Of all the buzzy skincare products we want to try, collagen creams are at once the most enticing yet least clear. We know collagen is associated with age-defying benefits, but what exactly is it? A beauty-product ingredient or a naturally occurring protein? Better: It's actually both. Essentially, as we age, our bodies slow down the production of collagen, which is the protein responsible for that highly coveted youthful glow. In other words, it keeps our skin supple, firm, and radiant, so when we don't have as much of it, our skin begins to look duller and fine lines and wrinkles start emerging.
That's where the skincare element comes in to save the day. To target these issues and prevent signs of premature aging, a lot of skincare brands formulate moisturizers that stimulate collagen production. As dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells Byrdie, "collagen is produced by skin cells called fibroblasts. Topical treatments that stimulate the activity of these cells to produce new, healthy collagen are a cornerstone of anti-aging skin treatments."
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Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, is the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center. His work has been published in top Dermatology journals, he lectures internationally, and is consistently selected to the New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors list by Castle Connolly.
Peruse these 15 picks to choose the best collagen cream for your skincare needs and budget.
This silky, protein-rich collagen face cream is infused with a trio of Japanese anti-aging superfoods—algae, green tea, and rice—as well as luxurious pearl extract to restore a supple and smooth radiance to your skin.
This Drunk Elephant moisturizer is described as being "like adding a shot of protein to your smoothie" because it's so abundant in nutrients and active ingredients, such as pygmy waterlily stem cell extract, soybean folic acid ferment extract, and nine signal peptide complex, all of which work together to keep the skin looking healthy, firm, and moisturized.
If you're looking for a hydrating, all-natural option, this probiotic bio-organic moisturizer is great. It protects your skin against environmental and immune triggers that break down collagen and other healthy cells.
Created to revitalize tired, aging skin, this collagen cream by Sisley contains a soluble concentration of collagen protein.
Dr. Dennis Gross' bright orange pot of moisturizer will help your skin lock in hydration with an advanced form of vitamin C, ultimately restoring a dewy, healthier appearance and texture.
This collagen-boosting cream by Arcona strengthens your skin's immune response while also giving it a brighter, more even appearance.
Here's another amazing night cream formulated to intensify your skin cell renewal while you sleep. By Terry's moisturizer is super-rich without being greasy and has a subtle rose scent that makes this a luxurious addition to a nightly routine.
Developed using a lactic acid-based formula that works to rejuvenate your skin as you sleep, this face cream is also packed with peptides that boost collagen production. And if you're into all-natural beauty products, you're going to love this option.
If you're looking for something that will target the skin around your eyes and lips (these areas are most prone to aging), this gel is ideal. Weightless, super moisturizing, and packed with protective vitamin E, it'll boost collagen production while also keeping your skin hydrated.
Full of nutrients like vitamins E and C as well as antioxidants, this cult-favorite cream will revive dull and damaged skin while keeping you hydrated so your cells can recover.
Since we know beauty isn't only skin deep, it's not a bad idea to try absorbing collagen-boosting supplements, too. Add this bio-fermented probiotic liquid to your morning smoothie or eat a spoonful before bed for plumper, more radiant skin.
If your skin has been looking tired and worn out lately, try giving it a boost with this creamy, potent anti-aging cream. With tons of nutrient-rich ingredients and floral extracts, it fights free radicals, boosts natural collagen production, and stimulates healthy cell renewal.
Looking for a product that's suited for both day and night usage? This skincare staple is a great option to add to your routine. It contains retinol, nutripeptides, vitamin E, and other superfoods that target premature signs of aging.
If cream-based moisturizers aren't your thing, give this oil a try instead. It's super potent and formulated to renew, plump, and soften up emerging fine lines for a more youthful look and feel.
An affordable option that packs a punch, this effective collagen cream was created to target concerns like loss of elasticity and firmness or fine lines and wrinkles.