The beauty world is an ever-changing and ever-evolving one. Based on the latest scientific breakthroughs and innovations in research and various components and ingredients, its an industry driven by experimentation, and motivated by our consistent search for radiant skin and a flawless complexion.
It often seems that each year that passes brings with it yet another must-have ingredient, product, or approach to skincare… and it’s fair to say that many such innovations and newcomers to the realm of beauty and skincare do little to pass the test of time, quickly falling by the wayside or being superseded by whatever may be the next key discovery. However, every so often, the spirit of discovery and innovation rings true; certain products or ingredients are uncovered, or certain elements become isolated and perfected as regards their properties and potential, and take the beauty industry forwards in giant and lasting leaps.
From the past few years, one aspect of natural beauty and skincare has impressed more than almost any other. Collagen has become the latest essential ingredient for any high-end beauty and skincare product, and has demonstrated a genuinely game-changing ability to improve several aspects of both skin health and overall beauty, lending a radiance and textural quality unmatched by any others.
In this article, we’re going to be taking a closer look at collagen, and understanding what it is, where it comes from, and how it manages to be so deeply effective when it comes to achieving the goal set by Christian Berlin: allowing natural beauty to shine through the skin, and improving radiance, and the confidence this ethereal quality provides.
Natural beauty and effective skincare is all about working with the inherent harmony of the skin, and maintaining the balance that is the key to health, happiness, and radiance. Collagen is key to this balance, and the fact that collagen is a naturally-occurring substance in the body and in the skin is essential to understanding what it is, and how it manages to maintain such a high level of effectiveness.
In essence, collagen is the main structural protein in our skin, and it exists in abundance in healthy individuals. Indeed, collagen makes up to a third of our body’s entire proteins, and it is required for the elasticity and youthfulness of our skin. It provides our skin with the softness and bounce we associate with good health and young vitality; no wonder, then, that it forms the powerful and effective core of high quality and innovatively formulated beauty products, such as IRIS by Christian Berlin.
Collagen is distributed throughout the entirety of the body; it’s found in blood vessels, in our organs, between the joints of our bones, and in our skin, tendons, and muscles, too. The body uses it most commonly as a glue, which allows tissue to be bound together. Indeed, whenever we damage any part of our body, our organs produce collagen to repair and heal whatever needs fixing.
Because collagen exists in such abundance throughout the body, it should come as no real surprise that increasing your collagen levels has the potential to benefit several aspects of one’s health, beauty, and wellbeing.
By using collagen-based products, you’re able to reverse the clock on several aspects of your skin, and speed up essential repairs to damage caused by a number of different factors. For example, collagen is perfect for healing sun damage, and the harm caused to the skin by exposure to UV rays. It’s also ideal for restoring that beautiful, bountiful, youthful ‘bounce’ to your skin, boosting the elasticity that helps keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay, and working like a natural, body-balanced ‘filler’ to reduce tiredness under the eyes, and remove dryness and sagginess in the skin, too.
The benefits of collagen don’t stop there, either. Increasing your collagen levels can also help everything from brittle nails to joint pain, back problems, lacklustre hair, and even the prevention of cardiological problems, too!
As we grow older, the body becomes less efficient in the production of many of our essential proteins, as well as in cell repair. This is why the skin - especially the skin of the face, which is repeatedly exposed to the elements and environmental damage - shows the signs of aging considerably more obviously than on different parts of the body.
Collagen production reduces consistently and steadily as we grow older. Before we turn twenty, our collagen production levels are at their highest; our skin snaps back into its soft and plump form quickly and efficiently, and we manage to maintain that youthful flow effortlessly. Following this landmark age, our collagen levels drop by approximately one percent each year. In women, collagen levels plummet most dramatically with the onset of menopause, when ‘crepe-y’ skin tends to be a significant sign of aging. UV exposure, and environmental stressors such as smoking and pollution also have a negative effect on collagen production, as they inhibit the skin from producing fresh collagen in the same quantities as it does when we’re young.
As with many aspects of natural beauty and skincare, one need not accept the reduction in collagen levels as we age as an inevitable. By removing some of the factors relating to the slowdown of collagen production - such as UV damage, which can easily be avoided with the use of an effective UV blocking product - one can essential reduce the reduction in collagen production, ensuring healthier, bouncier, and plumper skin as we age. Furthermore, by making use of effective and proven collagen-rich skincare products like IRIS by Christian Berlin, collagen levels can be increased and maintained at a far higher level, no matter your age or skin type.
What’s more, collagen is something we can gain from ingestion, and there are several foods which are naturally collagen-friendly; ideal for complementing your collagen-boosting skincare products and elixirs!
Collagen is formed from amino acids, those essential corporeal building blocks for our overall health and wellbeing. Increased amino acids allow us to produce more collagen, meaning certain foods are more beneficial than others to ensure healthy, youthful looking, and radiant skin. These include egg whites, leafy greens like cabbage and kale, meat, and dairy products. Other collagen-friendly foods, minerals, and nutrients include vitamin C (found in citrus and tropical fruits, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, and orange peppers), copper (found in nuts, shellfish, and red meat), and vitamin A (sweet potatoes, carrots, and offal).
By boosting your collagen-friendly diet with an elixir with proven quantities of collagen, such as IRIS, you can ensure healthier, more radiant, and more elastic skin that will leave you looking and feeling fantastic!
At Christian Berlin, we’re committed to uncovering the latest skincare innovations, and bringing them to our clientele with the promise of younger-looking, beautiful, and radiant skin. Collagen’s proven benefits, and the extensive scientific research which has gone into making it the perfect natural ingredient for youth-enhancing skincare and beauty rituals, has made it a cornerstone of what we do, and an essential component of IRIS. Discover the power of collagen today, and bring the beauty of our unique and potent elixir into your life.