The Truth about drinking Collagen for Better Skin
We’ve all seen or heard the new buzzword floating around on TV and social media –
But what exactly is it? What does it do? And does it actually work?
Here at The Collagen Co, we’ve put together an article that tries to answer all of your questions.
To give you a brief summary of the benefits of drinking collagen as well as what research says. Ensuring you make an informed decision about experiencing the glow from drinking collagen.
Actually, what is collagen?
In short, collagen is the building block that holds your tissues and bones together. Concerning the skin, it gives it that elasticity and structure.
Although there are 28 different forms of collagen, the main ones are type 1, type 2 and type 3 collagen. Each of these is responsible for different functions within our body.
Type 1 collagen makes up 90% of our hair, skin, nails, organs, bones and ligaments and supports healthy-looking skin. Type 2 supports our joints and digestive health as well as supporting immune function. And type 3 collagen is important for cardiovascular health.
As you can see, concerning better skin, it’s type 1 collagen that’s mainly needed.
One research described that participants who took type 1 collagen reported having smoother, firmer-looking skin after 60 days.
Is it possible to make our own collagen?
Collagen is a protein that our bodies naturally make. However, from early to mid-20s, our body’s production of collagen significantly reduces year upon year.
With this reduction of collagen, the suppleness of our skin’s appearance also reduces. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and the density of the skin becomes thinner.
A healthy diet can indeed have an impact on healthier, better-looking skin. In fact, collagen can be found in certain foods.
As collagen is made in animals such as cows (bovine collagen) and fish (marine collagen), it stands to reason that eating particular parts of fish and meat, such as the skin and organs, can increase our body’s intake of collagen.
But, that’s not to everyone’s tastes maybe?
What can destroy collagen in your skin?
There are also factors to consider that can destroy the collagen in our skin.
Try to avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, cigarette smoking as well as excessive sun exposure. These can have a great impact on our collagen levels and cause premature ageing of the skin.
So, let’s get to it…how can drinking collagen help achieve better skin?
To combat this loss of collagen … and as a result, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles … it is possible to add collagen powder to our diet to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen.
To be easily digested, collagen must be hydrolysed to break down the protein structure, creating collagen peptides.
These peptides become bioavailable, meaning they are easily entered into the body’s circulation.
It is at this point that scientists are a bit sceptical. They are unsure if and how broken down protein can combine back together to create that pure collagen.
However, it has been shown that these collagen peptides can appear in the bloodstream an hour after consumption.
In general, adding collagen peptides into a drink and consuming daily can help:
- Slow down the formation of lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin’s hydration
- Reduce skin pigmentation
- Improve skin elasticity and firmness
- Encourage skin rejuvenation
- Improve skin texture
- Improve skin density and thickness
- Improve wound healing time
There is a vast quantity of customers (not only our customers) that confirm they have witnessed a change in their skin following drinking collagen.
They’ve ‘experienced the glow’ with a sprinkle of magic powder mixed into their favourite drinks. Take a look at two products from our range at The Collagen Co:
Unflavoured Collagen Powder
With no weird aftertaste, this loose collagen powder can be mixed into any of your favourite drinks, hot or cold!
Using a blend of hydrolysed bovine collagen powder, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Biotin, this wholesome product has been designed to stimulate type 1, 2 and 3 collagen production in your body.
Passionfruit Mango Collagen Sachets
Perfect taste for those summer months. These passionfruit and mango, single-serve collagen sachets, can be popped into your bag, and ready to take on the go. Simply mix with water, add to a smoothie or sprinkle on a bowl of fresh fruit.
With 15g of collagen per serving and naturally sweetened, this premium blend has a taste of the tropics. Ideal to combat those fine lines and wrinkles.
There is wide evidence that shows drinking collagen can rejuvenate the skin. However, as with many remedies, more research is needed.
It is important to seek medical advice if you are taking regular medications as collagen supplements may interfere with certain medications. In addition, please be aware of where the collagen was originally derived from and if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, for instance, marine collagen and shellfish.