In the field of nutricosmetics for aging, we often hear about hyaluronic acid and collagen. However, there are a certain number of active ingredients whose action is underestimated because they are not well known by the general public.

This is the case for the active ingredients present in melon extract, and in particular SOD. Acronym of “Super Oxide Dismutase”, this enzyme is closely observed by scientific research for its presence in the mitochondria of cells and the role it plays in the fight against oxidative stress.

But then, what are the differences between vitamin C and SOD? Do these active ingredients meet exactly the same needs? Why has the interest in this molecule grown so much in recent years in the nutricosmetic industry?


Oxidative stress is a process that weakens your body’s cell walls and is caused by the over-proliferation of unstable molecules, called “free radicals”, referring to the source of their instability: one or more unpaired electrons.

Resulting from the normal functioning of your body, these free radicals are organic waste generated during the biochemical reactions occurring daily in your cells.

This is why your body naturally has mechanisms for processing this waste (by neutralizing this instability through electron pairing).

However, the advent of contemporary life has brought new sources of oxidative stress in such proportion that it becomes difficult for your body to process them.

Flavor enhancers, lack of sleep, psychological stress, cigarette smoke, alcohol, overly rich food… The factors all line up to make the equation difficult to solve.

A factor of premature aging

It is through studies such as the one conducted by the team of Ilaria Liguori¹ that the structural damage caused by significant and chronic oxidative stress has been revealed.

Among the negative effects of oxidative stress is premature aging of cells.

Moreover, aging itself leads to disturbances in the various cellular mechanisms, which increases the level of oxidative stress: a vicious circle is thus established!

Facteurs de stress oxydatif

A factor in the development of various diseases

Cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurological and pulmonary diseases… the list of diseases whose onset is correlated to the level of oxidative stress is long, as shown by studies such as the one signed by the team of Simone Reuter².


Fortunately, there are ways to improve your body’s defenses against oxidative stress.

Improving the quality and duration of your sleep and reducing your mental load and your level of psychological stress are some of the ways your body can maintain its defenses at an acceptable level.

But it is mainly through your diet that you can offer your cells a real improvement.

Antioxidants: molecules that neutralize free radicals

Some molecules from the foods you eat every day have a “hole” in their outermost electronic layers. They are therefore electrically unstable molecules, just like free radicals, whose needs are the opposite: they lack one or more electrons to be electrically neutral.

Thus, by bringing together a free radical and an antioxidant whose respective numbers of surplus and missing electrons correspond, it becomes possible to reduce the level of oxidative stress in an organism.

Réaction d'oxydo-réduction des radicaux libres et de la vitamine C

However, it would not be accurate to assume that all antioxidants have exactly the same effects, and this is due, among other things, to the way they work.

This is why SOD and vitamin C are not interchangeable but rather complementary.

A very useful complementarity

If we had to remember only one difference between the action of vitamin C and that of SOD, it would be the scope of the antioxidant effects that these two active ingredients offer.

Capable of protecting the wall of your cells, vitamin C adds to the set of defenses external to them to preserve their integrity against the aggressions of free radicals present in the extracellular matrix (in which your cells are bathed).

SOD, on the other hand, is mainly present inside your cells, particularly in the mitochondria, and its effects are more internal.

Far from being interchangeable, these two molecules are complementary and it is by combining them that it becomes possible to create both internal and external protection for your cells.


A cellular organelle present in your cells, the mitochondrion is in charge of certain key functions for the survival of its host, notably “cellular respiration”.

La place de la SOD dans l'anatomie de la mitochondrie

Cellular respiration, the mechanism by which the cell obtains the energy it needs to function (through the transformation of glucose into adenosine triphosphate), cannot be achieved without producing free radicals.

It is in this context that SOD, naturally present in the mitochondria, intervenes. Its role is to limit the production of these organic wastes during common biochemical reactions in your cells, such as cellular respiration.

La place de la SOD dans l'anatomie de la mitochondrie

Melon extract to support your cells

Unfortunately, modern living conditions often place greater demands on your body than the defense mechanisms with which it has been endowed by evolution. This is why nutricosmetics proposes to support your body in its natural fight against free radicals.

Indeed, the exhaustion of the constituents of your cells, starting with your mitochondria, increases your fragility in the face of various diseases. Moreover, the efficiency of your body’s cellular respiration progressively decreases, which translates into a decrease in your vitality.

By using melon extract, which is rich in SOD, certain players in the nutricosmetic world have understood that it is possible to contribute to the preservation of normal functioning of your cells during the aging process.

This is notably what MyCollagenLift offers.


MyPureSkin has created MyCollagenLift thanks to a permanent monitoring effort, a rigorous research work and a benevolent Swiss know-how.

A dietary supplement that takes advantage of the properties of 100% natural ingredients, this nutricosmetic has become a complementary source of antioxidants whose effectiveness has been hailed by the IEA (European Institute of Antioxidants) as “a product of exceptional quality to fight against oxidative stress”.

Thanks to its exclusive formula, each ingredient of which works in synergy with the others, MyCollagenLift accompanies you through the normal aging process to :

  • Stimulate your production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.
  • Nourish your cells;
  • Help protect them from oxidative stress;

Indeed, the formula of MyCollagenLift is based on :

  • Highly bioavailable collagen peptides to support your endogenous collagen production;
  • Hyaluronic acid capable of carrying more than 1000 times its weight in water to help maintain the correct level of hydration for your skin;
  • Wheat ceramides (gluten-free) to support this hydration by limiting your insensible water loss;
  • Organic silicon to support your antioxidant defenses while helping to restructure your epidermis;
  • Vitamins C (extracted from acerola fruit) and E to help you fight against free radicals;
  • OPC from grapes and zinc also act in this sense;
  • SOD extracted from melon, which research has shown can help support your antioxidant defenses.

Still looking for a source of antioxidant-rich nutrition to help your skin age healthily? MyCollagenLift lends you a hand by offering you results as early as 4 weeks for your first 3-month treatment.

  1. Study by Ilaria Liguori evaluating the effects of oxidative stress on the aging process and the appearance of age-related diseases:
  2. Simone Reuter’s study on the links between oxidative stress, inflammation mechanisms and the likelihood of developing cancer: