If you’ve been down the skincare aisle lately, you might have noticed a new trend, collagen face masks. While collagen face masks are relatively new in the US, they’ve been popular in Asia for years and have some fantastic benefits for your skin.
What Is Collagen?
To keep it simple, collagen is a protein in your body and is a major component of ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones, and of course—skin. Collagen in your body creates elasticity that makes your skin look firm, plump, and youthful. As you age, your body produces less collagen— and the collagen it does produce isn’t the same quality as the collagen you produced when you were younger. As your collagen declines, your skin will show more and more signs of aging.
While aging and collagen loss is a natural part of growing older, you can give your skin a boost and restore some of your youthful appearances by regularly using collagen face masks as part of your beauty routine.
How Do Collagen Face Masks Work?
Collagen face masks are simply sheet masks that contain hydrolyzed collagen, making it easy for your skin to absorb and soak up the collagen in the mask. Most collagen face mask sheets are applied to the face for around 15-25 minutes so the collagen has time to soak into your skin. The collagen helps smooth out wrinkles in your skin by plumping and firming your skin, making your face appear younger and smoother.
If you do choose to use a collagen face mask it’s important to know how often you should use them. Using a collagen face mask at least once a week can give your skin a great collagen boost and help you maintain a youthful appearance, reduce future signs of aging, and slow down the degeneration of collagen in your skin.
What Are the Benefits of Collagen Face Masks?
While we’ve already covered some of the basic benefits such as reducing and diminishing the signs of aging, collagen has other benefits that make collagen face masks a great option for a variety of skin concerns.
1. Hydrates Skin
Just like your body, your skin can get dehydrated too. When skin is dehydrated it can feel tight and uncomfortable and a good moisturizer alone might not be enough to get your skin feeling hydrated again. This is where a collagen mask can help. Collagen masks provide intense hydration to dehydrated skin, making it feel soft and supple again.
2. Treats Dull, Dry Skin
While this might sound similar to our first benefit, it’s a little different. We’ll explain. As you get older, your skin often gets drier and drier. This is because your skin doesn’t produce the natural oils it used to when you were younger. People who have dry skin tend to get wrinkles earlier than those with oily complexions and can experience dull, dry, flaky, or even leathery feeling skin. Collagen face masks can help replenish the natural oils in your skin and leave your skin feeling toned and hydrated.
3. Infuses Skin with Collagen
Collagen face masks with Type I hydrolyzed collagen allow collagen peptides to absorb into your skin. This makes them more effective at delivering collagen and hydration to your skin and supports collagen production.
4. Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Perhaps the most well-known benefit of collagen face masks is their ability to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and give skin a plump, youthful appearance. Using collagen masks regularly can provide an extra boost of collagen to your skin and promote collagen production reducing and preventing fine lines as wrinkles as you age.
5. Speeds Skin Healing
Not only does collagen contribute to skin elasticity, oil production, and hydration, it can also help speed up the healing process in the body. This means that using a collagen mask may help your skin heal from acne faster to give you more even, luminous skin.