What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that is found throughout the body and is especially abundant in the skin and hair. It provides structure, strength, and elasticity to these tissues, and plays a crucial role in maintaining their health and appearance. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of collagen supplements, topical products, and other methods to promote collagen production and improve the appearance of skin and hair. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the efficacy of these approaches and the science behind them.
Collagen makes up a whopping 80 percent of our skin, and works with another protein called elastin that — yes, you guessed it — keeps our skin elastic. But as we age, our bodies naturally start reducing collagen production. The board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe described our body’s collagen as “ropes of protein in the skin.” When we’re young, the rope remains tight, but as we age, the ends begin to fray. Essentially, our bodies are not able to replace the collagen we are losing as quickly as it is breaking down. Starting in our 20s, we begin losing about 1 percent of our collagen each year, said Dr. Bowe. This, unfortunately, means drier skin. Sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollution can also accelerate collagen breakdown. The concept of supplementing our collagen, especially as we age and as our body’s natural collagen production declines, is incredibly appealing from a dermatologic standpoint.
The Science Behind Collagen Supplements: Can They Boost Collagen Production?
Collagen supplements are one of the most popular methods to promote collagen production and improve skin and hair health. These supplements come in various forms, such as powders, capsules, and gummies, and are usually derived from sources like fish, bovine, or chicken.
Although limited research  shows that collagen supplements can improve skin elasticity, hydration, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, more studies are necessary to understand their full effect on collagen production and overall skin and hair health.
The Science Behind Topical Collagen: Can They Boost Collagen Production?
Topical collagen products, such as creams, serums, and masks, containing collagen peptides, amino acids, or other ingredients that support collagen synthesis, can improve skin texture and hydration. But the effectiveness of these products is also limited because collagen molecules are difficult to penetrate the skin or hair follicles and reach the deeper layers where they can have the most impact on collagen production. Additionally, collagen molecules can be broken down by enzymes in the skin known as collagenases, which can limit their effectiveness.
2 Ways to Increase Collagen Naturally in your Body
- Rather than relying on external sources of collagen, some methods aim to stimulate the body's own production of collagen through a variety of approaches, including diet, exercise, and certain skincare ingredients. Consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support collagen synthesis, such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, and lean proteins, is one of the most effective ways to promote collagen production in the body.
- Exercise, specifically resistance training and other forms of exercise that put stress on the muscles and bones, can help promote collagen synthesis and improve skin and hair health.
However, collagen molecules can be broken down by enzymes in the skin known as collagenases, which regulate collagen turnover in the skin and prevent the accumulation of damaged or old collagen molecules. Therefore, a balanced approach is necessary when promoting collagen production. Overstimulating collagen production through excessive use of supplements or skincare products may lead to an imbalance in collagen turnover and ultimately result in decreased skin and hair health.
The iuno Protocol for Balanced Production of Collagen in your Skin
The iuno Skin Assessment Test measures the proteins in your blood to understand its current ability to produce collagen. The ampoules are then created for your body to balance collagen production. The ampoules, specifically our anti-aging booster serums, uses a balanced combination of three peptides - carnosine  , oligopeptide-1 , and palmitoyl tripeptide-5  - to support collagen production in the skin. Carnosine, an amino acid naturally present in the body, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect collagen from damage caused by free radicals. Oligopeptide-1, also known as epidermal growth factor (EGF), stimulates collagen production in the skin, leading to improved skin elasticity and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Palmitoyl tripeptide-5 is a synthetic peptide that stimulates collagen production in the skin by signaling the cells in the skin to produce more collagen, leading to improved skin elasticity and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
These three peptides, when combined with a balanced diet and lifestyle, as well as other effective skincare ingredients, play an important role in promoting collagen production and maintaining healthy, radiant skin.
The Mister provides the perfect applicator to this formula as it makes sure the actives reach your dermis, the site of collagen production in your body.
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