More and more people are asking which products they should use for reducing wrinkles and sun spots. This is a particularly hot topic in the natural medicines’ world where “natural” skincare products often come with a hefty price tag. Make sure you are putting money towards ingredients that actually help.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells. They’re likely safe for most people when applied at a concentration of 10% or less. If you want to give AHAs a try, make sure they also use sunscreen – AHAs can increase sun sensitivity.

Vitamin C products Research shows that applying topical products containing 3% vitamin C might reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face after 12 weeks.

You might also hear about Hyaluronic Acid. There’s some confusion surrounding this ingredient because there are various ways to administer it. Hyaluronic acid has been used as an injectable gel filler (Juvedérm) for correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Oral hyaluronic acid dietary supplements are also available. But hyaluronic acid has only been studied in combination products, so it’s not clear if taking it by mouth has any beneficial effects for aging skin. Lastly, topical hyaluronic acid products are exploding on the anti-aging market. Despite huge marketing campaigns pushing these products, there’s no strong evidence that they help.

The appetite for anti-aging products isn’t going away. I would suggest not to waste your money on trendy ingredients with no supportive evidence, such as topical CBD and Collagen. While there isn’t any reason to expect any safety concerns, there’s no evidence that applying these ingredients topically will have anti-aging effects, plus collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin, which means collagen creams can’t provide much in the way of results.

Interest in collagen supplements is growing. Collagen is a major structural protein in the human body. People take them for a different conditions, including aging skin and joint conditions. And a lot of celebrities are promoting these products in the beauty industry. It’s important to understand that there are different types of collagen, and not all of them have the same effects.

Type I collagen is the main collagen in skin, tendon, ligaments, and bone. It plays a major role in wound healing. Natural collagen production decreases with age, so it is important to supply our body with good source of collagen to improve skin health, particularly for aging skin. Most collagen type I supplements come from cows or eggshell membrane. Unfortunately, there is no good evidence that supplements work.

Type II collagen is the main structural protein in cartilage. For this reason, there’s interest in using it for arthritis. Most collagen type II supplements come from chickens.

Collagen Peptides: are short chains of amino acids formed by degrading native collagen. These peptides are more water soluble and believed to be better absorbed orally than native collagen. But it’s unclear if taking these products will really offer any cosmetic benefits.                                                                 

While expensive collagen skin creams work temporarily, dietary collagen is far more potent because it mainlines collagen to your cells. Bone broth is the way to go!

Bone broth is a fabulous source of anti-aging minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, plus several amino acids that support joint mobility and healthy inflammatory response like glycine proline, and its chemical composition makes them highly bioavailable.

What the better way to nourish your bones and joints than by consuming more of the nutrients already found within them!

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