Ever wonder what actually causes your skin to sag and form wrinkles? The answer is collagen, or more specifically, a lack of collagen. A protein that basically holds our bodies together, collagen makes up one third of our body and is found in bones, muscles, skin and tendons. It plays a critical role in healthy skin, hair, and nails. And while there are lots of collagen skincare products on the market, many contain animal-derived forms of collagen. We’re all about cruelty-free products and treatments at The Freeze Clinic, so vegan collagen for skin is a big deal around here.

Unfortunately, as we get older (starting at age 25!), our bodies create less collagen, which leads to less elasticity in our skin. Wrinkles start to form and skin starts to sag. Sun exposure, smoking, and a high-sugar diet can also hurt collagen production and advance the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin.

But there is hope—and help! What are the collagen benefits for skin? Collagen enhancing products can help to visually reverse the signs of aging. Many of these skincare products contain a protein from fish or cows, which just sounds icky, doesn’t it? Want a vegan collagen for skin? Algae and sea kelp extracts are the way to go.

Why algae and sea kelp?

Aquatic organisms live in extreme environments. Therefore, in order to survive, they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which also happen to be beneficial for our skin. Algae is full of vitamins and amino acids that aid in collagen production. Sea kelp is a form of algae that is even more beneficial for our skin. Sea kelp contains 46 minerals (iron, zinc, and calcium to name a few), 11 micronutrients, and 16 amino acids. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E!

Not only do algae and sea kelp help your skin product collagen, they also contain antioxidants that prevent collagen from breaking down. An added bonus is that they both have moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why we use a sea kelp-based collagen mask in our signature Freeze Facial.

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