Many people are skeptical whether ingesting collagen supplements actually help replace what’s lost through the aging process. Collagen is needed for joint health, wound healing and to keep your skin hydrated, ‘plump’, and firm.
Since collagen is a protein it gets broken down in your digestive system making many people question whether it can actually reach the skin.
There are some studies coming out showing evidence that collagen fragments from the digestive system can be absorbed into the bloodstream and actually reach the skin, which in turn helps to increase skin elasticity, hydration, and collagen density. More studies need to be conducted to substantiate these claims, but initial results look promising.
Why do you need collagen?
In short, collagen makes people look youthful and makes up approximately 80% of your skin. Collagen, which is a protein, is like a building block for the skin and gives it structure. As we age, we lose more collagen than our body makes and our skin looks thinner and less ‘plump’. Loss of collagen, plus loss of elastin and fat eventually makes our face start to look sunken and wrinkled.
If you’re looking to take a collagen supplement specifically for your skin, hair and nails, your best bet is to take a supplement that combines a few skin supplements in one.
For example, Sproos Up Your Skin & Hair combines collagen with known skin strengthening ingredients like biotin, vitamin C, silica and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients all work together to promote healthy and strong skin, hair, and nails.
Is it better to apply collagen topically?
Unfortunately, applying collagen topically is not an effective way to replace what’s been lost. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate deep into the dermis and you would actually need to inject the collagen with a needle! Collagen serums are still beneficial, but only for hydration and wound healing at a very superficially level.
To increase collagen production with skincare
- Apply a vitamin C serum daily
- Use retinol in serums or moisturizers, or a concentrated version as an exfoliating treatment nightly
- See a professional for micro-needling, which helps stimulate new collagen growth
- Rely on collagen serums to replace lost collagen
- Use an at-home micro-needler (these aren’t very effective and can be damaging for the skin!)
- Inject collagen as a filler (shown to cause allergic reactions and doesn’t last long in the body)
Try it out for yourself and see whether you see a noticeable difference in your skin. Many people report that after using collagen supplements for 1-2 months, they start to notice their skin is softer and more hydrated. See for yourself and let me know your own experience!