Fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity are symptoms commonly associated with aging skin. Most of us dread these things and try our best to slow down the signs of ageing. These symptoms are due to an accumulated environment exposure and a natural decrease in cell renewal. Other signs less often associated with aging are dull, rough, or dry skin.
By using collagen, we are able to target these skin care concerns and dramatically improve the youthful, healthy appearance of skin. Maintaining the amount of collagen is the key to beautiful skin.
Below are eight benefits of collagen and what it could do for you.
1. Collagen may help reduce the signs of ageing
Skin is supported by the dermis, the collagen-rich, deeper compartment of the skin. Testing has shown that the oral intake of hydrolysed collagen may help to rejuvenate the skin and reduce signs of ageing, basically rebuilding the foundations.
2. Improves periorbital wrinkling (crow’s feet)
In a study on women with age-related skin changes, a dietary collagen formulation significantly improved periorbital wrinkling, periorbital aging, and overall facial aging. (1).
3. Increase in skin hydration and smoothness
A 2008 study in Tokyo of 33 women aged 40-59 who took Hydrolyzed Collagen daily for 2 months showed a 91% increase in skin hydration and resilience (2).
Another preclinical study investigated the effects of oral ingestion of hydrolysed collagen on the skin properties of women tending to have dry and rough skin. This study suggested that, with the ingestion of 5g per day over 6 weeks, resulted in the moisture content of the skin, its viscoelastic properties and its smoothness improved. (4).
4. Suppresses skin damage
Results from a collagen study on skin damage from the sun, suggest that the daily ingestion of collagen peptide suppresses the skin damage induced by repeated UVB irradiation (3).
5. Improvement in skin function
Studies relating to skin care revealed an improvement in skin function and hydration after Collagen ingestion on a regular basis (5,6).
6. Enhances the formation of and increases the density of collagen fibrils
It appears that orally ingested hydrolyzed collagen enhances the formation of and increases the density of collagen fibrils and increased fibroblast density (the fibroblasts being the main cells of the dermis, and the ones which produce collagen) (4).
7. Improves the mechanical strength of skin
Studies show that Hydrolysed Collagen may improve the mechanical strength of the skin by increasing decorin ratio, proteins which interact with collagen and influences collagen fibrillogenesis, thus regulating excessive bundle-like aggregation of collagen (4).
8. Increases water absorbing capacity of the skin
A recent collagen study carried out a double blind test in order to examine the effects of collagen intake on skin hydration. Female volunteers consumed a drink containing collagen or placebo every day for 2 months. Results showed an increase in water absorbing capacity of the collagen-ingesting group was larger than that of the placebo group at 1 month, and the difference became larger between the collagen group and the placebo group when the test period was extended to 2 months (4).
If you are interested further in what collagen can do for you, please do not hesitate to give us a call and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you. We also have two collagen products available online.
- Kantor, I et al. 2002. Results of a Study Evaluating the Use of a Dietary Supplement Formula in the Management of Age-Related Skin Changes in Women with Moderate to Severe Wrinkling of the Periorbital Area. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Asscociation. Vol 5, No.2.
2. SOUKEN study 2008, Tokyo Japan: two month study hydrolyzed collagen.
3. Tanaka et al. Effects of collagen peptide ingestion on UV-B-induced skin damage. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 73:930-932 (2009).
4. Matsuda, N.; Koyama, Y., Hosaka, Y., Ueda, H., Watanabe, T., Araya, T., Irie, S. and Takehana K. (2006). "Effects of ingestion of collagen peptide on collagen fibrils and glycosaminoglycans in the dermis". Journal of nutrition vitaminology 52: 211-215.
5. Sumada E, Hirota A et al.: The effect of oral ingest of collagen peptide on skin hydration and biochemical data on blood. J. Nutri Food 7, (2004) 1-8
6. Morganti P, Randazzo S, Bruno C: Oral treatment of skin dryness. Cosmet Toilet. 103 (1988) 77-80