A collagen alternative from acacia trees

Lipoid Kosmetik’s PhytoCollagen represents a functional equivalent to animal-derived collagen

ABSTRACT PhytoCollagen is a unique plant-derived collagen alternative sourced from the acacia tree, which combines the cosmetic benefits of collagen with a green, sustainable source and matches consumer preferences. In vivo studies confirm that it entirely mimics the cosmetic benefits of animal collagen. This makes it an ideal replacement – a truly plant-derived, sustainable, green, vegan alternative to animal collagen.

Collagen is the most abundant structural polymer throughout the animal kingdom. It provides strength, elasticity and resilience to animal and human tissues. Collagen is found in connective tissues, in cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin. For example, it makes up 80% of the skin by dry weight and gives the dermis its mechanical and structural integrity1 .Collagen is also one of the most popular cosmetic ingredients2 . According to a worldwide Mintel database search, about 2,500 new products with collagen as a raw material have been launched within the past three years: 1,472 in skin care, 582 in hair care, 310 in colour cosmetics, 87 in soap and bath products, and 12 in shaving and depilatories. Thanks to its versatile cosmetic properties, collagen finds applications as an anti-ageing active, a moisturising agent, a film-former or a texture-improving ingredient, among others

Despite its popularity, collagen has a disadvantage in being mainly derived from animal sources. It is manufactured on an industrial scale from hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments or skin, which originate from cattle, pigs, poultry or fish1 .

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