What You Need to Know About Collagen and Anti-Aging Skin Care

What You Need to Know About Collagen and Anti-Aging Skin CareIf you’ve been trying to find a way to erase the visible effects of aging, you’ve doubtlessly heard about the importance of anti-aging formulas and products that encourage the production of collagen.

Collagen is a natural protein the body produces, and it’s one of the main building blocks of cells, tissues, and organs. The production of collagen slows down as the body ages and at a much faster rate for women than men. In fact, collagen production in women slows by a rate of one percent a year after age 20, leading to women losing half their natural collagen proteins by the time they reach the age of 50.

Although aging does affect natural collagen levels, it isn’t the only factor—poor nutrition, sun exposure, skin damage, and pollutants like cigarette smoke can also affect your body’s ability to naturally produce collagen. This is why you see so many anti-aging formulas and anti-aging skin care products that claim to stimulate the production of collagen.

Along with using anti-aging skin care products, more women have started using supplements developed with anti-aging formulas to stimulate collagen production. It’s thought that taking these collagen supplements will result in a number of skin care benefits, such as reducing the look of wrinkles, plumping up and toning aged skin, and approving skin’s elasticity.

However, before you run out to buy collagen supplements backed by this supposed anti-aging formula, be aware that there is little scientific evidence proving that they actually do reverse the effects of aging. Since collagen is a protein, it is broken down by the digestive system if it is ingested in a pill form. The protein is then further broken down into amino acids and combined with cells according to the body’s needs. So, consuming the anti-aging formula wouldn’t really work as well as people might think for boosting collagen.

What You Need to Know About Collagen and Anti-Aging Skin CareCreams with an anti-aging formula including collagen as an ingredient might be an alternative you’re considering, but there is little evidence that these are effective either. Collagen molecules are far too large to be effectively absorbed by the skin and get washed off as soon as you rinse your hands.

Even companies that offer micronized collagen anti-aging formulas suffer the same problem; the molecules are far too large to effectively be absorbed by the skin. And if any of the collagen does manage to penetrate the skin’s surface, the body will regard it as foreign, which either results in an infection or your immune system simply destroying it. Again, these anti-aging formulas prove to be nothing more than a gimmick.

Although there is little evidence that collagen-based anti-aging formulas are an effective way to fight the signs of aging, there are certainly steps you can take to naturally maintain healthy levels of collagen, like practicing proper sun protection, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy anti-aging diet, and following a complete anti-aging skin care regimen. It also helps to include anti-aging formulas that contain ingredients that are clinically proven to reduce those visible signs of aging.

For example, the Stem Perfection™ Anti-Wrinkle Cream uses Alpine Rose stem cell technology, combined with two powerful peptides, Matrixyl 3000™ and Argireline. These three ingredients combined create the perfect anti-aging formula that’s actually been shown to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles while improving skin’s texture, tone, and tightness. Unlike collagen supplements or creams, this is an anti-aging formula that actually works to reverse the visible signs of aging.

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