Collagen & Elastin Boosting Ingredients


Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

Alpha Hydroxy Acid [AHA] cream or lotion stimulates cell turnover by helping old cells to shed more rapidly and replacing them with fresh cells. AHA works primarily on the epidermis and not on collagen producing cells.

Look for AHA products with a concentration of 8%-10%. If this concentration is irritating, you can switch to 5%.

Beauticians and Physicians use high concentrated AHA (more than 30%) which is not the product that you should use.

Avoid the eye area or use an AHA cream designed specifically for eye treatment.

Apply AHA before bed time so any irritation is usually short term and fully overcome by morning. AHA also makes your skin more sensitive to UV light, another good reason to apply at night, or use in daylight with a SPF48 sunblock.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is the most active and beneficial AHA. Absorbed into the skin cells, the acid triggers new collagen formation to plump cells. It has also proven to be very effective in the treatment of acne. Product Examples: Gly Derm, MD Forte, Z. Bigatti and Super Skin.


Vitamin A [Retinol] & Retin A

The molecular structure of both Retin A and Retinol is small enough to penetrate the outer layers of the epidermis, to repair deeper layers within the skin. Retin A and Retinol stimulate collagen production, helps to rebuild and repair elastin fibres and has superficial exfoliating property, minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkle lines. Retin A and Retinol are excellent in aiding the repair of sun-damaged skin. Product Examples: TYK Young Again, M.D. Forte, SkinScience.

Retinol is often confused with Retin-A; Retin A is by far the most effective of the two, but can be irritating on some skins. Read about the differences.

Vitamin A Cream or Serum (Retinol)

Retinol serum also fights and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and has the additional benefit of supporting new cells by helping to preserve their moisture. Retinol based products include:

  • Stretinoin (Retin-A)
  • Renova (Retinoic Acid)

These anti-wrinkle creams are effective but they can be irritating and cause the skin to redden and peel.


Copper Peptides

Copper Peptides naturally firm the skin, enhances elasticity, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Product Examples: main ingredient in products by Neova and Osmotics.



DMAE is called by experts an instant anti-aging face-lift by dramatically improving the appearance of sagging skin. It may also boost the effects of other antioxidants, and works best in treating: fine lines around the eyes and above and below the lips, loss of firmness in the skin around the neckline, jowls, upper eyelid, and cheeks and helps plump out thin lips.



Pal-KTTKS is one of the latest proven ingredients in skin rejuventation, Pal-KTTKS is a quick acting patented peptide solution. It is as effective as retinol in improving the effects of photo-aging but lacks the side effects often associated with retinol.” Product Examples: StriVectin-SD and Revelation by TYK