The Anti-Aging Ingredient You Need Now: Collagen

If you aren’t familiar with collagen, you need to be. That’s because it’s the support structure that gives our skin a firm, young appearance—and right now, you’re losing it! Our bodies naturally make collagen. However, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen. When levels decline, we lose that support and wrinkles begin to form. While wrinkle-filling injections can temporarily fill in the gaps, research now shows that topically applying these peptides, adding dietary collagen and sub dermal lifting beneath the surface of the skin helps it make more collagen on its own. Read further to learn more about the trending products that have shown to have a "filling" effect similar to the wrinkle injectables (Botox and Juvederm) – but without the needle!


Collagen supplements have flooded shelves of grocery and health-food stores-but what ingredients should you be looking for? Collagen supplements come from animal sources, each of which bestows different benefits, and there are different types of collagen, Type I, II and II. According to a study in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, women who took 2.5 grams of a collagen peptide called Verisol for eight weeks showed an increase in procollagen type 1 (a precursor to skin's own collagen) of 65 percent compared with a placebo. Verisol is one of the most researched collagen peptides. Laboratory tests have confirmed Verisol’s effectiveness in treating and preventing brittle nails and reducing wrinkles.


A non-toxic amino-peptide developed specifically to reduce wrinkles and the signs of premature aging. Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 is a cost-effective alternative to injections and surgical procedures. Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 temporarily limits the overproduction and release of neurotransmitters that initiate and control the intensity of facial muscle contractions. There are a number of different products that contain acetyl hexapeptide 8, but in most cases, these items are available from high-end skin retailers, spas, and from your dermatologists. Even the best serums and creams, and other products that contain acetyl hexapeptide 8 usually also include other peptides as their active ingredients to help regenerate skin cells.


Most popular of all, due to their ease of use and painless application — sub dermal appliances that lift out lower facial lines and repair lip shape. Discovered through nerve damage research, Angellift DermaStrips are the first ‘under the skin’, over-the-counter facial lifting strips. Made from surgical grade resin, which is soft, flexible and hypoallergenic along with anti-aging peptides, AngelLift DermaStrips induce a Botox-like line-smoothing effect and help stimulate collagen and cell activity to plump and de-age the lower facial area without the pain.


Matrixyl, has recently gotten a lot of attention and has even been called a “youth-boosting peptide”. Matrixyl reduces the breakdown of collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin and has been proven to painlessly plump up, rejuvenate and give the appearance of more youthful looking skin. According to research published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, when used in high enough concentrations, the peptide can greatly increase the amount of collagen in the skin. And the good news is it’s a component found in an array of high street anti-aging creams.

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