Health & Beauty

Here’s How To Unlock The Power Of Preserving Collagen

April 22, 2024

When it comes to taking care of the plumpness and bounce of our skin, we often think of collagen! 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 true! It’s a myth that collagen can penetrate the skin; 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 come 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. We spoke with Dermalogica’s Director of Education, Nadia Paglia, to learn more. —Vita Daily

What inspired Dermalogica to develop the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum, and what sets it apart from other collagen-focused skincare products on the market?

The inspiration behind the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum was to specifically target the younger demographic that are concerned with pre-mature aging and wanting to preserve their skin’s own natural collagen. We are seeing and hearing more from the gen-z and younger millennials that they are concerned with aging, fine lines and are considering Botox and fillers. This serum provides a non-invasive solution to plump and preserve the skin’s own natural collagen. What sets it apart of other collagen-focused skincare products on the market is that our Pro-Collagen Banking Serum has Collagen Amino Acids which promote collagen production and enhance fibroblasts turnover. It will penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and preserve already existing collagen.  Collagen as a stand-alone ingredient is too large of a molecular structure and while it would provide an initial plump, it would not help penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin to provide long term results.

Could you elaborate on the science behind the Pro-Collagen Preservation Complex and how it works to protect and preserve the skin’s collagen? 

The Pro-Collagen Banking Serum has a three-prong approach:  promote, protect & preserve, including a Pro-Collagen Preservation Complex which is multi-functional in this product.  

Promote:  to firm, lift and give skin a softer texture and reduce wrinkles. Collagen Amino Acids:  enhances fibroblast turnover allowing the skin to appear more youthful and plumper. Our bodies naturally produce amino acids. 

Protect & Preserve: improves skin resilience, smoothness, luminosity well reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Carnosine Dipeptide:  delivers potent antioxidant protection. 

Nourish:  locks in moisture to hydrate, plump and firm the skin. Jojoba ester:  contains vitamin E and helps skin absorb water and traps it into the skin to plum, firm and maintain hydration within the skin. 

Many consumers are intrigued by the idea of ingesting collagen for skincare benefits. Can you explain why preserving the skin’s existing collagen is more effective than relying on ingested collagen?

Collagen is a major structural protein in our tissues. It is found in skin, hair, nails, tendons, cartilage, and bones.  Collagen works with other substances such as hyaluronic acid and elastin to maintain elasticity, volume, and moisture.  Our bodies naturally produce collagen using the amino acids from protein-rich or collagen rich foods. There is not enough scientific evidence and studies conducted that prove ingesting collagen will make a difference in the skin. Our bodies can not absorb collagen in its whole form, and to enter the bloodstream, it must be broken down into peptides so it can be absorbed through the gut. In short, using the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum will preserve and protect the skin’s own natural collagen to visibly plump and firm the skin.   

How does the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum fit into a comprehensive skincare routine, and what other Dermalogica products would you recommend pairing it with for optimal results? 

Pro-Collagen Banking Serum is a gel serum formula that can be used both morning and night to see optimal results.  It can be beautifully paired with Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream, to provide firmer and more lifted skin. Most importantly, to maximize on the effectiveness of products and their active ingredients, it is crucial to resurface the skin and remove dead skin cell buildup by incorporating Daily Microfoliant. This will encourage deeper ingredient penetration and faster cell turnover.  

Can you share any insights or tips on how individuals can incorporate the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum into their skincare regimen to achieve maximum benefits, particularly in terms of application frequency and usage alongside other skincare products? 

In order to see the maximum benefits and results from the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum, you must use it both morning and night for 12 weeks. Apply after cleansing and toning your skin. All you need is 2-3 pumps and pat/press it into the skin. The warmth from your hands/fingerprints will allow for deeper ingredient penetration. Regular professional treatments in a skin center along-side using active ingredients for home use, will maximize and enhance results you’re looking to achieve. Clients who have used the Pro-Collagen Banking Serum have said that their cheeks and jawline looked firmer within 7 days. Applying sun protection in the morning such as Porescreen or an SPF of your choice is vital in the prevention of skin aging and preserving the skin’s natural collagen.  


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