If there is one thing I would recommend for aging skin it is collagen supplements. I have been taking collagen every day for the past 6 months and have noticed the following improvements in my skin:
Reduction of visible pores;
Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines;
Improved elasticity of skin especially on my face;
Increased hydration, less flaking of skin; and
An added bonus. Less joint pain.
Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue such as skin and ligaments. It is the glue that holds us together. As we age, we produce less of it causing wrinkles and sagging. If you are a yoyo dieter you will know this because when you lost weight when you were young your skin would spring back to its smooth, youthful self. As you have aged, it stays stretched.
Before you run out and buy a cream containing collagen, know this. It won’t work. Collagen doesn’t absorb well and only penetrates the outer layer of skin. It is the deeper layers where collagen holds you up. But collagen supplements, when taken correctly, will aid in the creation of new collagen in those deeper layers and an overall improvement in the appearance of your skin.
It should be Type I. There are 28 types of collagen but only Types I, II and III have been identified as helpful to the body when taken as a supplement.
It needs to be hydrolyzed meaning that it has been broken down to a small enough molecule to be absorbed by your digestive system.
Marine collagen is better than bovine-based sources. It is more easily digested, absorbed and distributed throughout the body.
Collagen makes up 1/3 of our body and 70% of our skin cells.
You don’t need to take it forever. If you supplement with collagen for a few months you will be benefiting for a couple of years after.
It may reduce the appearance of cellulite.
You should begin to see results after a couple of months.
Protein also boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and is the single most important nutrient for weight loss.
It may improve bone density and strength.
Sugar weakens collagen. If you’re a sugar addict like me, this is disappointing to say the least.
Gelatin is the processed version of collagen.
The roots of the word “collagen” go back to the Greek word kólla, which means glue. I wasn’t kidding when I said it holds us together.
It is stronger than steel!
It may cause a feeling of fullness, heartburn and a bad taste in your mouth. (I have never had that and I've used the powder, capsules and am currently using a concentrate I bought at Costco.)
Speak to your doctor if you have kidney disease. Collagen supplements will count towards your daily protein intake.
Avoid the marine-based collagen if you are allergic to fish.
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan there are animal-free collagen supplements available but I do not know how well they work.
Collagen reduction starts in your twenties and thirties but it’s never too late to start the supplements. Not only will you see an improvement in your skin, taking collagen may improve gum health, gut health and may strengthen your bones.
You need to take 2.5 to 5 grams a day to make a real difference. If you buy the capsules be prepared to take a lot at one time as the dose per cap is small. It's also available in powder form and Costco is selling these nifty little tubes with a liquid concentrate that tastes like cherry that you add to a glass of water. I am using that one right now.
I will always be a fan of collagen supplements. Google Images has lots of before and after photos of people who have had amazing results after taking it. If you decide to give it a try I really hope it will make a difference for you, too.