The Truth About Collagen

Let’s be real, people like to look young and healthy. People have been trying to look younger as long as people have started looking older…so forever.

One of the biggest terms associated with anti-aging is collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that is found in the body. When it comes to skin care, the collagen found in our skin and connective tissues is the main concern. People often think of it as the glue that binds the body together. It makes up 70 percent of the dermis, and as we age, the body breaks down collagen faster than we can replace it.

It would follow suit then that people have tried to use collagen with the aims of anti-aging in mind.

We’ve never been ones for marketing fluff. That’s why we decided to unpack the recent collagen craze in the wellness market. From what we’ve gathered, collagen comes in three forms: a supplement, an injectable, and a topical treatment. With so many options, the question now becomes which form of collagen gives you the best bang for your buck.

Here’s Our Breakdown: 

Collagen as a supplement

In recent years we’ve seen a rise in the supplement craze. There are supplements to make you sleep better, lose weight, have more energy, and of course, prevent aging. More than half of Americans take daily vitamin supplements. Collagen supplements are some of the most popular on the market.

Many experts question how well ingesting collagen works.

It is more likely that the acids from your digestive tract would break down the collagen before the benefits reach your skin.

Collagen as an injectable

Back before the rise of Restylane and Juvéderm, bovine collagen was THE injectable you were treated with. It decreased in popularity due to the high demand for a longer lasting product and hypoallergenic. Today, collagen injections typically are made from your own tissue. This happens through the collection of donor tissue from behind your ear, which is sent to a lab who takes your tissue and creates a collagen product that can be injected.

In our opinion, it’s complicated and not exactly cost effective compared to other options.

Collagen as a topical agent

There are 2 categories of topical products. One is direct and the other is how you naturally engage with the collagen in your body.

Directly Apply It:
In the skin care market, there are plenty of products that market collagen as the main ingredient. You can find them in moisturizers, masks, and serums. Despite the hype, topically applying collagen appears to be ineffective.

Take into account molecular size, for instance. When it comes to skin care products, molecular size is important. The smaller the molecular size, the easier it is for the products to penetrate the skin. The collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the skin. Not to mention that collagen is also a protein and has to be built from peptides to amino acids to collagen. Since there are so many types of collagen, how would you know the collagen cream you are applying is the right one?

That’s why a lot of experts are skeptical on whether or not collagen products are effective.

Naturally Boost It:

One of the best ways to promote collagen is to actually increase the body’s natural production. How do you do this? Remember the comment above: “Collagen is a protein and has to be built from peptides to amino acids to collagen. Finding a skin care product that is packed with peptides, like our Transformation Cream, will act as messengers to build more collagen within the body.

Our Transformation Cream is a collagen booster. What is in it, you wonder?

Here’s the rundown:

  • Our Tri-Peptide complex: collagen boosters to help plump and firm the skin
  • Cetraria Islandica (Island Moss) Thallus Extract:
  • Centella Asiatica Extract: stimulates new cell growth and builds collagen
  • Vitamins C and E: antioxidants that help carry the active ingredients deep into the skin where they can be absorbed more readily and effectively.

Before you decide on a collagen booster, know your options. Every person’s skin and body’s needs are different, so choose wisely. If you are thinking of a skin care product to try…our Transformation Cream, just might be the perfect fit.

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