With the myriad of skincare routines out there, many find it hard to decide which one to stick to and which ones work. Of course, it varies based on your skin type, but everyone knows that the most important and difficult part to take care of is your face. Our faces have more sensitivity than most of the rest of our skin and, in turn, require an elevated amount of care and attention.
At-Home Ways & Products to Get Healthy Skin
There are various home remedies for facial scars and skin unevenness or wrinkles. Here are a few that have been tried and tested and proven to work:
- Raw potato: Applying finely mashed raw potato to your face and skin makes the skin glow brighter. It also helps to reduce the darkness of undereye bags. Once applied, wash with lukewarm water after a few minutes.
- Honey cinnamon: A mask made of these two ingredients has been proven to help subside active acne spots. Once set and removed, apply aloe vera gel to plump up the dry skin.
- Tomato juice: Drinking it helps reduce pores and blackheads and work best when mixed with a few drops of lemon
- Rose Water: It balances pH levels, regains bounce and tightness to the skin, and is recommended to be used twice a day
- Turmeric: It is a natural antioxidant that brightens the skin and works well to remove blemishes. Turmeric paste mixed with curd is a great way to reduce or remove tanning from unevenly or unnecessarily tanned skin.
- Milk and Honey: While milk helps prevent acne and works well as a moisturizer, honey balances the bacteria in the skin to make skin brighter; combining the two is perfect for a natural glow. It is usually used by those who have sensitive skin and cannot wash their faces with chemicals.
What is Collagen And Why We Need It?
Just like the steps above, we have all heard these age-old’s like keep your hands away from your face or pat dry instead of scrubbing or even don’t wash your face with harsh soaps. Yet aside from these, there are always certain 'it' things or trends that come and go. In the past, we have seen a hike in purchasing face care products such as face masks, eco-friendly products, jade rollers, and more. When such products go 'viral' on social media among influencers, their audiences tend to believe in the products' functionality and purchase it to try them for themselves. Often, a ‘trend’ is just that, not something that has been scientifically proven to work, and thus the hype dies down after some time.
One of the most recent trends that have caught on for its great functionality is the usage of collagen products or, as Madelyn Fernstrom, a Health Editor at NBC News, said, "Collagen is hot right now." It is the most prominent and abundant structural protein in our bodies found in connective tissues. Over time and exposure to the sun, our bodies' collagen gets damaged and not so easily replaced by our bodies in our 20s and 30s, which make the skin sag. Thus, to help the replacement process, skin fanatics have been raving about collagen face moisturizer, ultrasound, radio-frequency, collagen skin supplements and even micro-needling.Some natural ways to reduce the rate of depletion of our bodies' collagen stores include avoiding the sun and smoking
To use any collagen face moisturizer, one must rinse their face and neck, dab dry, and gently apply the cream all over their face and neck in an even layer until absorbed, once in the morning and once at night.
Does a Collagen Face Moisturizer Works?
There isn't enough proof to show that it works substantially, but here are a few products that people have been using on their face as collagen boosters that claim to do their job:
- Vitamin A: The anti aging retinol serum has been the most scientifically proven product to reduce skin sagging by stimulating collagen production and preventing its breakdown. Anti-aging retinol serum is an over-the-counter vitamin A derivative that minimizes facial wrinkles and age spots.
- Vitamin C: This serum is hydrating and brightening and can be used for almost all skin types. It prevents collagen breakdown and protects the face from free radicals. Vitamin C serum reduces hyperpigmentation and under-eye bags as it completely evens out the skin texture and tone.
- Safflower oil: Although not clinically proven to work, many swear by its uses and benefits. It helps clear up pimples and acne scars and, to some extent, can heal the skin condition called eczema. The ‘oil’ texture helps prevent flaking of skin.
In order get your skin glow and to prevent it from looking dull and old, collagen production in the body is of utmost important. If it is not automatically produced in significant amount, we need to add proper ingredients in our diet. We can also take advantages of moisturizers that are specially designed to provide moisture and maintain collagen presence on the skin.