Choosing the best products for our skin doesn’t always feel like the easiest thing in the world when it comes down to the K-Beauty game. Everywhere you turn, there is a new and powerful ingredient that’s supposedly going to offer our skin a plethora of lifelong benefits and possibly even pay off our debt. You’ve got to approach this game locked and loaded if you want to select the ingredients best for you and Soak is here to prepare your armory. Skin Deep is curated to focus in on K-Beauty’s best ingredients and to provide you the facts you need to make well-informed decisions for your skin.
Our first target is collagen:
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that’s present in our entire body. It makes up our skin, bones, nails, tendons, and ligaments. What’s more, collagen holds together every layer of our skin and holds the key to the firmness and plumpness we strive for to achieve that elusive “glow.”
Why Should You Care?
As we age, our body’s natural production of this protein begins to wane and this, in turn, leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to get back the collagen you’ve lost and supplements have no proven effect of boosting production after a certain age. But what we can focus on are ways to preserve what we still have.
So, How Does it Help?
Collagen is an essential part of my skin care routine because of my acne scars. Since I was 17, I’ve had aggressive pock marks on my cheeks and dents in my chin. While I’m aware that using a collagen-based product won’t get rid of the acne scars overnight, I do know that collagen is fantastic at locking in moisture and giving the illusion of an instantly supple face. This works wonders when I’m using color corrector and concealer to cover the faint marks leftover from my teenage years.
Using a collagen-based product as a supplement for acne scar treatments, such as a Fraxel laser (what I did) or regular chemical peels, will certainly help turn your skin around and leave you looking fresher than before.
My Collagen Routine
I prefer to get my collagen from an emulsion and an overnight mask. Both products are part of a collagen-based series from Etude House and come at an affordable price.
First, I use Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Emulsion after I’ve used a toner and hyaluronic acid. The consistency is slightly watery and somewhere between a serum and a cream. It smooths onto the skin and absorbs easily, leaving the skin’s surface looking bouncy like jelly.
Next, I’ll finish off my routine with Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack. This is essentially an overnight gel mask that delivers tons of moisture without having to use a lot of the product (seriously, a little goes a long way with this one!). I also use the sleeping pack on my neck, applying it with upward motions, and on my decolletage.
Both these collagen products contain Baobab water, giving them the silky feeling of refreshing water to soothe your skin. Products containing collagen are especially important on nights when you’ve used any sort of surface peel (such as salicylic acid) or used an external exfoliant, as the collagen will help build up the new layer of skin that’s been exposed.
Most importantly, remember that the best way to retain your collagen is to protect it. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and stay away from smoke as it will congest the skin. Be patient with collagen as it may take some time to see major results in the case of acne scarring. Where collagen shines is in its ability to give your skin a natural glow instantly, making it a great hangover recovery product or a base for foundation. What products do you use to get your skin looking plump and fresh right away?