Growing old is an accomplishment – a precious gift that should be celebrated and appreciated. Unfortunately it is also a gateway to sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation – the undesirable side effects that creep up while you’re living life to the fullest.
Genetics, pollution, stress, UV damage, improper care and hormones are key factors in how well skin ages but we all have one thing in common – gradual collagen loss.
The Importance of Collagen
Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body, providing strength and structure for connective tissue. It is essential to the healthy functioning of skin, blood vessels, muscle, tendons, bone, ligaments and the digestive system. At age 20, collagen starts to deteriorate and by age 40 we lose about 1% each year.
I always tell my readers that early prevention is the most effective way to outsmart Mother Nature but certain products can also fortify and protect your skin.
Vichy’s new LiftActive Skincare is infused with 2 types of peptides capable of targeting collagen synthesis. It also includes 15 replenishing minerals and powerful anti-aging ingredients.
Collagen in Creams and Serums
There is a lot of controversy and contradicting theories about how our bodies absorb, breakdown and use collagen, but after doing some research, I understand how it all works.
When applied topically, collagen molecules are too large to absorb directly into the skin but they can produce superficial benefits that visibly diminish common signs of aging. When used daily, the peptides seem to fill in gaps and spaces between lines and wrinkles to blur their appearance, plump and firm.
For long-lasting results I take Sproos Dietary Collagen Supplements mixed into a berry smoothie. I also apply collagen enriched skincare with a Jade Roller to tighten and lift. These methods target skin concerns from every angle.
The Benefits of Vichy
LiftActive Collagen Specialist ($59.95) is a fragrant lightweight cream that smooths, moisturizes and tightens slack skin to improve sagging, texture and discoloration. The silky finish works well under makeup and creates a non-greasy barrier that shields against external aggressors. When used frequently, blemishes begin to fade and your profile may appear toned and defined. I don’t have wrinkles or fine lines but my complexion definitely looks even and hydrated.
The LiftActiv Hyalu Mask ($59.95) combines the regenerating power of Hyaluronic Acid and Agave Extract for instant replenishment, suppleness and radiance. If your complexion is dry, dull or fatigued, apply a thin layer of gel on clean skin, wait 5-10 minutes and remove the excess with a cotton pad (no need to rinse). Occasionally I layer the mask over the cream before bed and wash my face again in the morning. The rejuvenating layers lock-in moisture so I awake with a fresh dewy glow.
Vichy is available at drugstores nationwide. You can also visit the website at vichy.ca