March 09 2022 | by Caroline Schroeder
Collagen and carotenoids: A relationship through the ages
The relationship between collagen and carotenoids
changes with time, with the two ingredients fulfilling
different roles at different life stages.
Carotenoids – Reachingyounger demographics
Between the ages of 18 and 35, our bodies have healthy
collagen levels and our skin does not need additional
“structural support”. However, at this stage of life, our
skin still needs to be nourished, balanced and sustained.
Increasing levels of carotenoids can help meet these
needs, building the foundations of skin health and
revealing a healthy glow.
In other words, when we are young, we generally do not
need the support that collagen provides. The inclusion of
carotenoids can therefore open up skincare supplements
to a whole new age demographic.
It is also worth noting that there is a growing market for
vegetarian and vegan collagen offerings, largely driven
by demand from younger consumers. LycodermTM is
available in a vegan version, making it perfect for these
Support in later life
As we grow older, lines, wrinkles and firmness become
greater concerns, and collagen comes into its own. In
these later stages of life, carotenoids can also help the
skin cope with environmental challenges such as UV,
helping us age beautifully.
Carotenoids can support overall wellness
and healthy circulation, help the skin
cope with environmental challenges, and
modulate expression of skin photo-aging
markers. For all these reasons they provide
the ideal foundation for skin health. And
collagen, with all the structure it provides,
can build on this foundation.
So if you’re looking for a way to help your
next ingestible skincare product stand out
from the crowd, a carotenoid product such
as Lycoderm™ may be the perfect match.