The myth: Collagen is created naturally by the body, so there’s no need to supplement. The lowdown: We all know collagen is the wonderful stuff that makes our skin plump, but more scientifically, it’s a protein found in our skin, bones and muscle that helps maintain its structure. The natural production of collagen starts to slow down as early as our twenties, and this decline is fast-tracked by lifestyle factors such as smoking, sun exposure, pollution and diet, as well as genetic make-up. Remarkably, by the age of 50, our natural collagen stores are half of what they were in our teens. Taking a daily collagen supplement won’t replenish supplies to their youthful abundance, but it will trigger the body’s natural production of collagen. In clinical studies, this resulted in increased hydration of the skin, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and noticeably improved skin elasticity. The myth: All collagen is created equal. The lowdown: Saying ‘collagen is collagen’ is like saying every serum in your beauty cabinet will have the same effect. When it comes to ingestible collagen, the main difference between bovine (from cows), porcine (from pigs) and marine (from fish) collagen is the speed of absorption. While bovine- and porcine-derived collagen can be effective, a 2015 study found that marine collagen enters the bloodstream more rapidly and is absorbed up to one-and-a-half times more efficiently. For collagen to be absorbed quickly and effectively, molecular weight matters. The collagen needs to be hydrolysed – a process that ensures a low-molecular-weight powder and smaller, more easily processed collagen particles. The myth: Skin will look immediately better, clearer and younger. The lowdown: While your favourite moisturiser might deliver an instant glow, ingestible supplements are more of a marathon than a sprint. This is because collagen supplements have a lot of work to do from the inside out to encourage the body’s natural production of collagen. While you may notice a difference in as little as six weeks, most clinical studies have found that it can take up to three months for the full anti-ageing benefits to be seen. By then, you’ll begin to notice an increase in skin firmness, an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and a brighter complexion overall. Patience pays off. The myth: Collagen supplements will help only skin. The lowdown: While collagen is responsible for the spring in your skin, there’s much more to it than that. The amino acids in collagen assist the production of keratin, which is necessary for a healthy head of hair. Since hair grows from the scalp, when collagen production in the skin is thriving, the hair that grows from it benefits, too. That also extends to hair thinning and greying, as clinical studies show collagen supplements may slow down age-related hair concerns. The other benefits? Stronger nails and, as collagen is present in bones, tendons and ligaments, improved overall joint health. The myth: If I’m diligent about skincare, I don’t need a collagen supplement. The lowdown: Here’s a quick complexion refresher: the skin is made up of three layers – the outermost epidermis, the dermis and the deeper hypodermis. Your topical skincare routine is hovering at the epidermis level and, while absolutely necessary for a well-rounded regimen, it doesn’t adequately reach the underlying dermis. Put simply, you need an alternate route to get under the surface of your skin. That’s where ingestibles come in. By entering the bloodstream, hydrolysed collagen is transported to the dermis – the engine room of collagen production – where it can continue to develop, resulting in the visible reduction of wrinkles and pigmentation, and a brighter complexion. There’s truth in the saying that beauty comes from within.
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