10 Natural Oils & Herbs that Stimulate Collagen Production
How to Firm Skin & Reduce Wrinkles Naturally
Collagen makes up around 74% of our skin and it is collagen that holds us together.
The most popular active ingredient in commercial products is Retinoids. They can increase skin thickness. Unfortunately they also thin the stratum corneum the barrier which holds in moisture causing Xerosis – dry skin. They were also found to decrease Ceramide levels in living skin which are essential for making collagen! ( Ponec & Weerheim 1990 )
In other words Retinoid creams can lead to dry skin and lower collagen production – in other words aging!
Improving Skin Hydration with Argan Oil
Skin hydration is important for maintaining elastic and youthful looking skin.
Lipids in outer layers of skin play a vital role in hydration. These molecules are the building blocks of cells within the body. They are synthesised from fats in the diet in particular Oleic fatty acids.
Membranes around cells are made up of proteins and up to 80% lipids.
Studies into skin aging at discovered that daily consumption of oil rich in linoleic acid and external application of Argan Oil led to a significant improvements in hydration.
The result of the study showed a decrease in transepidermal water loss and a significant increase in water content of the epidermis 
In another study researchers found that a food supplement containing lipids and ceramides derived from wheat restored hydration in patients suffering from dry itchy skin  This research lead to the production of a product for dry skin which is called Lipowheat. This may be of benefit in cases of very dry skin conditions such as Eczema.
Lipid replacement therapy research concluded that: “Membrane lipids are essential to cellular membrane function and cells. Their restoration by exogenous membrane lipids is a useful approach for maintaining and restoring cellular membrane function.” 
How Topical Vitamin C and Argan Oil can Boost Collagen
It is the collagen in our skin that keeps it soft, supple and taut. It is what keeps our skin looking young and prevents sagging skin, lines and wrinkles from forming.
The primary cause of lower Collagen levels is simply the aging process.
However, exposure to sun, hormone changes or smoking all accelerate skin aging. In these cases the degrading of collagen in the skin is caused by oxidative stress in the cells. This is where the use of vitamin supplements, in particular essential fatty acids, and the use of external products can be of help.
For women an important cause of collagen loss at menopause is lower oestrogen levels. For in-depth research into collagen loss and skin aging due to menopause read this article.
When it comes to treatment with topical creams scientists say that collagen boosting will not work. They say that topically applied products are just not absorbed far enough into skin to have any effect.
However, traditional wisdom and many other studies into alternative treatments prove otherwise. 
Note: Many of the active ingredients listed in this article are essential oils. Essential oils are powerful and should not be used in undiluted form.
Essential oils should be combined with a carrier oil at around 1% concentration.
For making natural cosmetics pure Argan Oil is the perfect carrier oil. It is already rich in anti aging nutrients and blends easily with other oils.
You can learn more about essential oils for skin care here.
10 Natural Collagen Boosting Herbs & Oils
#1 Argan Oil
Any list would of course not be complete without Argan Oil. It has complex blend of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, Ursolic Acid, Carotenoids, Polyphenols, Ferulic Acid, phytosterols, Squalene all of which are active in maintaining healthy skin cell growth.
We have covered Argan Oil effects in details elsewhere on this site. So, for full details about the value of Argan Oil in protecting skin please refer to our other articles.
#2 Vitamin C
Vitamin C is central to collagen production especially during aging. It contributes to reduces UV damage from the sun and promotes healing of scars. Several clinical trials have discovered that topical vitamin C provides beneficial effects on aged and photo-damaged skin.
A placebo-controlled study performed in 25 volunteers showed that those who topically applied a topical formulation of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) experienced a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in aged skin after a relatively short time period of 12 weeks.
Either when used topically in a cream taken as a dietary supplement vitamin C is an essential part of any anti aging program.
#3 Basil Oil ( Ursolic acid )
Basil has high levels of Ursolic acid. This is a non toxic triterpinoid which is also present as one of the active components in Pure Argan Oil.  Studies show that Ursolic acid has similar anti aging powers to retinoids (popular for commercial anti aging creams) but without the side effects. 
It works because it is able to stimulate Ceramide production. Ceramide is beneficial for skin and it is an important part of the epidermis It is responsible for maintaining a water impermeable barrier to keep in natural moisture levels as well as protecting against harmful micro-organisms.
#4 Comfrey ( Allantoin )
Comfrey roots and leaves contain a rich variety of nutrients including allantoin which is known to stimulate skin cells growth.
Research studies tested the benefits and effects of extracts of Comfrey for the healing of wounds and damaged skin. A study with 278 patients was made using a 10% topical preparation. After 3 days researchers noted a faster reduction in the size of wounds of 49% +/- 19% with Comfrey versus 29% +/-13% in the size of wounds. It also accelerated the healing time by nearly 3 days. 
#5 Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the most powerful anti oxidants. Oxidation is a process that happens as a result of body chemistry and direct external influences such as UV in sunlight. Antioxidants are fundamental to the skin aging process. They counteract “oxidation” in the body which is linked to most aging processes. 
