Collagen is the protein that primarily makes up the connective tissue in the dermis, or the inner layer of your skin. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles form. When you are looking for a remedy, you can skip lotions or cosmetics that use collagen as an ingredient. This protein cannot be absorbed through the skin, so you’ll need ingredients that increase collagen production, rather than collagen itself. Lots of these ingredients are found in specialty lotions at department stores or online, but you can also find some of these beneficial additions in drug store products.
1. CoenzymeQ10 or Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10
Also known as CoQ10, CoenzymeQ10 is an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Those free radicals wreck havoc on your skin and the body’s systems, and needless to say, collagen as well. The particular version of CoQ10 that most effectively fights those free radicals is called Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10. This is an extremely broken down version of CoQ10, which is a particle that is small enough to penetrate the skin and combat wrinkles by fighting off free radicals — the very thing that breaks collagen down.
2. Cynergy TK
Cynergy TK is another ingredient that improves skin elasticity by stimulating collagen growth. This usable form of keratin promotes cell growth and strength, combating the effects of aging — when skin cells start to misfire and don’t always do their job of staying elastic.
3. Phytessence Wakame
This Japanese sea kelp stops your cells from breaking down hyaluronic acid. This acid is responsible for keeping collagen and elastin in full effect, making skin look taut and youthful.
4. Vitamin C
Yes, good old vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to aid in the synthesis of collagen and to help induce the reactions that encourage collagen to form a weblike mesh under your skin, staying strong and elastic — and wrinkle free. Of course vitamin C that is consumed is fantastic, but topically it helps enhance skin as well. Continue to get your daily dose in your diet, and look for it as an addition in your skin creams.
5. Copper Peptides
Though copper can be toxic to the body, when it is bound to peptides (like shards of proteins), it can be used safely to promote collagen production and reduce wrinkles, and even promote wound and scar healing. Look for copper peptides in your creams as well!
6. Amino Acids
Creams, lotions and cleansers that use amino acids also support collagen synthesis and production. Specifically, the amino acids valine, tetra-peptide 7, and tryptophan have been suggested as the most effective in promoting collagen and reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging. Look carefully for those particular amino acids, rather than a cream that states amino acids in general.
It’s Not All or Nothing
Sure, ideally you’d get all of these ingredients on your skin daily, but with the expense of creams (still cheaper than a face lift!) you may have to settle for only some of the ingredients.