Support Your Skin from Within with Collagen

"We all want to look our best and keep that glowing complexion. That’s why we exercise, eat well, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and pamper our skin with creams and beauty products.

However, a truly holistic skincare routine doesn't just focus on the outside. It’s also about nourishing your skin from the inside out."

 Love the skin you're in 

From a structural perspective, skin is an incredibly elastic living organ and constantly regenerates itself by replacing dead cells. 


Each layer has different types of cells. The skin constantly sheds cells on the outer layer (the epidermis), replacing them with new cells, while the skin cells under the epidermis tend to have a lower turnover rate


These lower layers – the dermis and sub-dermis – consist of elastic connective tissues, fibres, blood vessels and various other components that can stretch or contract. The dermis is the thickest skin layer and its elastic fibre and collagen composition helps to retain the skin's shape and tautness. 


 Losing firmness 


The dermis can lose its elasticity when it is placed under severe stress due to excessive weight gain, significant muscle development, or during pregnancy, and can subsequently tear, which then forms stretch marks. 


Other factors such as age, poor nutrition, dehydration, excessive sun exposure, smoking and weight loss (especially rapid weight loss) can also cause skin to lose its structural integrity and elasticity. This can lead to saggy skin and stretch marks, which occur when the dermis tears due to excessive and consistent stress.


Hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, exercise (mainly weight lifting) and hormone replacement therapy can also cause stretch marks. The implicated hormones (called glucocorticoids) prevent the body from forming more of the collagen and elastin fibres that keep skin taut. This impacts the skin's structural integrity and makes it easier for it to tear when placed under stress. 


This pulling and stretching can happen anywhere on your body but is more likely to occur in places that have larger fat deposits. The most common places that experience loose skin or stretch marks include the abdominal region, especially near the belly button, the back of the upper arms, underarms, breasts, back, inner and outer thighs, hips and buttocks. 


 Collagen to the rescue 


Collagen is a complex protein that contains 19 different amino acids, which are vital building blocks for tissues, including muscles, connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons, and in skin, hair and nails. From an aesthetic perspective, collagen helps to give our skin elasticity and firmness


There are at least 28 different types of collagen. The most common are types 1 to 5, with type 1 the most plentiful, accounting for 90% of total collagen in our bodies. It is a vital form to create firm skin because it has a densely-packed fibre structure


We get collagen and other important skin-supporting nutrients like elastin from our diet, which generally come from protein-rich food sources. 


Other important diet-derived nutrients for skin health include essential fats, vitamins A, C, D and E, and zinc, which support natural collagen and elastin production.



 Supplement your skin routine 


Supplementing with quality nutritional and nutricosmetic products that contain collagen and other nutrients may help improve skin health and deliver beauty benefits by offering additional nutritional support for skin cell repair and growth


Products available that may help to firm up skin and maintain its structural integrity typically provide collagen or stimulate collagen growth and the formation of new elastin.


In supplement form, collagen peptides or hydrolysed collagen are the most common products for skin health. Hydrolysed collagen undergoes a process called hydroxylation, which breaks down collagen into peptides for optimal absorption. This collagen helps the body form new connective tissue, including skin, and also supports joint health.


Marine collagen options offer an alternative to anyone who doesn't want to use bovine-derived collagen. The smaller, low molecular weight marine collagen particles also offer good absorption and bioavailability.


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