Loss Of Facial Collagen Will Accelerate Your Aging
What Is Collagen?
The content of collagen in the human body is one of the main factors that determine the state of the skin. The collagen in the human body is the supporter of the skin. Collagen is like an elastic net, which can lock moisture and support a healthy skin structure.
Collagen plays an extremely important role in the health and beauty of the skin.
The baby’s face is delicate and white, and the youth’s skin looks full of vitality and vitality. These are all closely related to the high content of collagen in the skin at a young age.
But collagen is a naughty guy, it will gradually lose with age.
If it is not replenished in time, the collagen content will be reduced, the skin will not be supported, and the face will shrink. Coupled with ultraviolet rays, free radical attacks, environmental pollution, and other factors will cause more and more damage to the skin.
When the rate of collagen production cannot keep up with the rate of loss, and the balance between supply and consumption is out of balance, the skin will appear dry, dull, rough, loose, fine lines, stains, and other aging phenomena.
Loss of collagen can cause dry skin
The secret of skin suppleness lies in the moisture content of the deep layers of the skin, and the moisture content depends on the moisturizing factor that can absorb water.
Collagen acts as a deep reservoir, providing moisture to the epidermis and making the skin look smooth and plump.
When collagen is lost, the water content of the skin will naturally decrease, and wrinkles and fine lines will appear.
Loss of collagen will cause enlarged pores
In summer, the problem of enlarged pores will always be more serious.
We usually think that large pores are due to excessive sebum secretion, but the cause of large pores may also be the loss of collagen.
Collagen can support the skin near the pores. When the collagen is lost, the skin around the pores will become loose due to insufficient fiber strength to support the skin, and the pores will also become larger.
Loss of collagen can cause wrinkles
Wrinkles can be simply divided into two types, one is static lines, like dry lines and fine lines. The other is dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement, such as crow’s feet, neck wrinkles, etc., and these two types of wrinkles are closely related to collagen.
Collagen can play a supporting role in the dermis layer of the skin, making the skin plump and smooth, providing elasticity and firmness to the skin in the form of fine fibers.
If the skin’s collagen content is high, it is difficult for wrinkles to appear. When collagen is gradually lost, wrinkles will increase.
As we age, the loss of collagen will slowly accelerate, and the rate of collagen replenishment will also slow down. There will also be some wrinkles on the epidermis. If you are a girl who loves to laugh, the movement of the facial muscles will cause frequent folds, the fiber elastic net will break, and dynamic lines will also appear.
Is Oral Collagen Useful?
Many people take collagen health products, trotters, fish skins, and other foods with high collagen content to achieve the purpose of supplementing collagen.
However, the collagen that is eaten is difficult to transform into facial collagen.
1. The collagen we eat may not reach the skin
After we eat collagen, it will be broken down by the human digestive system, metabolized into peptides and amino acids, and then absorbed into the blood circulation through the intestine. No matter what you eat, the body will eventually absorb peptides and amino acids.
After the amino acids and peptides are absorbed through the intestinal tract, they will circulate in the blood and be distributed to various tissues and organs according to their needs.
Only part of it will be distributed in the skin tissue. There are countless protein family members in the skin, such as filaggrin, loricrin, cadherin, and various enzymes. These are waiting for amino acids to synthesize new proteins, and the amount of collagen that will eventually be synthesized is very small.
Simply put: Most of the collagen health products you eat are used in other parts of the body, and only a small amount can be used on your face.
2. Small molecules and hydrolyzed protein are just for publicity
The small molecules and hydrolyzed protein advertised by the merchants only replace your stomach and help you digest collagen in advance and break it down into dipeptides, tripeptides, or amino acids, but in fact it is no different from eating collagen directly.
Is It Useful To Add Collagen To Skin Care Products?
As mentioned above, it is difficult to replenish collagen by oral administration. Some people think that by applying collagen to the face, the skin can absorb it more easily.
However, collagen is a macromolecular substance, and human skin is very tight. It is difficult for macromolecular substances to enter the skin. Collagen can only stay in the epidermis layer, it is difficult to enter the dermis layer to play a role, and it cannot be converted into collagen needed by the skin.
The main function of skin care products adding collagen is to enhance the moisturizing function. There are many hydrophilic hydroxyl groups in the structure of collagen, which can help the skin to lock in moisture.
Components That Affect Facial Collagen
As mentioned earlier, it is difficult to directly supplement the skin with collagen, but the following substances will affect the amount of facial collagen.
1. Vitamin C
Everyone’s understanding of vitamin C may remain in anti-oxidation and whitening. Vitamin C is an important component required for collagen synthesis. Taking vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables orally, and using vitamin C-containing skin care products are very helpful in supplementing collagen.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A can interact with some protein receptors inside cells, accelerate skin metabolism, promote the division and growth of new skin cells, and shed old skin cells, thereby reducing pores and making skin white, tender, and smooth.
In addition, vitamin A can also promote the regeneration of collagen, reduce the decomposition of collagen, so that collagen fills the areas where wrinkles and slack have appeared.
The peptide is a short protein composed of different numbers of amino acids.
The peptide is usually named according to the number of amino acids. For example, a peptide formed by connecting two amino acids is called dipeptide-2, and a peptide formed by connecting three amino acids is called tripeptide.
The peptide is a large family with many members. The mechanism and effect of each peptide are also different. Here are the main peptides used in skin care products and their functions:
4. Matrix metalloproteinases
The main function of MMP is to retire the old collagen and take the new collagen to work. But if too much MMP is produced, healthy collagen will also be degraded, causing the loss of facial collagen.
Aging, pregnancy, UV exposure, etc. will increase the number of MMP, making wrinkles more and more.
The collagen in the skin will indeed be lost with aging, and it will also fluctuate due to ultraviolet rays and changes in the body. But supplementing collagen is not a good skin care method. The efficiency is not high, and it cannot target the type of collagen most needed in the synthesis of skin.
Applying collagen directly has the effect of moisturizing and repairing, but collagen is a macromolecule and cannot be directly absorbed by the skin. The ones that can really maintain the skin’s collagen content are often overlooked: Various vitamins and many active ingredients, as well as our usual sun protection and antioxidant measures.