When we hear the word “collagen,” our minds immediately direct to images of plump pouts and shiny, taut skin. While it used to be thought of solely as a mainstream injectable, we now know it as our number-one supplement—no green smoothie is complete without it. The most ample protein in the body, collagen is not only responsible for the “bounce-back” quality of our skin that makes us appear youthful and vibrant, but it also strengthens our bones, ligaments, and tendons and makes up parts of vital organs throughout the gut and digestive system.
The central nervous system doesn’t regenerate easily on its own, which makes studies like this imperative in the fight against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It explains that collagen, the most prolific protein in the cellular matrix of skin and major organs like the brain, is an important biomaterial for brain repair. Although studies are still ongoing to decipher if ingesting collagen can support this process, the amino acid glycine, found in all types of collagen, plays a major role in boosting brain performance.
Glutamine, another amino acid found in collagen, supports digestive health and plays a major role in treating IBS and leaky gut syndrome. This report explains that it reduces inflammation, strengthens the intestinal lining, and helps regulate stomach acid secretions. Many diseases and health issues that manifest on the skin actually begin in the gut, so it’s a great place to start.
Collagen can be found in scar tissue and medical wound dressings because it helps form a network of cells called fibroblasts—a strong, supportive material that boosts the growth of new cells. Strengthening the dermis helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation due to scarring, and the dimpling effect known as cellulite. Collagen peptides in skincare are ultra-plumping, and when combined with actives like antioxidants and hydrating acids, can provide preventative and lasting results.
Shop some of Poosh’s favorite collagen products below.
Collagen Inner Beauty Boost Supercharged
The Beauty Chef
Bubble Up Peeling Pad
Two steps in one little package, this little pad exfoliates with enzymes for a rigorous cleanse, with added collagen to subsequently plump. It’s perfect for a glow-on-the-go in this convenient packaging for travel or the gym.
Genius Sleeping Collagen
Ceramides and alguronic acids work overtime while you sleep so you can wake up dewy. The result is cushiony skin that has a certain “bounce” to the touch, and the cream is totally free of sulfates, parabens, and a dozen other dirty no-nos. Did we mention it’s vegan?
Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer
Plump skin is #goals, and bigger is also better when it comes to your lashes, always. This primer is buildable and loaded with peptides, so you can boost volume and kiss sparsely clad peepers goodbye with this essential prep step.
All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask
You’ve most likely seen this lip mask on Instagram—the collagen-infused treatment plumps and hydrates your pout in less than 20 minutes.
Down with the Thickness Collagen Booty Mask
First, kaolin clay works to pull toxins from your hard-to-reach areas that need love, too. Pro-vitamins B5 and B3 nourish, and lastly, collagen plumps to reveal your supple new tush.
Lindsay Collagen Modeling Rubber Mask
This easy-to-use K-Beauty mask will deeply cleanse your pores and leave your skin hydrated—all for six bucks.
Soothe and Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex
Dr. Maryam Zamani designed this powerhouse that not only plumps up fine lines and bolsters elasticity, but also reduces puffiness and dark circles. It’s the overachiever you always wanted to be.
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