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Collagen! It's the secret sauce that keeps your skin supple, smooth, and wrinkle-free. You might not give it much thought, but trust me, it's doing some serious heavy lifting behind the scenes. So, let's dive into the fascinating world of collagen and uncover 10 things you absolutely need to know:

1. Collagen is like the scaffolding of your skin, giving it structure and strength. It's like the superhero that fights off the evil villains of sagging and wrinkles. Pow!

2. As you age, peptide protein responses slow and your collagen production takes a nosedive. It's like your skin is saying, "Hey, I'm retiring early!" But fear not, there are ways to boost collagen and keep your skin looking youthful.

3. Collagen isn't just for your skin. It's also found in your bones, tendons, and ligaments. It's like the glue that holds your body together. Talk about multi-talented!

4. You can thank your genes for your collagen levels. Some lucky folks have genes that produce more collagen, while others, well, not so much. It's like a genetic lottery, but don't worry, there are still ways to amp up your collagen game.

5. Sun exposure can be a collagen deflator. So, slap on that sunscreen! Protect your skin from those harmful UV rays and keep your collagen intact. Your future self will thank you.

6. Collagen supplements are all the rage these days. But here's the deal: not all supplements are created equal. Look for high-quality options that are backed by science.

7. Eating collagen-rich foods can also give your skin a boost. Think bone broth, fish, and leafy greens. It's like a delicious feast for your skin!

8. Hydration is key, my friend. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your collagen happy and hydrated. So, bottoms up!

9. Smoking is a collagen enemy. Those pesky cigarettes can wreak havoc on your collagen levels, leading to premature aging. So, do yourself a favor and kick that bad habit to the curb.

10. Finally, stress can be a collagen thief. So, take a deep breath, relax, and give yourself some self-care. Your collagen will thank you for it.

There are a lot of articles out there with confusing information about collagen, so please allow us this opportunity to provide a few facts provided by our team of 9 cosmetic scientists and formulators.

Yes, actual collagen molecules are much too large to absorb or penetrate the skin's surface. So, applying collagen directly to the skin's surface will do nothing for the actual collagen levels below. This also applies to collagen supplements, while they may be helpful for joints and larger areas of the body, none of the ingested collagen actually makes it to the area in the skin where collagen synthesis happens. Similar to the many limitations of other supplements like Vitamin C, where little too no vitamin c will ever make it to the skin's surface.

With that being said, there are topical serums and creams with ingredients that help amp up your collagen game. Here are the most important things that truly matter in the all supportive foundations of collagen.

1. In response to collagen breakdown as skin ages, specific proteins such as peptides and amino acids naturally form on the skin, which in turn revs up collagen synthesis. This skin surface peptide protein response slows as we age, resulting in a decreased collagen synthesis response. This is where applying a daily topical peptide serum comes to the rescue. 

2. When applying a peptide protein serum to the skin, remember that serums are most potent with peptide fusion creams best applied second. This order of application provides optimal results.

There you have it! Top collagen facts that will make you the life of the party. Now, go forth and embrace the power of collagen. Your skin will thank you!

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