Recharge Age Combating Serum contains peptides that help boost collagen, fight the effects of aging and soothe skin. You can also eat foods that are high in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, which can help fight against collagen breakdown.  By being aware of collagen destroying behaviors and why it's so important, you can take the proper steps to keep your skin looking its best.