Collagen is a very popular term when it comes to anti-aging skin care. Collagen molecules and collagen boosting ingredients are widely used in many anti-aging skin products worldwide. The reason behind Collagen’s popularity is simple: It works to defy the visible signs of aging through many ways.
Collagen is a natural substance found in animal and human tissues e.g. bones, cartilage, muscles and skin. It is the gluey substance responsible for maintaining the density and strength of the connective tissue and without it, our bodies would probably collapse. Adequate amounts of Collagen are found in the body’s of young people but as we grow older, collagen production starts to diminish resulting in a variety of external as well as internal negative conditions e.g. bones that are prone to damage and diseases, weak muscles and of course, skin that looks saggy, wrinkled and aged.
Approximately two decades ago, skin experts and companies have found that artificial or animal derived collagen molecules can be used for skincare purposes to counteract natural collagen loss. There was problem though: studies have found that the molecules were too big to be absorbed by the skin layers and thus, have any visible effect. Some companies invented other methods to deliver collagen molecules directly to the skin (e,f through micro needles or breaking it into mini molecules), but none of these methods have been proved yet to work sufficiently.
The only solution to this problem was to trigger the skin’s natural collagen production through collagen boosting ingredients without the addition of pure molecules like old-school anti-aging creams. Collagen boosting Ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid which is easily absorbed by the skin and utilized by all kinds of skin-care experts (dermatologists, plastic surgeons, beauticians) , peptides and herbal extracts which help trigger the skin’s natural mechanisms of repair.
To control further collagen loss, it is very important that the product contains anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant ingredients like Vitamins C and E, B-carotene, Cranberry and Pomegranate extract will help scavenge free radical damage and slow down the degeneration of the skin. Anti-oxidants also make the skin look more energized and radiant.
A cream that contains a combination of the above collagen boosting ingredients is ideal for defying the visible signs of aging, e.g. wrinkles, loss of elasticity, pigmentation etc. The cream also must contain natural soothing ingredients and moisturizing agents to keep the skin smooth supple and protected from dryness and harsh environmental pollutants.