You've heard that collagen is essential to skin health, but what role do collagen supplements play in keeping our skin healthy and youthful?
Collagen supplements are everywhere in the beauty sphere right now. The latest trends in ingestible beauty come in powders and tablets, but what do they really do?
First off: what is collagen?
Our skin is made of proteins, and collagen is the main protein that structures our skin. In fact, our bodies are rich in collagen. Without collagen, our skin starts to break down, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. As we age, the collagen in our bodies decrease and we begin to produce less collagen. In fact, after our mid-twenties, we break down more collagen then we make. Collagen depletes even more quickly when we are exposed to sun and pollution (which is why your number one anti-aging weapon will always be sunscreen!).
Is it worth taking collagen supplements?
Adding collagen to your diet is a great way to bump up the body's collagen supply. Increased collagen may improve skin health by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dryness. You can increase your collagen by adding bone broth and organ meats to your diet, but you will get higher levels of collagen through supplements, as many supplements are designed to deliver a potent dose in a single serving. A good beauty supplement will contain hydrolyzed collagen, also known as collagen peptides. The word 'hydrolyzed' refers to the process of breaking collagen down into a smooth, lightweight powder that makes it easier for your body to digest and circulate. The nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream, and stimulate the skin to trick your own collagen into becoming more active. Curious? Try one of Australia's first beauty supplements: Fountain Cosmetics Nutra-Nourish anti-aging beauty drinks. We work with the best ingredients to blend the most effective beauty boosters for your skin and hair health. Check out our range to find a targeted solution for your needs.