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Effects of collagen on skin-aging
In this post, we will talk about the most common concerns, and questions consumers ask before they purchase a collagen supplement. This post is aim to help you see what are the pros and cons before you choose the product you want to try.
I am Maria, a working mom of 2. I know the importance of finding balance in both my professional and personal life. I strive to do this by researching new products and supplements that can help me stay healthy and energized. I also regularly visit the spa which is my favorite relaxation and rejuvenation.
Recently, I've become increasingly interested in learning more about collagen, particularly the effects of collagen on skin aging.
In this blog, I am sharing with you the conversation I had with my aesthetician, spa owner, and skin expert Bianca, whose over 20 years of experience in beauty and health, have helped thousands of working moms like me in our journey to beauty and wellness.
I hope that you will find our conversation below about the health and beauty effects of collagen as interesting and informative as I did.
- What is collagen, multi-collagen
- Types of Collagen
- How to choose which product is right for you
- Top 5 questions to ask before purchasing a collagen product
What is collagen?
Bianca: "Hi Maria! What have you been up to?"
Me: "Hello Bianca. Coming to your spa has always been my “me” time. I have come for my regular facial. Do you have time for me?"
Bianca: Now is a good time. And while you’re doing the treatment, I can share with you what’s new in health and beauty.
Me: I would love that. But you know that my health and fitness regimen is way basic. You know us, working girls. We don’t have time for beauty rituals plus I cannot afford expensive beauty treatments.
Bianca: I assure you, this new “treatment” is healthy, natural, and can easily blend into your daily activities. And it was not expensive too.
Me: Now, I’m hooked. Please tell me all about it.
Bianca: Have you heard about collagen?
Me: Yes, the girls at the office just talked about it the other day. Is it some vitamins that are trending these days?
Bianca: Well, yes, collagen supplements are on the market right now. But first off, collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body. It is found in our skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It helps to strengthen and repair these tissues and provides structure and support. And you girls will be happy to know that collagen has been linked with reducing wrinkles and fine lines, as well as improving skin elasticity, hydration, and firmness.
Me: Collagen is not just a beauty fad after all. It’s a vital part of being healthy. But it seems that collagen is naturally occurring in the body.
Bianca: It’s true that our body naturally produces collagen. However, our body produces lesser collagen as we reach the age of 30. Experts say around 1-2% per year.
Me: What will happen to my skin if I don’t have enough collagen in my body?
Bianca: One of the most noticeable signs of collagen skin aging is wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen helps to keep our skin firm and elastic. As we age, collagen production begins to decrease and the skin is not able to hold on to the moisture thus leading to dry, dull, and sagging skin. Without enough collagen, the skin is unable to maintain its natural barrier against damage caused by the sun, pollution, and harsh skin products and treatments.
Me: Does collagen benefit other parts of our body aside from the skin?
Bianca: Oh yes. Aside from the skin, nails and hair health are also dependent on collagen to stay strong and healthy. Collagen also contributes to gut health and stronger bone joints.
Me: I first thought the collagen is just for anti-aging. How does it support bone health?
Bianca: Collage contains collagen peptides that are often used as a supplement to support joint health. They are also used to impro athletic performance and recovery, as well as reduce inflammation.
Me: What can we do to boost collagen in our body?
Bianca: We can eat food that is rich in collagen such as bone broth. Sadly, we cannot eat collagen-rich food all the time, so we can take collagen supplements, instead. We should also protect our skin from the sun and drink a lot of water.
Me: That’s easy. It’s the kind of beauty routine that I can do.
Bianca: Yes, especially since some collagen supplements come in powder form that you can just easily mix with your favorite drinks before going to work. Aside from anti-aging, collagen protein powder is also great for sports recovery. It helps in strength recovery, so it is vital for workout.
What is multi-collagen?
Me: I also heard my officemates talking about multi-collagen. Can you tell me more about it?
Bianca: Multi-collagen is a type of supplement that contains multiple types of collagen, usually sourced from a variety of animals. Many collagen brands in the market are already multi-collagen so you only need to take one or two supplements at the same time.
Before continuing with the conversation, I would like to briefly explain the different types of collagen, especially Types I, II, III, IV, V, and X because of their relevance to skin aging, as well as hair, nails, and bone health.
Health experts have discovered 28 variations of collagen in the human body, and those generally fall into the fibrillar and non-fibrillar categories.
