Please Note: This is the first of a two-part blog post on my 90 day experiment with Active Gold Collagen Drink. For those of you who know what collagen is and the benefits of collagen supplements, feel free to jump ahead to Part 2 of this blog post to read about my results and tips!
What is Collagen?
Collagen supplements have always been popular in Asia, but I’ve resisted the temptation to jump on the bandwagon……until now. So...what is collagen, collagen is the most abundant protein found throughout the human body, making up about 30% of the whole-body protein (source: Wiki) and 75% of skin. It’s a principal component in our skin and it’s what gives our skin its firmness and elasticity! Unfortunately, as we age the collagen production slows down and eventually our body stops producing collagen in abundance around our mid to late 20s! After that time our reserve of collagen falls, about 1% - 2% every year after 30s; result in more visible wrinkles, dehydration and other skin issues. (source: Renew Alliance).
(Ultrasound image showing density of collagen decline as we age. Source: Renew Alliance)
How Do We Get More?
A more conventional way would be to adopt a diet with more bone broth ingredients (also these foods), take more vitamin C to promote collagen production or apply topical skincare products that contain collagen.
In Asia, a popular way of boosting collagen is through oral collagen supplements: collagen drinks, powder or tablets. The results are relatively quick (takes about 8 weeks) and last for up to 3 months. Great ‘treatment’ for brides to-be or anyone preparing for a special occasion.
If you are more adventurous you can try dermal fillers which give you the instant plumped/boosted collagen look but only last for 2 years. I would strongly discourage anyone from doing this, especially around the eye area, due to past experience (I had to get it removed within a week!)
How does it work?
Our skin is made up of 3 layers: the epidermis, the dermis & the hypodermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin (i.e. most topical skincare products only treat this layer of skin); the innermost layer of skin is the hypodermis which is used mainly for fat storage.
In between the epidermis and the hypodermis is the dermis which contains tough connective
tissue and much of the skin’s collagen and elastic fibres. This layer is what most oral
collagen supplement companies claim their product will enhance.
(Source: Google image)
Previously, the experts thought a collagen supplement would have a minimal effect on improving the skin condition because our stomach acid would just break them down and use it for energy. However, there are also other articles that claim these collagen supplements will trick our own collagen ‘factories’ into becoming more active and produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. One of the studies in 2015 published by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that women who consumed collagen drinks had shown significant improvements in the elasticity as well as thickness of their skin.
I personally think the evidence for the different claims is not strong, so you just have to try it
out for yourself! And that's what I did, click here to read about my results and tips!
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