What is Collagen? Why are there so many skin care products formulated with Collagen?
Let’s take a look at what Collagen really is and why it plays such an important role in keeping our skin looking youthful.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein part of the connective tissue that helps the skin maintain firmness, suppleness, and elasticity.
As we age, the outer layer (or keratin layer) of the epidermis becomes thick, clumpy, irregular, flaky, and dull looking. Conversely, the live (or dermal layer) becomes thin, losing its Collagen and elasticity. When skin loses Collagen, it wrinkles. When skin loses elasticity, it sags.
Can you apply Collagen to your face for results?
With these proven facts, it seems logical to assume that actually applying Collagen to our skin would help reverse some of this aging process, right?
Guess what? It doesn’t! Yet, many cosmetic companies continue to imply that their Collagen-filled skin care products can achieve this anti-aging miracle.
So what’s the real truth? The truth is that by the time we are 30, we will have lost about 30% of our skin’s collagen and elastin, creating wrinkling and sagging. (And as we age, that percentage obviously goes up.)
What can we do to boost Collagen? (AKA look younger!)
Reversing this damage can be achieved by stimulating, or smacking, new Collagen and elastin cells into regenerating.
Products must contain ingredients which are molecularly small enough to penetrate deep into the skin where these collagen cells live. (Those skincare products on the market today contain large molecules of Collagen that are impossible to penetrate your skin.) In addition, these ingredients must be formulated strong enough to smack and reawaken these very important cells.
Glycolic Acid, if formulated correctly and used consistently, is the most effective way to prevent, slow down, and even reverse the aging process of the skin. The key phrase here though is “formulated correctly.”
Always ask questions and study the ingredients of your skincare products. You’re likely wasting your money on products that don’t work.