Collagen is a word we hear a lot lately in the health and beauty world. So what is it? Should you be adding it into your skincare routine? We’ve put together all the facts you need to make a decision.
What is Collagen?
The most abundant protein in our bodies, collagen offers support and strength to everything from our skin, to our bones to our fingernails. Without this in our bodies, they wouldn’t function.
Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. The name “collagen” comes from “kólla”, which is the Greek name for glue. This origin is appropriate as this is what it does, holds the body together.
Fast Facts on Collagen
- Collagen occurs throughout the body but is predominant in the skin, muscles and bones.
- Some types of Collagen, gram for gram are stronger than steel.
- Cosmetic creams that are designed to increase collagen levels are unlikely too since the molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.
- Collagen is often used in medicine, even in some dressings to attract new skin cells to wound sites.
- There are 28 types of Collagen in the body.
- When collagen levels drop, you experience effects in your skin, joints, hair, nails and bones.
What happens to the production of Collagen?
Age takes a considerable effect on the amount of collagen your body produces. Your skin will provide 1% less collagen every year starting in your 20s, causing your skin to become more thin and fragile.
Levels of collagen can also decrease, and the loss is sped up with exposure to UV light, smoking and high sugar consumption.
When the production starts to deteriorate is when skin begins to age and lose its firmness and elasticity. As well as the radiance and glow we associate with a youthful complexion.
Skin, Hair & Nails contains 7,000mg of collagen in each daily shot
What form of collagen is best?
Collagen is available in liquid forms, like in Skin, Hair & Nails. They are pre-dosed bottles, where you drink one a day and can even be added to your morning smoothie, we have some delicious smoothie recipes for glowing skin.
The pros of taking collagen in a liquid form are that they are ready to consume, you don’t need to prepare anything, they can be added to other drinks, and you can travel with them as they are handbag friendly. Studies also suggest liquid collagen is more easily digested and has faster absorption than other forms.
You can also get collagen in pill form, these pills do tend to be rather large, and you will need to take more than one a day, so if you find swallowing tablets hard, this may not be the most comfortable experience for you and consuming a liquid may be more pleasant.
Collagen injection fillers do exist but are designed for individuals who are looking to improve facial appearance, perhaps to help deal with any facial scarring that they have. However, if you don’t like needles, this one isn’t going to be for you!
You can find out more on collagen by reading our Ultimate Guide to Collagen