Author: Dr. Valerie Rosenbaum
You might pay $100 or more for a jar of collagen facial cream. But, what are you really paying for? The cost of collagen creams has a lot to do with the advertising and marketing campaigns that the company uses. The ingredients in them are relatively cheap. Here are some things that you might not know.
Collagens are simple proteins found in the fibers that compose the dermis layer of the skin. There are four to five layers of keratin-rich cells, before you get to the dermis. So, if collagen facial cream was to be effective, it would need to penetrate through four to five layers of skin.
Even if they did penetrate, collagen creams would not help to replace the collagen-fibers that are lost with age. There are ways to do that, which I'll get to in a moment, but collagen creams won't do the job. Not to mention the fact that the manufacturers only include very small amounts.
When you read the list of ingredients on a product label, they are listed according to the percentage of the product that they make up, from highest to lowest. If there are any "active" ingredients, they will be listed first.
In the US, the only ingredients that are considered active are pharmaceuticals and sunscreens. They don't consider protein an active ingredient. So, as you scan down the list of ingredients on a collagen facial cream, you are likely to see water or "aqua" listed first.
I've looked at a lot of products over the years and in many cases, the ingredient "collagen" is the 20th ingredient listed. The artificial preservatives are far above. Since, there is a maximum amount of an artificial preservative that can be included in a cosmetic and the percentage is very low, that tells us something.
It tells us that the amount of the protein that is actually included in collagen creams is not nearly enough to provide any benefit. Luckily, we have alternatives.
To delay and counter the signs of age, a skincare product must address three issues. They are low levels of hyaluronic acid, free radical damage and decreased production of skin cells and fibers.
To improve levels of hyaluronic acid, the enzymatic activity that breaks it down must be inhibited. Extracts from wakame kelp will do that.
To prevent and repair free radical damage, the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 is needed, but it must be properly formulated using expensive nanotechnology or it will not penetrate through the skin's layers. There is no collagen facial cream that contains that ingredient.
To stimulate the production of new cells and fibers, scientific research has shown that zinc and copper bound to protein perform that service. But, you have to be careful. There are some companies that are aware of the benefit of copper, but they use too much and it can cause a serious allergic reaction.
Basically, collagen creams are a waste of money and even time, because it takes so long to read the long list of artificial ingredients. Now, you know that a collagen facial cream is not your best option, regardless of how much it costs.
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