Collagen: Boost Your Skin’s Resilience & Strengthen Hair

 

Collagen: Boost Your Skin’s Resilience & Strengthen Hair

— Elle explores whether this mainstream beauty ingredient is worth the hype, and what you can do to better absorb it.

 

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Elle Macleman
Biochemist/
Product Specialist

 
 

Collagen has become the next big thing is skincare and nutritional supplements. Everyone is producing products that contain collagen, but does it actually do anything? For some science — collagen is part of every cell in your body. With age, the amount of collagen your body produces tends to decrease. Given that collagen gives your skin elasticity and firmness, and strengthens your hair, it’s no wonder that people are trying to increase their collagen levels in order to combat the ageing process.

 
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Consider the quality of the supplement

Taking collagen supplements — whether it be through bone broth, a powder, or a tablet form your health food shop, does seem to have become the new norm. While there is some evidence to suggest that collagen supplementation can help improve joint health and strengthen hair, the few studies that have been conducted on collagen’s effect on the skin are not as convincing. The bioavailability — also known as the proportion of a substance which enters circulation, is absorbed by the body, and is able to have an active effect — of many supplements is actually quite low and relies heavily on the quality of the product and other ingredients that are included in the formulation. Making sure you are choosing a high-quality supplement that comes from quality sources is key to making sure that most isn’t lost during digestion. Do the research before investing!

It has also been suggested that taking collagen supplements for your skin can slow down the body’s own production pathways due to the increase in circulating collagen, making your skin’s ability to produce its own collagen a little lazy. This is why supporting your body’s own production of collagen should be considered just as important for maintaining firm, resilient skin. 

How you can boost collagen production —

Making sure your body is getting all the vitamins and amino acids (building blocks for proteins) it needs to produce collagen is probably the most overlooked way of increasing collagen production. Eating a balanced diet that includes vitamin C and the amino acids proline and glycine — all of which are involved in the synthesis of collagen — will help to support the natural production of collagen in the body. Now, I know sometimes life can get in the way of making sure we get everything our body needs, so incorporating a protein supplement and greens powder like the WelleCo Nourishing Protein and Super Elixir, which are designed to support your diet and skin health, can help you make sure your body is getting what it needs.

Another way of increasing your collagen production is to use a Hyaluronic serum. Hyaluronic acid sits between collagen fibrils in the cell, maintaining water levels in the skin. Increasing Hyaluronic acid, through a serum, helps to stretch fibroblasts — cells that are responsible for stimulating collagen production. This ultimately leads to increased collagen production. Do yourself a favour and get on the Hyaluronic acid bandwagon to help increase your collagen levels and improve the water based moisturise levels in your skin.

 
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Thoughts?

Do you take collagen supplements for your hair and skin health?

What supplements are they? Do you find there to be a noticeable difference?

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