Here’s another one of those terms that you’ve probably heard thrown around more than a few times recently in the health and beauty industries. Yep, today we’re chatting about all things collagen.
What is collagen?
Collagen is one of the key building blocks of the human body. Being the most prominent protein we have (about a third of our body’s total protein), it’s key to maintaining the health of our bones, joints, hair, and skin just to name a few. Essentially, collagen is what holds us together. And while collagen plays so many important roles in the human body, we’ll mainly be focussing on collagen and its link to the health of our skin.
How does your body make collagen?
Okay, stick with us while we get a little bit ‘sciency’ for a moment here. Essentially, we naturally produce collagen when amino acids from the protein-rich foods we eat are combined with certain vitamins and minerals in the body. However, don’t just take that seemingly simple process for granted because as we age our bodies actually become less efficient at producing collagen.
At around 25 years of age, our collagen starts to break down faster than we can make it, and from there we continue to lose more and more of our collagen supply as we age. This reduced collagen production is what results in some of the signs of ageing like joint pain and skin sagging and wrinkles.
Why do we need collagen?
We’re constantly told to take this collagen supplement and that collagen supplement, but why do we actually need collagen? Well, if you’re seeking smooth, soft and firm skin - that’s your answer right there. Collagen is what helps the skin to keep its elasticity for longer as well as keeps it from sagging so that we can have that plump, youthful look.
What damages collagen?
We mentioned earlier that once we hit the ripe old age of just 25 our collagen production begins to decrease. However, there are also other lifestyle factors that can aid in the breakdown and production of collagen.
How can you support your body’s collagen production?
Luckily, there are more than a few ways to naturally boost collagen production and keep your skin looking plump and firm while also supporting your overall health.
*This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.