As we age it’s inevitable that our skin will age too, so there’s one vital ingredient we should be including in your daily skincare routine … and that’s collagen. DEBORAH MITCHELL, celebrity facialist and founder of Heaven Skincare, explains why.
Remember when you were younger and your complexion just had that lovely natural firmness? Before those pesky wrinkles start to appear and we notice sagging around our jawlines, our skin felt taut, healthy and hydrated–even without the countless lotions and potions that end up filling our bathroom cabinets. The reason for this is simple … collagen.
As the most abundant protein our bodies produce, collagen plays a vital role in the structure and function of skin, bones and connective tissue. Think of it as the glue that helps our body maintain its firmness as it binds tissues and cells together. Sadly as we age, the amount starts to diminish; so much so that as we reach our 50s it’s estimated that we’ve already lost up to a third of it. This causes cell structures to weaken and in turn, skin loses that youthful elasticity.
There are steps we can take: including certain foods in our diet, like bone broth, can help boost these natural building blocks; while studies show that upping our vitamin C intake, with citrus fruits and berries, can enhance collagen synthesis. We can also add naturally-derived supplements–that include marine collagen, for example–to our daily routine to help replace those lost levels.
And while the skin benefits of taking collagen are well documented, it’s great for boosting your crowning glory too. Research reveals that because it acts as an antioxidant it protects against the negative effects caused by free radicals which can damage hair follicles.
HEAVEN SKINCARE COLLAGEN DROPS:
Launched earlier this year, my innovative Collagen Drops became one of my best-selling products almost overnight. Part of my Inner Beauty collection, they help improve the skin’s hydration and elasticity, promote healthy hair and boost energy.
Available in a handy dropper bottle and as a two-week or one-month supply, they contain potent anti-aging vitamins and minerals–including marine collagen, glucosamine, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Biotin. Easy to use, you simply add a few drops to food or drink. You can also supercharge your everyday moisturiser into a high-strength collagen cream, apply directly to the skin to tackle blemishes and fine lines, or add to your shampoo and conditioner.
HEAVEN SKINCARE COLLAGEN FACE & BODY MIST:
This top-to-toe spray works as a skin firmer and refiner, energy booster and make-up setting spray all in one. It contains my exclusive Collagen Drops so you’ll feel a tightening effect when you spritz. There’s also additional hyaluronic acid to leave skin looking radiant, as well as essential neroli oil, known for its antibacterial and rich antioxidants properties, to target breakouts, balance oil levels and soothe redness.
This multi-use must-have can be misted directly onto your face and body throughout the day for an instant beauty boost, applied after your makeup or used straight from the fridge in hot weather to cool and invigorate.
Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell is available at HeavenHealth & Beauty, 13a Market Place, Shifnal, Shropshire. You can also shop the range online at heavenskincare.com.