Amongst the countless skincare products and procedures out there, what REALLY restores collagen? A recent study revealed facts that may alter what products you use in the fight against dull, aging skin.
The Collagen ConundrumÂ
There are many collagen types in our body. Each collagen type has a function. Effective anti-aging skincare is not just restoring some form of collagen on areas of visible aging. It requires producing the right kind of collagen in the right place. This gives skin resilience and elasticity.Â Tricky, right?
We knew the deeper the skin can be stimulated to produce new collagen, the less facial sagging there will be.Â Thatâ€™s still true, but now there is more intel.
The Super Science-y Skin Study
A groundbreaking skin study revealed the composition of live young and aging skin.Â It looked at the â€œbaby collagenâ€ in the skin. It noted the changes in elasticity with age in the twenties, thirties, and forties.Â
Special technology imaged the internal elasticity of the skin. It noted the concentration of the individual collagen fibers. They located which ones made skin elastic, taut and youthful. The location and impact of these concentrated collagen clusters were new information.
â€œThe team also studied how the variations in skin elasticity in the papillary dermis would change the look of the skin and discovered that the skin surface of females without any signs of variations in elasticity was more likely to be smooth, whereas that of females with decreased elasticity looked slightly roughâ€ 
The result? Now we know exactly WHERE we need to restore collagen. And we know which type of collagen rejuvenates skin and keeps it â€œspringyâ€.
â€œThe team has found out that type III collagen is abundant in the areas with healthy skin elasticity in the uppermost layer of the dermis, but it decreases in the parts where the skin elasticity has deteriorated. This suggests that the decrease in type III collagen triggers the decrease in skin elasticityâ€ Â
In sum: what makes skin healthy, elastic and vibrant is collagen III within the dermal cells of the papillary dermis skin layer.
And the study identified the exact ingredient to accomplish the task.Â It is an ingredient that appears in skincare brands like Shiseido and Tatcha. It is also a natural ingredient that can be organically farmed. It’s Watercress. Yep, Watercress.Â
what to do About It
Henceforth, beauty buddies, we tackle anti-aging with the precision of a vapid ninja.
Weâ€˜re featuring select products using Watercress to best advantage to precisely target Collagen III production in the proper dermal cells.
And there are some great skin products in this lineup, including an all-natural Beauty Superfood oil with a Watercress base.
- â€œShiseido Succeeds in Visualization of Internal Skin Elasticity – Decrease of Type III Collagen Involved in Age-Dependent Degradation in Skin Elasticity.â€ Shiseido, Shiseido, Apr. 2018, corp.shiseido.com/en/newsimg/2423_c3b40_en.pdf.