Real talk: Collagen skincare is here to stay. And while there are plenty of collagen-infused products on the market that promise bouncy, youthful-looking skin, the key to getting the most out of this buzzworthy ingredient lies in its formulation. Experts have discovered that when collagen and peptides – the microscopic amino-acid chains that make up proteins – come together, this efficacious duo provides a powerful hit of skin-rejuvenating moisture, revealing a taut, plump complexion. But how does it work, exactly? Let’s break it down.
To put it simply, a typical collagen firming cream boasts collagen as its main ingredient, which is actually too large of a molecule to penetrate the skin; it sits on the surface, never reaching its full potential. Combine collagen with peptides and you get – you guessed it – collagen-peptide molecules. Unlike collagen on its own, these mighty molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin’s surface at the moment of application and then signal cells to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production. The result? The ability to incorporate this powerhouse ingredient into your routine with a method that works faster, if not more effectively, than oral supplements.
Enter Olay Collagen Peptide24. Part of the next generation of collagen skincare, the products in this line have the highest concentration of peptides in Olay’s entire range. Thanks to the addition of vitamin B3+, Olay’s signature hydrating ingredient, skin is better able to hold on to moisture while dead cells are gently sloughed off to reveal a brighter and more even skin tone. The lightweight, non-greasy formula also contains glycerin and snow-mushroom extract to provide the essential moisture your skin needs to stay supple and firm. What’s more, the intensely hydrating blend of ingredients helps to maintain optimal moisture levels for up to 24 hours so you can get the most out of your routine. Enhanced with Olay’s super-potent peptide formula, each product – whether it be the cleanser, moisturizer, serum or eye cream – provides age-defying firmness and dewy, radiant-looking skin.
The best part? You get all of the benefits of a $400 cream at a fraction of the price. Now that’s skincare we can get behind.
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