Of the many ingredients used in the beauty industry, there is nothing more popular and sought-after than collagen. The market is heavily saturated with it, too—from skincare products to supplements. They all promise to grant you a supple, bouncy, and youthful-looking complexion that can rival that of your fave K-drama star.
Below, we discuss this wonder ingredient, plus some collagen-infused products you can try. Keep on scrolling for more:
What is collagen?
ICYDK, collagen isn't just an ingredient in our skincare products or supplements—our body naturally has it, too. It is the protein that provides structure to your bones, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen also makes up a whopping 80 percent of our skin, but this naturally decreases as we get older. Smoking and unprotected sun exposure also contribute to this decline.
There are some things we can do, though, that can increase the amount of collagen as we age. We can use skincare products and supplements to supply our bodies with this much-needed ingredient. Luckily, these are plentiful and very popular in Asia, where having a fresh and youthful-looking complexion is considered a priority.
What are the collagen-infused products I can try?
1. Baroness Collagen Mask
For an instant refresher for your skin, plop this collagen sheet mask from Baroness on your skin. After 20 minutes, you'll note a firmer, bouncier complexion.
BARONESS Collagen Mask, P30, BeautyMNL
2. Senka Perfect Whip Collagen-In Deep Moisturizing Cleansing Foam
If you liked Senka's first two cleansers, you'll like the collagen version as well. It is enriched with 60 percent beauty serum and Shiseido's unique Aqua-In-Pool ingredient to help increase skin elasticity and prevent signs of aging.
SENKA Perfect Whip Collagen-In Deep Moisturizing Cleansing Foam, P299, Lazada
3. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer
For a moisturizer that will last you a long time, try this big tub from St. Ives. It is infused with collagen and elastin for a hydrating formula that will grant you bouncier and more supple skin.
ST. IVES Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, P335, Lazada
4. Celeteque Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel
This moisturizer gel from Celeteque contains hydrolyzed collagen which improves skin elasticity to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also infused with soya bean protein that helps keep the complexion soft and supple.
CELETEQUE Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, P779, Lazada
5. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner
This toner from Etude House has collagen and baobab water to provide moisture while rebalancing your skin's pH level. It also has a unique gel-like consistency that can grant you an instant "glass skin" effect.
ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner, P800, Althea Korea
6. Esfolio Collagen Daily Essence
ICYDK, essences are the heart of Korean regimens. They're lightweight but packed with concentrated active ingredients that work to boost your skin's natural cell turnover rate. This one from Esfolio enhances elasticity, maintains your complexion's natural pH balance, and evens out hyperpigmentation.
ESFOLIO Collagen Daily Essence, P999, BeautyMNL
7. The Face Shop Pomegranate and Collagen Volume Lifting Emulsion
This emulsion from affordable Korean brand The Face Shop has a lightweight texture that's perfect for our humid weather. It's formulated with marine collagen and phyto estrogen to boost skin resilience.
THE FACE SHOP Pomegranate and Collagen Volume Lifting Emulsion, P1095, BeauytMNL
8. Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask
To de-stress after a long week, treat your skin with Mario Badescu's Super Collagen Mask. It has a kaolin- and collagen-enriched formula that works to hydrate parched complexions and lift away impurities and dirt.
MARIO BADESCU Super Collagen Mask, P1340, Sephora.ph
9. Belo Collagen Melon Smoothie
If you want your collagen craze to go beyond topical products, you can also try food supplements, such as Belo's melon smoothie sachets. It's infused with "high absorption collagen" that aids in decreasing fine lines and wrinkles.
BELO Collagen Melon Smoothie (pack of10), P1400, BeautyMNL
10. Pixi Collagen & Retinol Serum
When starting your anti-aging routine, two ingredients you need to add to your rotation are collagen and retinol. This hardworking serum from Pixi has a concentrated formula of both to help reduce fine lines and give you plumper, healthier-looking skin.
PIXI Collagen & Retinol Serum, P1905, Sephora.ph
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.