The word collagen has been thrown around for years in the skincare community being hailed as the holy grail of skincare. In recent years, however, those who are on the cutting edge of skincare ingredients are getting more excited about a compound that may sound familiar, but for a very different reason: colostrum.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is one of two vital proteins used as a structural compound in the skin, which promotes skin elasticity and firmness. When collagen breaks down or naturally decreases through aging, lines and wrinkles can form in the skin, which is why collagen is so frequently talked about in anti-aging skincare products.
Studies have shown that many of the high performance ingredients we use in our skincare products such as retinol, amino acids, peptides, and antioxidants have been known to help support your body's natural collagen production and help with environmental factors. These are popular ingredients in many professional-grade skincare products, but they’re being challenged in their benefits by this new effective ingredient, colostrum.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is the term for breast milk produced shortly after giving birth for several days. We know - not exactly anyone’s first thought when it comes to skincare - but this substance is jam-packed with growth factors, immune system boosters, and other compounds that newborns need and benefit from greatly. And just to put your mind at ease, all the colostrum we source for our products comes from humanely treated cows, not humans.
Bovine colostrum promotes superior nutritional value during an infant's first days. Colostrum supplements encourage gut health, immune health, digestive health, and many other health benefits for newborn children (and calves). When added to skincare products, it promotes the appearance of healthy, beautiful skin.
Collagen vs. Colostrum
When comparing colostrum and collagen, there’s not a direct correlation between them. On the one hand, collagen is in the human body constantly and is important not just for skin health, but also for essential bodily functions. Colostrum, on the other hand, is something applied to your skin to improve the overall appearance of your skin. In a way, colostrum and collagen are two parts of a skin-enhancing process.
Applying collagen directly to the skin is difficult, as the collagen molecule is far too large to pass through the skin barrier and get to where it has the most significant effect. This is why many people take collagen supplements instead or in addition to their skincare routine. Collagen skin care products use hydrolyzed collagen broken-up collagen, to help the product absorb onto the surface of the skin.
Our Pro Collagen + Serum Amplifier uses other proven active ingredients to boost hydration, helping skin to look more plump, youthful, and smooth. Its job is to encourage the production of collagen peptides, which is perfect for individuals concerned with aging.
Our products with colostrum in them are highly effective. They can help with the appearance of irritated skin by providing rich, nourishing, hydrating compounds in our Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream and Colostrum Hydrating Mist.
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