If you've watched television or flipped through a magazine lately, you may have seen advertisements for anti-aging moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams that claim to promote collagen production. The key to choosing the right product is studying what's on the label. If you're looking for an anti-aging moisturizer that will give your daily cleansing and moisturizing routine a collagen boost, look for these key ingredients:
- Creams that contain retinoid or rentinol can speed up your skin's ability to turn over old skin cells and produce new skin cells [source: Bruno]. These creams work on the layers of skin where new skin cells are formed and where collagen gives your skin the support and firmness it needs to appear young and wrinkle-free. By increasing skin cell turnover, retinoid helps stimulate your body's collagen production.
- Prescription-strength creams containing tretinoin can also help replenish collagen in your skin cells [source: Mayo Clinic]. Because they are prescription strength, they are stronger than over-the-counter retinoid creams. These types of creams can sometimes provide results where other collagen creams fail, as in the case of deep wrinkles or stretch marks.
- Anti-aging creams containing copper peptides or other peptides have been known to increase collagen production. These creams help wounds heal faster, as well [source: Mayo Clinic].
Collagen creams can help improve the firmness and texture of your skin in the short term, but the overall goal is to stimulate your body's ability to increase collagen production [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. While creams can give your skin a healthy glow, however, there's no guarantee they will make you look like you're 20 again.
Now that you've explored the possible benefits of supplements and creams, read on learn about how certain foods may increase collagen production.