Collagen: What’s the Scoop?
Let’s talk about why collagen + skincare is all the buzz.
Collagen is the main component of connective tissues in almost every part of the body – from eyes to muscles, bones to blood vessels – and the skin. Its job is to strengthen skin, giving it elasticity and hydration.
We’ve all heard the saying, “your skin is as smooth as a baby’s butt,” – and that’s because collagen is highest in newborns. Its collagen that makes our skin tight, radiant, and youthful. Sadly, it decreases RAPIDLY as we age – starting to dip in the late teens or early 20s and then reduces about 1% a year.
As collagen declines, wrinkles and sagging begin. It’s all a part of the natural aging process – and hey, wrinkles aren’t ALL bad! Like Mark Twain said, “Wrinkles indicate where smiles have been.”
But it’s not just mother nature alone that leads to collagen reduction – free radicals like stress, lifestyle, and environmental factors also contribute. Our lifestyle choices significantly impact collagen – you can see it on your face the next day after a big night out!
But, let’s “face” it, we want to age gracefully. So how can we use collagen to our advantage?
At Mantra Mask, collagen is the inspiration behind our debut sheet mask –
The CBD Collagen Sheet Mask. It’s our POWERHOUSE wrinkle fighter.
But collagen applied alone on the skin won’t do the trick. For any protein like collagen to penetrate the skin when applied topically – it needs to be a teeny tiny particle size to get absorbed through the top layer of the skin.
This is where peptides come in. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, with amino acids being the smallest unit of a protein. This protein, in the form of collagen and others like keratin— is what gives skin its structure and resilience.
Healthline says: “peptides can absorb into the skin where the body can use them. Incorporating peptides into your skincare routine has many benefits for the skin.”
The CBD Collagen Sheet Mask and Hemp CBD Power Boost Serum promote collagen regeneration with a powerful blend of over 22 amino peptides, including CBD, reducing inflammation and making collagen a powerful skincare tool. The Serum is the perfect daily topical, and masking 2-3 times a week can make a difference with hydration, fine lines, and pure radiance!
In addition to Mantra Mask-ing, here are five things you can do to promote collagen naturally:
- Eat antioxidants! Antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause collagen to break down. So up the kale, strawberries, pecans, and dark chocolate!
- Meditate. Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which decreases the production of collagen. Can’t meditate? Try deep breathing techniques throughout the day.
- Don’t smoke.
- Cut the sugar! Sugar is inflammation-inducing, which is the main enemy of tissue.
- Always put on sunscreen. The oxidative stress from sun damage is a collagen killer!
Glad we had this collagen chat!
With the combo of Mantra Mask + natural collagen boosters, you will be ready to put your best face forward with your most radiant and youthful glow.