Collagen is the protein that binds tissues together to strengthen and tighten the skin — every day.
Still, how much collagen we produce decreases as we age, which is why the ingredient has been pumped into everything from tea to lip balm. In the hopes of better skin, people try to boost collagen production using a range of different methods, into all sorts of places, spending huge amounts on treatment.
Now Buki, a Seattle-based clothing brand wants a piece of the collagen pie.
Buki has started selling a collagen collection of all-black utilitarian-chic tops. The aesthetic is nothing strange or startling, it’s actually pretty laid back. The rather unique aspect is the way the collagen is added to fibre.
Buki cofounder Joey Rodolfo shared the process, “We embed collagen peptides in the fabric fibres to help reduce dehydration, which leaves the skin feeling fresh all day,” he said. And that’s not all the garments do. Rodolfo goes on to say that, “It [the collagen] also works as a natural deodorizer to suppress undesirable odour and body perspiration.” Perhaps best of all, the clothing is UV-protected with an SPF of 50, so you won’t have to worry about getting a sunburn.
Unfortunately though, according to dermatologists, adding a small amount of collagen to clothing is unlikely to do anything to your skin.
However, even if the Buki range is unlikely to reverse aging, the other benefits the garments provide are rather amazing. Plus, the fabric feels incredibly soft, making a piece from the collection a worthwhile investment.