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Collagen protein is made of amino acids.

Collagen protein is made of amino acids.

We think it is important to include collagen boosting ingredients in our skin care line. Collagen is a structural component of skin. It is made in the dermis of the skin by cells called fibroblasts. This protein is very important to the skin because it provides support to the epidermis, firmness and is involved in wound healing.  Collagen levels in the skin decrease with aging as well as with to UV light. Decreases in collagen lead to wrinkles and thinning of the skin.  So taking measures to maintain collagen levels in the skin is important for overall skin health.  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. There are many natural ingredients that help support collagen levels in the skin.

Springtide Gold face moisturizer 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

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. Both drinking green tea and using it topically is beneficial to the skin.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

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.

Calendula

The flower from the herb calendula officinalis has a bright orange/yellow color due to carotenoids. It has been shown to stimulate wound healing. The mechanism involves increasing collagen production which has benefits of decreasing wrinkles as well.  Calendula can also inhibit the degradation of collagen by inhibiting MMP proteins. These MMP proteins break down collagen.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also helps boost collagen. In fact the biosynthetic pathway that your cells use to make collagen requires  vitamin C.  Not only does Vitamin C work in the biochemical pathway to make collagen, but it also increases the number of cells that make collagen (fibroblasts).  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

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. In skin care we collectively call Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and other similar actives peptides.

Colorado Aromatics cultivated skin care for the outdoor lifestyle to repair damage caused by the environment.