Collagen, What is it good for?
You've probably heard about collagen by now. It's been the wonder ingredient for years now. But, do you actually know what it does to your body & skin? Wonder no more I'm going to take you on a journey telling you why, how and what is the best form of collagen to consume or apply topically.
So, what is collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein in your body. It is responsible for structural support in connective tissue, muscle, and skin. Collagen is what keeps your skin looking youthful, providing elasticity. It also helps with bone & joint health.
Why should I take a collagen supplement?
Put simply, your body's collagen production declines as you age. Topping up your supply is a no brainer! There has been plenty of research in taking oral collagen and the results were surprising. when women of the age of 35 started taking collagen they saw a small increase in improved skin hydration, elasticity, and wrinkling. I'm sold just based on that!
Do collagen beauty products work?
Before I answer this we have to have a look under the microscope and look at what collagen actually looks like and where in our skin it is homed.
The majority of the collagen in our skin is found in the dermis (the second layer of skin that sits beneath the epidermis), where it's also produced. Skin cells in the dermis (fibroblasts) synthesize the collagen that holds the rest of the dermis together, giving our skin its underlying structure.
As for the structure of collagen itself, it’s kind of like a braid. Individual amino acids link up to form long chains, which bundle together to form thicker strands. Those strands then twist and coil around each other to form triple helices. Finally, those helices connect end to end and stack on top of each other to form clusters called fibrils.
So, when we look at collagen it is a pretty complex and massive molecule. So, unfortunately is very unlikely to penetrate the epidermis to make it to the dermis. Don't lose hope because scientists are pretty cleaver! When scientist figured out that applying "straight up" collagen could penetrate the skin they decided to break down collagen into smaller chains of amino acids called peptides. the question is do these peptides work. Well, in creams there really isn't enough study into proving it works or doesn't work.
As a professional in the beauty industry I say if it feels and looks like it's making a difference then there is no harm is continuing use of your favourite collagen creams & powders. I know I will continue using my Babor Collagen cream & beauty powder because you know what they make me look and feel amazing! When buying collagen products make sure you are buying in the peptide form of you are waisting your money.