Collagen in Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

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It seems today that those of us looking for anti-wrinkle treatments will find a host of products that claim to have astounding results. Some of these products are very affordable, and some are quite costly. When you pay a small amount of money and get a small return on your investment, you don't feel so badly. If you pay a large amount of money, you expect a larger return on your investment, though, and it doesn't always turn out the way you've hoped. Ingredients are the key to all beauty products, whether they are priced high or low. One ingredient that these beauty products all seem to have in common is collagen.

What is collagen? It's a naturally occurring protein found in fibrous tissues such as our skin. Collagen is so important in skin care because it works with keratin to provide our skin with strength, flexibility, and resilience. When a person starts to get older, the collagen that is naturally found in their skin starts to decline. This is one of the things that causes wrinkles in older people. I'm thirty seven years old, and I already have deep lines in my forehead that I am not happy about. So, when I say older, I don't necessarily mean senior citizens, it can happen before you expect it to. This is why there's a lot of hullabaloo about collagen in skin care products. If you can get collagen back into the skin, you can help fight the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles.

The question is, where does the collagen come from? Please note that I can't find any hard evidence to support this claim, but I have heard through the grapevine and read internet reports that some products get their collagen from aborted fetuses. It would make sense, too. I don't know how you feel about this, but I could not in good conscience use a product that made money from a disregarded human life. If that's not a concern for you, then you won't have to choose your anti-wrinkle treatments very carefully; but, the rest of us should know that if your product does not say marine, animal, or bovine collagen on it there's a good chance it is human collagen. There's no need to be concerned though, there are many products that do clearly state where the ingredient has come from so you can be certain you know what you are getting.

One of the most helpful forms of collagen for the skin is marine collagen, mentioned above. It may sound strange, but it is the the material that is derived from the substance found on fish scales. The use of marine collagen in cosmetics is designed to stimulate Type III collagen deep down within the skin. The issue that you may find when you look up information on skin care products is that collagen cannot be absorbed through the skin because it's too large a molecule. However, science has found through certain technology that polypeptides can in fact stimulate the synthesis of new collagen fibers in the skin. When you combine polypeptide technology with marine collagen, you get a product that can prove to be very useful.

If you're looking for anti-wrinkle treatments, be sure to choose a product that has the type of collagen you approve of. If it's a higher priced product, make sure you know what company manufactures it, and if it is a well known reputable company that uses high-tech scientific processes that will help your skin absorb and use the collagen. Higher priced products can be more effective than lower priced ones, but only if they made correctly. Do some research and ask questions before you pay any amount of money for any beauty product.

Laura Taff is a mom blogger and the owner of Youthful Anew offers non surgical face lift serum, anti-wrinkle treatments and anti-aging collagen treatments from world renown Laboratoires Asepta in Monaco.

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