What’s Your Fountain of Youth? (Please Don’t Say Collagen Cream!)
We love it when scientists get feisty. Here, in an article in the Daily Mail, is what Oxford University protein biochemist Dr Blanca Sengerova has to say about anti-wrinkle creams that claim to contain collagen:
“It really frustrates me when I see adverts [adverts!] for anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen. Although collagen is structurally important for the integrity of our skin, the protein molecule is far too large to pass through the barrier posed by the skin.”
It frustrates us too, and is a good reminder to all of us that while lots of stuff can readily penetrate the skin, not everything can—and certainly not collagen in a cream.
That said, we totally understand the things people will buy (as in “purchase” and as in “believe”) in the frantic pursuit of skin that is unblemished by age. But the fact is, the science of magical anti-agers just doesn’t add up.
Here’s what a cosmetics-industry rep said to the DM: “Manufacturers are very careful about the exact wording of the claims they make, but here is a risk of customers forming the wrong impression from some packaging and advertising.”
To which I say: Cosmetics industry reps are very careful about the exact wording of the claims they make. It almost sounds like he’s saying companies are being misleading, but actually he’s saying you’re an idiot for “forming the wrong impression” based on outrageous, promisey label claims. You silly goose.
But it got me thinking. What anti-agers do you think actually work?
I’ll go first. In my opinion the best anti-agers are a big fat smile, a healthy diet, lots of sleep, lots of water, and some healthy plant oils applied topically to keep the skin radiant, lines and all. Bonus if they contain antioxidants, of course. Your turn.