January 20, 2011

Scientists Call Collagen Wrinkle Creams "Waste of Money"

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Women (and men) spend tons of money on products to fight the aging process. One popular ingredient of anti-wrinkle remedies is collagen, but scientists have proven these products are not effective. For example, L'Oreal Paris Collagen Filler Wrinkle Treatment claims:

New Anti-Wrinkle Action: Collagen Filler can be applied on all wrinkles: Forehead wrinkles; Wrinkles around the eyes; Brow furrows; Laugh lines and Vertical lines around the mouth. Actions: Collagen Bio-Spheres penetrate the surface of the skin. As they come into contact with water naturally found in the skin, they expand to plump and fill facial lines and wrinkles. Results: Visibly Smoothes Wrinkle Creases: Immediately, the appearance of expression lines and crow's feet is softened and diffused by up to 20%. With Continuous Use, Consumers Saw Improved Results: In 1 week, 38% saw fewer forehead wrinkles and 44% saw fewer lines around the eyes. In 3 weeks, 46% saw fewer forehead wrinkles and 54% saw fewer lines around the eyes.

The Daily Mail reports these claims are false and biologically impossible:
But scientists have disputed the claims made by many beauty firms, saying the collagen molecules used are too large to penetrate the skin's outer surface.

Richard Guy, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Bath, said: 'The idea created by many of these products is that collagen can get through the upper layers of skin and reinforce our own natural collagen, but this is preposterous.'The simple fact is that collagen is a huge molecule and the skin is designed to keep such substances out.

Save your money and drink water! Hydrated skin is the best method to fight the signs of premature aging.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at January 20, 2011 1:14 AM

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