Collagen And Your Skin
If you are into the health and beauty scene or are just scrolling through your feed, you have most likely come across the topic of collagen in some capacity. You may have also seen it make an appearance on some of your beauty supplies or supplements. It is developing great reputation for many reasons with skin health making it to the top of the list.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant natural protein in the body. There are three primary forms of collagen, type 1, type 2, and type 3, with a total of over 25 types in all. Type 1 and type 3 are the most common forms present in the body. These forms are also the primary form for hair, skin, and nail health.* This protein’s primary function is to help give the skin strength and elasticity.* It can be found in blood vessels, the digestive system, tendons, muscles, and bones.*
Collagen and Skin
A reduction in fibrillar collagen can be related to aging skin.* Collagen’s contribution to helping replace dead skin cells and providing elasticity make it a majorly important factor for skin health and vitality.* In fact, collagen can play a role in the health of the skin that it makes up around 80 percent of the weight of the skin on our bodies.*
Forms of Collagen Supplementation for Skin Health?
So why supplement with collagen? If it is naturally in our bodies, then why should we be concerned with taking it in through supplement form? Because, as mentioned, with age collagen production can slow down resulting in the health of our skin diminishing.*
While it is possible to keep up with the demand for colleen in the body through diet, it is not a desirable method, primarily because most collagen through the diet is from animal sources. This can be difficult for vegans as well as anyone that does not eat a lot of animal products. However, there is also no vegan source of collagen in supplement form at this time. Not to mention the detriment it may have on overall health if these sources are high in saturated fat and other harmful nutrients.*
Skin application, supplementation, capsule, powder, or liquid. Collagen is now available in all these forms. With its growing popularity, many health and beauty companies are jumping on the collagen band-wagon. It is available in such a wide variety of forms that it can be overwhelming. So, what is the right collagen formulation for you?
When it comes to supplementing with collagen, the more broken down it comes the better.* This is because the body is able to absorb it more readily. When you are reading a label on a collagen supplement the collagen will be listed as either Type 1 and 3, or Type 2. They are not all generally together as each type has a different function.*
Collagen as a powder can be beneficial because collagen is naturally a large molecule and hard to absorb.* Therefore, a hydrolyzed product like a powder can be more readily absorbed by the body.* As collagen cannot be absorbed through the skin, powders and capsules have become the preferred method of collagen supplementation.*
Signs of Collagen Reduction
A reduction in the amount of collagen your body produces can be seen outwardly in many ways. Your skin can become looser, wrinkles can appear, you may see dry patches on your skin, and overall elasticity might decline.* Inflammatory skin conditions might also impacted by a loss of collagen. *Cellulite and stretch marks may be the result of skin losing its elasticity as well.* However, there are other ways that a collagen deficiency may affect you. Fatigue, body aches, joint pain, and skin rashes are common among people with a collagen deficiency.* This is due to the fact that collagen is not just in the skin, but in all connective tissue throughout the body.*