* The word col­la­gen is de­rived from the Greek word for glue

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‘Col­la­gen is such a large mol­e­cule that pen­e­tra­tion into the skin is dif­fi­cult, so it’s pos­si­ble that the ben­e­fits seen in stud­ies on syn­thetic col­la­gen in sk­in­care could sim­ply come from skin hy­dra­tion,’ ex­plains Za­mani. But you can pro­tect your col­la­gen re­sources and trick your skin into creat­ing more with top­i­cal prod­ucts. Im­ple­ment these col­la­gen-boost­ing hacks. PRO­TECT... Use a high-fac­tor SPF that pro­tects against both UVB and UVA rays (the lat­ter of which have a longer wave­length and are able to pen­e­trate clouds and glass). PRO­TECT & TRICK... Vi­ta­min C in top­i­cal sk­in­care boosts col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and helps in­hibit the en­zyme re­spon­si­ble for break­ing down col­la­gen; check the la­bel for con­cen­tra­tions of 5-15%. It’s also a pow­er­house an­tiox­i­dant. TRICK... Retinol, part of the vi­ta­min A fam­ily, is one of the few top­i­cal in­gre­di­ents re­peat­edly proven to stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and re­duce wrin­kles. The big guns.

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