You’ve heard health experts, beauty gurus and probably your mum talk about it. Collagen is everywhere at the moment, especially in the beauty market. We’ve written about what collagen is, so now we are telling you what it can do for your skin.
1. Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
Approximately 75-80% of your skin is made up of collagen. Think of collagen as the glue that holds your skin together. As you age the production of collagen decreases, which is when wrinkles can occur. It has been researched that the molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. So, unfortunately, collagen creams are likely to have no effect.
2. Help broken, brittle nails
Collagen is the protein that builds and maintains your nails, hair and teeth. Low levels of collagen will mean that you experience weaker, more brittle nails.
3. Helps skin conditions
If you suffer from any inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or acne, Collagen may help reduce pain and frequency of flare-ups. This is because it contains Amino Acids: proline and glycine, which can help reduce pain from the inside.
Lots of medical professionals say that skin health is reflected by what is going on within your gut, so therefore by having healthy gut healthy can lead to a better skin condition. Collagen helps seal any problems in the stomach as it acts as the glue, so it may help improve your digestive health which in turn improves your skin.
4. Aids prevention of Cellulite and stretch marks
Cellulite appears when the skin loses its elasticity and becomes too thin. This can happen because of a variety of factors such as hormones and age, but also a decrease in collagen production. Stretchmarks are caused when the elastic fibres of the skin are pulled too quickly, for example after quick weight loss. The presence of collagen in the skin can help reduce these stretch marks.
5. Healthy hair
As collagen plays a part in renewing cells, it can help maintain the strength and elasticity of our hair. Collagen is a key to the makeup of your hair and actually surrounds the outside of each strand. Poor collagen production in your body can lead to your hair looking dry and brittle for this reason.
As well as collagen, Skin, Hair & Nails contains biotin, which is well known to help maintain skin and hair.
So there you go! Five great things Collagen can do for you beauty wise! Collagen production in our bodies is affected by lots of different factors especially the sun; you can read here how sun exposure affects the collagen in our skin.