Collagen has been BIG in the skincare world for quite some time. And with the benefits derived, rightly so! However for the greater part of time, the main source of collagen protein infused within beauty products was that of bovine – an extraction of the collagen protein molecule from an animal source. But now, more than ever, vegetarians and vegans everywhere are gaining access to a newly celebrated source of collagen! At long last, guilt-free collagen for plump and youthful looking skin!
First things first, what is collagen?
Collagen is a protein, made up of amino acids, that is found throughout the body. In fact, 85% of the human body comprises of collagen types I, II and III (there are more than 16 types in total). These collagen proteins are utilised within the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, teeth, eyes, hair, skin, organs and blood!
So as you can imagine, collagen plays quite a vital role in the well-oiled machine that is the human body. Unfortunately, each body part requires a different type of collagen to continue this ‘well-oiled’ process, and our bodies begin to produce less collagen as we age, or simply stop altogether with certain types of collagen. This means that for the greater part, we actually need to consume collagen in our diets, as well as topically apply it to our skin (depending on the objective).
Remember when we told you that RAWKANVAS stood for a holistic approach to beauty? The connection between beauty, health and nature? Well, exhibit A!
Where is collagen sourced?
To rehash, there are two types of collagen. One source of collagen is extracted from animals, so an animal derivative. And the other source of collagen is extracted from vegetables or seaweed!
There are two points of great news here! One – vegetarian and vegan collagen exists. Two – vegetable and seaweed collagen proteins are a winner! Yes, research indicates that seaweed collagen benefits are greater than that of the animal molecule counterpart. The collagen molecular structure when sourced from seaweed, is actually closer to the human collagen molecular structure as opposed to the animal extraction.
Good. News. Day.
Why seaweed collagen is a win for your skin
Now that we know what collagen is, where it comes from and why it’s such a win, how does this benefit the skin?
As we know, when we cycle throughout our life stages collagen protein plays its part in the functioning of the body. However, after the age of approximately 25 natural collagen starts to decline. What that means for your skin is that fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear. The skin can become dull in colour, loose and even dry. That’s where topical application comes in.
From this perspective, seaweed collagen and marine extracts such as bladderwrack play a vital role in skincare by:
- Reducing the appearance of age spots and pigmentation
- Boosting expression of the SIRT-1 anti-ageing protein
- Restoring cell damage and restoring cells to a healthy state
- Impeding collagen breakdown
- Smoothing fine lines
- Decreasing redness
- Increasing moisture retention following UV exposure
- Providing a source of antioxidants to fight free radicals that lead to visible signs of ageing
Where can I find this holy grail skincare ingredient?
Seaweed collagen plays a vital role in Eternal: Plumping Deep Sea & Malachite Collagen Serum.
Eternal is a super-charged serum solution that works wonders to brighten, revitalise and rejuvenate the overall complexion for eternally youthful skin.
Naturally driven by Malachite, Seaweed Collagen and vitamin C (Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime, Desert Lime, this serum assists to brighten a dull complexion, provide protection from free radical pollutants, encourage skin renewal, while stimulating collagen production which improves elasticity and combats wrinkles.
The power lay not only in the outcomes, but the sheer volume of essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals and anti-oxidants across these ingredients that each individually aid in the benefits derived!
When do I apply it in my skincare routine?
Firstly, congratulations on incorporating seaweed collagen into your skincare routine! Eternal: Plumping Deep Sea & Malachite Collagen Serum is a light, quick-drying serum that only needs to be used once a day, in small portions to reap the rewards.
Each evening, apply just one pump of your skincare products in the following order to get the best absorption and result.
Serum (Eternal: Plumping Deep Sea & Malachite Collagen Serum)
Voila! That eternally youthful skin appeal. Your confidence, naturally.