Do Collagen And Elastin Creams Work?
You may often have heard that one sure way to get rid of those wrinkles and keep new ones at bay is to use collagen and elastin creams.
It is a fact that as we age, our body’s own collagen and elastin production slows down causing the skin to lose both its suppleness and its elasticity, which is what results in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
But can a skin cream containing collagen replace these two proteins that your skin has lost and therefore reduce some of those fine lines and wrinkles, firm your skin, and prevent new wrinkles from appearing?
There is a bit of fact and fiction in claiming that those collagen and elastin creams can really reverse skin aging, and knowing what is fact and what is fiction will help you make a more informed buyer´s decision.
Fact: As you age, the production of your own collagen and elastin levels slow down. Collagen and elastin are two proteins that are produced by the body and used by your bones, cartilage, tendons and skin. Production of these two proteins are at their highest during the formative years and throughout the teenage years, but begins to slow during our twenties and continues to slow down over your life span.
Fact: Over time, the lowering of collagen and elastin levels does result in the skin losing its suppleness, and wrinkles and sagging does occur. The aging of your skin can also be sped up by your lifestyle (smoking, excess drinking, improper sleep and lack of exercise), by the food you eat, and even by the environment.
Fiction: Collagen and Elastin creams help to replace your skin’s lost collagen. There is no evidence that shows that rubbing collagen into your skin topically will add to your skin’s natural collagen levels. In fact, there are those who claim that collagen and elastin can’t penetrate the skin, so they simply sit on the top layer.
Fact: Some of these collagen and elastin creams do help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While the collagen in these creams may not do anything to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles, some of these products do contain effective anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin C and vitamin E, Retinol, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and other ingredients that are proven to help reduce the signs of aging in your skin and even stimulate the production of your skin´s natural collagen and elastin.
Best Way To Get the Collagen and Elastin your Skin Needs
The best way to get the collagen and elastin your skin needs is by creating a skin healthy environment both inside and out.
Start with a healthy diet that contains foods rich in vitamins and minerals especially keratin and vitamin C. Get regular exercise, take care of your skin by avoiding products that contain ingredients that will dry out your skin, and protect your skin from skin threatening factors.
Then, choose products that are top quality and contain natural and organic ingredients as well as effective anti-aging skin care ingredients.
By stimulating your body´s own ability to produce collagen and elastin, you can keep those wrinkles at bay for a long time to come. You can also look for more ways to boost your skin collagen.
All in all, collagen and elastin creams are not necessarily effective anti-aging products. They can often be ineffective and not suit your skin. Choosing ingredients that have proven to be effective for boosting collagen such as vitamin C and other antioxidants is, in our opinion, a more effective way to promote collagen and elastin production.
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