March 01 2021 - Skin Care 101
Firmer skin with natural vitamin C and double collagen23 April 2020
It's natural to have firm skin in your 30s but can you still have naturally firm skin at all ages after that?
The answer is yes - if you use effective plant nutrients that encourage your skin to keep producing lots of collagen.
Getting older usually means that collagen begins to break down. As a result, skin elasticity and tone gradually decrease - and keep decreasing.
Foreign collagen won't give firmer skin
We hear a lot about anti-ageing collagen collagen collagen but this always involves putting foreign proteins (animal or fish, sometimes even from human placentas) onto or in your body. This can't and doesn't give results - our body doesn't work like that. It can't use any collagen it didn't make itself for increasing elasticity and skin firmness.
What does work to keep skin firm and vital at any age is encouraging your own body to up its production of collagen. - this is the very important step to having firmer skin at any age.
Natural vs synthetic vitamin C and collagen production
Ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C) products are marketed as collagen stimulators that give firmer skin. In fact, the opposite happens.
Ascorbic acid aka synthetic vitamin C are used in skin care products because they irritate skin and give a sort of temporary skin plumping - in the same way as a bee sting temporarily swells skin. Over time this irritating of skin makes it flabby - hardly a skin firming success story.
Real firming skin results come by using effective amounts of 'real' vitamin C from fresh extract of Rosehip husks. Importantly it is the bioflavonoids in this fresh extract that stimulate skin to produce collagen.
Additionally, because Simplicité products never rely on just one star ingredient, naturopath and herbalist David Lyons formulates synergistic combinations of plant extracts that either encourage skin to produce collagen or firm skin in other ways.
Collagen creams, supplements don't work
Usual advice on how to have firmer skin is to
- use a skin cream containing collagen
- take a collagen supplement.
But as mentioned earlier, ‘added’ collagen methods can't help skin.
Creams containing collagen don't work because skin can't absorb the huge collagen molecule.
Even if skin could absorb the animal or marine collagen, what would it then achieve. This is dead collagen, it's inactive because our own skin didn't make it.
Ingesting a hydrolysed (smaller particle) collagen supplement collagen) doesn't work either because the huge collagen molecule can’t be absorbed to the skin's middle layer where collagen lives. (Just as Hyaluronic Acid can't be absorbed.)
Even if it could, it can't just by magic 'turn up' in the right body spots to magically become part of the body's collagen support structure.
As Zhaoping Li, M.D., director and division chief at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition explains, amino acids derived from breaking down ingested collagen (like any other ingested protein) are used in the body for the major muscles that keep us alive: heart, brain and diaphragm. Skin? No. Because skin is always the last priority after internal organs for ingested anything.
Collagen supplements can't help skin and certainly can't give firmer skin.
There is a tiny amount of laboratory collagen research that 'shows some statistical improvement' (amount is not given) on skin of euthanized mice but invariably there is a collagen manufacturing company involved.
It doesn't inspire confidence in results when the company that makes a collagen product pays for the research.
Plant extracts that stimulate collagen, firm skin
Medicinal grade plant extracts in Simplicité products firm skin in a couple of different ways.
1. Stimulate skin to produce collagen, increase elasticity, firmness
2. Inhibit breaking down of elastin, collagen
What achieves this? It is the effective levels of active compounds used across the Simplicité range. Actives such as citral, flavonoids, limonene, phenols, linalool, thymol, eugenol, carvacrol and monoterpenes, to name just a few.
All Simplicité products improve skin firmness, for both face and body.
For the face, improve skin firmness with regular use of nutrient rich Simplicité cleansers, exfoliators, face oils, serums, moisturisers and masks
Skin firmers with vitamin C, double collagen
Some Simplicité products even give a double collagen firming result.
These stimulate collagen production and also, inhibit the breaking down of collagen and elastin.
One Simplicité double collagen product is Results Lift Gel, (RLG) a skin reviving gel that firms skin and increases elasticity and firmness with every application.
Fresh extracts in RLG that encourage collagen production
Rosehip (fresh extract of seed husk) - encourages collagen formation because it is rich in natural vitamin C and accompanying skin firming bioflavonoids.
Cornsilk - encourages collagen formation because it is of the few herbs that contain the scientifically identified compound Allantoin, a natural anti-inflammatory which is believed to promote cell regeneration.
Calendula – encourages collagen formation because it is a source of provitamins essential for skin firming.
Rice Bran - encourages collagen formation because of the essential skin building nutrients and anti-ageing anti-oxidants it contains.
Fresh extracts in RLG that inhibit breaking down of collagen, elastin
Mandarin - firms loss of tone, restores elasticity and radiance, relaxes facial muscles; improves appearance of scars and sun damage lines.
Petitgrain - tones and firms, encourages formation of connective tissue.
Lemongrass - has an antioxidant effect so acts as a free-radical scavenger,
Never too late to stimulate collagen, firm skin
The sooner you start using firming skin care products the better the results will be. When you continually stimulate your skin to produce more collagen you achieve firmer skin - it's inevitable.
It's never too late to start.
Take Joan, who is happy with her firmer skin at age 60 though she only began using Simplicité products four years ago.
Joan's skin suffered sun damage and dehydration because she grew up in the world's harshest place for fair skinned people - Queensland, Australia.
But though Joan says she wishes she'd found Simplicité products earlier, she is happy with her dramatic skin improvement, particularly increased firmness."
"You're losing weight." "No, it's my firmer skin."
Joan's friends regularly comment on her improved skin.
One particular one: "always comments that I'm losing/have lost weight. Sadly I’m not losing that much weight, in fact it’s the Results Lift Gel doing a sensational job of firming my face and neck."
Firmer skin at age 60 - Joan Rowe saw results for improved skin firmness
Compare skin firming skin care products
Check the ingredient diagrams below to see how effective amounts of nutrients are used in Results Lift Gel but not in the second product.
Results Lift Gel
Claims: adds firmness and elasticity to skin with each application.
Lucent Facial Concentrate
Claims: soothes, replenishes and balances skin with its complex blend of anti-oxidant, hydrating and conditioning ingredients.
From our Simplicité nutritive point of view there can be no help for skin from using this product. The main ingredient is Ascorbic Acid, which is used as a skin irritant to achieve a temporary swelling of skin.
The claimed results from 'antioxidant, hydrating and conditioning ingredients' is impossible as there are barely any of these in the product.