What is collagen?
Collagen is the body’s much needed building blocks for cartilage and knuckles.
It’s the protein that you’ll find the most of in your body, and it makes up for around 30% of the body’s collected mass of protein.
Collagen is created by the body’s skin cells and is mainly found in the skins connecting tissue, cartilage and knuckles. It plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to maintain strength and elasticity.
Why does the skin need collagen?
Collagen maintains the skins strength and elasticity, while helping the skin stay firm and preventing wrinkles and lines from developing on the skin.
When the production of collagen declines, the tissue of the skin becomes weaker, and the skin loses elasticity, firmness and glow. When the skin becomes less elastic, wrinkles are developed.
The tighter the tissue, the less wrinkles. Our product Pre Aging Serum from Australian Bodycare boosts the skins ability to absorb collagen.
The body’s collagen production decreases with age
Even though wrinkles are natural, there are many who prefer to maintain a smooth, elastic and more youthful looking skin. Collagen can help you with this. Despite the skin producing collagen, the production decreases more, the older you get.
From around the time you turn 30, the skin’s production of collagen decreases, which affects your hair, skin and nails.
Due to the top layer of the skin getting thinner with age, you can find a helping hand in supplements, which stimulate the body’s collagen production and helps maintain a normal skin.
By adding extra collagen through supplements, you can increase the density of the skin, reduce signs of old age and achieve a beautiful, healthy skin.
Pretty skin & healthy hair
Our bodies need keratin and minerals in order for our hair to grow – and this production of keratin depends on collagen, where you find most of the amino acids, which are necessary in order to produce keratin.
By stimulating the body’s production of collagen with supplements you can maintain a healthy, beautiful hair and a smooth, elastic skin.
Collagen supplements with peptides prevent signs of aging
Peptides function as building blocks for all proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin. They can be found in many different beauty products, such as Pre-aging serum from Australian Bodycare, where peptides and caffein helps maintain a healthy and smooth skin. Bakuchiol helps towards deep wrinkles.
In a comprehensive study of this, they looked at the effect of 8 weeks of taking supplements with 10 grams collagen peptides a day. In this study it was concluded that the supplement increased the density of the skin’s collagen and hydration.
Besides this, other studies show that fibroblast cells, which are part of the skins binding tissue, responds to the exposure of collagen peptides. The exposure increases cell division and cell renewal, which minimises signs of aging.
Different types of products with collagen
As the body’s natural production of collagen decreases, you can benefit from boosting the production on your own. There are many different products, which can help you with this. Read more about the products here.
You can take collagen supplements in many different ways.
There is collagen powder, which is an easy way to incorporate your daily dose of collagen in your routine. The collagen powder is taken with liquid once per day and you can purchase it with or without added flavour.
There are also collagen capsules or pills, which are also easy ways of ensuring a daily intake.
Skin care products
Complete collagen-molecules are too big to permeate the skins barrier through cream and serum. This is why skin care products rather focus on providing the skin with substances that boost the collagen production, instead of containing collagen itself. An example of a cream, which boosts the collagen production is the Face Tonic from Australian Bodycare.
When you hear about collagen cream or collagen serum, you need to pay attention to the ingredients. Look for vitamin C, as this is essential for collagen production.
If you are lacking vitamin C, this will affect the production of collagen in your body.
Are you curious and wanting more examples, you can keep reading to see what ingredients can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful skin.
Boost production of collagen with vitamin C & E
The first example is an Aloe Vera anti-age Serum from Australian Bodycare, which contains Vitamin C, E and F.
Vitamin C contributes to the body’s natural production of collagen and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles, which is why you often find both vitamin E and C in many different products – these two vitamins often work well together.
It may benefit you to combine the serum with more products that also boost collagen production in the body – for example the Australian Bodycare face cream, which also contains vitamin E.
Besides leaving the skin looking elastic and smooth, vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body’s cells from free radicals, which damage the body’s collagen. Before you apply the face cream, it may benefit you to use a skin tonic for a deep cleanse, which adds moisture – such as our Face Tonic with Tea Tree Oil towards pimples and blackheads.
You can also use a Pre-aging serum from Australian Bodycare, which amongst other things contains peptides and bakuchiol. Both help towards fine lines and wrinkles and have a positive effect on collagen-lacking skin.
There are also food groups that are high in collagen, which you can include in your diet:
- Meat – especially beef, chicken, pork, goat, and game meat.
- Fish – specifically fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon.
- Gelatin – found in many sweets and desserts.
Food with collagen is not necessarily vegetarian-friendly. If you’re not a big meat eater, you can still consume food, which contributes to a healthy production of collagen, some examples are:
- Red fruit and veggies – apples, cherries, strawberries, beets, bell peppers and tomatoes.
- Orange fruit and vegetables – such as carrots, sweet potato, mango and apricots.
- Fruit which is high in vitamin C – such as lemons, oranges, kiwis, mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the protein found in our tissue, skin cells and knuckles. It makes up for around 30% of the skin’s protein content, and is also a very important building block for our cartilage and knuckles.
What is collagen made of?
Collagen is made up of three different amino acids: Proline, glycine and hydroxyproline. All three are important components in cartilage, tendons, and skin.
Does added intake of collagen come with side-effects?
No, there’s no side effects to taking collagen. It’s already the most common protein in your body.
How do I increase my collagen production?
You can increase your collagen production by eating foods, which have a high content of vitamin C, or you can go for a supplement by purchasing collagen powder or pills. You can also use skin care products with ingredients, which boost the body’s natural production of collagen.
Which collagen is better for wrinkles?
There is not a specific type of collagen, which is “better” for wrinkled skin. You could, however, choose a supplement with high admissibility, or which contains Vitamin C, which contributes to the body’s normal collagen production.
What effect does collagen have on the skin?
Collagen helps maintain the firmness of the skin as well as its elasticity, which helps reduce wrinkles and lines. It’s produced in the skin cells and ensures that the collagen in the tissue keeps the skin elastic.