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