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Truth in Aging

Truth in Aging: Atelocollagen

* The solubilization of collagen-a fibrous protein usually obtained from shark skin or cows.


Works as a hydrating agent by holding in moisture. Also believed to have anti-aging abilities, such assoftening & diminishing the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles. Used in a variety of products such as facial lotions/creams, anti-aging serums, eye creams, face masks, sunscreens and lip balms.

Collagen makes up 75% of the skin, and is what makes the skin strong, thick, supple, and smooth. As we age, our skin’s collagen production begins to progressively break down, and the result is more wrinkled and saggy looking skin. It is believed that stimulating collagen production can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve our overall skin texture.

Recent studies have shown atelocollagen to be an effective delivery agent for proteins, DNA, and RNA. However, neither the delivery of atelocollagen into the skin, nor the ingredient’s ability to stimulate natural collagen production, have yet to be proven. Dr. Leslie Baumann in Cosmetic Dermatology explains how topically applied collagen is too large to penetrate the upper layer of skin (only molecules of weight 5000 daltons or less can penetrate the skin, and collagens have a molecular weight of 15,000-50,000).

Recently, several chemical engineering companies claimed to have discovered a nanotechnology that allows for the successful delivery of full-sized collagen deep into the skin, via topical application. These recent claims have yet to be supported by sufficient scientific evidence. Thus far, atelocollagen has only been recognized as an effective moisturizing ingredient in cosmetic products.

Recommended Products w/ atelocollagen:

Murad’s Firm and Tone Serum, GM Collin Retinol Advanced

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