I do a lot of reading about skin care to keep current on trends and new products, and recently I’ve noticed that collagen is making the rounds as the new cure-all for aging skin. It’s being added to all manner of creams and lotions and potions with claims of clearing up crow’s feet and putting a spring in your step.
Now, as a skin care professional I know that there’s really no such thing as a magic elixir that will reverse the signs of aging (no matter what the fancy commercials say) and I thought I’d whip out a little bit of debunking for you guys.
What the heck is collagen, anyway? It is basically the “glue” or framework that keeps our skin firm and resilient. In other words, it is the stuff (OK, technically a protein) that keeps our skin from sagging and bagging. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of it and that’s when wrinkles and a saggy appearance start to happen. Our skin just isn’t as elastic as it used to be. Other factors include diet, lack of water intake, environment, and kids. OK, the kids can’t really be blamed for it, but I’m leaving them on the list.
So, using a $300 jar of specially formulated collagen cream will put back my natural collagen, plump out my wrinkles, firm my sagging skin, clean the kitchen, and get me a higher credit score, right? Well…… Some products may reduce the appearance of wrinkles – temporarily – but will not reverse aging processes of skin. The collagen used by cosmetic companies is derived from animal bones, cartilage, or skin (massive YUCK factor!!) and the resulting molecules are simply too large to penetrate your skin. It’s just going to sit on top if it. I’m going to pass on the animal parts being on my face, thanks!
If you are looking for a more natural, less animal parts-y help for maturing skin there are plenty of options.
· Protect your skin from the sun
· Drink plenty of water
· Eat plenty of vitamin C
· Consume a diet lower in fat and carbohydrates – especially refined sugars