Collagen replacement has become something of a buzz word when it comes to anti-aging treatments. There are a plethora of collagen related topical beauty solutions increasingly available. Collagen replacement procedures and products are also growing in popularity. But will they really take ages off your skin?
What Is All The Fuss About Collagen?
Collagen is one of the main supportive, structural protein’s found naturally in your body. In your bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It simply works as a ‘glue’ that holds your body together. However, in your skin it provides strength and elasticity. The issue is that your collagen production naturally begins to slow down as you age.
Collagen makes up 80% of our skin when we are young. After the age of 25, we lose it at an estimated rate of 1% per year. Meaning, we can credit most of our natural signs of aging on the remission of our bodies’ natural production of the protein. However, environmental factors such as smoking, high sugar consumption and unprotected sun exposure all contribute to premature aging as well.
According to health and wellness specialist, Dr Madelyn Fernstorm, You can slow down your body’s loss of collagen by steering clear of these harmful habits. However, the new found idea that you can replenish the lost collagen in your body by means of replacement products is simply not possible. Furthermore, there isn’t enough science behind it to confidently prove most of the claims.
What Are The Natural Benefits?
There are many health benefits to the collagen found naturally in our body. Collagen improves the health of your skin and hair and repairs your joints. It also helps leaky gut; boosts your metabolism; strengthens you teeth and nails; helps you detox and reduces cellulite and stretch marks. Making the desire for its replacement completely understandable.
Is There A Way Of Accessing The Benefits Of Collagen Naturally?
The best way to help your body retain collagen include:
1. Providing your body with collagen “precursors”.
2. Avoiding unprotected UV exposure.
3. Taking collagen precursors orally through medically approved supplements.