Today we know that protein is the most important component our body requires to renew, repair and rejuvenate itself. If you’ve been searching for an anti-aging cream or serum, you’ve probably encountered terms like ‘boosts collagen production’ or ‘replenishes collagen’. Collagen is the most talked about protein in the skin care industry and is frequently referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’.
The Role of Collagen
From your bones to your skin, Collagen protein is the very foundation of the body’s structure, and performs many indispensable functions throughout the body. It is one of the main structural proteins in our skin that fills the extracellular spaces of the dermis and also the middle layer of the skin that sits just below the epidermis. Collagen is embedded in the dermis along with another protein named ‘Elastin’, and is interconnected by chains of proteoglycans and hyaluronan.
This complete structure vis a vis ‘Collagen-Elastin-Proteoglycan-Hyaluronan’ keeps our skin flexible, elastic, moist, plump and intact.
Did you know? Collagen makes up about 80% of the dry weight of our skin and 25 to 35% of the whole body protein content!
There are five types of Collagen present in our body, out of which Collagen Type I is the most abundant one found in our skin, tendons, bones, vascular, ligature and organs.
Loss of Epdidural Integrity due to Aging:
Our skin lose optimum levels of collagen as the years pass. After age 30, Collagen levels in the skin gradually begin to decrease, or thin, in all three layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis). Collagen can also be lost due to over exposure to UV light as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet.
Did you know? Collagen levels decrease by approximately 1% every year after 21 years of age.
When collagen breaks down, the expressions you’ve repeatedly made throughout your life begin appearing as fine lines, and then wrinkles, sagging, and a decrease in smoothness, elasticity, and suppleness of the skin.
Replenishing Collagen Topically – Myth or Reality?
Let’s get one thing straight – artificially obtained topical collagens’ particle size is far too large (more than 500 Daltons) to be absorbed via the pores. However, there is an indirect way we can replenish optimum levels of collagen. Certain essential oils and natural peptides have tiny molecular sizes which can penetrate the skin to activate collagen synthesis.
How Can Boosting Collagen Help?
- Wrinkles – Replacing Collagen topically works as a ‘wrinkle filler’ and helps delay the signs of aging.
- Acne Scars – Collagen speeds up the production of new skin cells and helps minimize or even eliminate depression scarring due to acne.
- Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation – Sun spots, Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation are a result of UV or sun damage that weakens collagen fibers, alters DNA and prevents stem cells from repairing themselves. Starting a lightweight collagen treatment brightens the skin and promotes even complexion.
Editors Tip: ‘Our PuraVeda Organics ‘BioScience Peptide Complex’ and ‘Collagen Boost Serum’ are natural anti-aging treatment serums that contain ingredients which boost collagen synthesis. These formulas are designed to meet the needs of aging and UV damaged skin. Regular usage firms the skin and diminishes expression lines and fine lines. Our Peptide Complex (containing Matrixyl, Argireline and CoQ10) is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by up to 60% in less than 60 days.
Boosting Skin Collagen with Natural Bio Actives
Certain natural treatments can rapidly rebuild collagen levels in the skin. Some of the most vital Collagen Boosting Natural Bio Actives:
- Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide) – These peptides have small molecular sizes and are easily absorbed into the skin. Matrixyl stimulates production of Collagen Type I (up by 212%), II & IV, elastin, glycosaminoglycan, fibronectin and hyaluronic acid. Along with Argireline, Matrixyl can greatly reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, fine lines, fold thickness, hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging.
- Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide 3) – Also known as ‘Botox in a jar’, Argireline is a neurotransmitter inhibitor peptide. which acts as a new growth factor to increase collagen synthesis and stimulate skin cells for fast turnover. Argireline can also decrease wrinkle depth up to 50% (especially in the delicate eye area) within 4 months of use.
- CoQ10 – CoQ10 (CoEnzyme Q10 or Ubiquinone) works much like armor to prevent breakdown of the Collagen-Elastin complex. It is also known as a natural ‘skin energizer’ and helps repair the elastin-collagen matrix. A very strong antioxidant, CoQ10 reduces free radical levels.
Editor’s Tip: Keeping your skin hydrated/ moisturized is critical in reducing the signs of aging. When choosing a collagen boosting serum, make sure to look for moisture replenishing ingredients or skin hydrators such as Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Gel.
- Ginkgo – Ginkgo has long been used in Ayurvedic skin care, and scientifically speaking, increases the production of fibroblast collagen. It has antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties and helps speed cell metabolism.
- Geranium – Geranium essential oil is a superior ingredient to reverse the signs of aging. Topical application of Geranium oil increases collagen production, and improves cellular regeneration and turnover.
- Calendula – Calendula flower extracts activates collagen receptors in skin cells. Calendula essential oil also helps lighten healing scars and dark spots/hyperpigmentation. It is highly suitable for sensitive skin (pitta dosha) and dry skin (vata dosha).
- Lemon – Vitamin C or L-Ascorbic Acid is extracted from lemons or other citrus fruits and used in the concentration of 5-15% as a highly effective anti-aging ingredient as it increases production of Collagen Type I and Type III.
- Pomegranate – Anthocyanins, punicalagin and ellagic acid in pomegranates not only fight signs of aging, but also provides UV protection and repairs sun damage. Pomegranate penetrates deeply into the dermis and increases healthy omega fatty acids, ensuring the skin is hydrated and the Collagen-Elastin-Proteoglycan-Hyaluronan complex stays strong and intact.