Collagen is having a moment. In case you've somehow missed the influencers, celebrities, and wellness brands raving about adding collagen powders to their smoothies or taking a supplement with their morning vitamins, the ingredient is praised for minimizing the signs of aging like wrinkles and loss of elasticity as well as promoting healthier hair. Naturally, collagen has made its way into skincare products, namely rich moisturizers. But does collagen actually do anything for your skin, specifically when applied topically? First, it's important to understand what collagen is, and the relationship it has to your skin.
'Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body often referred to as a building block, especially in the skin', explains Dr. Marissa Garshick, board- certified dermatologist in New York City. 'Collagen serves as a structural protein in the dermis of the skin, and helps to provide structural support, keeping the skin firm and tight.'
L'Oral Collagen Moisture Filler
Fragrance-free and tested on sensitive skin, this $10 moisturizer is a universal affordable pick.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Thanks to hero ingredient padina pavonica, this marine collagen-infused gel cream minimizes wrinkles and dehydration.
Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Moisturizer
This supercharged version of the classic drugstore moisturizer features collagen peptide and niacinamide to firm and boost hydration.
Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Deep Cream
Add vitamin C to a rich, collagen-boosting moisturizer and you have yourself a winning anti-aging combo. This Dr. Dennis Gross cream brightens and reduces dark spots while simultaneously targeting texture and dehydration.
Neutrogena Rapid Firming Peptide Contour Lift Cream
Powered by micro-peptides, Neutrogena's firming, smoothing cream plumps skin and minimizes wrinkles and fine lines in no time - two weeks to be exact, according to the brand. Apply the mineral-oil free cream twice a day for optimal results.
Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Collagen Moisturizer
Peter Thomas Roth's moisturizing base of hyaluronic acid and squalane is infused with seven different forms of collagen to target visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and loss of elasticity.
Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
If you're in the mood to splurge, this top-rated collagen-powered moisturizer is worth it. The formula's hero ingredient is vegan collagen, with Algenist's patented anti-aging alguronic acid and radiance-boosting microalgae oil playing supporting roles.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Firming Collagen Cream with Peptides and Niacinamide
Is there anything this anti-aging moisturizer can't do? If the ingredient list is any indication, that answer is a hard no. With collagen, peptides, and niacinamide in the formula, First Aid Beauty's rich cream tackles loss of firmness, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven tone, and texture.