Collagen 101: The What, Why & How

Collagen: beauty’s biggest buzzword. We’ve all heard of it, but what exactlyisit, why is everyone obsessing over it and why do we need it in our skincare routine? Well, there’s a good reason that this C word has been bouncing off everyone’s lips. We’re breaking it down with the what, why and how, so that you can get the best results from your skincare and continue to hit your skin goals…. Say hello to your new beauty best friend…

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most powerful natural protein produced in humans. It is a structural protein (the most abundant structural protein) which means it is the substance that holds everything in place, making up the structure or framework of your cells and tissues.An interesting fact - the word "collagen" comes from the Greek word "kólla" which means glue. Collagen is composed of amino acids specifically glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. There are 28 known types of collagen, with type I collagen accounting for 90% of collagen in the human body.

The Collagen Benefits?

Simply put, collagenis vital for the health of every system in your body, it’sthe scaffolding of our skin, tissue, arteries and bones.Collagen provides structural support to tissues and plays important roles in cellular processes including repair, immune response, cellular communication and cellular migration for tissue maintenance.Collagen really is the gift that keeps on giving and provides countless benefits for our skin. It can help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and redness, improve skin elasticity, reduce visible wrinkles, increase blood flow and circulation and will penetrate deeply into the skin.

What Happens To Our Collagen Levels?

As you age, your collagen production naturally declines. Additionally, collagen becomes fragmented and more loosely distributed.At around the age of 20, our skin starts producing 1% less collagen each year, and as a result, we can experience fine lines, sagging, pigmentation, general dullness of the skin and a reduction in skin strength. To ‘top up’ your collagen levels there are ranges of both ingestible and topical collagen products which are said to help boost the body’s natural collagen production. Ingestible collagen comes in the form of supplements thatcan get to work deep in the dermal layers and strengthen your collagen from the inside out. Topical collagen refers to its use in skincare products, known for it’smoisturising and humectant propertieshowever it’s important to note that because the collagen molecule is so large it often doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply. Therefore you need to choose a product with collagen amino acids that are small enough to get to the deeper layers of the dermis to deliver that plumping effect you associate with collagen.

The vegan collagen found in our Active Blast is categorised as bioavailable meaning it is able to better penetrate the skin, up to 90% more in the upper layers. Using collagen at any stage can help to slow down the aging process and signs which show on the skin. In particular, using our ultimate power duo of FaceGym's Active Blast Vegan Collagen Skin Booster and Hydro-Bound Hyaluronic + Niacinamide Serum. It really will work wonders, leaving your skin looking and feeling plump and glowing.

Collagen Vs Vegan Collagen?

Collagen is 100% animal-based and when used in supplements and skincare it is derived from animal sources such as fish or beef. As humans we have been reaping the innumerable benefits of consuming animal proteins for as long as we’ve been humans but just as with any plant-based alternatives in the market, there is a need and a desire for an alternative to animal derived collagen in today’s society too. After a14-year development process, innovations in science and research have delivered a novel, patented development process to create a vegan collagen ingredient, a world first.It is made by using genetically modified yeast and bacteria and manufactured via a patented yeast fermentation process.It’s a topical ingredient, and is available in skincare, you’ll find this innovation in our Active Blast.

How We’re Making It Easy For You

Our Active Blast Vegan Collagen Skin Booster is changing the skincare game. 14-years in the making, our vegan collagen sets a new standard for collagen. We’re providing a first-of-its-kind ‘smart collagen’ to dramatically boost your skin to help you hit your skin goals day after day. These tiny but mighty Active Blast spheresof super-concentrated, potent vegancollagen serumfire up your skin’s metabolism for fast-track skin renewal leaving it smoother, more radiant and more youthful-looking. Derived from fermented yeast, it is 6 times more repairing and 200 times better performing compared with traditional collagen and it delivers up to 90% penetration into the upper layers of the skin. Itwill renew your skin in just 7 days and completely TRANSFORM your skin in 28 days. 

Combine it with our award-winning, water-based serum Hydro-Bound and apply with plucking moves to help plump and boost collagen production in the skin to maximise your results. It really couldn’t be simpler to start your skin-transformation. Get ready to send your collagen levels soaring and experience smoother, more radiant and more youthful-looking skin.

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