Is a Collagen Cream Worth the Investment?

Collagen creams claim to reduce wrinkles and plump the skin, but there is little science to support that.  In fact, most skin care experts agree that the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the skin.  Even if it is made smaller, there is no way to know that it would actually be integrated into the skin matrix instead of being flushed away.  While a topical collagen cream may not actually repair wrinkles, it does help the skin retain moisture, so it is not entirely useless.  But there are other wrinkle creams that will do a better job of helping your skin produce its own collagen.

Collagen production is an essential part of maintaining youthful skin.  It forms fibers that create a mesh that supports the skin.  As we age, our skin loses the ability to replace this collagen, which causes the mesh to become irregular and the skin to wrinkle.  A collagen cream may not improve this condition, but other creams can.

It is possible to stimulate your skin to produce more collagen like it did in your twenties.  Some face creams have ingredients that trigger your cells to begin replacing collagen fibers.   Retin A is a powerful prescription cream that is clinically shown to repair wrinkles and improve collagen.  If Retin A isn’t for you, try a cream that contains Vitamin A or a derivative like retinol.  Vitamin C is another active ingredient that helps the skin produce more collagen than a collagen cream would be able to.  You can use Vitamin C in a lotion or serum or take it internally.  Take a multivitamin that contains copper and zinc along with Vitamin C.  Your body needs this combo of nutrients to produce collagen.  Copper peptides are another superior alternative to a collagen face creams.  GHK copper peptides have improved collagen production in some studies.

There are also manual methods to help your skin make more collagen. Microdermabrasion not only smoothes your skin, but the friction and massage can stimulate collagen synthesis.  Skin needle rollers are another great option because it not only stimulates collagen production, but it can also break up irregularities in the collagen mesh.  Sometimes it isn’t enough to simply produce more collagen because there is already significant damage to the mesh of collagen fibers supporting the skin.  Skin rolling or needling is the most effective way to repair the mesh so that new collagen will form correctly.

There are also supplements you can take to improve collagen production.  Vitamin C, taken with copper and zinc, is a great supplement combo for collagen and elastin.  Silicon, MSM, Biotin, hyaluronic acid, and Amino acids are all important nutrients for collagen synthesis.  Collagen taken internally is more effective than an external source like a collagen cream.

You will be better results from the above creams and methods than you will from a collagen cream.  Look for face creams that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A or a derivative, and copper peptides first.  There is emerging technology that may make an effective cream, but it is new and unproven.  If you must try one, look for a cream that uses partially hydrolyzed collagen or uses a transdermal delivery system.