We have discussed in recent articles how Vitamin C and certain protein Peptides are the absolutely most effective ingredients for natural collagen boosting in the Skin & Hair. For an increased synergistic effect when added to the foundational items above, here are the 6 most powerful botanicals that work naturally to build, repair and restore collagen for glowing, healthy Younger Looking Skin.
Allantoin is a phytochemical compound, extracted from Medicinal Plants (Comfrey is an especially rich source). Allantoin removes dead skin cells, pulls moisture into the skin (humectant), stimulates proliferation of fibroblasts and the growth of new tissues, while improving skin structure and texture. The keratolytic nature of Allantoin also removes stubborn layers of calloused, thickened skin, acne scars, and even warts.
2. Gotu Kola
Gotu kola (Asiatica centellica) is a powerful ancient medicinal herb which helps slow the aging of the skin by promoting collagen synthesis and improving circulation (which in turn delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to the dermis and scalp). This botanical contains a potent combination of collagen building amino acids, fatty acids, beta carotene, phytochemicals and antioxidants. Gotu Kola also protects the skin from environmental stressors, speeds skin healing (pimple scars and blemishes), treats infection and calms inflammation.
Hawthorn is a powerful antioxidant (rich in tannins, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and phenolic acids) that stabilizes the collagen-elastin structure. Vitamin C, Citrin, Rutin (a flavonoid) and several other phytochemicals in Hawthorn help re-build a disintegrating collagen complex caused by the sun, the natural aging process, and environmental stressors, such as smoking and poor diet. Hawthorn berries improve oxygenation of the blood and blood circulation to remove toxins more efficiently. This allows the skin to heal faster and improve overall integrity.
Caffeic acid and Chlorogenic acid in Nettle (particularly, Stinging nettle) is scientifically proven to restructure the collagen elastin matrix. Nettle is a multi-vitamin botanical, having high amounts of Calcium, Carotene, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin K, Potassium and Protein. Due to this, Nettle is also known as a ‘Collagen Mineralizing’ herb. These minerals help in maintaining electrolyte balance, promoting ideal conditions for the cells to work efficiently and maintain turnover more like younger skin.. Nettle leaves can also prevent premature skin aging due to UV exposure.
Attributed to its high anthocyanosides content, Bilberry stabilizes collagen tissues and remove toxins in skin cells. Collagen boosting serums containing high concentration of bilberry extract (1-25%) as an ingredient, increase cross-linking of collagen fibers, acts as a free radical scavenger, inhibits enzymatic cleavage (loss) of collagen by enzymes secreted by leukocytes during an inflammation, reduces the release of serine proteases, histamines and prostaglandins, all of which cause collagen breakdown. The phytochemicals in Bilberry also promote the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans (proteins) and collagen by chondrocytes.
Horsetail contains an abundance of Silica and Silicic acid, which restores lost collagen by replenishing the cells with added moisture content. Silica is vital to the skin’s health and is responsible for keeping it plump, elastic and pliable. The botanical is also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and vital skin Minerals. Horsetail also increases calcium absorption, which is necessary for proper cell signaling and boosts cell turnover. The powerful combination of Nettle and Horsetail rapidly promotes collagen production in the skin and also stimulate hair growth.
To learn how to utilize the maximum potential of these botanicals and skin peptides, follow the 4-Step Collagen Boost Skin Therapy Protocol for rejuvenated and repaired skin that looks and feels decades younger.