If you aren’t yet familiar with the use of collagen for your skin, you’re going to be glad you stopped by. Collagen is your skin’s best friend, and you’re about to learn why.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is naturally produced by your body and is responsible for your skin’s elasticity. Think of it as the firmness that creates that “bounce-back” effect. Unfortunately, the production of collagen starts to slow down as you get older. In fact, your collagen production actually peaks somewhere in your early twenties. Did I just say early twenties?! It’s true. And to top it off, your body’s production of this vital amino acid protein may also decrease or even stop due to additional factors including too much time in the sun, maintaining a poor diet, or smoking. That’s a pretty scary thought considering it makes up roughly 30% of your body’s protein.
How Does Collagen Help My Skin?
While you sleep, your skin is repairing itself, thanks to collagen production. As that production slows, you’ll begin to notice that beautiful glow vanishing from your skin as the signs of aging begin to appear. That oh-so-gorgeous color in your face will start to dull and dryness will be more apparent. Your once youthful, vibrant glow will fade, leaving behind those dreaded fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. Sounds fun, right?
Let’s look at the other ways collagen affects your skin.
Collagen is essential for healing. When you have a wound, collagen is there to helpspeed up the healing process. When you have acne, this healing process follows a similar pattern. Acne is essentially a pore that has become clogged, infected, and inflamed. Glycerine, the main amino acid in collagen, helps reduce the inflammation. Collagen uses its power to rejuvenate your skin, just as it would heal any other wound. This is also how it is beneficial in reducing acne scarring. The rejuvenation of new skin helps repair and prevent scarring. It is essential in helping to heal the wound as well as for new skin to prevent scarring.
Although there is still a lack of concrete evidence that eczema can be healed by collagen, it works in the same way as when it heals acne. Collagen is alerted when inflammation and infection set in. As eczema begins to flare up, the presence of inflammation triggers collagen, and the healing process begins.
Several research studies have been able to show that collagen does help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’re thinking this must be why we see so many beauty products containing collagen. As we know, collagen is responsible for our skin’s elasticity; or its ability to bounce back when you wake up, helping you look refreshed with that radiant glow. This beautiful look lets you know your body has an abundance of collagen. Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, also helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping your body retain more moisture. The moisture retention then helps increase your body’s ability to produce more collagen; reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
In the same way that the lack of elasticity can enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also causes the skin to thin, making the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks more apparent. The lack of collagen reduces the skin’s firmness, causing it to collapse and reveal cellulite. By increasing your collagen intake, you can provide the firmness and elasticity your skin needs to prevent this appearance of cellulite.
What Can I Do?
Bone broth is a fantastic source of collagen and is a tasty option that can easily be made at home. Collagen is found in animal products and can be extracted from the bones by simmering for up to 24 hours. Aside from being loaded with collagen, you’ll also reap the benefits of:
- Amino acids
I recommend drinking my bone brother a few times a day, each day you are on a mini-fast.
While many creams and beauty products today offer collagen, they will not be able to restore the lost collagen your body was once producing. That’s not to say they aren’t excellent at hydrating your skin or providing a splash of color. Unfortunately, creams and other beauty products can only supply your outer skin layers with the collagen they contain. Think of it as scratching the surface.
Collagen supplements, on the other hand, can deliver collagen to the areas of your skin that are most in need. Collagen supplements are hydrolyzed; broken down into smaller molecular structures. When taken, it can be carried throughout your bloodstream to begin restoring your skin’s elasticity.
Signs You May Be Collagen Deficient
There are signs you can look out for to alert you of a possible collagen deficiency:
- You’re beginning to notice a change in your face, skin, nails, and even your teeth and bones
- You’re seeing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face
- Your joints and bones are often achy
- You’re experiencing leaky gut symptoms
- Your wounds seem to be taking much longer to heal
Additional Reasons for Deficiency
One possibility is a lack of antioxidants, which help protect collagen from damage.
With less collagen in your body, you’re more susceptible to skin damage by free radicals. Your skin becomes more sensitive to a number of elements including:
- Too much sun
Certain medical conditions can actually hinder your body from absorbing certain nutrients and vitamins. This could result in collagen destruction. For instance, a lack of vitamin C may be what’s causing your body to produce a less than normal amount of collagen.
What Are Your Options
A mixture of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Coenzyme Q 10 supplies your body with the antioxidants it desperately needs to prevent further collagen destruction. You can also choose to take daily collagen supplements.
In a research study of women consuming collagen supplements, they reported incredible improvements such as noticing an increase in skin moisture and elasticity, and the reduced appearance of their wrinkles. An additional study even recorded that collagen was responsible for reducing sunspots when taken regularly.
To learn more about how bone broth can help keep your skin resilient, you can read about the amazing benefits of a mini-fast with bone broth here. If you’re ready to dive in and make your first batch, follow my recipe and let me know what you think!
Keep thinking Big and living BOLD!