“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” (Linden Tyler)
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In this article we will talk about the importance of Collagen, what it is and why using collagen-based creams and supplements is essential for the health of your skin.
It would be nice to stay young forever and have perfect skin at any age, right?
A very valuable help can come from targeted products that help keep the skin supple, toned and compact.
Why does skin age?
Unfortunately aging is a natural phenomenon that can not be reversed with time. Skin aging can be caused by both internal and external factors. While the intrinsic aging is an inevitable physiological process that leads to dryness, skin thinness and the appearance of wrinkles, extrinsic aging is caused by external environment factors. Which ones are they? Air pollution, poor nutrition, smoking, stress and sun exposure. These external factors cause a structural and functional change to essential skin components such as elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a fundamental protein, naturally produced by our body, able to guarantee the structure of our connective tissue. Simply put, it helps support connective tissue, supporting bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin and hair.
It is the most common protein substance in the body of all mammals and represents 35% of the proteins in our body, making up 90% of our skin. It is made up of three proteins that tangle on top of each other forming a rope-like structure, arranged to keep the skin firm and taut. 
What happens to collagen as we age and exactly when the skin begins to change?
Although when we are 25, we still feel in the prime of youth and think of wrinkles as something that does not belong to us, that is precisely the moment when collagen production begins to decrease and this process accelerates, around at 40 years old. The loss of this very important protein is certainly a natural and physiological process, but as I have explained to you, external factors can aggravate and accelerate this action, causing premature aging and other disorders.
As we age, collagen synthesis decreases and leaves room for those enzymes called metalloproteases that have the ability to digest old collagen to make room for new collagen. When you are young, the metabolic balance between collagen synthesis and the activity of these enzymes is perfect, but as you get older, this balance begins to decrease and when the metalloproteases have “digested” the old collagen, they begin to affect the new one. This is why the skin begins to thin and dehydrate. 
What changes in your body when collagen decreases?
Skin: collagen gives compactness and structure to the skin and its decrease causes dehydration and thinness, favoring the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Bones: Bones weaken more and more becoming fragile as the levels of mineral salts and collagen decrease.
Joints: with the process of aging, the cartilage of the joints begins to wear out due to the decrease in collagen in the connective tissues, making movements and daily activities more and more difficult.
Why is it important to supplement our diet with collagen supplements?
Like all other proteins, when collagen is consumed, it will be broken down to smaller polypeptide units, pass through our intestinal barriers and into our bloodstream. In essence, collagen won’t be called “collagen” anymore and body won’t know that collagen is consumed. In theory, body then utilize absorbed collagen peptides in areas that need repair the most, and hopefully skin would be one of them. That being said, some studies show that taking collagen supplements for several months can improve skin hydration, elasticity and reduce wrinkles. In one clinical study, for example, 18 menopausal women were asked to consume a product containing hydrolyzed collagen, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. After nine weeks, there was an improvement in the appearance of the skin with good amount of hydration and a significant reduction in the depth of wrinkles.
The use of collagen-based supplements has become widespread in recent years and these are aimed at providing essential amino acids for collagen synthesis. Instead of native collagen, hydrolyzed collagen is used in supplements, which can be of marine or bovine origin. Why is this type of collagen used? Because it is assimilated much better and faster by our body without the digestion process by our enzymes.
What’s the difference between Marine collagen and Bovine collagen?
First, it must be said that collagen is not a very bioavailable substance, but thanks to the hydrolyzation processes, it increases our body’s ability to use it for the purpose of improving joints, tendons and skin. 
Marine collagen: marine collagen is obtained from the hydrolyzation of collagen extracted from the skin of cod; through this process are obtained smaller collagen peptides than in the bovine collagen. The collagen obtained is type 1 (about 90% of the total collagen) and this makes it the best choice for those who want aesthetic improvements, i.e. healthier and younger skin. It is a more bioavailable type of collagen, but a bit more expensive than the other. 
Example of amazing marine collagen supplements you can find on the market 
– HeyNutrition Marine Collagen Complex with Hyaluronic Acid
– 365 V Advanced Collagen
– Nutravita Marine Collagen
Bovine collagen: this type of collagen contains type 1 peptides (about 90% of total collagen) and type 3 (present in the dermis and blood vessel walls), and is obtained by hydrolyzing collagen extracted from animal waste (bones, cartilages, tendons…). It is the best choice both for those who want aesthetic benefits and for sportsmen and elderly people who intend to integrate collagen for muscle, tendon and joint recovery. 
Example of amazing bovine collagen supplements you can find on the market 
– Garden of life Grass-Fed Collagen Beauty
– Sports Research Collagen Peptides
– Futher Food Collagen Peptides
Does really exist the Vegetable collagen?
The answer is NO. Vegetable collagen does not exist, but there are numerous possibilities to supplement collagen, perfect for vegans, vegetarians and anyone who does not want to use animal collagen.
If your choice is to respect animals, there are supplements capable of increasing collagen synthesis using other substances like, for example, powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C, pomegranate, acerola, ginseng, goji berries, lycopene, rose hips; essential amino acids that help stimulate the production of collagen such as L-Lysine and L-Proline and the addition of vitamins, hyaluronic acid and mineral salts.
Some of the best vegan collagen supplements: 
– Future Kind+Vegan Collagen Booster Supplement
– Rae Vegan Collagen Boost Powder
– Your Super Plan Collagen Mix by Yoursuperfood
BENEFITS OF THE COLLAGEN-BASED SUPPLEMENT ON THE SKIN:
Keeps the skin healthy, improves its appearance and delays the appearance and formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
Strengthens nails and hair.
Prevents the formation of stretch marks.
Contrasts and improves the appearance of cellulite.
Promotes tissue healing.
As you have seen, collagen can be taken through supplements, which can be in capsules, to drink or in powder form to add to your meals and snacks. The intake of collagen-based supplements is recommended during meals and for periods of at least three months; this is the only way to truly achieve results.
An easy way to give your body this protein which is essential for a young, supple and beautiful skin.
COLLAGEN IN SKINCARE PRODUCTS
In recent years, collagen has become a real MUST HAVE ingredient in cosmetic formulations.
The most used in the preparation of creams and serums for the skin are hydrolyzed collagen, marine collagen and vegetable collagen.
The use of collagen in cosmetics is given by the fact that being our dermis (the deepest layer of the skin), made up of 90% collagen, has led cosmetic companies to produce and formulate products capable of helping the hydration of the skin, using this important protein.
The cosmetic properties of collagen were presented in a 2010 article – Collagen-based biomaterial for tissue engineering applications in which it is stated that in reality the benefits offered by the application of collagen for topical use are: a lower loss of skin hydration (Trans -Epidermic Water Loss) thanks to the film that collagen creates as soon as it dries and to a moderate protection of the skin from all external pollutants. 
Unfortunately, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate optimally into the dermis even if hydrolyzed collagen is used, obtained through various industrial processes that reduce its molecular weight.
BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN SKINCARE PRODUCTS
They maintain optimal skin hydration.
They protect the skin from the aggression of external agents.
The best thing to do to make the most of the properties of this fantastic protein is certainly to integrate your diet with a collagen-based supplement and use the topical products so that they work in synergy to really get incredible results.
In addition to that, stay healthy, drink a lot of water, eat healthy foods, exercise and do your best to reduce stress. ; )
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