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Collagen is a vital part of the bodies of mammals. It is very important because it is the main protein in our connective tissues, the tissues that make up crucial parties of our bodies. Blood, cartilage, and bones are made from connective tissues.
Collagen makes up between 25 and 35 percent of the protein in the bodies of mammals. If this were not a feat unto itself, it is also an important part of the cosmetics industry, due to the benefits that it offers to human skin. The type of collagen that is used in most skin creams is hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen is also sometimes called gelatine, hydrolyzed gelatin, gelatine hydrolysate, collagen hydrolysate, and collagen peptide.
Collagen is used in skin care because it has moisturizing properties. There is some debate over the effectiveness of hydrolyzed collagen in topical skin care treatments. Hydrolyzed collagen can be orally ingested and the effects of topical treatment may not be as the effects of oral ingestion.
Despite this debate, the cosmetics industry is moving ahead quickly with the production and marketing of collagen body cream. Cosmetics companies assert that collagen body cream improves the strength and flexibility of the skin. Based on the sales of these products, it seems that consumers agree.
During the natural aging process, the natural collagen in human skin begins to degrade, leading to wrinkles in the skin. There are numerous types of collagen body creams that are intended to reduce the visibility of wrinkles in the skin. The idea is that the collagen in the cream can replace the skin’s natural collagen.
Collagen body cream can be used on many different parts of the body. In fact, there are a number of topical skin treatments with collagen that are intended for specific parts of the skin. There is collagen body cream specifically intended for the legs, hands, and face. There are even creams that are meant for specific use on the eyelids and the area directly under the eye.
There are some body creams with collagen that are intended for use during specific times of the day. Some creams are meant to be used before bed. Others are intended for use during the day. Many times collagen skin cream that is intended for use during the day also includes a sun protection factor, or SPF, that is intended to protect the skin from sun damage while also boosting its collagen.
Collagen is a huge molecule and can't be absorbed when applied externally. Using it in any kind of skin cream is useless.