Is collagen worth the hype?
If you check out the shelves at any health food store or browse Tik Tok, you’re bound to be bombarded by collagen – in protein powders, liquids, snack bars, supplements, and more. Over the last 10 years, collagen has continued to be touted as ‘the next big thing’ in skin, anti-aging, joint health, and more. But what exactly is collagen, and is does the science really back up the benefits? We partnered with our friends over at Droplette to get to the bottom of this; read on to see what we found.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, consisting of amino acids bound together to help create structure. Collagen makes up the framework of connective tissue in the body, such as skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, and more. It is a critical component of the body’s natural ability to repair tissue, communicate between cells, and mount an immune response. Collagen natural declines with age.
What are the benefits to collagen?
Most collagen supplements and skincare products are made from animal products, including parts like bones and ligaments, and the jury is still out on whether they is effectively absorbed. There are some studies that suggest consuming a form of hydrolyzed collagen (or collagen peptides) can be broken down into smaller proteins and may confer benefits such as improved skin health and appearance. However, we must also note that many of the studies themselves have been funded by collagen supplement companies. As we evaluated a more proactive way to support collagen, we wanted to focus on how to support your body in making its own collagen, every day.
What about vegan collagen products?
There are very few vegan collagen products on the market, and today most collagen come from animal sources such as cows, pigs, and fish. Some companies are harnessing a combination of bacteria, yeast, and enzymes to create vegan collagen – but it is still emerging.
I hear a lot about collagen and skincare. What’s up with that?
Collagen depletion is a key factor in skin aging, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity. As collagen levels diminish, wrinkles and fine lines become more pronounced, giving skin an aged appearance. Therefore, getting more collagen into your skin is critical. Like with all of skincare, a healthy diet is the first step to good skin health. But, for that just-out-of-the-dermatologist glow, sometimes we need a bit of extra help. Collagen is just too big to be absorbed topically, meaning that the collagen serums and lotions you might buy are just sweated and wiped away.
So how do I get more collagen?
Eating foods with amino acids and nutrients from which collagen is formed can help your body support internal collagen production. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, and leafy greens are great places to start. Additionally, you can preserve the collagen you already have by limiting UV exposure and minimizing sugar intake. In addition, there are many ways to test your body’s own response including skincare and supplements. Droplette’s patented and clinically proven delivery technology is the only way to get collagen directly into your skin for a facelift-at-home effect. Their Collagen Set helps hydrate your skin while giving it a dose of vegan collagen and other goodies like peptide Botox (argireline), vitamin C and more. Rae’s Vegan Collagen Boost as the daily go-to that helps support your body’s natural collagen production for healthy skin, bones and joints! These two collagen powerhouses when used in combination are the best way to get your skin glowing.
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