Fibrillar collagen provides a three-dimensional support structure to tissues and organs of the body. These are namely:
Types of Collagen
Collagen Type I (1)
Type I makes up 90% of your body’s collagen. Type I is densely packed and used to provide structure to your skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
Collagen Type II (2)
Type II is found in elastic cartilage, which provides joint support.
Collagen Type III (3)
Type III is found in muscles, arteries, and organs.
Collagen Type IV (4)
Type IV is found in the layers of your skin.
Collagen Type V (5)
Type V is found in the cornea of your eyes, some layers of skin, hair, and tissue of the placenta.
Collagen Type X (10)
Type X is found in joints and provides strength and structure.
Me: That’s a lot of collagen requirement! Do I have to take different collagen products to address all these needs?
Bianca: Not necessarily. There are safe and effective multi-collagen brands that address your collagen requirements. We need all 5 Types I, II, III, V and X, but our common requirement is Types I and II.
Me: There are lots of collagen supplements in the market. How do I know which product is the right one for me?
Bianca: There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to selecting the right collagen product for you. It is important to do your research and consult with your doctor or healthcare provider to determine what type and strength of collagen is right for your particular needs.
Me: Wow, Bianca. This spa session with you is really worth my time. I am enjoying my facial and I am learning a lot too. I really need to do my research first before buying my collagen supplement.
Bianca: Yes, you should. In addition to all that, you should also make sure that you buy the product only from certified manufacturers with great customer service practices. Excellent collagen products are dairy free, soy free, gluten free and are non-GMO.
Me: I have read that some customers prefer that their collagen supplements are from grass-fed sources. I wonder how the bovine diet affects the quality of collagen.
Bianca: Experts suggest that grass-fed collagen sources may provide higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, which are beneficial for overall health. Others claim that grass-fed c sources may have a more pleasant taste, although collagen supplements should be almost tasteless and easily blend with our workout and sports recovery drinks.
How to choose which collagen product is right for you?
1. What are your goals or desired outcomes?
Knowing that there are 5 main types of collagen, and which part of the body they target, ask yourself what is your primary need. For there, choose the product that’s right for you. Luckily there are multi-collagen products that are available in the market so one or two products may be enough.
2. What sources of collagen do you prefer? Or are you particular about how the products are processed?
Are you vegan? or Kosher? Do you prefer an organic product? Do you prefer plant-based products or animal-based ones? If you prefer animal-based products, you do want the source to be grass-fed?
Does the product support the keto diet?
Although this blog will not cover information to these extent, we will provide deeper insights that will help you stay well-informed in one of our upcoming blog.
This could be based on your lifestyle and preferences. Most collagen supplements are just mixed with your favorite beverages while those who have time to be more creative in the kitchen incorporate collagen in their favorite recipes.
Most collagen supplements are tasteless that you hardly notice them in your drink.
3. How much collagen do you need?
Knowing your state of health, your doctor can help you determine how much collagen you need in your body. Is the dosage just enough to keep the collagen level in your body sufficient or do you need more for repair and rejuvenation?
4. What other ingredients are in the product?
Again, your healthcare provider can help you with this. You may be allergic to some ingredients that a certain collagen supplement may contain.
Top 5 things to consider before you purchasing
1. On the type of collagen:
Look for collagen supplements that contain 100% pure, high-quality collagen, and those that contain Types I, II, III, IV, V and X. Avoid supplements with added fillers or artificial ingredients.
2. On the preparation:
Choose collagen supplements that are easy to take and dissolve quickly in water or other workout and sports recovery drinks.
Some customers report that their collagen powder needs to blend better with liquids. In most cases, this can be addressed by putting the collagen powder in the container first before pouring it into the liquid. Some customers add a little hot drink first to dissolve the powder.
Look for collagen supplements that are free of dairy, gluten, soy, and other allergens. Avoid non-paleo-friendly ingredients, like dairy, grains, and legumes.
Make sure the collagen supplement is free from any added sugars, sweeteners, or other fillers that may interfere with your keto, paleo diet.
Choose collagen supplements that are made from grass-fed sources to ensure optimal nutrition.
Me: Thank you, Bianca. These are short tips but they sure do contain a lot of meaning.
Bianca: I hope you will try a collagen-filled diet. I look forward to seeing you more glowing, with the effects of collagen on skin aging working on you.
This was a conversation between a real working mom trying to be her best for the sake of herself and her family, and a health practitioner who understands the concern of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. We hope this blog has been helpful in showing you the many benefits of collagen to combat the signs of aging. Collagen is a great addition to any lifestyle. Try adding collagen to your diet today!
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