Hydrolyzed Collagen in Anti Aging Skin Care Products

hydrolyzed collagenHydrolyzed collagen is an ingredient commonly found in anti-aging facial creams and body lotions.  Cosmetic companies continue to include the ingredient and make numerous claims concerning the benefits.  Problem is there are no proven benefits.

Collagens are simple proteins made up of only a few amino acids.  In the human body, they are classified as “structural” proteins, meaning they are used by the body to create various structures.

The proteins are abundant in young, healthy firm human skin.  Along with the protein elastin, they make up the skin’s elastic fibers.  It is the elastic fibers that allow the skin to snap back into shape after being stretched out.

The fibers can be stretched to the point of breaking.  They are located in the skin’s dermis layer.  Overstretching and tearing in the dermis layer is the cause of stretch marks.

The body also needs vitamin C in order to make strong elastic fibers.  In the vitamin C deficiency called scurvy, the elastic fibers are weak.  The symptoms include bleeding gums and spots on the skin.

Chronic inflammation can damage and degrade the skin’s elastic fibers.  With age, the production of new fibers decreases.  The supposed benefit of applying hydrolyzed collagen to the skin’s surface is to increase firmness, elasticity and smoothness.  It doesn’t work.

If there is any benefit at all, it is a short-lived cosmetic one.  Your face might look smoother.  Your wrinkles might look less deep for a while.  But most women say that the effect is gone in less than an hour.  They also have difficulty applying makeup over the thick gels.

You see.  The processes used to make hydrolyzed collagen for skincare products goes like this.

The companies start with animal hooves, horns and/or hides.  They melt them down using high heat and chemical solvents.  This breaks down the hard, fibrous proteins and turns them into gelatin.

Companies typically use the same process to hydrolyze keratin, another protein important to the skin’s health and appearance.  The high temperatures and the solvents render the proteins inactive.  They cannot be absorbed or used by the cells of the human body.

The gelatin is somewhat nourishing.  It contains no calories and provides a few amino acids.  Eating the gelatins was at one time a popular fad diet, until people started suffering from protein deficiency.  Since collagens are incomplete proteins, they do not serve as a substitute for complete proteins.

Applying hydrolyzed collagen in the hopes that it will stimulate the growth of the skin’s elastic fibers just doesn’t make sense.  The proteins cannot possibly penetrate through all seven layers of the epidermis and into the dermis where the elastic fibers are located.

There is one type of keratin that is processed gently enough to allow it to remain active.  It is referred to as bioactive keratin and has been shown to increase the skin’s firmness, thickness and smoothness, primarily by stimulating the growth of new cells.

When you are shopping for anti-aging creams, forget about the ones containing hydrolyzed collagen.  Look for bioactive keratin instead.

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