The Youth Elixir: A Dermatologist Shares the Most Effective Anti-Ageing Creams
Of all the buzzy skincare trends we want to try, collagen creams are at once the most enticing and least clear. We know it's associated with age-defying benefits, but what exactly is collagen? A beauty-product ingredient or a naturally occurring protein? After a little research, we found out that it's actually both. Essentially, as we age, our bodies slow down on collagen production, which is the protein responsible for that highly coveted youthful glow. In other words, it keeps our skin supple, firm, and radiant, so when we don't have as much of it, our skin begins to look duller, and fine lines and wrinkles start emerging.
And that's where the skincare element comes in to save the day. To target these issues and prevent signs of premature ageing, a lot of labels formulate moisturisers that stimulate collagen production. As dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells Byrdie, "collagen is produced by skin cells called fibroblasts. Topical treatments that stimulate the activity of these cells to produce new, healthy collagen are a cornerstone of anti-ageing skin treatments." So now that we understand the basics a bit more and know what ingredients to look out for, we're going shopping for an effective collagen cream. Scroll through our 16 picks below to choose the best one for your skincare needs and budget.
111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Contour Gel ($169)
If you're looking for something that will target the skin around your eyes and lips (these areas are most prone to ageing), this gel is ideal. Weightless, super moisturising, and packed with protective vitamin E, it'll boost collagen production while also keeping your skin hydrated.