What is collagen and what does it do?
Collagen is a naturally occurring structural protein and really important to the normal functioning of the body. In fact, it contributes to around 30% of the body’s proteins including tendons, teeth, ligaments and bones. When we age however, collagen production slows down which causes the joints to become stiff, ligaments to lose their flexibility, and the skin to show signs of ageing.
What are the benefits of collagen on the skin?
Collagen plays a vital role in skin health as it forms part of the connective tissue that keeps it firm and supple. It also helps the skin’s natural renewal process where old skin cells are shed to make way for new cells that help the skin glow. But what can you do when your natural collagen production starts to slow down? By day, try applying a moisturiser such as Vichy’s Liftactiv Collagen Specialist Day Cream – a cream designed to target visible signs of collagen loss with a formula enriched with vitamin Cg and biopeptides. This formula helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture.
Should I use collagen supplements?
You can boost your collagen levels is with an ingestible collagen supplement. Research has shown, however, that while a supplement can have a beneficial impact on the body, eating a healthy, balanced diet with animal-based protein can have the same result and provide you with all of the collagen you need. A supplement is best reserved for those who eat a predominantly plant-based diet.
Are there any side effects of using collagen skincare?
There are no known side effects for using collagen skincare, but it’s advisable to make sure any products you use are suited to your skin type. You should also check all the ingredients of ingestible supplements before use as many contain allergens including fish, eggs and shellfish.