Creams. Serums. Facials. Lotions. Dermal fillers. Microdermabrasion. Just a few of the methods people use in the fight against aging skin. Now, they can add clothing to list.
Buki, a Seattle-based tech fashion fabric company, has created a new kind of fabric made with natural collagen.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It gives the skin its structure, holds organs in place and helps to strengthen the bones. Collagen also makes up much of the connective tissue in the body, such as the tendons and ligaments.
Since collagen has such a critical role in supporting the skin, it is frequently found in skin care products. Some individuals also take collagen as a daily health supplement to support their skin and joints.
"Collagen can also be found in some foods, such as dark green vegetables, red vegetables, fruit and fatty fish," said Dr. Mona Alqulali, a Bettendorf, Iowa, cosmetic surgeon and OB-GYN.
The collagen used by Buki in its skin-moisturizing fabric comes from fish scales converted to a powder. This powder is then developed into the material for the company's apparel items and pillow coverings.
The creators of the collagen-based fabric claim that their clothing will make wearers' skin soft and increase firmness in less than a minute, which can help those who have begun to see their collagen production decrease.
The body produces collagen regularly until about the mid-20s when production slows down. As production of the protein drops, the skin becomes loose and begins to sag.
"While most people do not notice changes in their skin at that age, these changes are occurring just under the surface," said Alqulali.
As a result of reduced levels of collagen, the skin also loses its ability to stretch and retract and becomes more susceptible to wrinkles.
"When the skin loses its ability to bounce back after being stretched or contracted, that's when the signs of aging make their appearance," said Alqulali.
When the skin is loose or wrinkled, it can make people look older than they are. To correct it, people look for cosmetic procedures and topical treatments for their skin.
In addition to collagen, Buki's fabric also has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50 that protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays. This additional benefit of the material comes from the natural UV protection of the fish scales used to create it.
Prolonged sun exposure breaks down collagen in the skin, which can lead to the premature development of wrinkles, sun spots and an increased risk of skin cancer.
However, the best way to heal the skin and restore its youthfulness is not from outside in; it is from the inside out," said Alqulali.
Procedures that can help induce the body to produce collagen include radiofrequency skin tightening, microneedling and ultherapy, the only FDA-approved, noninvasive facial skin-tightening procedure that uses ultrasound to stimulate collagen production.
"When ultrasonic energy or radiofrequency energy is directed to the skin, it penetrates the underlying tissues, too, and causes collagen growth. Increased collagen pulls the skin tighter over time," Alqulali said.
The results of ultherapy are similar to the face-lift surgery, and the procedure is increasing in popularity because it does not require surgery or downtime.
Buki boasts that its skin-moisturizing material will not lose its collagen during regular laundering.
Other clothing developed by Buki help to regulate wearers to different temperatures.
Buki joins other clothing manufacturers in creating fabrics to protect the skin. Some of these fabrics wick away moisture, repel mosquitos, resist stains and provide sun protection.
Hollywood Reporter. Is Anti-Aging Clothing the Next Beauty Breakthrough? 9 July 2018.