What is collagen banking & do I need to do it?
If you’re a fellow skincare nerd like me, you’ll have heard the term ‘collagen banking’ bouncing around everywhere at the moment. As with all trends though, it’s often tricky to tell whether it’s fleeting hype or transformative advice that can truly deliver results.
So, let’s take a look if this is a bandwagon you need to jump on...
Before we get to the banking, we first need to clarify exactly what collagen is. In technical terms, it’s the most abundant protein in your body, however I like to think of it as scaffolding for your face.
It’s job is to keep everything lifted and in place, but unfortunately your supply dwindles by approximately 1% each year from your mid-twenties…Unfair, I know 🙈 This means that over time you’ll begin to notice wrinkles and crepey skin appearing on the surface. However, we may have a solution.
Enter, collagen banking…Imagine it like a savings account for your skin. The idea is to make as much as possible in the present and then preserve it for the future so that your skin remains plump and youthful, even when your natural supply begins to decline. The good news is, you’ll see great impact no matter what age you start saving. Although like most things, the earlier you begin, the better the results.
As an aesthetician, this is something I’ve been doing for my clients for over a decade. It’s recently hit the headlines with its catchy new name though and I’m delighted that so many of you are now keen to get banking this precious protein. So, how exactly do you do it?
If you’re currently using The 5 Minute Kit, you’ll be delighted to hear that you’re already up and running…In fact, you’re rolling in collagen! As the products are filled with ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid that boost production at the source, it helps to rebuild this sought after scaffolding. Then, your Sunbeam Cream - SPF 50 swoops in to preserve the treasured store you’ve naturally begun to accumulate.
This is why we have customers in both their thirties and sixties whose complexions are utterly thriving.
If you’re looking to turbocharge your results even further though, the other way you can bank the good stuff is via microneedling. My go-to tool is the TLC Roller which works by creating tiny micro-injuries to your skin. When the surface is punctured with the ultra fine needles, it triggers your body’s natural healing response, which is what boosts your collagen levels and leaves you with a firmer, more toned complexion.
It’s also worth noting that although collagen is exceptionally important for preserving facial structure, it’s vital for maintaining healthy joints and bones too. To get banking in these areas, I highly recommend adding a collagen supplement into your daily routine. They come in various forms such as powders, liquids and capsules and support your overall health from the inside out. If you’re not sure where to start with one, I’ll link the blog where I first introduced mine, here.
When each of these collagen banking tactics are applied, they not only deliver beautiful skin in the present, but they guarantee radiance and youth for the years ahead too. All it takes is 5 minutes of self-care each morning and evening 🥰
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!