Down the rabbit hole, I go.
Sometimes after a trip down the virtual rabbit hole, just like Alice, once out the other side I feel just that little be wiser. Or perhaps, not so much wiser, but certainly with a lot more information than when I started out. And so it was today.
Curiouser and curiouser…
I’ve been wondering for a while, with more than a little scepticism, whether it was possible to actually build the collagen in your skin by eating it. Or, is it all just hype and marketing similar to the claims a collagen cream or serum will give you back your collagen. If only it was that easy! The collagen molecule is just too large, the best you could ever hope for is a slight plumping to the surface of your skin, but really? You’d be better to spend your money on potent active ingredients with a minuscule molecular structure able to weave their way into your dermis. But still, I was curious, time to get the facts about collagen-boosting peptides as a beauty food.
Collagen, through the looking glass.
Your collagen and elastin are responsible for the strength, structure and support of your skin. With every passing year, our collagen begins to diminish. If you’ve spent any significant time in the sun, then your collagen is not only slowing in its production but it will also break down quicker than it should. The enzymatic activity is known as metalloproteinase increases leading to the premature demise of precious collagen.
Getting back what’s lost.
The idea of losing your collagen prematurely could fill you with despair and you’d be forgiven for thinking, once lost nothing more can be done. Then comes the chilling fact; with each passing year, the body’s ability to produce new collagen is not quite what it once was. What then?
Well, you could have your lines and furrows filled with temporary fillers. You could also invest in any of the numerous laser technologies to restore some of what’s lost. You could also have a series of chemical peels to stimulate and encourage hyaluronic acid; the substance needed to bind your collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of your skin. You could do all of that and more.
Getting all the help we can get.
If you’re prepared to go forth and invest in your skin through the various technologies available to you, all well and good. But if there was a way to improve the quality of your existing collagen from the inside to improve the thickness of your epidermis and restore some of the collagen lost through UV-B sun exposure and improve, not just the collagen in your skin but also the health of your digestive system and strengthen your bones, wouldn’t you want to do that too?
Collagen Peptides are one way to shore-up your collagen. How? Good question and one that sent me down that good old rabbit hole today. Evidence suggests, by providing your skin with the essential amino acids required to build collagen you will improve and even restore lost collagen. Of course, you could get many of the essential amino acids your body needs to build collagen from eating yoghurt, cheese, milk, meat and seafood, although the most abundant source of amino acids come from bone, cartilage and scales derived from animal protein. Many of our modern-day cooking methods leave behind the valuable riches of collagen peptides. So it might make sense to supplement your diet with a high-quality collagen-boosting peptide to provide your skin with a balanced source of amino acids, especially lysine and proline, the building blocks of collagen synthesis.
My interest in finding out more about collagen peptides and their impact on our collagen and skin health led me to reach out to Proplenish, an Australian company with a single mission. ProPlenish produces edible marine collagen to assist the body in renewing its collagen. Tasteless, odourless, dissolvable and can be consumed either in juice or smoothies or just mixed in with your morning bowl of cereal or porridge. I’ve been taking Proplenish for a couple of weeks now, it’s far too soon to tell if it’s improved my skin. In fact, the results will vary from individual to individual depending on your overall health and the condition of your skin, but the science does support the inclusion of collagen peptides as a way of improving collagen so it might be something you’ll want to try. If you’re in the UK you may like to try Skinade, it comes as a drink and an impressive list of nutrients to support the potency of the marine collagen contained within.
It’s never just one thing.
I’ve said it many, many times. When it comes to the health of your skin it’s never just one thing. There is no magic bullet. But, improving your skin from the inside is a good place to start.
If you decide to seek out a collagen-boosting peptide in an oral supplement, I suggest you also make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as even though collagen peptides provide the amino acids necessary to stimulate collagen production, it’s your fibroblast cells found in your dermis that do all the heavy lifting and fibroblast cells need a good supply of vitamin C to get the job done well. And finally, what’s important is consistency. Like all things, it’s your commitment that will bring you the greatest rewards.
If you do decide to try any of the products suggested here or any other collagen-boosting peptide, you may want to check with your health care professional first.
And now you?
Do you eat your collagen? Have you found a formula you swear by? I’d love to hear your story, or if you’ve got a question then why not shoot me an email here.
See you next time,