Collagen is an important structural component found in skin. It is produced in the dermis of the skin by cells called fibroblasts. This protein is very important to the skin and provides support to the epidermis, firmness and is involved in wound healing. Collagen levels in the skin decrease with aging and exposure to UV light. These decreases are associated with wrinkles and thinning skin so it is important to take measures to maintain skin collagen levels. Sun is one of the hardest things on the skin and UV irradiation can lead to lower levels of collagen in the skin, a condition known as photoaging which leads to wrinkles.
Colorado Aromatics Springtide Gold is a great collagen boosting product due to its ingredients that include alpha lipoic acid, green tea, vitamin C ester, Tripeptide-5 and calendula extract.
Green tea can help prevent and repair skin damage caused by the sun, particularly by preventing breakdown of collagen fibers in the connective tissue. It does this by inhibiting oxidation of proteins and inhibiting matrix metalloproteins (MMP) that break down collagen.
The antioxidant alpha lipoic acid has known antiaging effects on the skin. ALA can increase the production of new collagen in the skin through a mechanism involving TGF-beta.
The herb calendula officinalis has been shown to stimulate wound healing; presumably part of the mechanism involves increased collagen production. Subsequently, calendula has been shown to inhibit the degradation of collagen in tissue cells by inhibiting MMP proteins.
Vitamin C also helps boost collagen. In fact the biosynthetic pathway for collagen involves vitamin C. Vitamin C also increases the production of collagen as well as increases replication of fibroblasts, the cells that make collagen. There are multiple steps in the biosynthesis of collagen where vitamin C is required, in other words, there can be no collagen without vitamin C.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 is an ingredient produced by green chemistry. Clinical studies have shown that it can boost collagen levels in the skin and reduce wrinkles.
Colorado Aromatics cultivated skin care for the outdoor lifestyle to repair damage caused by the environment.