399 – Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid Can Reverse Skin Aging

Maintain moisture and promote the strength, elasticity and smoothness of your skin.

Collagen makes up from 70-80% of the weight of the dermis or inner layer of skin.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It makes up about 16% of the weight of the body and weighs approximately twice as much as the brain. Compounds such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are critically important for the structure, function and appearance of the skin. As we age, the body’s ability to produce these compounds declines drastically. Existing collagen fibers begin to stiffen, break and lose their shape and elastin fibers begin to fray and lose their elasticity. Age-related changes in hyaluronic acid also contribute to loss of moisture and progressive drying and aging of the skin.

Collagen & hyaluronic acid are key components that help maintain moisture and promote the skin’s strength, elasticity and smoothness. Over time, things like poor diets, smoking, UV sun exposure and just aging in general reduce the skin’s ability to produce collagen and hyaluronic acid. In this interview Ross Pelton will review the basic structure of skin, the skin’s two primary components, collagen and hyaluronic acid and how oral ingestion of these agents can reverse skin aging.

The Structure of Skin: The stratum corneum is the thin outer layer of dead skin cells. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin (below the outer layer of dead skin cells) and the thinnest layer of skin. It provides a barrier against infection from external pathogens and it regulates the amount of water released from the body. The dermis is the thick layer of skin below the epidermis, which forms the true skin containing blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands and hair follicles.

Skin Aging: Over time, skin unavoidably ages. The internal mechanisms of skin aging include the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, which weakens the skin and a decrease in hyaluronic acid which results in dry skin. Collectively, these changes cause a decline in the function and the appearance of the skin.

Collagen Is essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin and declining levels of collagen weakens the structure of your skin, which manifests as age-related dryness and wrinkles.  In adults, skin collagen levels decline approximately 1% per year. After several decades, collagen levels may have declined by 50% or more, which explains why skin begins to sag and lose its tone. 

Collagen Peptides: Collagen peptides are smaller fragments of collagen that have the same amino acid sequences found in collagen protein. Due to their small molecular weight, collagen peptides are water-soluble and effectively absorbed when taken orally.

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Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN

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Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton is the Natural Pharmacist. He received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He also has a PhD in psychology and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). In October 1999, Ross was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is the author of ten books and numerous online health seminars. Ross is currently the scientific director for Essential Formulas. The link to his blog and personal website is naturalpharmacist.net.

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