Alpha Hydroxy Acid AHA 101

This post was last updated on January 6th, 2017

With the right ingredients, collagen creams can give your skin a youthful boost.

 But how do you choose the best collagen cream?

The “best” anti-aging collagen cream still depends on your age, skin type, skin issues, and individual needs.

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Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all.   Although, any supplementation with collagen is better than nothing, as we age our skin requires more help to get lift and firm.   Wrinkle treatment creams can help slow the signs of aging on facial skin, but these anti-aging treatments can also help keep the skin of the entire body smooth, supple, firm, and youthful in appearance.

The key to getting most benefits from collagen cream, is to increase absorption of the collagen molecules.   Our number one supplement to help increase absorption is….

 

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)

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Aside from the collagen itself and its boosting properties, some top rated anti-aging products may contain other ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), antioxidants, and sunblock that help slow the signs of aging as well as prevents sun damage.

Sunblock is an important ingredient in any anti-aging moisturizing cream, no matter what your skin type. Exposure to UV rays can not only contribute to aging, but can also lead to skin cancer. An anti-aging moisturizing cream for the body should contain an SPF of at least 15, though experts recommend an SPF 30 for daily use.

The collagen, peptide and protein boosters, antioxidants, and AHAs can gently exfoliate the surface of your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They simultaneously remove blemishes due to sun damage or mild scarring. Many of these ingredients can also stimulate collagen and elastin production to keep skin firm and supple.

Medical experts and scientists are claiming that anti-aging moisturizer products do work when collagen and peptides are combined within the products. It’s news that can put a smile on the face of many women of all ages.

Scientific experiments have found that certain peptides or protein fragments when combined with collagen in anti-wrinkle creams do have the power to “turn back the hands of time”.

Previous research has actually questioned the benefits of creams that contain collagen, claiming it cannot penetrate the skin to get to work. However, when peptides or protein fragments are added, they stimulate the collagen factories from within the skin and increase absorption.

Some anti-aging creams frequently boast about being packed with peptides, but lack the protein fragments or don’t have enough peptides to boost the collagen into the skin. Now there’s definitely scientific evidence that collagen-boosting properties with peptides and protein fragments will now prove beneficial because the skin now easily absorbs the collage.

Alpha hydroxy acids are widely used in anti-aging moisturizers as boosters
These gentle acids are typically derived from fruits such as oranges, grapes, and apples, or from milk or sugarcane. When applied regularly to the skin in the low concentrations found in moisturizers, these chemical agents can help keep skin looking young by boosting collagen absorption and production from the skin.

When choosing anti-aging collagen moisturizers take into account your skin type
Oily and combination skin types can benefit more from a light, water-based lotion. AHAs and antioxidants like vitamin A can help keep acne-prone skin looking young, and can even help mitigate the symptoms of acne.

Dry or sensitive skin?
If you have dry skin, you may want to choose a collagen moisturizing cream for maximum hydration. Normal skin can benefit from an oil-based cream. Creams are not as heavy, but they aren’t as light as lotions.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid AHAs and other acidic anti-aging ingredients, except for the collagen itself. Natural antioxidant ingredients, which are derived from sources such as green tea, pomegranate, or chamomile, can provide anti-aging benefits to sensitive skin. Use a hypoallergenic anti-aging moisturizer, and avoid fragrances or dyes. If you have dry skin, or eczema, avoid lactic acid and uric acid as these ingredients can be irritating.

Remember, collagen and elastin in skin-care anti-aging products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin’s natural supply of these supportive elements.

In some cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in the skin, and so the peptide boosters and protein fragments are needed for the skin to absorb the collagen. Science has always proven that collagen is a very good natural moisturizing ingredient, but cannot work all by itself.

Don’t let the years rob you of more collagen than they have to. You can fight back and have a more youthful skin look by applying the right moisturizer daily. When combating the natural aging process we all have to deal with, the number one topic of concern is wrinkles. These are what makes the passage of time most obvious on our skin.

While many people look into such products as wrinkle fillers, along with other more expensive treatments, we can get incredible results with simply a good face cream for wrinkles.

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