Collagen has been a rising star in the world of skin care. It’s become a popular buzzword, helping to sell everything from smoothies to injections, and with good reason: collagen peptides are the most abundant protein in our bodies—essentially, they hold us together.
By holding together muscles and bones, and providing structure to our tendons and joints, collagen is a vital component to a healthy body, but it also plays one of the most important roles in our skin. Our skin’s elasticity is heavily dependent upon collagen production. The good news is that our bodies are constantly producing collagen. The bad news is that, as early as our 20’s, collagen production can start declining.
The Different Types of Collagen
There are at least 16 types of collagen in our bodies, but the vast majority consists of types I,II, and III.
Collagen I + III
Collagen types I and III comprise 90% of the collagen in our bodies. These types of collagen are what make up our hair, skin, nails, and bones. It’s these types of collagen that determine the thickness of our hair, the density of our bones, and the elasticity of our skin. Because of the large role that these forms of collagen play in our well-being, it’s no wonder that they are the primary focus of most collagen supplements, injections, and topical applications.
Collagen II is responsible for our tendons and joints. The tenacity of our cartilage depends on healthy collagen, and as it depletes over time, our joints can become more easily inflamed.
Collagen’s Life Cycle
Over time, collagen levels and production start to decline. Research has shown that after the age of 20, collagen production begins slowing by one percent each year. This means that by your 50’s, your skin may be producing 30-40% less than it was in your teenage years, causing skin to sag and form wrinkles.
Environmental factors and lifestyle choices also play a role in the degeneration of collagen. Smoking, UV rays, and pollution all play a factor in premature aging.
Non-Toxic Ways to Boost Collagen
As mentioned before, there are plenty of ways to boost your collagen levels as your body slows its production of the protein. Toxic injections have become increasingly popular in the last couple decades, but as their name implies, injecting toxins into your body can be damaging. There are several non-toxic ways to boost collagen levels, though, and fight the battle against aging skin.
Topical Alternatives to Injections
Creams and serums (like our Needle-less Serum) employ multiple revolutionary ingredients to boost collagen and elastin levels, without a painful injection.
Our Needle-less Serum’s multi-active formula is composed of the industry-leading hyaluronic acid, which boosts the skin natural moisture content, providing a “plumping” effect. On top of that, the serum employs a specialized copper complex designed to naturally stimulate the production of collagen quickly and effectively. In just two weeks, our studies have shown collagen increases as high as 190%.
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