Most people, before beginning to use any new treatments, medicines or other pharmaceutical products, will be interested in knowing exactly what they contain. A good knowledge of the specific formula is useful in helping patients with practical considerations such as whether the product is likely to trigger allergies or side effects.
An understanding of the active ingredients, together with a scientific explanation of how they work, can help consumers develop trust and confidence in a product. When I investigated the Kollagen Intensiv ingredients, I was dubious about their anti-aging properties, but I was motivated to try the product out for myself.
Kollagen Intensiv ingredients – what is left out?
The reason for my initial skepticism was because I had noticed that, despite its name, Kollagen Intensiv does not contain any collagen. Collagen is a protein which is produced naturally by the body and which is responsible for many of the physical and cosmetic properties which are associated with looking and feeling younger.
As it gets older, the body becomes less efficient at producing collagen and begins to feel the effects of old age – e.g. sagging skin, wrinkles and aching joints. Many anti-aging products operate to artificially increase the body’s supply of collagen, in order to reduce these effects.
Kollagen Intensiv ingredients – so what does it contain?
The product is a complex blend of many natural products – a list of the main Kollagen Intensiv ingredients is included below:
- Shea Butter – This product has been used in Africa for hundreds of years. It is a fat extract and effective emollient. It is used to moisturize skin and also tackle irritated or inflamed areas. It promotes a good structure of the epidermis, which in turn encourages the body to produce more collagen naturally.
- Glycerin – This can be found naturally in the skin and also helps to promote good cell structure. The Glycerin found in the Kollagen Intensiv ingredients list is a plant extract and is particularly effective in moisturizing the skin.
- Tocopherol – From a scientific point of view, Tocopherol removes free radicals from skin cells, thereby acting as a powerful antioxidant. Additionally, it protects the cells which produce collagen, allowing them to function as though your body was younger.
- Peptides – Amongst the Kollagen Intensiv ingredients are a number of peptides. These perform different, important functions. For example, one helps to reduce the production of interleukin, which is responsible for causing inflammation in the skin (which, in turn, can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin). Another peptide alleviates stress on the body’s collagen production system.
- Vitamin derivatives – Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate are derived from vitamin A. They have antioxidant properties but are also able to permeate the skin in order to stimulate collagen production. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Palmitate (both derived from vitamin C) give additional collagen promoting properties.
- Gluconolactone – this is a natural moisturizer which also protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
- Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline – DPHP is a combination of a lipid and an amino acid. The body absorbs it, causing collagen fibers to be stimulated, again with the effect of encouraging the body to produce more collagen itself.
This list of Kollagen Intensiv ingredients is non-exhaustive. For example, there are also a number of other plant and fruit extracts, and other oils.
Despite initial reservations, the anti-aging effects of Kollagen Intensiv were amongst the best I have ever encountered. I later discovered that the large size of the collagen compound means that it is extremely difficult to encourage it to permeate the surface of the skin. Therefore, a far more effective way of tackling the problem is to encourage the body to increase its natural supply.