In our image-obsessed society, the signs of aging are feared. Wrinkles, especially, are the aging sign most feared by people. As a result, all manner of products have sprung up along with marketing claiming to be anti-aging, with an implicit promise to either hide or reverse the signs of aging. Wrinkles, varicose veins, and other indicators of advanced age are among the targets of this campaign. The one problem with this campaign is that it’s built on a false premise: that the signs of aging can be reversed by artificial means. This is simply not true! No amount of plastic surgery or any of the other horrible appearance-manipulation procedures or apparatus that have been devised recently can change the fact that someone looks older.
That being said, it is indeed possible to change the fact that someone looks older, just not by artificial means. One of the most popular ways of attempting to change one’s appearance is by the use of something called collagen skin cream. Applied to the face, especially directly on and around the area of wrinkles, collagen cream is reputed to smooth wrinkles out, consequently changing the appearance of the face. As noted above, no artificial means can change appearance, and collagen cream is no exception. Here’s why: collagen is a protein produced by the body that, among other things, keeps the skin on your face smooth, elastic and taut.
As you age, the amount of collagen available in your body begins to drop. How fast it drops is dependent on a number of different factors, but the important thing to focus on is that as the amount of collagen drops, wrinkles start appearing on your face. It is possible to partially reverse this trend by applying collagen externally.
Collagen creams do not accomplish this. The type of collagen that your face needs is human collagen. Most collagen creams on the market use collagen taken from the skin of animals. Animal collagen has a completely different molecular structure than human collagen, which is why collagen creams do not succeed in changing appearance.