Today, more people are spending money on collagen boosting serums, getting fillers or even taking oral collagen supplements in the hopes of smoothing and plumping the skin & minimizing wrinkles, with mixed results. So why do some collagen boosting formulas work and some don’t? What are the ‘best and safest’ ways to augment collagen naturally? Which methods should you avoid?
Let’s find out!
As we age, both the quantity and quality of collagen gradually becomes depleted, resulting in a loss of firmness in the skins support system or the structural matrix. This in turn causes a ‘deflated effect’ resulting in sagging skin, as well as lines and wrinkles. By the age of 40, the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases by 25% and by the age of 60, it decreases by 50%.
Here are 6 Things to know before trying Collagen Boosting Serums:
1. There are Different Types of Collagen
Collagen is a protein that is present in our skin, hair and majority of the body’s connective tissue. However, there are actually more than 28 types of collagen that the body manufactures. ‘Type I’ is the strongest variety of collagen that provides the majority of skin and hair benefits. Type III collagen also boosts skin elasticity and firmness. Both Type I and Type III collagen are comprised of the proteins glycine, alanine, proline and hydroxyproline.
Type I and Type III collagen:
- Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin’s elasticity
- Improve Circulation
- Thicken fine hair and slow hair loss
- Increase skin hydration
- Decrease micro-furrows
2. Collagen is synthesized in our body, Not in labs
The only collagen that our body can utilize is our own collagen. Even if you undergo collagen induction via microneedling, your cosmetologists/dermatologists will extract your very own collagen fibroblast cells (collagen producing cells) from the skin through biopsy and then the lab-cultured collagen is re-injected back into the skin. These cells are then activated within the skin, where more collagen is produced.
Topical Collagen: There’s are no known forms of collagen which can be applied topically to the skin to firm or thicken it. Instead, collagen is formed indirectly via Peptides and Antioxidants, which stimulate the body’s ability to form collagen and restore it to optimal levels (Read below).
3. No Vitamin C, No Collagen Production
Vitamin C is absolutely crucial in the natural synthesis/formation of Collagen and thus must be present in the skin tissue. This means that repeated application of collagen boosting or inducing serums will only work when both proper Peptides and Vitamin C are present in proper proportions in order to reverse both chronological aging and/or photoaging.
Pro tip: Never use a Vitamin C serum that contains chemically synthesised ascorbic acid as it this can actually damage the skin! Look for naturally obtained Vitamin C derived from sources like Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit in order to effectively stimulate fibroblast cells without harming skin tissues.
4. The FDA doesn’t regulate Collagen as an ingredient in beauty products
The US Food and Drug Administration does not monitor collagen as an ingredient in beauty products or even as oral supplements. In order to obtain effective collagen enrichment products, look for the simple protein isolate forms such as naturally extracted collagen hydrolysate, hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptides.
5. Consider Collagen Induction (aka Microneedling) but don’t overdo!
Microneedling when done occasionally will induce collagen synthesis. However, if you do this too frequently, fibroblast cells may become overworked and exhausted, doing more harm than good to skin tissue. Anyone with an inflammatory condition like Rosacea, should completely avoid microneedling as this could potentially increase inflammation.
6. Peptides and Antioxidants are the Best Way to Boost Collagen Naturally
Peptides in skincare products are the most effective means to boost collagen production in the skin naturally. Peptides like Matrixyl and Argireline (which can even rival the results of Botox injections over time) help restore collagen and elastin, repair damaged collagen and stimulate the body to make new collagen. Read more about ‘The Role of Natural Peptides in Skin Care.’
When combined with Hyaluronic Acid, the fibroblast cells are further plumped and hydrated which in turn increases skin thickness. Antioxidants like Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Green Tea, Grapeseed, Pomegranate and Sweet Almond Oil all help eradicate oxidation or ‘cellular rust’ a/k/a free radicals in skin cells, allowing peptides to do their work more effectively.
With the clinically proven Ayurvedic combination of Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and Antioxidant rich Botanical Actives, these products are proven to be 100% effective in boosting collagen synthesis naturally:
Aside from regular topical application of natural collagen boost serums, lifestyle choices greatly impact collagen breakdown Getting enough sleep, adequate protein and vegetable intake, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and being conscious about sun exposure, (protect your skin with Zinc Oxide based Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen) as well as optimizing cortisol (stress hormones) and endorphins (‘feel-good’ chemicals) levels are some of the natural ways we can stimulate collagen synthesis and reduce the signs of aging.