What are proteoglycans?
Proteoglycans are polysaccharides, located in the extracellular matrix of connective tissue.
They are protein molecules responsible for maintaining the structure and communication between the inside and outside of cells.
Function and effect of proteoglycans
These molecules promote skin regeneration and elasticity. Its function is to maintain the union of cells in different parts of the body, such as cartilage, dermis and epidermis, and to protect them against external agents and other chemicals.
Proteoglycans and esthetics
In the world of aesthetics, proteoglycans have become one of the most sought-after substances, thanks to their moisturizing and anti-aging effect.
At Sisneo we use them in the Age Solution 360 product of the Mesoactives line, with the aim of repairing the dermis and protecting it from external agents.
Currently, proteoglycans are of vegetable or marine origin. They are usually combined with vitamin C, vitamin A, hyaluronic acid, silicon or melatonin.
To help combat the visible signs of aging, proteoglycans are marketed in different formats:
- Ampoules: application is very simple and quick by gently massaging into the skin. They are indicated for skin lacking hydration or showing signs of fatigue and stress.
They are sold directly in pharmacies and some supermarkets. In just a few years, it has revolutionized the skin care protocol of many people.
- Injectable ampoules: For use with injected mesotherapy. In this case they must be applied by professionals.
- Oral: this is an even simpler way of consuming proteoglycans. They can be sold in tablet, powder or shake form. The great advantage is that its benefits have an impact on the skin and also on bones and joints.
- Serum: For topical application on the face. Before use, the face must be cleansed.
They can be used to achieve a quick effect or in continuous treatments. Ideally, it should be applied at night.
When to use proteoglycans?
Its use is recommended after a certain age, when the signs of aging begin to show: lack of radiance, tired appearance, flaccidity and dry skin. There is no estimated age, as each skin has different characteristics and aging.
It is clear that after the age of 30, the body begins to have less production of certain organic substances that help fight the signs of aging, such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
The extra supply of proteoglycans promotes collagen production, which helps regenerate skin cells and improves antioxidant and firming functions.
The most visible benefits of proteoglycans are:
- Skin regeneration by improving the elasticity and tension of the epidermis.
- Improves healing due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Moisturizes. One of its most important properties is that it attracts water, which helps any type of skin, especially dry skin.
- It slows down wrinkles. The properties of proteoglycans, combined with Vitamin C, make them antioxidants that prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
Foods with proteoglycans
Some foods are rich in proteoglycans, so you can also insist on this way.
Pork, beef, chicken, lentils, eggs, asparagus, chickpeas, cheese, cabbage and gelatin help improve collagen production.
Moreover, when consumed together with fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, their effect is multiplied.