As you get older, your daily skincare regime should evolve from the basic 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with being minimal when it comes to the number of products you put on your face, adding specific treatments to your skin care can make a massive difference. These treatments can be in the form of creams, serums or essences that target a specific skincare concern--be it ageing or uneven skin tone.
Of course, the ONE thing that people want when they think 'beautiful' skin is plump, youthful, glowy skin! However, we do believe there's a certain elegance that comes with ageing gracefully. The point is not to stop the ageing process altogether (which is, honestly, impossible without needles poking your face), but to preserve your skin the best you can by taking care of it. And while the jury's still out on whether collagen creams are magic potions that will reverse all signs of ageing (they won't), but they will certainly slow down the formation of wrinkles and make them appear less severe over time!
Are you convinced? Good, here's some products to try that'll help you hold on to your youthful, plump skin.
A collagen face cream should be the most important part of your skincare regime because that skin is most likely to show signs of ageing first, owing to direct exposure to the sun. Try these collagen creams for your face to slow down that process and look forever young!
This is one of the most popular collagen creams out there, and with good reason! The powerful blend of ingredients like Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica and Ginkgo Biloba make a potent anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing potion. Besides that, its gel-like consistency is extremely light and gets instantly absorbed into your skin. The hydrating and anti-aging properties will keep your skin looking plump and nourished!
Pros: Extremely effective, lightweight, non-greasy
Cons: Expensive, not easily available in India
Price: Rs 6,529. Buy here
Using a good night cream is essential to your anti-aging routine, and this one definitely tops the list! This luxurious cream is enriched with collagen and potent AHAs to smooth skin texture, even tone, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. To add to that, it's 100% botanical, vegan & cruelty-free!
Pros: Extremely effective, PETA and vegan certified
Cons: Not very affordable
Price: Rs 2,450. Buy here
You can rarely go wrong with K-beauty, and this brand makes a great, effective and affordable collagen cream! The cream contains marine collagen infused with Malt extract, Amino acid and Berry extract, and the ingredients work together to reduce fine lines and improve the elasticity of your skin, leaving it firm, soft and moisturised.
Pros: Affordable, natural ingredients, alcohol-free
Cons: Strong scent
Price: Rs 950. Buy here
Your eyes are the windows to your soul. And thanks to the delicate, thin skin around them, very prone to premature wrinkles. Use a collagen cream targetted specifically towards the skin around your eyes to prevent them!
Much like the face cream, the eye cream variant delivers similar results, except with a gentler formula especially designed to recover skin 's resilience. This cream is the perfect fix for under eye wrinkles, crow's feet, lid creases and fine lines!
Pros: Affordable, natural ingredients, alcohol-free
Cons: Might sting sensitive eyes
Price: Rs 850. Buy here.
Pixi's skincare products achieved cult status after their iconic glow tonic became one of the most popular and effective glycolic acid toners in the market. The collagen eye serum, formulated to help boost collagen levels, and to restore and revitalise the delicate eye area, doesn't disappoint either.
Pros: Light texture that easily gets absorbed
Cons: Only available on international websites
Price: Rs 2,172. Buy here.
One really can't go wrong with this drug store classic, which has been formulated with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex to giver you firmer, plumper skin around your eyes. And the best part is that it is extremely affordable and easily available all over India!
Pros: Affordable, easily available, effective
Cons: Results take some time to show
Price: Rs 522. Buy here.
Most people make the mistake of taking care of the skin on their face, but ignoring the rest of their body. However, the loss of collagen affects the skin on our entire body as we age. If you want to minimise the effect of ageing all over, we recommend these creams and lotions which will enable the production of collagen, making your skin firm, plump and hydrated!
This deeply moisturising and soothing body lotion will awaken dull skin while toning and firming it, thanks to the star ingredients--collagen and elastin. Plus, it has a light, non-greasy formula which quickly absorbs into your skin, so your body won't feel like an oil rig.
Pros: Light, affordable, paraben-free, sulphate-free
Cons: Not as effective on mature skin
Price: Rs 499. Buy here.
This delicious smelling-body lotion was specifically designed to tighten and restore the skin on your body, especially after weight-loss or pregnancy. The lotion contains cocoa butter, collagen, elastin and shea butter, which do a wonderful job of moisturising and toning, while the ginseng and vitamin E help soften and relieve stressed skin.
Pros: Affordable, easily available, wonderful fragrance
Cons: Smell might be overpowering for some
Price: Rs 520. Buy here.
This formula, meant to target cellulite-prone skin, is a great pick even if you don't have any cellulite. Formulated with a unique hydralucence blend plus collagen and elastin, the three ingredients work together to improve the skin’s resilience, elasticity, and firmness. When used daily, it has been clinically proven to improve the skin's firmness, texture, and elasticity.
Pros: Affordable, effective
Cons: Texture might be too heavy for oily skin
Price: Rs 620. Buy here.
While collagen creams might not be a replacement for a medical procedure such as Botox injections, creams containing the ingredient or ones that promote its products in the body can slow down signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen creams CANNOT reverse the ageing process, only delay and minimise its effects, so its best to start using them in your late twenties to early thirties.
There is no fixed age at which you should start using a collagen cream--it can vary from individual to individual. Some people starting using it as early as 21 as precautionary measures, while others started in their 30s. To determine when YOU should start using it, keep a track of your skin. When you start to develop minor fine lines, that's a good indication that it is time to start using anti-ageing products. Your mid-late twenties would be an ideal time to start.
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