We hear a lot about collagen loss in the skin care industry. I had first thought it was something that was for more mature women in their 50s, like myself. But when I started learning that women even in their 30s are taking proactive measures I became even more interested in why and what it was all about.

Collagen is what gives our skin elasticity and firmness. We can think of it as our body’s natural way of holding us together or supporting, our structure — skin, bones, hair, nails and connective tissues (read more here). It also helps us bounce back in healing and tissue repair.

Collagen naturally degrades as we age, declining at a rate of 1% per year after the age of 30. (source: “collagen 101: everything you need to know”, Dermalogica blog)

What does collagen loss look like? Well, I can tell you what it looks and feels like in the face from my experience. Skin doesn’t repair as quickly (adult acne, ugh), loss of elasticity, fine lines appear, and sagging. For me, that sagging was noticeable along the jawline.

When it comes to taking care of the plumpness and bounce of our skin, we often think of collagen. We’re not talking chubby cheeks but rather skin that maintains suppleness. At some point, you may have found yourself scrolling through videos on social media about how to get plumpness back into your skin by ingesting collagen tablets. Seems like a viable solution, right? Well, that’s not necessarily true! According to the educators at Dermalogica, It’s a myth that collagen can penetrate the skin. And, in reality, the collagen molecule (while hydrating) is too large to penetrate the skin.

So what’s the solution?

Dermalogica’s new innovation, Pro-Collagen Banking Serum, addresses just that by focusing on collagen preservation. Ingesting collagen can have good benefits to the skin, but there is an even better benefit in preserving the collagen our skin already has! This is where a product like the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum comes into play to protect our skin’s collagen. It is a powerful formula packed with amino acids – the building blocks of collagen – to get key ingredients where your skin needs them, and goes beyond plumping to help preserve the collagen your skin has now.

Having tried this now for a month now I’ve noticed the results and it’s a new favourite. I’ve been applying it three times a week as part of my skincare regimen and now my skin looks and feels more “together”.

How does it work?

The serum’s potent Pro-Collagen Preservation Complex delivers an innovative blend of Collagen Amino Acids, Carnosine Dipeptide, and antioxidants to help save collagen by defending against collagen-degrading free radicals. Soothing Jojoba Ester and Polyglutamic Acid works to nourish the skin’s moisture barrier to visibly plump for a firmer appearance. 

I chatted with Nadia Paglia, Dermalogica’s Director of Education to learn more!

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Collagen comes in different forms and we are finding it everywhere, so, what is it about this latest Dermalogica product that we should know about and its benefits?
Nadia:  Everyone wants to “Bank” and preserve their skin’s own natural collagen and this product does just that! It is a non-invasive way to plump, preserve collagen and hydrate the skin for a firmer appearance. It helps to minimize the look of fine lines, and wrinkles and safeguard our natural collagen. Our bodies produce less collagen every year, and negative factors like pollution can speed up collagen breakdown, leading to visible signs of aging such as sagging skin tissue, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines. This is why protecting and preserving skin’s youthful appearance from an early age is so important.

How is it best used?

Nadia: Pro-Collagen Banking Serum is used after cleansing and toning the skin. Apply 2-3 pumps to the face and neck in a pressing method, allowing heat to be generated for deeper ingredient penetration. For maximum results, you will need to use the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum in the morning and night before applying your SPF and moisturizer.

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Who is it for?

Nadia: Pro-Collagen Banking Serum is for consumers who want to prevent signs of aging or are experiencing signs of aging. It is never too early or too late to bank on healthy skin aging and this product would be a fit for anyone looking to add a powerhouse serum to their routine. We find this has been popular with individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding as they can’t use products that contain actives such as retinol or BHAs/AHAs. For the younger demographic, 20-30 year olds this is a great way to dip their toes into protecting and preserving their skin’s natural collagen.

Can we overdo collagen? either ingesting or applying to our skin?

Nadia: To achieve the results you are looking for, stick to the recommended usage and direction. Our bodies are not able to absorb collagen in its whole form and to enter the bloodstream, it must be broken down so it can be absorbed through the body. Ingesting too much can lead to upset stomach or bloating. Over-applying collagen to the skin will not harm the skin in any way however, your skin can only absorb so much product at once, therefore, using the recommended usage key.