Author: Dr. Valerie Rosenbaum
As they age, many people are interested in getting a collagen increase. It may be that their joints are bothering them or they are concerned about their bone health. But, in most cases, they are looking for a collagen stimulant that will improve the skin's appearance. That's what this article is about.
If you are like a lot of people, you went through your teen years fighting excessive oiliness and mild to moderate acne. As time went by, the number of break-outs subsided and if you were lucky, you conquered the oiliness without causing the opposite problem of excessive dryness.
For ten years or so, you might have had no problems with your skin's health or appearance. Only now, you may be seeing your first fine lines and you have learned that a collagen increase could help erase those lines. That may be true, but don't be misled.
Most creams that claim to contain a collagen stimulant will not even penetrate through one layer of the epidermis. In order to be beneficial, they would need to penetrate through four to five layers of epidermis and into the dermis where the fibers are found.
You see, the reason that the fibers become weak has less to do with time and more to do with free radical damage. Free radicals are located within the skin's cells and in the spaces between them. Although they perform some necessary functions with in the cell, they are highly reactive to UV radiation from the sun and to environmental pollutants. The reaction causes damage to the cells and fibers. If left unchecked, it eventually damages the DNA strands and when the cells reproduce, they are not perfect copies of the cells that existed before. So, you end up with weaker and weaker fibers.
So, not only do you need a collagen stimulant, you need something that can repair DNA damage. That something is called coenzyme Q10, but it must be properly formulated or like most creams on the market, it won't penetrate deep down into the dermis, where it can be of benefit. The most effective ingredient is known as NANOLIPOBELLE COQ10. The company that makes it uses nanotechnology to insure it has the ability to penetrate.
As far as a collagen increase goes, increasing the production of new cells will help. Tiny molecules called pro-collagens are formed within the cells. Without them, the fibers cannot form. Zinc and copper bound to protein has been shown to stimulate the production of new cells and would therefore be a collagen stimulant. The ingredient to look for is CYNERGY TK.
For a cream to use at night, avocado oil was shown in one study to provide a collagen increase. The best night-creams combine that ingredient with CYNERGY TK and NANOLIPOBELLE COQ10.
A collagen stimulant only addresses one of the losses that accompany the aging process. There are other factors to contend with, including decreased levels of hyaluronic acid and free radical damage, as mentioned above. Now that you know a little more about how to get a collagen increase, you might want to learn more about those other factors.
Dr. Valerie Rosenbaum is a dermatologist who has spent the last several years researching natural skin care products in an effort to find the best skin care products available for her patients. For more information visit http://www.DefendYourSkin.com