Gone are the days when a mere waxy layer of your Granny’s cold cream was considered sufficient skin care. We look for sophisticated products that promise more moisture, less wrinkles and the fountain of youth. But in truth, many ingredients in today’s skin creams don’t sufficiently penetrate the skin because their molecules are too big to be absorbed.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and its primary job is to keep harmful things out, like dirt, bacteria, chemicals and pollutants. Consequently its structure is designed not to absorb, but rather to repel foreign matter; this is why many basic skin creams literally sit on the surface of the skin, providing mild hydration to only the most outside layer.
Wrinkles are small folds in the skin that are created through overuse, a decline in the structure of the skin and exposure to harmful elements in the environment. Also, as we age the structure of the skin deteriorates because we produce much less collagen.
So back to ingredients. What does what, and how does it get to where it needs to go in order to prevent wrinkles and create smoother, healthier looking skin.
Retinol is an active form of the vitamin A molecule, and is a powerful exfoliant that stimulates the lower layers of skin to turn over younger cells, more often. It also increases the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen, making skin more supple and smooth. However the effects are limited by its inefficient penetration through the skin.
Despite its rather aggressive name, Hyaluronic Acid is in fact a naturally occurring substance in the body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin’s moisture and elasticity. Able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is amazing for dehydrated skin. The molecules however are quite large and can’t fully penetrate the outer layers of the skin to fill wrinkles when used topically, and it is therefore often injected for optimal results.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It supports the skin from the inside to keep it firm and youthful and is essential in developing new, healthy skin cells. The more collagen you produce, the less wrinkles you will have. But collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin when applied in a cream.
Many topically applied ingredients are not absorbed into the skin. However, there are some effective ingredients that work particularly well when taken as supplements, including Collagen, Omegas and Vitamin C.
BEAUTY FROM WITHIN
Collagen is essential to maintain youthful looking skin. As we get older, particularly after 40, we produce significantly less collagen which is why the skin shows signs of aging. But now there is a drinkable collagen, Collagen Lift™ Paris, to supplement the collagen in the body. It is easily absorbed and has been clinically proven to increase collagen densities, inhibit the decrease of collagen in the skin and reduce wrinkles by up to 50%.
Supplement your diet with one ampoule of Collagen Lift™ every day and start looking younger.