Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body. As a major structural component, collagen forms molecular cables that strengthen tendons and creates the stretchy and resilient sheets that support both skin and organs. Even bones and teeth are made by adding minerals to collagen. Collagen provides structure to the human body, protects and supports softer tissues, even connects them to the skeleton.
Unfortunately, collagen production decreases with age. The loss of collagen production is at least partially responsible for the appearance of wrinkles on the face and other body parts, as well as other symptoms of age.
Some products and procedures can stimulate the skin to produce more collagen. Despite the claims made by advertisers and marketers, these effects are generally speaking relatively mild and may take long periods to fully bear fruit. Nonetheless, it is possible to jumpstart stalled collagen production.
Collagen is sometimes injected beneath the skin by a plastic surgeon to increase the volume of certain parts of the face. Collagen is just one of a wide variety of substances used as a dermal filler. Like other dermal fillers, collagen is slowly metabolized by the body and the facial volume that is gained from this procedure is lost over time.
At least one anti wrinkle skin care product on the market boasts of its ability to "deliver an entire collagen molecule directly to the cells of the skin." While this sounds like an impressive feat, there has as yet been no laboratory evidence proving that this is a viable anti wrinkle strategy. Additionally, collagen used in this method must be derived from either marine sources (kelp) or animal sources (cows).
Please remember this before paying premium prices for a collagen-containing product.
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