You’ve heard the latest buzzed about ingredient in beauty ads and articles over and over again: Collagen. But what does it really mean for you? And do products that claim to have collagen in their formulations really give you the real deal?
There are two really important compounds in your skin that help your skin stay healthy and youthful. These are collagen and elastin, which are naturally formed proteins found in the dermis. They are essential when it comes to keeping your skin as smooth and supple.
But you know the deal. As we age, collagen production begins to slow down. The result is loss of volume, wrinkles and dreaded fine lines. This loss also effects the structure of the skin and can cause sagging.
“Native Collagens are anti-aging products which, unlike thousands of other face creams, eliminate the causes, not just the effects. Wrinkles are caused mainly due to collagen depletion.”
So, do creams and serums that claim to have collagen supplements in their formulation actually work to help boost collagen production? The answer is yes. But, in a sea of beauty products that claim to be miracle workers, we can often drown in finding the right one.
Here’s the tricky part. Many products that claim to have collagen in them are not necessarily lying. They may have collagen formulations in their products, but the key to finding one that’s actually going to work is in the way it’s processed. Is it Hydrolyzed, (heated and broken down into components) or is it alive?
One premium collagen cream I’ve been putting to the test is Atelocollagen. What makes Atelocollagen different from most topical collagen supplements? The collagen has not been hydrolyzed and is still alive.
According to the brand, this still-living serum instantly penetrates your skin to replenish depleted collagen because of its biologically active, fish-derived collagen hydrate formula. Polish scientists discovered how to extract collagen from freshwater fish skin at the early stage of the developmental process, in the form of triple helix (spiral) molecules. It is then preserved — not processed — as hydrate. Unlike hydrolyzed collagen, hydrate peptides easily penetrate the skin’s triple layers to build a network of protein “scaffolds” that regenerate and strengthen the skin, and plumping the skin’s appearance. Hydrolysates are composed of amino acids that are “post - collagen” proteins — produced from the connective tissue of cows and pigs or fish cartilage and scales. To be useful, this type of collagen must undergo hydrolysis, an aggressive chemical process that results in hydrolyzed collagen. Now ‘dead’ protein, it cannot penetrate the outer layer of skin – so any moisturizing effect is fleeting.
You don’t want dead collagen protein, right? These products that contain hyrdrolysed collagen won’t penetrate the skin and their benefits don’t last long.
“At the molecular stage our collagen is transdermal, which is a feature not to be found in giant hydrolyzed collagen particles, and its structure is almost identical to that of the human collagen,” states the brand. “Native Collagens are anti-aging products which, unlike thousands of other face creams, eliminate the causes, not just the effects. Wrinkles are caused mainly due to collagen depletion.”
Super popular in Europe, Atelocollagen is a super silky formula that consists of a breakthrough formula of three native fish-derived collagen proteins: tropocollagen, atelocollagen and procollagen, as well as elastin and pure gold.
Benefits of Atelocollagen:
- removes “dry” wrinkles (caused by dehydration of the skin)
- reduces the appearance of deep - set wrinkles and fine lines
- deeply hydrates and nourishes skin
- refines and smooth s skin texture and tone. Acts as a natural exfoliant.
- lightens hyperpigmentation and reduces acne
I’m currently using the collagen serum daily and I can tell you that it’s a super silky formula that easily absorbs into the skin and makes the skin feel soft and smooth. And, for those who care, it has a very subtle, lovely scent thanks to natural rose oil.
It’s a product that’s definitely worth the splurge.
Atelocollagen collagen serum (50 ml) retails for $75.15 USD | $95 CAD and can be purchased at naturelcollagen.com
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito