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    M&R - The Raw Pharmacist Chronicles — Alpha lipoic acid

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    The Skincare Benefits of Collagen and Elastin

    The Skincare Benefits of Collagen and Elastin

    Looking for collagen and elastin providing skincare? Then, go for serums, lotions, creams or oils. Camellia oil, widely known for its high-performance natural skincare, promotes the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

    Camellia oil activates a gene promoter in human skin cells called COL1A2, which starts the production of collagen type I. Camellia oil also prevents the breakdown of collagen by inhibiting matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Upon topical application, collagen promotes moisture retention to keep skin smooth and soft, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Elastin restores skin elasticity to maintain its suppleness and flexibility. This age defying duo has been the secret to many skincare items.

    Most recently, natural ingredients have been added to innovate collagen and elastin support. One example is Turmeric which delivers elastin and collagen protection and nourishment. What’s more, Turmeric promotes collagen absorption and prevents free radical damage. Then, Gotu kola provides antioxidant and UV protection and enhances collagen formation. Another is Alpha lipoic acid, the so-called universal antioxidant, is capable of recycling antioxidants and preventing skin damage.

    Rosehip oil, a popular anti-ageing botanical ingredient, assists in the production of collagen and elastin, as well as cell regeneration. Additionally, Rosehip oil is a rich natural source of Vitamin C, Retinoic acid, Carotenoids and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) for locking in moisture and maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion.