You may have noticed a growing interest in collagen products in recent years. For decades, cosmetic companies have included collagen in anti-aging lotions and creams with the promise that by applying collagen to the skin, it will penetrate and replace lost collagen due to aging, sun exposure and toxins found in our environment and unfortunately even food. However, as most specialists and dermatologists will tell you, save your money!
Collagen is by nature a rather large molecule. As a result, these molecules cannot penetrate your skin beyond the outer layer. Of course, collagen naturally retains moisture well, so you may notice some improvement in skin tone and texture. However, this is not due to anything other than it being a good moisturizer. Because the molecules cannot penetrate through the various layers of our skin. Dr. Eva Hurst, an associate professor of dermatology at Washington University in St. Louis, agrees. “The collagen molecule is too big to penetrate the outer layer of the skin,” she said. The only benefit form collagen rich creams are “it might give you a little bit more glow because it’s a good moisturizer”. Aside from that, don’t expect any anti-aging results from topical collagen products.
Some manufacturers have said they solved this problem by adding hydrolyzed collagen to their creams. Unfortunately, this causes the opposite to occur as suddenly the collagen molecules are too small to integrate into the body’s collagen framework and instead are likely washed away by the body’s natural lymphatic flow. Instead, try Hydrolyzed collagen supplements like Living Traditionally’s hydrolyzed Bovine Collagen (available at Livingtraditionallystore.com). In Japan, 95% of the collagen sold (and Japan is the #1 consumer of collagen) is ingestible hydrolyzed powder and not topical creams. So, what do the Japanese understand that American’s are slow to realize? In a single fancy word, nutricosmetics. This is a recognition of the cosmetic value of nutrients. Only when taken orally, will the special amino acids contained in Collagen powder trigger your body to produce more collagen naturally. This is anti-aging from the inside out as opposed to outside in. It’s making your body function as someone who is younger as opposed to trying to force youth back in from the outside.
As you can see, there are many forms of collagen therapy available on the market. Be sure to not be fooled by those fancy and expensive creams that are just good moisturizers. If you really want to reverse the signs of aging and restore your skins firmness and elasticity, take only organic, hydrolyzed collagen powder (as it can easily be absorbed by the body) such as Living Traditionally’s Hydrolyzed Bovine Collagen.