Health & Fitness

What Is Collagen And What Does It Do For Our Skin?

You have probably already heard about collagen. It is a popular feature in anti-ageing creams and beautifying gels, but chances are that you aren’t sure why. So here is a complete introduction to collagen to help you understand what this ‘miracle’ ingredient is and why you should be using it.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that holds us together. It is in our skin, our bones, our muscles, and our cartilage. It is responsible for giving your body elasticity and resilience. We produce it naturally, but as we age our collagen levels decline.

Priority of our collagen stores is given to the more vital parts of our body, like our cartilage, meaning other parts of us, like our skin, often suffers first as we age.

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Why Use A Collagen Supplement?

Regular supplementation can help to repair and restore natural collagen levels, which can help to add elasticity and moisture to the skin and improve joint health. Compared to most beauty creams and products, collagen supplements are an inexpensive way to harness your inner beauty.

What Is A Collagen Supplement?

Collagen supplements can come in various shapes as sizes. It can be a part of a multivitamin, as a tablet, or as a powder.

As priority is given to bones and cartilage, it may take a little longer to see results in the health of your skin. It’s more important in this case to continue with regular supplementation to restore natural levels of collagen.

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How To Use Collagen?

Collagen can be found in the forms of tablets, capsules, or powders. All of these different forms retain the same benefits, so which you choose to use is personal preference.

As a powder, collagen most popular as it is easy-to-use. That’s because it can be added to food, bakes, shakes, and drinks!

What Can I Take With Collagen To Support My Skin?

Hyaluronic acid is another popular ingredient in skin creams. ELLE magazine says that it “holds the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin“. That’s because it is a gel-like molecule in our skin cells that binds to water to retain moisture.

Try taking a Hyaluronic Acid supplement with your Collagen supplement to support the levels of both essential nutrients in your skin.

Katie Lambert

Katie Lambert

Writer and expert

After studying History at The University of Leeds, Katie moved back to her home town of Manchester to start a career in content writing. Katie has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys running in her spare time. Her favourite topics to write about include healthy recipes, performance strategies and general wellbeing.