Can you guess what one of the most talked about ingredients in the wellness world is right now? Collagen.
It turns out this fountain of youth has been popular in Japan for 13+ years. Celebrities swear by its beauty benefits: smoother skin, stronger nails, and shinier hair. There a couple of ways to boost your collagen; either in food & drinks or in natural skin care products.
Are you excited to learn more about this beauty secret? Let's begin!
What is Collagen exactly?
Collagen is like this wonder glue that holds your body together. Collagen comes from the Greek word ""kÛlla,"" meaning ""glue"" and the French ""-gène,"" meaning ""something that produces."" In other words, it is a ""glue-producing"" protein.
If you have poor levels of collagen your skin would be dry and thin, your nails brittle, your muscles can't grow, and your bones would be very fragile. That's why it's the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin.
Collagen in Skin Care
When we age we start losing collagen. Would you believe it starts as early as your mid 20's? The result; wrinkles, thin skin, sagging & loose skin.
These are the powerful skincare ingredients you want in your skin care regimen when it comes to boosting collagen.
1. Retinol and Retinoids
Retinoids have been shown to be one of the most effective ingredients out there for slowing the skin ageing process, partly because it stimulates collagen.
Retinoids are derived from vitamin A which plays a vital role in reversing the signs of ageing by promoting new collagen formation and exfoliating dead skin cells, resulting in smoother, brighter, more even-toned skin.
2. Vitamin C
The antioxidant vitamin C is essential for collagen production and maintenance. In addition, its powerful antioxidants reduce inflammation and promote wound healing.
Vitamin C can help to protect skin from oxidative stress that triggers collagen breakdown- think pollution, smoking and sun exposure. By lowering free radicals in the skin vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants help the skin to maintain its elasticity, resilience and collagen levels.
Peptides help to rebuild and repair damaged cells and trigger the skin to produce new collagen which slows down the aging process.
Pure Fiji's Anti- aging intense day crème, Night crème, and Eye crème contain Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetra Peptide-7. They have the ability to reduce wrinkle depth by 45% after 3 months of use. They help the skin maintain optimum hydration, reduce the depth of existing wrinkles and helps promote collagen synthesis whilst keeping skin softer and smoother.
In clinical studies, it was shown to: Increase overall collagen synthesis by up to 117%. Increase collagen IV synthesis by up to 327%. Increase synthesis by up to 267%. The outcomes of these studies show that deep wrinkles were reduced by half. Smaller wrinkles and fine lines sometimes faded completely away. And what's even better, every participant in the study showed noticeable improvement within two weeks.
The result was fewer wrinkles and younger- looking skin.
Some studies show that taking collagen supplements for several months can improve skin elasticity, (i.e., wrinkles and roughness) as well as signs of aging.
But not all collagen supplements are created equal - their collagen peptides come from different sources and in various concentrations. Clinical studies of ingestible collagen peptides demonstrate the therapeutic level for demonstrable results is 10,000mg/day.
Benefits of Drinking Collagen Supplements for Skin, Hair and Nails
- Improves skin elasticity
- Boosts skin hydration
- Reduces wrinkles
- Prevents early signs of aging
- Diminishes roughness of facial skin
- Increases the amount of collagen present in the skin
- Prevents the breakdown of collagen
- Increases the amount of procollagen produced
- Collagen supplementation can prevent brittle and broken nails and support nail growth.
Prevents Premature Hair Loss
- Early hair loss
- May prevent hair thinning
- May prevent hair graying
We know that there's no way to completely reverse the signs of aging but we can sure slow them down. Although collagen diminishes as we age you do have a choice. You can find and use collagen boosting natural skin care products or add collagen supplements in your food and drink. Either way you are covered!