Let's Talk Collagen... for your Skin
Let's talk COLLAGEN for skin.
Found in skincare products and supplements in all shapes and forms, it's touted as a magic anti-ageing ingredient... I get asked about it A LOT.
Collagen is a protein that acts as the scaffolding for your skin, holding it up and keeping it taught, preventing sagging, creasing and wrinkles. Skin is made up of 75% Collagen, constantly being broken down and resynthesised. It is also an essential component to joints as it holds ligaments, joints and bones together.
As we age, we produce less collagen and as the levels drop it manifests as sagging skin, wrinkles, and joint pain. Smoking, alcohol and sun exposure also play a big role.
Taking a collagen supplement can help boost your skin's levels. But research shows that you must take it in the form of Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen for it to be effective and ideally alongside vitamin C (more on that in future posts). It seems liquid shots offer better and quicker absorption. Aim for a good strong dose- 5000mg at leas. I like Prime Fifty's collagen collagen shots (with added retinol and hyaluronic acid)- don't let the name fool you or put you off, you can take these from your mid thirties!
Solgar's Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex Tablets is another good daily supplement to take daily though it's not as high a dose as the liquid shots.(I would suggest starting with shots for at least a month, then use tablets as a maintenance afterwards)
Bone broth is a great dietary source of collagen too- I'll make sure to share my recipe soon.
*My verdict*: definitely worth supplementing to prevent sagging and keeping your skin looking plump. Your joints will thank you too.
As with any supplement however, you must stick with it, take it daily and complete the course... it's a cumulative effect and you won't see the benefits for a good 4 weeks.
As for creams and serums enriched with collagen... they definitely help. But their effect is limited to superficial layers of the skin.