Best Skincare products for Collagen Support
As one of the main components of our skin, collagen plays a vital role in our skin’s elasticity and appearance. Collagen is a protein made up of four specific amino acids – gylcine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine, and makes up 25% to 35% of the total protein content of your body. As we age, our collagen production starts to decrease and our skin starts to lose its elasticity, which can lead to wrinkles. Thankfully, there are a few skin care products on the market that can help stall (and even increase) collagen production. This article will discuss a few of these products and the most effective ingredients.
When looking for a skin care product designed to increase collagen production, you’ll want to be mindful of how many antioxidants are present in the serum. Antioxidants have been proven to eliminate free radicals within your system. Free radicals are atoms with only one electron, which causes them to steal electrons from healthy skin cells. When antioxidants are present, free radicals are neutralized and skin cells are no longer affected. Choosing a skin care product with ingredients like Goji berry extract, Jiaogulan, Acai extract, ginseng root powder and Rhodiola crenulata will help protect your skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.
The key is to examine the ingredient facts since US law dictates that the heaviest item by weight go first in the ingredients section. An antioxidant buried as the last ingredient is literally just a sprinkling of extract dust into the formulation. However, if you notice high quality extracts toward the top, as the 4th or 5th ingredient listed, you know you are using a well developed product. You will rarely find a skin care product with an antioxidant listed as the first three ingredients as the bulk of any product, from entry level to $100+ will be a water and foundational ingredient.
Products that contain amino acids or peptides will also promote collagen growth and repair. Because collagen is made up of amino acids, providing your body with them at the surface level will help reduce wrinkles and dryness. A product such as Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment works well to plump up skin cells, fill in wrinkles, and give you an overall more youthful appearance. This product contains green tea, which helps fight free radicals and sun damage, and also provides your body with beta-glucan. This ingredient speeds up cell turnover and improves skin cell immunity.
A good skin care product should also contain some percentage of sunscreen, as the sun’s harsh rays are a main factor when it comes to collagen breakdown. A good sun protection regime is possibly one of the best ways to stall skin cell damage. If you don’t already, start applying sunscreen every day (even if it’s cloudy out). You’ll want to choose a sunblock with zinc for complete protection, and one that is at least SPF 30. In addition to sunblock, you should also look for products that include additives such as vitamins C and E, as these have the ability to reduce inflammation and improve overall skin protection. You do not need to go much higher than SPF 30 as SPF 30 has already blocks out roughly 97% of incoming uv rays. Having a skin care product with built-in SPF helps you build a habit of providing UV protection for your skin.
Finally, products that enhance proline uptake and support collagen angiogenesis have been shown to be most effective when combating skin damage. One such product is Astrion – a relatively new product from NuLiv Science. In a recent study, Astrion has been shown to increase proline uptake by 27%, increase collagen I synthesis by 80%, and increase collagen III synthesis by 30%. These compounds are necessary the continuous synthesis of the skin matrix that is responsible for the skin’s mechanical properties (firmness, strength, suppleness and elasticity). In fact, Astrion is one of the only few cosmaceutical ingredients that help stimulate collagen production endogenous, meaning the body itself activates more collagen synthesis.
To learn more about Astrion, you can visit www.nulivscience.com.
There are many factors that contribute to collagen damage, so you should always be mindful of your diet and sun exposure, as well as your choice in skin care products. And, while everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another, by choosing products with antioxidants, sunblock, and amino acids such as proline, you can ensure that your skin will get the best nutrients possible!