This post was last updated on January 6th, 2017
Collagen is an essential fibrous protein that is part of the components for connective tissue that form strong fiber bundles for cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Supplements, skin cream, and facial cream with collagen are usually used to obtain more youthful skin.
Collagen itself has many other positive health benefits that should not be overlooked.
External Youthful Skin Benefits
Collagen benefits the skin, hair, and nails. It increases and improves skin tone by increasing moisture retention, regenerating skin cells, and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen is also responsible for making hair grow thicker. This is why many hair growing products include collagen in its ingredients. Another benefit of collagen is to make nails less brittle so they don’t break off so easily.
In terms of skin care, it can reduce the appearance of acne, eczema, and even scars from minor cuts. Collagen is just as important for your skin because of its regeneration capabilities on skin tissues and to build up new skin cells. Even short-term collagen intake is safe and effective for the treatment of severe acne and pimples in teenagers and adolescents.
As an anti-aging supplement, collagen is needed because as people get older, the body is no longer able to produce enough collagen. Less collagen produced for the skin also means more wrinkles and the visible signs of aging. Anti-aging Collagens can be applied as collagen cream, though studies have shown that collagen supplements are just as effective in improving the body’s process to develop more collagen.
For the Body and for Weight Loss
Taking collagen improves the overall health and mobility of the body especially at the joints. Collagen has been proven to decrease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including joint swelling, and lack of mobility. Because of Collagen’s anti-inflammatory properties and effects on the immune system, more collagen can be produced for the joints. Collagen also has weight loss capabilities. It helps by suppressing appetite and decreases food cravings.
Collagen contains hyaluronic acid that provides a wide array of benefits for many of the body’s physiological systems. Taking or applying collagen over a long period can make skin and bones stronger by increasing bone mineral density. It also helps in the acceleration of healing wounds.
Eye Creams and Face Creams with Collagen
Eye puffiness or puffy eyes is the swelling in the tissues or orbits around eyes. It is caused by periorbital edema or the excessive fluid buildup around the eyes. The most popularly named are “eyebags” detectable below the eyes only. As a person ages, eye puffiness may spread to the rest of the areas around the eyes.
The causes of the fluid buildup around the eyes that lead to eye puffiness may be:
- Allergic reactions and skin disorders such as dermatitis.
- Crying (excessive salt in tears).
- Excess salt or sodium intake.
- Fluid retention around the subcutaneous tissues due to pregnancy and hormonal variations from menstruation.
- Normal aging.
- Sleep deprivation, oversleeping, interrupted sleep cycles.
Can the skin around our eyes be rejuvenated?
Yes, but certainly not with “home remedies” such as cold compress and lemon dips. These will never get rid of the allergies and puffiness completely.
Look for natural collagen eye cream products that:
- Rejuvenates the skin around the eyes and reduces eye puffiness.
- Improves vascular circulation under the eyes.
- Visibly diminishes crow’s feet, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Also, look for collagen creams that may contain Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone (a natural peptide taken from citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit), Dipeptide Valyl-Tryptophane (another natural peptide from citrus fruits), and Lipopeptide Pal-GQPR (still another powerful natural peptide). This combination of natural peptides with collagen is proven to be effective against crow’s feet and draining fluids from eyebags and eye puffiness.
These peptides plus collagen are also effective in collagen face cream products for the prevention of facial wrinkles.
Unfortunately, our facial skin deteriorates as we age.
Facial wrinkles and wrinkles around mouth are all due to aging. However, prevention is the key to, at least, minimizing wrinkles. Take care to keep exposure of the skin to the sun at a minimum. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays are critical to the skin’s condition.
Normal skin has an epidermis with a smooth cornified, or an outer layer, that acts as a barrier to environmental injury and entry of too much water. A normal skin means components such as collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) are all in abundance. Collagen provides skin firmness; elastin supplies skin elasticity and rebound; and GAG keeps the skin hydrated.
Facial wrinkles are a multi-factor process of intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging is the natural aging process that takes place over the years. After the age of 20, one percent less collagen and less elastin production is produced every year. Thus, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age. The functioning of the sweat and oil glands is also diminished. So, to keep the youthful-looking skin longer incorporate a quality anti-aging creme into your nightly regiment.