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How Does Collagen Cream Work?

Updated on November 16, 2013
There are many types of collagen creams out there.
There are many types of collagen creams out there.

One of the tell tale signs of aging is for the skin of your face, hands, and body to start to sag and to wrinkle, to get those crow’s feet around the eyes and the corners of your mouth. This starts to happen to many people, men and women both, sometime in their 30s and increasing as they approach and pass age 40. One reason for this is the loss of the supporting underlying structure of the skin, the framework that keeps you skin firm and supple. Much of this underlying structure of your skin is made up of a protein called collagen. The collagen starts to loose its supple properties and thus the overlying skin sags, droops, and wrinkles.

This loss of collagen is a natural part of the aging process and there is no way to halt its progress forever. However, there are some techniques that people have devised to slow down the process and even in some cases reverse it. These techniques nourish the skin and the underlying collagen so that it regains its firm and supple quality. One such technique is the development of collagen cream, which is applied to the skin wherever signs of aging are beginning to develop. The ingredients in this collagen cream help your body replace and reinvigorate the natural supply of collagen that underlies your skin. Thus, wrinkles and sagging start to fade.

Combat signs of aging with collagen cream
Combat signs of aging with collagen cream

How Collagen Cream Works

As many scientists and laypersons will tell you, the collagen molecule is a rather large one. In fact, it is large enough that it has difficulty penetrating the outer layers of your skin to reach the existing collagen layer underneath. Thus, any collagen cream that contains only these large collagen particles will not be effective in rebuilding the collagen layer. Collagen that sits on the surface of the skin does make a good moisturizer so all is not lost. But as far as reinvigorating the natural collagen layer beneath the skin goes, a good collagen cream will require other elements as well.

An effective collagen cream will contain ingredients such as keratin, elastin, and a number of peptin proteins. These ingredients are able to penetrate the skin, down to the collagen layer. Once there, this portion of the collagen cream begins to stimulate the regrowth of the collagen layer. These ingredients nourish the skin cells, stimulating and invigorating them. After a short while, the collagen cream begins to have its desired effect—making the skin more elastic and supple. In other words, your skin begins to regain the properties of youth.

Your skin care regime may or may not include collagen cream, but many people swear by it.
Your skin care regime may or may not include collagen cream, but many people swear by it.

Types of Collagen Cream

Collagen cream comes in a number of various formulations and types. Each of these types of collagen cream have a slightly different application and function, although the overall effect is the same, which is a return of suppleness to your skin. It is the addition of other ingredients to the basic collagen building blocks that mostly differentiates one type of collagen cream from another.

Many collagen creams will be referred to as anti-wrinkle creams. These formulations contain such ingredients as hydroxyl acids and retinol that work to lessen the appearance of wrinkles on the face and body while the collagen constituents do their job under the skin surface. Another type of collagen cream is the anti-aging creams. Some of these creams work specifically to strengthen what are called type 2 collagen fibers. These types of collagen fibers are responsible for keeping the skin youthful and firm. Finally, there are those skin care experts who believe that the skin is best replenished during sleep, when the body can work at its full capacity to nourish and repair the collagen support structure. Thus, a very popular type of collagen cream is the night cream, which is applied to the skin just before you go to bed at night.

All of these various formulations of collagen cream have both their critics and their fans. Some people even believe that a collagen cream can have no real effect on your skin, while other skin care experts and their happy customers will swear by them, making it part of their nightly skin care regiment. To find out for yourself what a collagen cream can do for your appearance, buy yourself a good collagen cream today. You might just be delighted with the outcome!


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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Wonderful information .