Are Collagen Drinks the Trick to Radiant Skin?
Have you heard the buzz about the latest trick to getting beautiful, radiant skin? All the hype is centered on collagen drinks. But is collagen really the answer to a glowing skin complexion? Read on to find out.
What is collagen and why is it important?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our skin and bodies formed by the linking and winding together of amino acids. There are many different types of collagen and they can be found in varying ratios in skin, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, and scar tissue. Collagen forms 75%-80% of the skin, and together with elastin, gives structure and strength to our skin.
The formation of new collagen is usually at its peak during our childhood and teenage years. The levels start to plateau in our 20s and 30s and will eventually decline as we age. As a matter of fact, a person produces about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year after the age of 20! As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age and soon we will start seeing the visible signs of ageing – sagging, thinning, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Several external factors can further accelerate collage loss, including:
Can collagen drinks help with skin hydration and skin elasticity?
The answer is, probably yes.
To be fair, there really isn’t enough compelling data to prove that consuming collagen has any effect on your skin. However, sipping collagen (rather than applying it topically or injecting it) provides the entire body with the building blocks it needs to support the creation and repair the body’s connective tissues. Providing your entire system with collagen can help kick-start it again.
Sipping collagen increases the pool of special amino acids available to the cells in your body that produce the collagen. In the skin, the fibroblasts in the dermal layer produce the collagen, so flooding your body with collagen can stimulate your own collagen formation, especially in cases where the supply is declining due to age, lifestyle or diet.