Finally, Where Cosmetic Collagen Actually Comes From
These days, high importance is placed on the use of all things natural, whether it’s in the foods we eat, the products we use on our skin, or the things we use around the home and in the workplace. What many people fail to realise, however, is that natural doesn’t always mean healthy, or even safe. Sometimes, even the most natural products can either have questionable results or raise ethical questions – particularly within the skin care industry.
One controversial ingredient, which is used in skin care products such as face cream and shampoo, and also in cosmetic surgery procedures is collagen. Collagen is a protein specific to the animal kingdom, and as far as the human body is concerned, it makes up around 30% of the protein content. There are more than 25 natural collagens in the body, and it’s impossible to manage without it. Collagen gives the whole body strength and structure, and it’s responsible for the skin’s natural elasticity.
Collagen production decreases with age, and that’s why wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear. For this reason, collagen is included in skin preparations, and injected into the skin to improve the appearance – particularly around the lips.
As an ingredient in skin cream, collagen’s efficiency is doubtful, as the molecules of this natural substance are too large to pass through the surface layers of the skin. Collagen-containing creams cannot reverse the effects of collagen loss in the body, no matter what the makers claim.
However, the main thing that worries most people about collagen is its source. Much of the collagen used in skin care products and treatments is animal-based, coming mainly from cows and pigs. Those of a sensitive disposition may wish to look away now, because other sources of collagen include aborted foetuses, and even the skin of executed prisoners.
Chinese skin care manufacturers routinely use skin from executed prisoners in collagen-containing products, and they have a lot of raw material available, considering that around 3,400 prisoners are executed each year. The Chinese don’t see what all the commotion is about, although the European customers they sell their products to may not agree with them.
Aside from the ethical question – after all, it’s unlikely that the prisoners consented to being skinned in the name of anti-aging procedures for Europeans – there’s also the real danger of infection. Blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis could be transmitted to the receiving patient. There’s also a small risk of contracting human variant CJD, or the human equivalent of mad cow disease, from bovine collagen.
One wonders why women are so eager to have such substances injected into their lips. And of course, there is also the risk of allergic reaction. Collagen may be a natural product, but some of its effects when introduced into a different body can be decidedly unnatural.
Products such as Naturally Mediterranean’s premium quality skin care range contain only safe and natural ingredients. There are no chemicals or questionable ingredients in our products, so you can use them with complete confidence.
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