ON A MISSION TO RESTORE HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, BRIGHTER SKIN

Do Collagen Supplements Actually Work?

One of the building blocks of healthy skin (and a number of other parts of our body, like hair, nails and bones), collagen plays a key role in healthy, smooth and supple skin. 
Disappointingly for us, however, optimum levels don’t last, and our body’s ability to produce it begins to drop from our mid twenties on – prompting a loss of elasticity, firmness, radiance, and that plumpness that we’re all so keen to cling onto as we get older. We can’t prevent it, but we can slow it down.  Yes, applying vitamin C and SPF is important, but experts now agree that taking a collagen supplement could help, too.

A collagen supplement delivers various types of collagen protein when taken daily, in either a powder, gel, drink, capsule or tablet format.  While 28 different types have been identified, type one collagen is most commonly found in skin, bone, teeth, tendons, ligaments, vascular ligature and organs. It’s typically extracted from marine, porcine or bovine sources.

Taken daily, clinical trials have shown a collagen supplement has the ability to slow down the body’s breaking down of its own collagen.  With daily ingestion at an effective dose, you can expect to see plumper and more dewy-looking skin. It can also promote hyaluronic acid production thanks to an ability to stimulate HAS2 receptors in the dermis, which means skin will also look more hydrated. The older we get, the greater our collagen depletion, which suggests supplements are an excellent idea after 40.

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