I'm sure you've heard about the importance of keratin to your skin health and the look of your skin. Keratin is important to keep your skin looking good, so it must be good to find keratin in your skin care products right?
First though, lets have a look at what keratin actually is.
Keratin is a "structural protein". It is tough and fibrous and helps hold your skin together firmly, and prevent sagging. As a structural component of our skin keratin has a major role in skin health. All good. This is found in a number of areas in our bodies, like our nails and teeth as well as our skin. As you can see keratin can be both hard and soft. It's hard in nails, for instance, and is soft in skin.
Keratin in our skin forms below the surface, and typically works it's way up to the surface where it forms a protective layer. It is formed by what are known as keratinocytes, which are living cells which exist in our skin.
So is not it a good thing if we see keratin on the label of our skin care products and anti aging products?
That depends. You see not all keratin is created equal, and some keratin is better than other keratin. You need the right type in your skin care products, or it will not do very much at all. I mentioned that keratin is found in various parts of the body, including the nails and skin. So most keratin that is used in anti aging skin care is derived from animal sources that contain keratin. In particular hooves, horns and feathers.
All these animal products are basically melted down and subjected to high temperatures, and extracted from these animal products for use in skin care products. However the problem is that the process used to extract the keratin, and specifically the heat to which it is subjected, changes it's form by a process known as hydrolyzation.
Hydrolyzation basically means that the chemical properties of the ingredient are changed. And for keratin, the hydrolyzation means that it is changed to a form that is no longer useful to our skin.
So is keratin in our skin care products good? No, not if it's been extracted by use of the traditional extraction process and it's been hydrolyzed.
Wait a moment though, because that's not the end of the story.
There is a small company in New Zealand that has found a way to extract keratin from the wool of New Zealand sheep in a way that does not lead to hydrolyzation. So the keratin is not degraded, and is still "bio available" .Ie it remains in it's natural form. It's called "Functional Keratin".
So if you find this type of keratin in your skin care products then yes, that's good. Very good.
Problem is, the major skin care manufacturers do not use Functional Keratin because it's more expensive. And they are in the business of keeping their product costs down to keep profits up. So as long as they can say there is keratin in there, that's good enough.
So how do you go about getting your skin care products with keratin in them with the "bio available" form?
Can you get skin care products with keratin in them with the "bio available" form?
Yes you can. It's in a skin care range manufactured by a small niche skincare company and it's extremely effective. It's been described as "liquid skin" and works, according to current scientific studies, to stimulate the production of new skin cells to replace the old ones. This helps improve elasticity and firmness in the skin, both extremely desirable outcomes.
So to answer the original question, is it good to find keratin in your skin care products? No, not if it's traditionally extracted, it will not do much. Yes if it's Functional Keratin because it will do it's job of firming your skin and making it look healthier and younger.
Ahhh, but where do you find this tiny niche skin care company?