Collagen and Skin - What To Know

by Khyati Kapur

Collagen and Skin - What To Know

Collagen has become quite the buzzword in regard to skin health due to its important role in determining the skin’s smoothness and elasticity. Let’s delve deeper into why collagen is such a hot topic in the beauty industry.

Skin takes a lot of abuse - whether intentional or not. Years of exposure to sun, wind and elements take their toll and even if you are diligent about moisturizing, applying sunscreen, water intake and nutrition, you can’t actually stop or reverse the aging process. No matter what you do, your skin will eventually show some signs of wear and tear. And let’s face it, your skin is not only the largest organ in your body but it is also the first thing that people see when they meet you. And of course everyone wants clear, glowing and youthful skin!

It’s important to understand how skin works and what it is made out of. Your skin has three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer.

Epidermis - this is the outer layer of skin that you can see and feel. It is made up of cells that produce keratin, a protein that protects against environmental factors.

Dermis - this is the middle layer and is made up of elastin and collagen. It is the state of this layer that determines whether your skin is wrinkled or smooth, saggy or tight.

Subcutaneous - this layer is made up of fat and collagen and is what protects your internal organs.

As you age, your skin is impacted in different ways which affects both its appearance and underlying health. You may notice signs of aging as early as 25, which is typically when the epidermis and dermis start to thin as your body begins to lose more collagen than it produces.  As you continue to age and your metabolic processes slow down, you can expect to see fine lines and wrinkles and your skin will feel dry and rough. Eventually, the skin may sag and change the contours of the face. As subcutaneous fat levels get even thinner, deep wrinkles can appear.

While the aging process ultimately impacts everyone, when and how you see changes in your skin depends on varied factors. Some changes are universal - older skin is less oxygenated and therefore lacks nutrients leading to a duller-looking appearance. Menopause brings lower estrogen-levels and an accompanying loss of skin elasticity.  But before you get completely depressed thinking you are destined to wrinkly, saggy, dull skin no matter what you do, here’s some good news. While you can’t change your biological age or the genetic factors that determine how quickly signs of aging will show on your face, there are several things you can do to improve the condition of your skin as you age.

Thankfully, genetics and other factors outside your control are only responsible for about 20% of what your aging skin looks like. The other 80% is caused by things that you can control like sun-exposure, lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, nutrition, stress and skincare routines. So, if you are lucky enough to still be young or your skin is still youthful-looking and radiant, now might be a good time to focus on limiting your sun-exposure, wearing sunscreen and ensuring that you eat well and exercise caution around alcohol and cigarettes.

And, if you do find yourself noticing laugh lines around your eyes and skin that is a little wrinkled where it used to be smooth then incorporating collagen into your daily regimen may just be the solution you need.

As described above, collagen is a key component in the dermis and subcutaneous layers of your skin. It is the most abundant protein in the body and the powerhouse that keeps your tissues and bone together. When it comes to skin, collagen is the ingredient that provides the elasticity and bounce that makes for the healthy, youthful complexion we all strive for.

While we know that collagen provides skin with the plumpness and elasticity that can lead to that “healthy glow” that so many of us crave, it is also widely known that the body starts producing less collagen as we age. So the question is can ingesting collagen in the form of a supplement result in better skin?

Recent studies are pointing to yes! Collagen supplementation can create a marked improvement in skin that is already showing fine lines and wrinkles. A 2015 study found that taking a collagen peptide supplement for eight weeks significantly increased skin hydration and lead to increased collagen density in the dermis layer of the skin after just four weeks of use. Further positive news from the same study is that these results were still there after twelve weeks.

Another study demonstrated similar positive results and also indicated that collagen supplements may even be as effective as cosmetic procedures. Adding collagen to your morning coffee definitely sounds easier and less painful than being injected with botox or enduring facial peelings, doesn’t it?

While the jury is still out on whether or not we can actually freeze time or reverse the aging process completely, evidence shows that adding a collagen supplement to your nutrition regime is a positive step you can take towards maintaining and even boosting the health and appearance of your skin.

Dr. K Collagen Peptides Powder is 100% pure and made from only natural ingredients, unlike some of the other supplements out there that combine collagen with probiotics, fiber or other additives. These additions could interact with the collagen and make it less effective, so it’s better to stick with the all-natural supplement. Dr. K’s contains the full range of 18 amino acids needed for collagen synthesis.

We can’t turn back the hands of time, but we can try to beat the clock when it comes to aging - and adding collagen to your routine just may prove beneficial.

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Khyati Kapur
Khyati Kapur