Aging feels like it happens overnight. One minute you have youthful, bounce-back-from-anything, early- 20s skin, and then you wake up feeling like you’re trying to smooth the lines of the Crypt Keeper with every new potion and serum that hits your favorite beauty bar. While starting from the outside seems like the best solution, the secret I’ve found to great-looking skin starts from within. In today’s survival game of stress, over-caffeinating, dehydration, and my personal favorite—sleep deprivation—my skin needs a sure thing, and it gets it…with collagen.
What is collagen?
Your body builds a network of fibrous structural protein called collagen that your body actually makes. Collagen comprises the majority of the dry weight of your skin and provides the volume that keeps skin firm and fine lines at bay. While your body makes its own collagen, your collagen clock starts winding down at the ripe old age of 21, and production decreases even more after menopause. Add in a high sugar diet, smoking, and exposure to sunlight, and your collagen levels could be even more compromised.
The results are clear.
Research consistently shows that supplementing with collagen improves skin elasticity in women aged 35-55, boosting skin’s moisture retention and reducing fine lines and wrinkles in as little as eight weeks. Why eight weeks? Your skin goes through a full skin cycle every six to eight weeks, so to see the benefit of any new skin regimen, you normally have to wait until you get through one full cycle to start noticing results.
How does collagen work?
Taking a hydrolyzed collagen supplement functions very similarly to how your own body’s collagen works. While there are 28 different types of collagen, your body takes the collagen you give it and sends it to your skin, tendons, organs, and even your eyes where it’s needed.
How do you know which one to choose?
While most collagens are hydrolyzed, meaning they have been broken down so it’s easier for your body to absorb, many collagen products fall short on sourcing. Unfortunately, there is no vegetarian or vegan source of collagen available that isn’t genetically modified, so it’s important to look for a responsibly-sourced product. You want to ensure the cows and chickens have been humanely treated, grass-fed, and had cage-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free lives. That’s a tall order that many collagen brands aren’t able to achieve, and while it should be the standard, I’ve only been able to find it in New Chapter’s collagen products. I start my morning with my protein smoothie mixed with a scoop of my favorite collagen, which includes botanical beauty powerhouse sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn is known for being an antioxidant-rich skin protectant that’s loaded with collagen’s favorite BFF, vitamin C.
An important addition…
If you want your collagen to work properly, you should include a great vitamin C supplement like New Chapter’s Fermented Vitamin C Complex. Without adequate amounts of vitamin C, you may have trouble storing, utilizing, or producing your own collagen. Fermented Vitamin C helps your body easily absorb the valuable C and boosts your collagen game.
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