Vitamin E, found in very high levels in Argan Oil, counteracts the oxidation process. Taking it as a supplement and applying topically can slow skin aging and aging of the body in general.
#6 Rose hip Oil
Rose hip Oil is also full of antioxidants and high in vitamin C. Rose hip oil is very rich in beta carotene which is known to promote a healthy skin as well as other anti-inflammatory components. Rose hip nutrients work on a cellular level too to rejuvenate the skin.
The high vitamin C content of Rose hip Oil means it may also have beneficial effects for treating melasma, hyper pigmentation or dark patches on the skin.
Calendula is a wonderful herb. Rubbed on the skin it is thought to help reduce wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. The University of Maryland discovered that calendula cream can assist in healing wounds.  A study in Brazil also found “a significant increase in the collagen amount” in their test groups when compared to the control group. 
Studies show that aloe helps to heal wounds by increasing collagen production. University of Colorado-Denver discovered that when using aloe, production of collagen may increase 90% or more.  
#9 Gotu Kola ( Centella asiatica )
Gotu Kola, like Argan Oil, is rich in Vitamin A, amino acids, fatty acids, phytochemicals and triterpenoid saponins. In traditional medicine extracts of Gotu Kola are used to calm inflammation, improve wound healing, heal scars, repair veins and strengthen skin. It also stabilises and balances connective tissue formation in skin problems such as Scleroderma. 
So it clearly has strong anti aging potential for improving skin firmness and quality. Scientific studies also show that the Gotu Cola extracts are able to penetrate the skin to achieve these results. 
The chemical make up of Echinacea extract was examined to test the reported effects on skin.  Polyphenols were isolated from Echinacea and tested for reducing collagen degradation by slowing oxygen radical damage. Research found that topical use of Echinacea extract can help slow or prevent UV induced collagen damage. 
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Harnessing the Power of Anti Oxidants to Protect Skin
Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. So, topical vitamin C works to boost the anti oxidant effect of the high Vitamin-E levels in Argan Oil. But why is protection against free radical damage important and why are anti oxidants in vitamins and Argan Oil so important?
Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are very chemically reactive due to missing an electron – a negatively charges particle in the nucleus of an atom. Because of this, their destructive power is concentrated in the place where they are created, which is mostly in the cells’ mitochondria – within cells in your body or on the surface of the skin.
Free radicals seek opportunities to complete their odd electron. So, they will attack any nearby chemical compounds including chemical compounds that are involved in important reactions in your body, or even a part of a DNA molecule. As a result, the damage left behind can leave damaged cells throughout the body, such as in heart muscle cells, nerve cells, and the skin.
The anti oxidant, free radical damage the collagen by stealing an electron from one of the proteins in a strand of collagen. This causes a change in the chemical structure of the collagen at that point, creating a tiny break in the strand. Once a bundle of collagen has multiple points of damage that occur over the years, it becomes damaged and disorganized. As a result, our skin begins to get that familiar sag and wrinkled effect.
Although our skin naturally has cellular enzymes and other metabolic processes to deal with this oxidative damage, aging and environmental stresses like sunlight, smoking, and pollution, can eventually overpower these protective controls. One of our Argan Oil based products, Sahara Gold, was formulated with a natural skin repairing oil which combats UV sun damage as it occurs.
Applying a antioxidant like vitamin C in combination with Argan Oil which is also rich in anti oxidants, Vitamin and Linoleic Fatty Acid ( G.L.A.), is a very effective way to boost the skin’s natural collagen for protection against free radical damage over the long term.
Dietry Supplements that Support Collagen Production
Collagen consists of amino acids of which there are around 20 different kinds in human cells.
Amino acids arginine and carnitine form creatine which stimulates cells to produce more collagen and elastin. Creatine is important for collagen production as it is this protein that forms a fibre net, protects the connective tissue and supports firmer skin. Overall creatine stimulates collagen production and skin can become thicker with a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.
If there is not enough glutamine available to your body it uses protein from muscles to convert it into glutamine. This can cause an aging effect as a loss of muscle protein will cause skin to lose some of its elasticity.
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Research and References
 Skin hydration in postmenopausal women: argan oil benefit with oral and/or topical use
Kenza Qiraouani Boucetta, Zoubida Charrouf, Abdelfattah Derouiche, Younes Rahali, and Yahya Bensouda https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4520377/
 Williams, J.Z., Abumrad, N. & Barbul, A. Effect of a Specialized Amino Acid Mixture on Human Collagen Deposition Annals of Surgery, Volume 236, issue 3, (pp. 369-375) (2002)
 Welbourne, T.C. Increased plasma bicarbonate and growth hormone after an oral glutamine load The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 61, issue 5, (pp. 1058-1061) (1995)
 Bowtell, J.L., Gelly, K., Jackman, M.L., Patel, A., Simeoni, M., Rennie, M.J. Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise Journal Of Applied Physiology, Volume 86, issue 6, (pp. 1770-1777) (1999)
 Lipid Replacement Therapy: A natural medicine approach to replacing damaged lipids in cellular membranes and organelles and restoring function Garth L. Nicolsona, Michael E. Ashb http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005273613004070